Antelope Canyon in Pictures

Antelope Canyon surprised me.  I lived in Arizona for a good part of my youth, and I’d never heard of it, even though I camped out quite a bit as a Boy Scout all over the state.  Later, I’d come back to raft the Grand Canyon, which is an easy drive away from Antelope.  I only included it in my March 2019 Western parks itinerary because I just happened to read about it on the Internet.  

So imagine how I felt when I entered this amazing slot canyon for the first time. 

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National Park Itinerary-Arizona and Utah

If you want to see the world’s greatest geologic features and don’t want to drive more than one day to see them, you could do a lot worse than head to the the Utah-Arizona border. 

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The Grand Canyon-Nature’s Reality Check

I love the Grand Canyon.  I grew up in Arizona and hiked all the way down to the bottom three times and camped out twice: once at the base of Havasu Falls and once near Phantom Ranch off Bright Angel Trail.   My Dad took me on those hikes when he was the Scoutmaster of a Boy Scout Troop, so it seemed perfectly natural that, decades later, I took my own son on a two week river raft adventure that brought us all the way through the canyon on the mighty Colorado.  You could say I have a lifelong familial connection with the Canyon, which is why I was thrilled to go back and see it one more time last March when there was a bit of snow on the ground. 

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Moab and the Grand Tetons in Pictures

I’ll let the pictures do the talking here. We went to Jackson Hole to do some skiing after we left Yellowstone in February 2019 and continued south through Moab to see Arches and Canyonlands National Park. The “cover” picture is of Landscape Arch.

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Life and Death in Yellowstone

In February and March, I took a trip through the frigid landscapes of some of our most famous national parks, and it gave me the opportunity, once again, to observe the unfiltered and uncompromising brutality of the natural world as opposed to the safe, politically correct, and very unnatural lives that most of us live today.  For example:

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Way up upon the Boiling River

At first, when I dip my toes into the frigid waters of the Boiling River, I think that there’s no truth in advertising these days.  As I struggle to maintain my balance and work my way downstream to where I can see the mists rising from a roiling make shift hot tub, my impression deepens.  From the river bank, boiling hot water issuing from fissures in the rock and upstream geothermal caverns merges with ice-cold water from the mountain streams so that at times one shaky leg is freezing and the other is nearly scalding.  Soon, though, I am able to just ease myself down into a warm water confluence and slip downstream far enough to find myself enjoying a hot mineral bath courtesy of Father Nature along with my new best friends, a couple from Whitefish, Montana, another from Marseilles, France, and a gaggle of teenage girls from parts unknown.  I spend the next hour just relaxing in the hot embrace of these soothing waters while enjoying the splendor and beauty that is Yellowstone National Park all around me.

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MLK Day and Black Privilege

There’s a lot of talk about White Privilege these days.  So much so, in fact, that you don’t even necessarily need to be a “person of no color” in order to be “accused” of the unearned benefits that such a designation is supposed to confer.  Everyone from unimpressive Afro athletes to black billionaire talking heads whine about it in spite of the quite visible evidence of their own success and even as a racist Black couple were elected to the highest office in the land not once, but twice…by White people

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2019- Ten Predictions

Well, it’s that time of year, when fools, blowhards, and certifiable nutcases try to predict what’s coming up in 2019.  I’m not sure what category I fall into (you choose), but, for what it’s worth, here’s my top ten 2019 predictions:

Alabama will take home yet another national championship.  Once they get past a high-flying game against Oklahoma, they’ll maul Clemson in the CFP Championship game, further cementing Nick Saban’s legendary status as the greatest college football coach of all time.  Bank on it.

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Putin Pummels the PC Police

Vladimir Putin is not your typical politician.  Anyone who has heard him speak, of course, knows that he doesn’t mince his words or suffer fools gladly, and I’m delighted to say he was in top form at his December 20 annual news conference in Moscow.  One particularly amusing exchange during the event illustrates this dynamic perfectly.

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Skripal vs Khashoggi: Some countries are more equal than others

International politics and hypocrisy have always gone together like sewers and stink, but the contrast between the recent media and government reactions to the Skripal poisoning, on the one hand, and the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi, on the other, reflects a new high water mark for duplicity and deceit by the New World Order and its satraps.  

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