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Been walking and reading. Time to share the lessons as the ongoing quest to see all Tennessee’s waterfalls continues…

It is all very beautiful and magical here – a quality that cannot be described. You have to live it and breathe it, let the sun bake into you.

Ansel Adams

“It may be that when we no longer know what to do we have come to our real work, and that when we no longer know which way to go we have come to our real journey. The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one that sings.”

Wendell Berry

Make connections; let rip; and dance where you can.

Annie Dillard

It is in the woods we return to reason and faith.

Emerson

Leave no stone unturned. Deeply explore the beauty in your life.

Neil Gaiman

The fish in the creek said nothing.  Fish never do. Few people know what fish think about injustice, or anything else. 

–Ursula K. Le Guin

shoes

 

rock

 

Fighting Creek

 

 

Before last week I’d only visited Vegas once. On that trip the company couldn’t have been better.  We saw a fantastic show (Mystère), a fascinating exhibit (Bodies), and we drank champagne while watching the Bellagio Fountains dance to the tune of an Elvis song. The whole affair lasted about 36 hours, which was enough Vegas to last me several lifetimes.  The excess of it all was… well… excessive.   If America was Panem of the The Hunger Games, which I guess it is in Suzanne Collins’ post-apocolyptic world, then Vegas could be the Capitol. And I’d probably live somewhere around District 11. That’s how far removed I am from Vegas.

These days I am quite content to work in District 11 and watch the flowers bloom and the bees buzz, ya know? So I was ‘meh’ about going there for a business trip last week, but it was something I was compelled to do.

 

By day two in the Capitol I felt like this:

crazy

 

…as a result of too much everything everywhere.

I realized then we needed to make a major detour, lest I start attacking things Katniss-style. And that was when I stumbled upon exactly what was needed: a place to watch the flowers bloom and the bees buzz.

detour

The wonderful Sharon Prier led the way.  She guided us on a hike through Red Rock Canyon, which culminated in a beautiful yoga practice.  It was the highlight of the trip.  Thank you so much Sharon for your guidance and presence.

Red Rock Canyon Yoga Hike

Red Rock Canyon Yoga Hike

 

 Any worthwhile detours you’ve taken lately?

Distant car horns echoing off buildings, trains rumbling by with the accompanying ding of crossing gates, sirens blaring warnings, electronic things beeping all around, buses accelerating bassily then coming to a stop in a WHOOSH of air brakes, and everyone around vibrating with nervous energy or ambition  – it all began blending into a constant stream of sound that bombarded the system.  Day three began with the need to escape the unending drone of the big city. 

Off to Batiquitos Lagoon…

…where rustling leaves, grass, and birdsong could be heard

…where a mix of sage, liquorice, salt, and sea perfumed the breeze. 

…where green things freshen up the air

…where the world looks like one may spot a prehistoric creature around the bend

…where a girl can sit in a tree

…where there are few straight lines and harsh angles

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