Determined

On the day we visited Crater Lake, we were sadly disappointed when we found that we could not see the lake due to heavy fog.

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Not only that, it had snowed in the upper elevations which made the trip even more interesting.  But for these two intrepid riders, it had to be even more so.  As a long time rider myself, I couldn’t help be admire their spirit.  And, this was not a local ride for them, they started in Canada and were headed to the coast.  I do hope they had a safe ride back home as at this time of year you risk tricky weather as you head north.

p.s. Love the styling  of those Victory bikes.

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Agitated

Agitation, confusion, rock, water and sky,

step back from the edge, watch the spray fly,

get too close, you will not stay dry.

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A Light In The Darkness

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On this day, after the culmination of an election that has exposed the deep divisions that exist in the United States of America, I, like so many others am choosing not to be swallowed by the hateful and divisive rhetoric that has defined this conversation.  Instead, I, like so many others, am choosing to rise above the anger and hate, am choosing to open my eyes fully, open my heart fully and prepare myself for the task ahead.  I am so proud of all the social media posts by those who are proclaiming their choice to stand in the breach and defend those who will be persecuted  as a result of this election.  I am proud of those who have committed themselves to being a light in the darkness, for darkness cannot exist where there is light. Like them, I commit to being one of the lights.  I commit to standing with, between, beside or in the midst of those who will most need our help going forward.  We stand on the precipice of strange times, but if we choose to light the way, we can avoid the falling off the precipice into darkness.  Instead, let us choose love over anger, building over destruction, unity over division.    We have our work cut out for us, but we are capable, we are strong, we have compassion, and we have the strongest tool in the kit to work with, LOVE.

Trying times indeed…

Below is part of what Dan Rather wrote in response to last night’s outcome:

“The world is on edge. The country is deeply divided. The markets have gone off a cliff. World capitals are erupting in anxiety. Huge segments of the American public are in panic – going through the shock of grief. This is the world that is now Trump’s to contend with. Do we really know what we have wrought?
This is a conversation that I need you to be a part of. Do not opt out. Your voice matters now more than ever. I will continue to be here in the days and weeks ahead. And we shall endeavor, together, to find a path forward in the best of America’s ideals.  Courage.”

Shine on my friends!

A Fluke

As much as my wife and I wanted to do a whale cruise, weather conditions were not in our favor, so we had to watch from shore.  We were directed to a wayside rest/park where there had been recent sightings of whales near shore.  We were entertained by several whales that were feeding just off the point I was shooting from.  Although the whales never came fully out of the water, it was still exciting to see their blow spouts and to watch them roll near the surface.  I was lucky enough to catch an occasional fluke shot.  Pretty cool to see these magnificent creatures, especially when the largest water creature back home is a sturgeon, which sometimes reaches 5-6 feet in length.

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