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The Sacred Peaks

Published on December 19, 2011 by

This is a short video that briefly discusses the controversy of using reclaimed-water for snow-making at Arizona Snowbowl. The Kachina Peaks cinematography is the best I have seen.

The Sacred Peaks from Kent Wagner on Vimeo.

 
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Five Decembers

Published on December 16, 2011 by

Looking back at my snow diaries, I remember that the past four Decembers have included good snow. By good snow, I mean good boarding/skiing without hitting too many rocks (this IS Arizona). Here’s a sample.

Dec. 2007
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Dec. 2008

Dec. 2009
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Dec. 2010
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And Dec. 2011 makes it five Decembers of good snow.
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Just like much of the western US, we have a shallow and weak snow-pack.
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Head’s up! Use your head and make it home alive. There are people that need you. Here’s mine.
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LCR with Four Season Guides

Published on November 21, 2011 by

I had the distinct pleasure of accompanying Brian Siebert on a late summer scout-trip into the Little Colorado River (LCR) Gorge. Siebert is a longtime friend and guide for Four Season Guides. I had always wanted to see the LCR and Brian needed to scout it out for a bigger trip later in the fall – so when he asked me if I wanted to accompany him on the scout trip, I made it happen.
First we picked up our permits from the Navajo Reservation then made our way to the top of the Hopi Salt Trail. Because it was raining and our route took us to where George Mancuso and Linda Brehmer were killed by a flash flood, we set up our first camp near the rim and waited for the the weather to pass. In the afternoon there was a clear spell, so we took a little hike and found some nice petroglyphs.
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On day two the storm was letting up so we made our way down the Hopi Salt Trail – an old route that the Hopi use to collect salt in mines near the Colorado River. The route had some decent cliff exposure.
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And pictographs.
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We left the route for some bush-whacking up the Little Colorado River shore.
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We made camp high out of the main flood-plain of Big Canyon. Thanks to Four Seasons, I scored a new tent – really looking forward to using this in the snow…
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Even though the water of Big Canyon was brown and cool, Siebert convinced me that a skinny dip was in order. Glad he did.
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The next day the LCR was a big muddy flow with all the storm’s water making it down off the rim.
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On the hike out Siebert got all jiggy and I was treated to some Led Zeppelin melodies.
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Brian and is wife, Ryanne are expecting a little baby any day now!
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I think it is going to snow on the birthday…

 
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life goes fast

Published on September 20, 2011 by

Do You Realize – that you have the most beautiful face
Do You Realize – we’re floating in space
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Do You Realize – that happiness makes you cry
Do You Realize – that everyone you know someday will die
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And instead of saying all of your goodbyes – let them know
You realize that life goes fast
It’s hard to make the good things last
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You realize the sun doesn’t go down
It’s just an illusion caused by the world spinning round
lots of apples this year - 2011

Images of Fungi and Plantae near Flagstaff, AZ, USA, Earth.
Words from Animalia – The Flamming Lips.

 
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illu5i0n5

Published on July 26, 2011 by

“We’re here to awaken from the illusion of separateness”
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“All spiritual practices are illusions created by illusionists to escape illusion.”
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“It’s all real and it’s all illusory: that’s Awareness!”
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“As long as you have certain desires about how it ought to be you can’t see how it is.”
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“The question we need to ask ourselves is whether there is any place we can stand in ourselves where we can look at all that’s happening around us without freaking out, where we can be quiet enough to hear our predicament, and where we can begin to find ways of acting that are at least not contributing to further destabilization.”
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“It’s only when caterpillarness is done that one becomes a butterfly. That again is part of this paradox. You cannot rip away caterpillarness. The whole trip occurs in an unfolding process of which we have no control.”
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“You and I are the force for transformation in the world. We are the consciousness that will define the nature of the reality we are moving into.”

All quotes attributed to Ram Dass.

 
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