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Fish Don’t Live In Ugly Places
July 4, 2016
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“There, did you see that?”  Ben Kittell, our fly fishing guide on the Lower Deshutes River pointed a few feet from where I balanced in the current.  He whispered, “A fish just broke the surface”.  Without a clue of how to entice that fish onto my light fly rod, I hand it to Ben and […]
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Going With The Flow After Nepal
August 5, 2015
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I awaken to the smell of coffee and weigh the merits of climbing out of my sleeping bag before the sun is fully up.  As I lay still I hear a peregrine falcon screech echoing down the canyon.   I glance over at Glen and ask, “Did you hear that?”  As dawn creeps down the side […]
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No Easy Day
October 27, 2014
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I fancy myself an adventurer and somewhat athletic.  But more and more I have the unfortunate habit of running into people who really are. Months ago, friends suggested I volunteer to ride as “sweep” for the 36 mile rocky, winding, singletrack Mountain Bike Tour of the White Mountains in our town of Pinetop, Arizona.  Asking myself the same question every delusional person does before […]
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Off the Beaten Path In Costa Rica
April 15, 2014
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              Sky Island Woman finds the REAL Costa Rica Our keen “all natural” host When we were picking a country in Central America to visit for an entire month we kept hearing “Skip Costa Rica.  It’s expensive and touristy.”  Well, in some places it IS expensive, touristy and full […]
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Wilderness Women Don’t Sing the Blues
June 24, 2013
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Wilderness Women at West Baldy Trail Head – 2 More Joined Our Adventure After Work Women like me aren’t difficult to typecast; iPhone toting, REI-shopping lover of the outdoors.  I can light a campfire, pitch a tent, and in bear country know better than to sleep with my chocolate chip cookies next to my head. […]
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Cold Fusion of Adventure
April 14, 2013
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The Prize!  Cibecue Falls  When it’s snowing you really don’t want to spend a lot of time thinking about climbing boulders and wading through water for a hike with your girlfriends.  But when you are an official member of “Arizona Women of Adventure” you may not have a choice.  Two days of steadily falling spring […]
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Sky Island Woman Gets Dowsed
March 23, 2013
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Searching For Water In a Parched Stretch of Country Whiskey’s Fer Drinkin’ N Water’s Fer Fightin’ I am standing on a rocky hilltop under a scrawny alligator juniper tree with two friends, Tim and Mary. We are on their property – one of the highest places you can live close to Ramsey Canyon in the […]
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Hiking the Grand Canyon – Sweat Equity
September 4, 2012
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Julie C. and Julie B.  return just at the storm hits South Rim With my free left hand, I grab at scraggly weeds protruding from the towering red cliffs behind me.  With my other hand I clutch my trusty walking stick for support as a mule team blusters its way around us on the trail.  […]
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Bayou Birding
November 18, 2011
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Sky Island Woman Visits Her Mom In the Deep South My Mom Birding With Me In The Bayou In Back Of Her House “Let’s drag it.  It’s a canoe after all and made to take some rough conditions.”  My Mom and I were slowly waking up after staying up late to visit and catch up on each others’ […]
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What the #$*! Is a Sky Island?
October 2, 2011
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  ”different islands to a considerable extent are inhabited by a different set of beings.”                                                                           Darwin        (and Sky Island Woman) map courtesy of Sky Island Alliance First I say I am a Sky Island Woman and then I forget to explain the Sky Island part! I am going to go way out on a limb here.  […]