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“I have noticed that youngsters given to the climbing habit usually do something when they grow up.” Elbert Hubbard

I climbed trees when I was a young child.  I remember getting to the top of a particularly tall tree (to me anyway) when I was about 7 or 8 years old.  I was absolutely stunned by the view.  We lived on the North Shore of Lake Superior at the time on a ridge about two miles from the lake.  There was no development of any kind between us and the lake.  Climbing that tree and seeing that completely unobstructed view made a huge impression on me.  My world was quite small until that moment.  It really hadn’t occurred to me that there was a lot more “world” out there.  But here was my proof!  

In that tree – I could see “everything”.  I was on top of the world!  

And here is my Grand Daughter learning to do the same thing!  She’s a natural climber – just like her Grandma.



“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”  C.S. Lewis

I am 60 years young.  I’ve had some pretty great experiences in my life, as well as some not so great.  But that’s life . . . and I create in my life the experience I want from it . . . no matter what “happens” to me.  

Right now . . . I’m sure enjoying this Hawaiian Experience!  

We were in Hanalei today just snooping around for some good photo opportunities.  I saw this old snag out in the middle of the mouth of the Hanalei River and thought it looked like a great 365 photo op.  I carefully set my camera up on the tripod, dialed in the settings I wanted, set the self-timer and away I went to get in position.  I had Glen standing out there to set my focal point.  However, I just couldn’t get out there fast enough.  The current was strong enough that it was hard walking against it.  So this was the best I got.  We did have the pocket wizards with us, but they were in the car at the other end of the beach.  By time we were done running back and forth here . . . I was just kinda done with the whole process.  Time to move on to something else!  I kind like this shot anyway . . . Glen waiting so patiently for me while he is watching the camera take the shots . . . and it’s a lovely view back to Hanalei and the mountains.  

Just another beautiful day in Paradise!




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