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340 triplogs
Sep 06 2020
jtaylor
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 Photos 609
 Triplogs 467

43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
FR9005U Snowbowl, AZ 
FR9005U Snowbowl, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 06 2020
jtaylor
Hiking2.53 Miles 700 AEG
Hiking2.53 Miles
700 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Just a quick crowd-beater during our Labor Day Flag visit. Circled-back to part of Veit Springs for some yoga before heading back down the hill.
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
Aug 28 2020
jtaylor
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43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Salt River SUP - Bridge to Granite Reef, AZ 
Salt River SUP - Bridge to Granite Reef, AZ
 
Paddleboarding avatar Aug 28 2020
jtaylor
Paddleboarding7.00 Miles
Paddleboarding7.00 Miles
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Continuing with my trend of downstream laziness, I met up with Gary to do Blue Point Bridge to Granite Reef. Water level and current were highest I’ve seen, making the rapids fun and fast. Crowds seem to be thinning. We did paddle quite a bit for some exercise. Had to earn brunch, after all!
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
Aug 21 2020
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
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 Photos 609
 Triplogs 467

43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Salt River - Water Users to Goldfield, AZ 
Salt River - Water Users to Goldfield, AZ
 
Paddleboarding avatar Aug 21 2020
jtaylor
Paddleboarding5.00 Miles
Paddleboarding5.00 Miles
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After Tim had to bail early from our boatpacking trip, we promised each other that we would meet up to paddle closer to home. This is the furthest upstream I had gone with my board. The flex fin held up great but was squirrelly. Not that it mattered much: This was 95% floating/gluttony and 5% paddling. Great to have some one-on-one time talking with Tim.
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
Aug 14 2020
jtaylor
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43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
West Baldy Trail #94Alpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Backpack avatar Aug 14 2020
jtaylor
Backpack8.00 Miles 2,364 AEG
Backpack8.00 Miles3 Days         
2,364 ft AEG
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Sadly, this was the first time backpacking with the Unruhs in 2.5 years. I decided to make it interesting by bringing our new pup on the trip. Various school and forgetfulness issues delayed our trailhead arrival until 7pm Friday evening. Knowing the popularity of this trail and accounting for COVID crowds, we prepared ourselves to turn around and car camp late. That was almost the case, but we found a small site a couple miles in and made it work.

Although not nearly as nice as some of the choice sites 3-4 miles in, Baldy is nothing to sneeze at regardless of where you camp. Saturday morning, the newbies to the area were stunned by the beauty. This included Meia, who seemed to notice the beauty between her obsessive squirrel chasings. After a slow start, we finally hiked up trail to check the area out. The traffic was easily 50% higher than I've seen in the area, but everyone was pleasant and respectful of the land. Although we miraculously had no rain, you could tell that the area had been receiving it's typical drenching.

Sunday came too fast, but I have to give the kids props for packing-up their own gear. Makes a dad proud... Their reward was Culvers on the way back in town. We enjoyed rain the entire drive back, taking the edge off of our return.
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
Aug 07 2020
jtaylor
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 Photos 609
 Triplogs 467

43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Coon Bluff to Granite Reef SUP, AZ 
Coon Bluff to Granite Reef SUP, AZ
 
Paddleboarding avatar Aug 07 2020
jtaylor
Paddleboarding4.00 Miles
Paddleboarding4.00 Miles
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Gary and I met early for a longer downstream paddle. Not exactly exercise but definitely fun. Water level was high enough that we never hit bottom. Some fun rapids and all around good time. Especially followed buy brunch at Sunnyside Cafe afterward.
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
Jul 30 2020
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
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 Photos 609
 Triplogs 467

43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Blue Ridge Reservoir - CC CraginPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Paddleboarding avatar Jul 30 2020
jtaylor
Paddleboarding8.00 Miles
Paddleboarding8.00 Miles4 Days         
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Chapman
PrestonSands
Return to Blue Ridge with a modified group (John and Tim replacing Gary). Knowing the COVID crowds would be an issue, we managed to get on the water Thursday night. It was pretty special paddling in the dark under a nearly-full moon. We arrived at our intended spot to find it vacant, but with a muddier ingress than last year due to a lower water level. It was a frustrating/comical time getting our gear out of the mess at 10pm. The next morning, John and I put our civil engineering hats on and built a fine specimen of a dock, making the mud a non-issue thereafter. Really, we didn't have a choice: Preston had become a tyrannical pirate for the weekend and forced us to do so or risk walking the plank (seriously, you can see his ship in the photoset).

Glad we made the effort to go in Thursday. By 10am multiple groups passed us looking for a sizable campsite. To put this in context, last year we saw only a handful of paddlers - and no campers - come by our site the entire weekend. I would say it was at least twice as busy on the lake.

Tim left us Friday evening to get to work. All camp chores done, we settled-in to chill mode. Most of Saturday was spent floating and swimming lazily to stay cool. Most of Saturday evening was spent churning our booze inventory.

As usual, the day we had to leave was the most peaceful. I spent a few minutes beneath an aspen soaking it in before returning to the Phoenix furnace. All is good though. At least we beat the crowds and got some cooler respite.
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Culture
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
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Jul 24 2020
jtaylor
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 Photos 609
 Triplogs 467

43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Granite Reef SUP, AZ 
Granite Reef SUP, AZ
 
Paddleboarding avatar Jul 24 2020
jtaylor
Paddleboarding2.50 Miles
Paddleboarding2.50 Miles
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Decided last-minute to hit the river before catching up on some work. Something worked in my favor because, despite the late start I got a prime parking spot. The current was relatively strong so I earned the chill time on the return float. But it was well worth it. Very peaceful morning.
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
Jul 18 2020
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
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 Photos 609
 Triplogs 467

43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Phon D to Granite Reef, AZ 
Phon D to Granite Reef, AZ
 
Paddleboarding avatar Jul 18 2020
jtaylor
Paddleboarding2.50 Miles
Paddleboarding2.50 Miles
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Sam and I forced our respective boys out for some water and vitamin D. I had concerns about damaging my board going downstream, but it was fine. Some fun currents/rapids at the start, and then a good mix of rapid and lazy flow the rest of the way down. Probably doesn't count as exercise, but it was relaxing! Other than Granite Reef, parking and crowds weren't too bad.
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
Jul 17 2020
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
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 Photos 609
 Triplogs 467

43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Granite Reef SUP, AZ 
Granite Reef SUP, AZ
 
Paddleboarding avatar Jul 17 2020
jtaylor
Paddleboarding0.50 Miles
Paddleboarding0.50 Miles
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Last-minute, evening paddle with Bill and his family. I've never seen the current so strong at Granite Reef. By the time we figured out to stay far right to get upstream, we were running out of time. Still good to be out, even if just for a while.
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
Jul 11 2020
jtaylor
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43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Homestead Road Check, AZ 
Homestead Road Check, AZ
 
4x4 Trip avatar Jul 11 2020
jtaylor
4x4 Trip
4x4 Trip
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Accompanied Sam to check the road to the Homestead climbing area outside of Winkelman. Definitely low-range 4x4 in one spot. It was too hot to hike past the restricted part of the road, so we backtracked to Aravaipa for a quick dip and a beer. It's the simple things...
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
Jul 05 2020
jtaylor
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43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Inner Basin Trail #29Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 05 2020
jtaylor
Hiking6.35 Miles 1,412 AEG
Hiking6.35 Miles
1,412 ft AEG
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1st trip
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During our Flagstaff trip I wanted to get a few more miles in and escape the relatively-hot 87 degree day. Lockett Meadow was as beautiful as I remembered it from 20-years prior. After a Crystal Creek lunch at the trailhead, we all took off together. Everyone else turned back after a mile. I wish they had continued just a little further to see the amazing aspen grove that was not part of the route last time I hiked it (that I can remember, anyway). I continued to the opening of the Inner Basin, by watershed #10 I think. Time constraints forced me turn back, as usual. But I'm definitely going to return to spend more time here.
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Wildflowers Observation Light
Penstemon
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-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
Jul 04 2020
jtaylor
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43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Crystal Point TrailFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 04 2020
jtaylor
Hiking6.35 Miles 1,412 AEG
Hiking6.35 Miles
1,412 ft AEG
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Finally got around to taking this to Odell Lake. Glad I did - that portion of the trail is more beautiful and far less crowded. Spent some time off trail looking for historic artifacts without success, although I was rewarded with solitude and a hermit thrush's haunting call. The rain the previous day took care of the dust. This was long overdue and I will be back!
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
Jul 03 2020
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
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 Photos 609
 Triplogs 467

43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Crystal Point TrailFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 03 2020
jtaylor
Hiking1.20 Miles 312 AEG
Hiking1.20 Miles
312 ft AEG
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Quick trek with the family to earn a beer. Nice to have the kids here for the first time in years! Pretty dry/dusty and crowded. Everyone was very friendly though.
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
Jun 26 2020
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 5
 Photos 609
 Triplogs 467

43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Granite Reef SUP, AZ 
Granite Reef SUP, AZ
 
Paddleboarding avatar Jun 26 2020
jtaylor
Paddleboarding3.50 Miles
Paddleboarding3.50 Miles
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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Ironically I finally got to the “wall” on a day when the flow was the heaviest I’ve seen. Good workout and beautiful day. The view of Four Peaks was stunning. Have to go pretty early to beat the crowds. The lot was filling up by 6am in a Friday (but pretty quiet a half-mile upstream).
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
Jun 19 2020
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
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 Photos 609
 Triplogs 467

43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Peak 3004 Loop - Goldfield MtnsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 19 2020
jtaylor
Hiking5.50 Miles 1,260 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles
1,260 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Quick morning hike with Bill. Good to get on my feet this late in the year. Pretty dry but nice shade on the way up.
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
Jun 12 2020
jtaylor
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43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Prescott Paddle Trip, AZ 
Prescott Paddle Trip, AZ
 
Paddleboarding avatar Jun 12 2020
jtaylor
Paddleboarding3.00 Miles
Paddleboarding3.00 Miles
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Partners none no partners
Thought it would be a good idea to take the whole family up to Watson Lake after having a great time up there with Gary. Word to the wise: Don't even try to SUP on this lake if it's windy! We were immediately blown to the dam and spend the next 1.5 hours fighting little whitecaps to get out of there. Ultimately, two of us towed the others back while they lay supine on their boards.

I cajoled the family to try again at Lynx Lake. It was very peaceful and placid there. Until we got to the dam and that lake got windy. No towing this time, but pretty sure I ruined paddling for these guys...
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
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Jun 05 2020
jtaylor
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43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Watson Lake Paddle, AZ 
Watson Lake Paddle, AZ
 
Paddleboarding avatar Jun 05 2020
jtaylor
Paddleboarding4.00 Miles
Paddleboarding4.00 Miles
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Gary Williams
Great mix of good, drinks, and outdoor time. We started with a leisured breakfast at Breakfast Kitchen Bar, dropped-in at the Northern ramp around 10, and finished at Raven Cafe for a late lunch and beers. First time at Watson. Very cool area to explore. Got a little choppy by the dam in the afternoon but otherwise calm.
Fauna
Fauna
Bald Eagle
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
May 29 2020
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
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 Photos 609
 Triplogs 467

43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Granite Reef SUP, AZ 
Granite Reef SUP, AZ
 
Paddleboarding avatar May 29 2020
jtaylor
Paddleboarding3.00 Miles
Paddleboarding3.00 Miles
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Too hot to hike; switching to paddles! Kicked-off the 2020 season with Tom. A little late start (7am) and a little crowded. But almost everyone tapped-out after a half-mile or so, leaving the remainder for solitude. Water was murky but refreshing.
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
May 22 2020
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
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 Photos 609
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43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Picketpost Mountain SummitGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar May 22 2020
jtaylor
Hiking4.40 Miles 2,029 AEG
Hiking4.40 Miles
2,029 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
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Eight years since my last trip here. Next time I’ll bring the skid plate from my truck so I can just sled down. On a positive note, I had the place to myself and the views were still great (and I didn’t break any bones).
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Wildflowers Observation Light
Saguaros and chollas in fine form!
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
May 20 2020
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
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 Photos 609
 Triplogs 467

43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Pass Mountain - Meridian TH to Saddle, AZ 
Pass Mountain - Meridian TH to Saddle, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 20 2020
jtaylor
Hiking4.00 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles
800 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Pre-work hike to kick the day off right. Figure this could be my last chance for a few months. Beautiful morning with the ironwoods and saguaros in bloom.
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Wildflowers Observation Light
Ironwoods and saguaros in bloom
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
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