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This snap was taken by one of my student employees on his recent climb of Oregon’s tallest peak, Mt. Hood, at 11,250 ft (3,429 Metres). Lovely view of a sunset shadow.

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This is a video in which Mr. Kipchoge talks about his upbringing in Kenya and his attempt to break the two hour barrier in the marathon, which he almost did last May. It’s worth watching I think (turn on Close Captioning, but listen too, as his accent makes some of the captions that are produced inaccurate).

Three important items from his talk:

1. Stick to your priorities

2. No excuses

3. Learn to say “No.”

Finally, he argues that discipline is like a muscle – the more it gets put into use, the stronger it becomes.

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Happy Birthday Aldo Leopold – 

Considered by many to be the father of wildlife ecology and the United States’ wilderness system, Aldo Leopold was a conservationist, forester, philosopher, educator, writer, and outdoor enthusiast. Among his best known ideas is the “land ethic,” which calls for an ethical, caring relationship between people and nature.

I grew up hiking, camping, backpacking in the pacific northwest and didn’t realize the significance of Aldo Leopold until much later in life. In the early 2000s I was fortunate to be able to take a trip to New Mexico and hike in the Gila Wilderness Area and the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Area. Both were championed by Mr. Leopold, with the Gila being created in the first batch of wilderness areas in 1964. The one named after him came along in 1980. 

It is, to me, one of our strengths as a nation. The outdoor areas we choose to protect for the natural life that exists in those places and for our enjoyment is something I am grateful for.

https://www.aldoleopold.org

i run:
*to feel better physically and mentally
*to challenge my body
*to achieve goals
*friendship and comraderie
*to meditate
*to think
*to be outdoors
*to explore new places
*to keep perspective