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You can’t buy happiness

We’ve headed north this week for one final hurrah of summer before the kids start school next week. Final destination- Jackson Hole Wyoming- playland of sport and wildlife (inside and outside the house). Here’s the quote of the day:
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20120813-204543.jpgIn keeping with the theme of love for the sport of cycling- we rode mountain bikes. The view of Teton Village from the Phillips Ridge trail, smoky (wildfires burning across the West) but still breathtaking.

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Indian paintbrush in dark red, impressing those who speed by.

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Trail builders with a sense of humor, to wash the blood off after you crash?

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Phenomenal single track, just before I got a flat… and had to hike out.

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I was going to swim, but the dog got there first.

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Nature moment- pause to study the lichen covered rock.

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My brother-in-law’s fancy bike- our guru and tour guide of local folklore and trail tales.

20120813-204904.jpgThis section of trail is called the patio- serious trail building skills in action, these guys need to come help me landscape my backyard.

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I need to look into getting one of these Earth Roamers, then I can drive to any trailhead, or the ends of the earth.

So… I got not one but TWO mountain bike rides in today…sigh…happiness. That’s saying a lot for a busy mom lady. Let this not be the last time!

weekend in desert country

Back in the car for another road trip, a mere 5 hour drive (one way) this time, we’ve headed to the southern Utah desert for a few fabulous days at grandma’s house which is also a bed and breakfast (Slot Canyons Inn) and ranch in Escalante Utah.  20120804-220828.jpg
Sunflowers soaking up the desert sun.
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I came eye to eye with these sunflowers, as big as my head and just waiting for a close up.
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Baby girl and Uno with their hunky blonde boyfriend Dallas.
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Apple laden trees, sourly delicious- give them another week and they’ll be perfectly ripe.
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Meet Ghost face, my favorite longhorn in the herd.
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The steer- names Q-tip, a real tough guy and only 2 years old.
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Mountain sheep, Thelma and Louise, hiding among the rocks.

Playing in the waterfall- a perfect sneaky shelf for the movie moment of hiding behind the waterfall.
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A late afternoon tiny flash flood- glad we swam earlier. While this much water isn’t going to wash you away, it sure was smelly and nasty.

Cambodian textiles


As a fabric and textile junkie- and just having returned from Cambodia- this book, Pictorial Cambodian Textiles by Gill Green, grabbed me and pulled me in. Unfortunately, you’d probably have to find a museum in Cambodia to see this stuff in real life, I didn’t see a drop of it on my visit (this whole planet is turning into a ‘Made in China’ experience). Have a look, get inspired and make something of your own.
I’m happy to report- there is an Institute of Khmer Traditional Textiles in Siem Reap, may tradition and culture live on!
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