Good Morning All,
Have a safe and happy Fourth of July, everyone!
Don’t let this Trumpy martial bs drag down your celebration of this amazing country and our intellectual and constitutional inheritance. Celebrate and live the Enlightenment values of our founding, but never be satisfied with how far we’ve come when we have so much further to go.
When our values were forged, it was on the bones and breathing, resisting, ignored bodies of natives, slaves, women, the poor, and the different, but we have slowly managed to re-define “us” to include ever-more types of people. This great challenge is not complete as we now work to entrench and expand our new understandings of race, gender, sexuality, culture, and class, and to discover and free those who’ve been kept down or extinguished but are invisible to “ the whole”.
We have to win 2020 and win big, there is no choice but to defend ourselves from this cancerous Confederate resurgence. Rule or Ruin is weakening our partisan side, yes, but that ideology is really hobbling us as a Nation in our most challenging and consequential battle, Climate Change. We all stand to lose from this lost opportunity, especially if other countries figure out a solution and leave our industry in the dust of our mined-coal mountains.
Lost in all our focus on political donations and activity is the good work that these and so many other charities and non-profits do everyday. I know that the changes in tax laws has affected charitable giving negatively in many cases, so I encourage you to think global, national, state, and local today, and find a few good causes to donate a little scratch.
Should we lose in 2020 and our nightmares substantiate, we need these other forces in our world, big and small, to be empowered and supported. Celebrate our Nation’s birthday by strengthening it!
Have a great 4th, see you tomorrow.
Today, pictures from valued commenter HinTN.
Mrs H and I spent two weeks out west at the end of March and beginning of April 2018. We went to four National Parks and one State Park in Utah, none of which we had visited before. We went first to Bryce Canyon NP, then to Capitol Reef NP, and then to Moab, UT, where we alternated time between Arches NP, Canyonlands NP, and Dead Horse Point SP, which is on the same plateau as the most accessible area of Canyonlands.
Here are photos from Bryce Canyon NP.
Taken on Late Evening
Bryce – Hoodoos
Everyone has seen the standard shot of the formations at Bryce Canyon. The rim of the canyon looks east out over the hoodoos. This was taken from the rim looking up into the amphitheater late in the day. It gives you a look at the layers that were deposited and then revealed by the erosion.
Bryce – In the Canyon
There’s a nice loop trail that takes you down in the canyon where you can get up close and personal with the hoodoos. It’s a nice walk, even if the 8,000 foot elevation can have you huffin’ and puffin’ coming back to the rim.
Bryce – Thors Hammer Panorama
As you are on the canyon loop trail, you pass two famous formations, Queen Victoria and Thor’s Hammer. Here’s the hammer. We saw this formation repeated at Canyonlands.
Layers in Hoodoos
Here’s the “traditional” shot. The funny looking white thing that is the last hoodoo and has a trail to its right is a feature called Queen Victoria and the trail below, which is part of the loop, is called the Queen’s Garden.
Thank you so much HinTN, do send us more when you can.
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