It’s Always Sunny in…Arizona

While I love that Virginia has 4 distinct seasons, each one with its own vibe and feeling both outdoors and in, the dreary East Coast winter has really got me craving some warmth. Rather than focusing on its absence and the possibility of 4 more inches of snowfall, I’ll just share some pictures from my days living in Arizona. Where it is sunny and you adventure in some part of the state for more than 300 days of the year. That kind of sun exposure overwhelmed my senses and made me a little more than manic, but the pictures from my past take the chill of my bones and my heart. Enjoy a few Sonoran views with me…(featured image is a view of Watson Lake in Prescott)

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Sonoran Sunset…from the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix
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Sunny mood inspiring St. John’s Wort, Hypericum perforatum. Flagstaff
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Devil’s Bridge. Sedona
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Prickly Poppy, Argemone mexicana. Agua Fria
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View of Weaver’s Needle from Peralta Canyon
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View of Oak Flat and canyon area from a nearby ridge.
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View of some river delta…from a tiny Cesna airplane on the way to Lake Havasu
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Saguaro and the Valley of the Sun, view from the Hieroglyph Trail in the Superstition Wilderness

Navigating the Food Maze

Navigating the Food Maze – Outside Magazine

I really like this article because it addresses shopping for healthy and avoiding the pitfalls of green-washing (saying something is eco-friendly when it probably isn’t) and health-washing (making something seem healthy by using the words gluten-free, or organic, when it really is not), as well as some advice for shopping according to your mood. Great read!

Working Adventures

Yesterday I got to go to Roanoke, VA for work. I love that town. Really and truly love it. I think the people there are the nicest people in Virginia! It’s about 3 hours from Richmond, situated very close to the Appalachian trail, and as I drove the freeways to get there it was quite a nostalgic trip seeing signs for the trail towns I stopped in. Glasgow, Troutville, Daleville…I let my mind go back to those places and the very specific memories I have of each one. Scotto’s Pizza in Glasgow, taking a shower at the fire station in Troutville, buying new insoles and getting free coffee in Daleville. Just thinking about those days I can smell the smells, see the faces, retrace my steps. What an incredible journey I had. What an incredibly lucky human I am to have had that journey. I don’t know if I will ever be able to fully express the gratitude I have to everyone and everything that made it possible for me. Continue reading Working Adventures

Underworld

I decided to try, on an impulse just because I saw the post, WordPress’ Writing 201 Class. I’m not much of a poet anymore, even though it used to flow freely from my fingers or mouth with the slightest muse. Today’s Prompt: Journey Style: Limerick Device: Alliteration

I based this on a Shamanic drumming meditation I completed just a few minutes before seeing the Writing 201 post.

I found my self walking down a dark hole

The firefly flew to light up my soul

So blue and bright

There was no night

On the Underworld’s cerulean knoll

Love the Appalachian Mountains? Love the Earth? Get Involved!

*Press Release from Richmond People’s Climate March – Please share on social media!*

Hello friends and earth activists,

Please save the date of February 23, 2015 for the Richmond People’s Climate March!  As the Virginia General Assembly begins to wind down, we want to meet our legislators bright and early to “Sound the Alarm” on climate change in the Commonwealth! We want them to know that we are awake and watching their responses to climate change!

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At a time when the world’s leading scientists have repeatedly stated that we must phase out fossil fuels within the next 15 years in order to mitigate rising sea levels and other effects of climate change, Virginia is doing less than the bare minimum to move us toward a sustainable future. With Dominion’s political influence at an all-time high, Virginia communities from the coasts to the mountain valleys are taking the brunt of Dominion’s greed and inaction.  The Atlantic Coast Pipeline will tear through generations of family homes and history, will increase the likelihood of soil and water contamination, gas explosions, and will accelerate greenhouse gas emissions. Likewise, our coastal communities in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, and the Eastern Shore are second only to Louisiana in vulnerability to sea level rise, and now may face the additional threat of offshore oil and gas drilling.

In the spirit of love, justice, and stewardship of our Earth, Richmond People’s Climate March is calling for leaders of our local faith communities to join us on Monday February 23 at 7am at the Virginia Capitol to sound the alarm on climate change and pray for the wisdom of our elected officials as they finalize legislation during the 2015 General Assembly session. In response to the growing global movement for climate and environmental justice, we must empower each other to create the changes we need. We are the joyous resistance!

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At 7 a.m. we will gather at the Capitol Bell Tower and then hold a multi-cultural, inter-faith prayer circle, inviting Virginia State legislators to attend as they arrive for work. We will then sound the alarm on climate change with the help of  indigenous drum circle, War Paint of Lumberton, NC as well as other cultural performances. Directly following the climate alarm, we will unveil to our governor and legislators,  “The People’s Preferred Energy Plan” calling for utility-scale renewable infrastructure, phasing out of dirty coal, and opposing fracked gas and oil drilling in our future.  We will then take a short march in the vicinity of the capitol to spread the message of climate awareness to the city.

2015 is poised to be the year that we collectively change the conversation on climate chaos. Last September, 400,000 people marched in New York City, carrying with them a wave of momentum that continues to this day. This is the momentum necessary to turn the tide, in Virginia and across the South. Please join us!

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Please forward to your network of activists and supporters. If you have any questions feel free to email me. Since its so early we are offering places to stay for out of town folks. Let me know if you need accommodations.  Hope to see ya there!

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In solidarity,

Richmond People’s Climate March

James River Park System – RVA (Richmond, Virginia)

Now that I’m back to living in a city and am somewhat stable with a job and rent and bills and stuff, I have to find time and places to get decent roaming in.  Unfortunately the mountains I crave and the hikes they bestow are a good 2-2.5 hours away, and with my weird work schedule it’s not always possible to get out there every week. Fortunately though, Richmond has done a good job with the James River Park System, and a gorgeous trail is less than 15 minutes (drive time) from my home. Continue reading James River Park System – RVA (Richmond, Virginia)

Backdated Posts are Up!

Hey there lovely friends of mine! I’ve been posting a lot of backdated entries from my adventures. If you don’t receive updates by email, make sure you go back through and take a look at what you may have missed.  I dated the posts according to when they were written and NOT when they were posted. There are lots of pictures now, write-ups about the last days on the trail, and my adventures down the west coast. So take a stroll around RoamandWrite and hopefully you’ll find something new and fun to read! Continue reading Backdated Posts are Up!