A dream!

A lot is up in the air right now. A whole lot.

Most of it centers around employment, but with that comes a lot of other factors. Money, of course. Direction as well. The other major thing is time.

I am hoping everything aligns in one very simple way. A way that will give me enough time and financial resources to accomplish this:

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I think it’s funny the things I think of when people are asking me where I’m going to be working and if I’ll be able to afford to live where I do now. If I do, I do is my attitude about it. If I don’t, oh well. As to where I’m working….I’ll end up exactly where I need to be.

In the meantime, I can continue on with my dreams!

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My Dream, Revisited

For the past two years, I have been wanting to drive around the perimeter of the country for no reason other than, as my mother likes to say, I like to “flitter” around.

I fear that I will never have the financial capacity to do this. Not that that will really stop me, but this seems like the ideal way to do it without further incurring debt…..

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Thanks for your support!

My Dream Assignment

I’ve had this idea for the past two years to drive around the perimeter of this great country of ours. It started when I flew out to DC two summers ago and took a mini blur of an East Coast road trip. How fun would it be, I thought, to do that around the entire perimiter of the country!

The ideal plan would be to have an RV and pack it up with photography equipment and my best friend, Tanaya and document whatever we feel like documenting as we journey around the country.

Now, it appears there might be opportunity to do this.  I came across the “Name Your Dream Assignment” contest and have entered in it to be able to make this dream come true.

The next step is getting votes! So here goes….vote for me here:

http://www.nameyourdreamassignment.com/the-ideas/jtsos/drawing-the-perimeter-of-the-united-states/

Spring Training at Last!

When I was 17, I made a list of things I wanted to do before I died. And then at 22, I crossed off the things I had done and added a series of new things.

One thing that was on both lists was to go to Dodger Spring Training. I haven’t made it so far because up until this year it involved a cross-country flight and probably more time that 40 hours or so.

So today’s a big day. I finally get to see Dodger Spring Training! And I get to cross something off my life’s to-do list. In about 10 minutes I’ll be heading out the door to pick up Tanaya. Then we’ll be driving to Glendale, AZ for a 12 p.m. (PST) game!

Not only do I finally get to see a game, but I get to journey back out into the Sonoran desert and nothing could make me happier right now!

I can tell I’m excited because it’s 3:30 in the morning and I’m wide awake.

The Gila Cliff Dwellings

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Around the time, I started to plan this trip to New Mexico, I came across an article in the New York Times about the Gila Cliff Dwellings. Of course, you mix desert and hiking and things that are utterly cool like cliff dwellings, and it instantly must be added to the list of things I must do in life to make it complete.

Fortunately, my aunt and uncle are such awesome people that not only did they agree to the idea in the planning, but they actually arranged for us to get up to the Gila National forest three hours away from their home in Las Cruces, NM.

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So, we made the the 3-hour trek each way from their home. Everything about the day was absolutely awesome. The drive from Silver City to the trail-head for the dwellings was breathtaking. It was great to take in every single second of the view amidst about the teasing for my habit of “twittering.”

Once there, we put Cabot in the kennel that the National Park Service provides (a fabulous idea, I think, when you don’t want dogs out on the trail). We made the short hike up the side of the cliff. They warn that it is steep, but it wasn’t too bad.

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Along the way, there were several park guides who told some interesting stories about their experiences. And we learned about the per diem and space to stay that guides are given. It seems like it would be a good thing to do at some point in life.

The caves themselves are quite impressive when you consider that they were built in the 1200s. It was amazing to see how well thought-out these dwellings were.

The most moving thing to me was the view outside one of the rooms. The “window” hewn in the rock gave a

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The magic of the desert never ceases to amaze me. There is something so inherently beautiful about it that I completely understand why you would want to create your home there, even in rock, and commune with your soul.

Las Cruces, NM 2009 (Part 1)

Last year, I had a great time visiting my aunt and uncle (and aunt and uncle) in Las Cruces, and this year was absolutely amazing!

If you read my blog at all, you know that I have somewhat of a minor, tiny little obsession with the desert. There’s just something about it. So, I was absolutely thrilled to be able to make it out there again. I was especially excited because I knew there was a chance that we might make it out to the Gila cliff dwellings, which initially prompted that conversation with my mom that ended in: “Let me guess, now you want to go.”

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Of course I did. And I feel a little more complete now that I have!

To start with the sky was absolutely, positively entrancing.  It was amazingly blue during the day time, and stunning at sunrise and sunset. It’s nice to see it without the thin layer of smog that often blocks  my view.

I love, love, love that I shared this with my family. I loved every second of talk about politics and news and economics and, yes, even the jokes!

These are my awesome aunts:

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And this is the purple cactus we saw on the drive up to the cliff dwellings:

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The walk up to the cliff dwellings:

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The view through the cliff dwellings:

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The sunset:

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And the moon:

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I wish I hadn’t had to come back!