Bob and Monica's Westward Expedition 2011

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#1)  Bob and Monica's Westward Expedition 2011

Postby edfrank » Wed Aug 03, 2011 9:32 pm

Bob and Monica's Westward Expedition 2011 - Listing of Associated Trip  Reports

               
                       
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Upcoming WNTS Gathering for 2011  viewtopic.php?f=159&t=1999&p=7504#p7504  
by Bob Leverett » Thu Feb 03, 2011 10:09 am

WNTS Gathering for 2011 - Summary viewtopic.php?f=159&t=2788
by dbhguru » Sun Jul 24, 2011 10:17 pm

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Bob and Monica's Westward Expedition 2011  June 14, 2011
viewtopic.php?f=157&t=2588&p=9915#p9915

Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario     June 21, 2011
viewtopic.php?f=113&t=2609&p=10025#p10025

Upper Peninsula, Michigan    June 22, 2011
viewtopic.php?f=90&t=2612&p=10063#p10063

Porcupine Mountains    June 24, 2011
viewtopic.php?f=90&t=2624&p=10116#p10116

Lake Itasca State Park, MN July 02, 2011
viewtopic.php?f=94&t=2661&p=10268#p10268

Theodore Roosevelt NP ND  viewtopic.php?f=107&t=2772
by dbhguru » Tue Jul 26, 2011 8:48 am

Grand Tetons WY viewtopic.php?f=133&t=2667
by dbhguru » Sun Jul 03, 2011 2:01 pm

Grand Tetons, WY Part 2  viewtopic.php?f=133&t=2692  
by dbhguru » Sat Jul 09, 2011 4:40 pm

WNTS - Grand Teton National Park - Rendezvous 2011 viewtopic.php?f=133&t=2727#p10541  
by Don Bertolette » Sat Jul 16, 2011 4:22 am

Basin and Range ID  viewtopic.php?f=77&t=2677
by dbhguru » Tue Jul 05, 2011 6:30 pm

Gibson Jack Lower Trail - Caribou NF ID  viewtopic.php?f=77&t=2695
by dbhguru » Sun Jul 10, 2011 5:52 pm

The Uintas ID viewtopic.php?f=133&t=2702
by dbhguru » Tue Jul 12, 2011 10:18 pm

Black Canyon of the Gunnison CO  viewtopic.php?f=70&t=2726
by dbhguru » Fri Jul 15, 2011 7:57 pm

Dinosaur National Monument CO  viewtopic.php?f=70&t=2722
by dbhguru » Fri Jul 15, 2011 6:38 pm

Bear Creek in San Juans CO  viewtopic.php?f=70&t=2729
by dbhguru » Sat Jul 16, 2011 11:12 am

Engineer Mountain CO  viewtopic.php?f=70&t=2732  
 by dbhguru » Sat Jul 16, 2011 11:27 pm

Bear Creek in San Juans CO  viewtopic.php?f=70&t=2742
by dbhguru » Mon Jul 18, 2011 11:30 pm

The Dunes CO  viewtopic.php?f=70&t=2750
by dbhguru » Tue Jul 19, 2011 11:26 pm

Dunes-New Perspective CO  viewtopic.php?f=70&t=2762
by dbhguru » Thu Jul 21, 2011 10:45 pm

Tall Grass Prairie Preserve OK  viewtopic.php?f=112&t=2765
by dbhguru » Fri Jul 22, 2011 10:49 pm

The Cumberland Mountains of Tennessee  July 29, 2011
viewtopic.php?f=124&t=2778&p=10828#p10828

Yellow Birches Behaving Strangely  July 29, 2011
viewtopic.php?f=106&t=2781&p=10834#p10834

Linville Gorge  July 30, 2001
viewtopic.php?f=106&t=2785&p=10860#p10860

Falling Waters and Flat Top Trail, VA  August 2, 2011
viewtopic.php?f=128&t=2798&p=10930#p10930

Saying Goodbye to the Parkway, VA  August 2, 2011
viewtopic.php?f=128&t=2800&p=10933#p10933

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#2)  Re: Bob and Monica's Westward Expedition 2011

Postby James Parton » Thu Aug 04, 2011 1:02 am

Thumbs up to our intrepid explorers, Bob and Monica Leverett. Hooray!!!
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#3)  Re: Bob and Monica's Westward Expedition 2011

Postby dbhguru » Thu Aug 04, 2011 1:30 pm

James,

   Thank's very much. Monica and I enjoy sharing our trips with our fellow and lady Ents. And now that our distinguished webmaster has created a new medium for presenting our collective exploits, we are the undisputed kings and queens of the mountain. This is the best it has ever been.

   I plan to write a full trip summary, focusing on not only the physical aspects of the special places and land features, but on the emotional impacts of the places on us. How does one stand at the edge of Lake Superior with the Porcupine Mountain wilderness to one's back and not get shivers. Then there are the vast open spaces of the Great American West. From a country road, one can amble out into a sagebrush flat, stand silently, and maybe get an inkling of the feeling that the pioneers must have had facing the challenges with its unknowns and dangers. There is much to admire about their spirit and much to contemplate, even today, when engulfed by the space of the Great Plains. For me, the expanse of earth and sky induces a transcendental state of the highest order. To have the wind blowing in my ears, no blaring radios, no asphalt or concrete - just the sun, wind, the calls of passing birds, and the distant horizon is nirvana. It takes big country to fully engage me, and the West is big country.  

   I have come to understand that to fully appreciate these great places is a test of imagination. One must attempt to connect on many levels. One can never absorb all the detail, but one can drink of the essence. It is not always clear to me what to do when one of our trips is complete. There are the trip reports, but there is also the realization that many battles remain to be fought to preserve the great places. The forces of exploitation are always close by. However, when I'm in a place like Dinosaur National Monument, I sense not only the spirits of the place, but the spirit and goodwill of those stalwart individuals who struggled to save a priceless natural treasure from commercial exploitation. They remind me of the goodness we have inside us. It is in this spirit that Monica and I have taken on the Blue Ridge Parkway book. If we can remind enough caring souls what we collectively must protect as a scenic and forest heritage, maybe the tide will turn toward a gentler treatment of our great places. One can always hope.  

   Perhaps beneath the surface, there is a greater purpose than just a tug between opposing forces. Sometimes I get a glimpse or feeling that this is the case. I got such a feeling when standing on the shores of Jackson Lake in July and looking at the spectacle of light reflecting off the surface. The water was slightly choppy and the dance of light seemed more etherial than worldly. Here is a hint at what I was looking at. You need to enlarge the image to get the effect. Double click on it.

               
                       
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#4)  Re: Bob and Monica's Westward Expedition 2011

Postby James Parton » Fri Aug 05, 2011 1:37 am

Bob,

Your way with words and your deep love and appreciation of the natural world really speaks to me. I have mentioned to you before that you would make an excellent druid. In fact more so than many people I meet in the druid orders. There are several types of druids. 1: Those who get into it because they think it is " occultic " or mystic. Personally, I think that is bull. 2: Those that wanna be " outlandish ". They make us look like flakes! 3: Those who have a deep love for nature, their culture, whether Celtic or otherwise and their ancestors and deity(ies). 2/3 of the druids I meet " don't cut the mustard " as far as I am concerned. They make much effort over mundane subjects and neglect much of what I find important in druidry. Things like the love of nature and how one relates to it. How one connects to their spirituality and deity in which nature is an expression of. Though it may have little in common with the ancients, modern druidry has much to teach its adherents, if they will dispense of all the hocus-pocus and concentrate on it's most important qualities. It's looseness of dogma is both an advantage and disadvantage.

I am not trying to sound arrogant. Druidry is just a path I have found to enhance my love of nature, grow closer to God and appreciate the world I live in. I take it very seriously. And Bob you are a better druid than many I see. I think Ancestral Memory and Jani's teachings run strong in you. And you are certainly a learner and a teacher. That is a good druidic qualities.

I am poor with words. I invite you into the New Order of Druids. You would make a great member. But even if you never do, you add a dimension here that no one else here has, or at least cannot express as well as you do. And you have a great sidekick in Monica!

Keep the adventures coming, my friend!
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#5)  Re: Bob and Monica's Westward Expedition 2011

Postby dbhguru » Fri Aug 05, 2011 8:25 am

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  You make eloquent arguments for the order of Druidry that you have embraced. I'd like to pursue the subject through personal email. I'll be in touch.

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#6)  Re: Bob and Monica's Westward Expedition 2011

Postby Larry Tucei » Fri Aug 05, 2011 8:32 am

Bob,  Fantastic trip reports as always, and your photos have really come of age.  I remember when you posted using no photos and yet with your great gift of writing the photos weren't needed. I always could imagine would a place or tree would look like through your writings. The photos just put the ice-ing on the cake for you. Can't wait to see the book.  Larry
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#7)  Re: Bob and Monica's Westward Expedition 2011

Postby James Parton » Fri Aug 05, 2011 10:19 am

Bob,

People who care as openly and as much for the natural environment as you do are rare. Plus you really have a way of expressing it. I am sure many other ENTS have a love for nature, I notice JRS has a very pro-environmental attitude and they are others. It is just that you express it well.

I am not pressuring you to join NOD. One thing is for sure. ENTS would be at a loss if you left or something happened to you.

I look forward to hearing from you, my friend.
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