2015

Fog at Blood Mountain Shelter

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Blood Mountain Shelter

The Appalachian Trail in northern Georgia is an amazingly beautiful and interesting trail. The Army Rangers complete the mountain portion of their training in the area near Dahlonega. The field they use for rapelling out of helicopters is next to the AT and you can hear them firing off rifles at all hours of the day. You won’t see them, but they are known to stalk hikers on the trail for practice.

2015

Avenue of the Giants

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Avenue of the Giants

The Avenue of the Giants is a scenic highway that winds through 31 miles of old growth forest. Lined with hundreds, if not thousands, of ancient coastal redwoods and offers travelers many opportunities to stop and hike through ancient redwood groves. Coastal redwoods (sequoia sempervirens) are the largest living things on this planet, growing up to 350′ high and 15′ in diameter, and are as old as 2,000 years. The average age for the redwoods […]

2015

Tall Trees Grove

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Tall Trees Grove

The Tall Trees Grove in Redwoods National Park, located in Northern California near Orick contains some of the oldest and largest living things on Earth. This grove was untouched by loggers, preserving these trees for generations of future people.

2015

Beach by the Redwoods

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Redwoods Beach

I’ve never seen the sea so intimidating as at Redwoods beach. Not violent, but angry and threatening any who dared to enter its domain. Waves churning near offshore. Even the beach sand seemed a caution to those who would dare enter the water. This is not the soft sand of Southern California, but a harsh, dark rock that resisted breaking down to smaller pieces. The lone surfer here walked up and down the coastline, as […]

2015

Tallgrass Prairie

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Tallgrass Prairie

The Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in located in central Kansas, just west of Emporia. This is one of the few remaining native prairies, unbroken by the steel plows of early settlers or modern farmers, and has existed as in this picture for millions of years. The ground grew 1″ every 600 years, and natural fires and the grazing of herds of bison limited the growth of trees. Not in this picture but off to my right […]

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I’m Leaving MillerCoors (and 10 Reasons Why You Should Still Want to Work There)

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After nearly 7 years, I am leaving MillerCoors. This was not an easy decision. I wasn’t looking for a new gig. By every measure I had a prime opportunity at MillerCoors. MillerCoors has afforded me tremendous professional and personal growth opportunities, but lightning has struck twice and I’m afforded an even more incredible opportunity (more on that in a future post). Now that I am a former employee, rather than focus on why I left I want […]

2014

Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio

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One of the most famous and influential architects of the 20th century, Frank Lloyd Wright ushered in the American organic architecture movement which sought to promote harmony between man and nature in design. Wright benefited from good timing as Chicago in the 1880’s was a city of rebirth. Recovering from the Great Fire of 1871, Chicago in the 1880’s was a booming, vibrant town. Wright landed a prestigious apprenticeship with Louis Sullivan, inventor of the skyscraper. […]