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We’ve had two storms  (nearly a foot each) two weekends in a row.  Both times, the snow accumulation melts nearly away by the next storm.  Creeks are flowing freely around here and people are spending more time stocking up on firewood.  Storms help us focus on the simple needs in life: shelter, warmth, water, and food.  We come in after a long walk in foot deep snow; we make tea and hot chocolate coconut milk; we build a good fire in the wood-stove and read a book, or work on homework or draw.  In other places, where snow is plentiful, I imagine people are always prepared.  Here is Arizona, we take the daily warmth and sunshine for granted; a storm comes and people scrabble around for basics.

Granite Mountain Wilderness Area, Yavapai County, AZ

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~a sublime warm winter destination~

 

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Another Stone Shrine

 

 

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Something happens when one has lived long enough (with intention) on one piece of land.  There is a deepening of relationship between person and place, as if the land finally accepts you as one of its own. (more…)

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In times of big water, the wild gets the upper hand and I feel a deep satisfaction inside.  We cannot drive our cars, cannot cross the creeks; the roads have washed away.  This year is the year of big water.  The rain and snow melt from Apache Creek and the runoff from Juniper Mesa and Walnut Creek converges behind our barn.

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Loving this Land

“Altogether it is difficult to leave a country before you have done something to prove that you have felt and loved it.”
-Vincent Van Gogh 1889

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My family and I live far from the busy, rushing river some call “mainstream.”  We, in fact, live along a lazy, trickling creek folded into a valley in the mountains of North-Central Arizona.  This place we call home is bursting with wild and wonderful life year-round.  To our south lie the Santa Maria Mountains, “Apache Creek Wilderness”, Ponderosas and deep rugged canyons.  The Juniper Mountains, “Juniper Mesa Wilderness,” pinions and steep limestone cliffs are what we find to the north.  To our west is one of the largest, wildest and traditionally run ranches in the United States.  Our neighbors to the east are two miles away; after that, an hour drive to town with only trees, grasses and mountain views in all directions.  The land we occupy is roughly 300 acres surrounded on all sides by hundreds of square miles of National Forest Land.  Some people say they could never live here in the middle of nowhere; to me, it’s the middle of everywhere. (more…)

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