An amazing 27 year old University of Utah student did something incredible on Friday and we should be shouting from the rooftops.
Tim DeChristopher single-handedly stopped some major BLM oil and gas leases from being sold by outbidding serious buyers. He admits he doesn't have any money but he wanted to stop the process and it is stopped until February. You can read about it here and here. He won bids on 10 parcels around Canyonlands and Arches.
He explains why he did it in his own words here. He's going to need a lot of support in the future for taking a huge risk to protect the lands we love.
No longer feeling like the grinch, I succumbed to peer pressure and put up a tree and outside lights. I do enjoy the lights, especially on this shortest day of the year. My presents are wrapped with care and we are all anticipating the opening ritual that will be upon us soon.
Except it's not Friday yet, oops! I hit the return button by accident. At any rate, I'll be ready for Skywatch when it IS Friday. I spent days waiting for a colorful sunset and was rewarded with these beautiful shots of "our" mountains. That's what I get for being a little antsy and impatient at heart about posting.
"Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom." --Soren Kierkegaard
What is freedom, really?
I looked it up and it is defined as a lack of constraints, or as freedom from something, like fear, want, hunger, pain, depression and/or addiction. Who wouldn't want that? But how do we get there?
Hint: it involves the loss of ego; hence the dizziness.
It's a spiritual pursuit and it requires a lot of work to live in freedom from constraints. There is also freedom to be joyous, freedom to be yourself, your truest Self, to just Be. That's another challenge. Life seems to be full of them.
I think that the path to freedom is through spiritual practice. What works for me won't necessarily work for someone else but we all want the same thing.
How lucky can I be to live so close to such a beautiful trail?
The landscape is spectacular. Every day, every season, it looks different. Today was a late fall/early winter day. The snow on the trail was like a soft cushion. The temperature was in the low 40's which was quite pleasant for a day in December. The sky was partly cloudy, sometimes a dull gray, sometimes a brilliant blue.
Dogs are hikers too
The sun shines from the west in the afternoon on to the eastern rock formations. Usually I walk this trail earlier in the day, then it's the reverse.
Snowflakes or dried flowers?
It was a little over three miles round trip
A bridge to somewhere
The grass dried like this, it's not the wind blowing it