Chalk Creek Road Utah Photo by Merril Longmore 2017

Hope – the seed of belief

  Recently I spoke with friends about the status of the world. How everything seems to be falling apart and getting worse. In truth the world does seem to be declining in morality, ethics, and integrity. Yet I remembered a truth that has always resonated with me. There is always hope... As long as there …

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Adventure in Hawaii! Danger!

A few months ago my wife and I were planning our belated honeymoon. I said "we should go backpacking in Hawaii." she replied, "OK" After asking if she was serious I looked up backpacking trails in Kauai. I found one called the Kalalau trail. I discovered I needed a permit. We bought some permits a …

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Cold thing and Warm dreams

When life is cold Listen to thoughts of old The morning sun will always break Leaving trails of warmth in its wake Recently I have been reflecting on not murmuring. Murmuring is defined as a subdued or private expression of discontent or dissatisfaction. While often overlooked this attitude of dissatisfaction can overcome our overall demeanor leaving …

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Havasupai – Blue green dreams

I enjoyed one of the most memorable experiences of my life this past week. My entire family backpacked to Havasupai falls for Thanksgiving. If you have never been to Havasupai, add it to your bucket list. I remember the first time I saw a picture of the waterfalls at Havasupai. I believed they were photo shopped. …

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Top of the World

Adventures always begin in the dark. I scrambled together lots of snacks, plenty of water, and warm clothes for a long day and stuffed them in my pack. "Oh yea... a head lamp, don't forget your head lamp" I thought as I ran out the door. I drove to the base of the Wasatch mountains and …

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Ascending

I recently began attending local caving meetings. Cavers are a unique group of people. Their meetings have little structure. They just wanted to play on ropes. I met the cavers at a local park on a Wednesday evening. We began throwing ropes up in trees. Soon ropes hung down from several tree branches. They informed me they were practicing ascending ropes. …

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Why do you run?

Two years ago you would not recognize me. I weighed approximately 400 lbs. I was happy and  content. A content life is a dangerous life. The world we live  in is turbulent, harsh, and beautiful. Eventually the storm of life will rain on each of us. In the words of Anne of Green Gables, “It's been my experience …

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