Day: August 1, 2015

A New Adventure

One year ago today – on August 1, 2014 – Claire and I left home to begin our Not All Who Wander Are Lost cross-country tour. Besides all the memories of 20 days on the road together between father and daughter, what a year it has been for all the Browns, including: Memorable trips for work, including a quick visit to Galiacia. A wild baseball postseason. Fall and spring visits to see Andrew and Claire during their senior years at college. Two graduations in two weeks! My 60th birthday, and my father’s 90th. And so much more. So, a year later Candice and I took an early morning drive to BWI airport with Claire as she heads to her first job in Los Angeles…exactly one year to the day after we left to drive west for her senior year in college.  This time, after hugs and kisses, Claire navigated the incredibly long line to check bags through Southwest, missed her original flight, caught a stand-by flight that actually got her into LAX 15 minutes earlier …

Ancestral Places

Last week I spent three days working in Southeast Utah and the Four Corners region with colleagues from the National Trust and partner organizations on our Ancestral Places of Southeast Utah campaign.  Here’s the campaign overview from the Trust’s Saving Places website: Ancestral Places of Southeast Utah include archaeological sites, cliff dwellings, petroglyphs, and trails that tell stories of diverse people over the course of 12,000 years of human history. The area — mostly federal land managed by the Bureau of Land Management — lacks adequate legal protection and funding to protect its archaeological treasures. In collaboration with tribes and other local, state, and national partners, the National Trust is engaging in research, outreach, and advocacy to protect these iconic cultural sites and landscapes for future generations to appreciate. In two full days of hiking, I was able to see a handful of the thousands of sites in this beautiful landscape.  With Josh Ewing and Vaughan Hadenfeldt – the leadership of the Friends of Cedar Mesa – we visited cliff dwellings, saw petroglyphs, stood amazed at …