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About mlgray

Heading out on adventures, building community, eating delicious cuisines, supporting the local food movement and enjoying walks in the wild . . . grateful to be wandering in the world with you.

Stewardship

Virtues of Travel: Part 11 Since much of my free time beyond family and work has not been focused on writing but on outdoor experiences and environmental advocacy, (whether through the Friends of Colorado State Parks, or my new obsession with … Continue reading

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Change

Virtues of Travel: Part 10 I knew the cold was coming.  This is my 7th winter in Denver, so I could anticipate the arctic air stream dropping just south enough to bring our temperatures to zero, and to dust us … Continue reading

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Connection

Virtues of Travel: Part 9 On a cold January evening, I stood on a bridge over looking a Venetian canal.  The low fog wrapped around my feet as it whispered down Venice’s narrow streets. A sole gondolier navigated his boat … Continue reading

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Letting Go

Virtues of Travel: Part 8 So what is Preparation’s greatest complement and necessary ally in travel?  Yes indeed, Letting Go. It might seem a defeatist’s mentality at first, that after all that preparation at whatever level you chose, you must … Continue reading

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Preparation

Virtues of Travel: Part 7 While reading my brother’s recent posts on training for his 100-mile run, I began contemplating the importance of getting ready for travel.  To succeed, he has to be disciplined about the types of trails he’s … Continue reading

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Wander from Home

Virtues of Travel: Part 6 Spring is a stunning time in Denver … crisp mornings alter between hot and mild days, afternoons fill with rain and thunderstorms, and evening brings perfect sunsets over the Rocky Mountains.  We take to the … Continue reading

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Enjoy the Road You’re On

Virtues of Travel: Part 5 I often contemplate the concept of sliding doors … in a religious context we might discuss it as fate or destiny … what I’m after is how we understand all the decisions, all the small … Continue reading

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Surfaces

Virtues of Travel: Part 4 For my own part I am pleased enough with surfaces– in fact they alone seem to me to be of much importance. Such things for example as the grasp of a child’s hand in your … Continue reading

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Relishing

Virtues of Travel: Part 3 Unfortunately, the adage, “live in the present moment,” has become cliche enough that we too often disregard it.  We move at lightning speed throughout our day, never taking the deep breath to fully enjoy where … Continue reading

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Patience

Virtues of Travel: Part 2 I’m standing in-line at the grocery store, a long line, the wrong line, (you know, the one you thought would move faster than the others, but it turns out to have the customers with the … Continue reading

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