Mount Charleston (NV)

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I know that I mentioned during our coffee date last weekend, that I felt a need to get out of the city. Not that unusual..LOL. A day trip during the weekend really does the trick for me. I’d say that I can handle city living pretty good, if I get that thrill most weekends. To be addicted to nature can’t be all that bad. Right?

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It snowed in the mountains surrounding Las Vegas, on Saturday night. We headed up to Mount Charleston, (one of our closest places to enjoy the snow at,) on Sunday. This time it was even more fun than usual, because we didn’t go by ourselves. We went with a great family from Vegas, that both my daughter and I love very much. It was a blast.

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The kids were so happy to play in the snow.

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Both two legged, and four legged kids!

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I’m so grateful that we have the mountains nearby. It really doesn’t matter what mountain it is, the mountains feels like home to me.

I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, This is what it is to be happy. – Sylvia Plath

That is exactly how I feel when I get out of the city. Alive. There’s endless studies showing that people who lives close to nature (park/forest,/beach/mountain,) and frequently spend time there, is less likely to get depressed, or suffer anxiety problems. Not that I ever had a severe reaction like that, but still. I can totally understand that relation.

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My German Shepherd shares my opinion. I never see her as happy, as she is when she’s in the mountains.

You already know who my favorite poet it..I feel the power of this well known quote in my soul.

The mountains are calling and I must go. – John Muir 

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Sledding, and snowshoeing are popular winter activities at Mount Charleston. We had a great time playing, and doing some lighter hiking with the kids. I think it was exactly what we all needed to be able to start a new week at our best. (A pretty important week that is. My daughter started a new school, closer to my new home yesterday. Her first day went well. She made some new friends, and said that the school was OK.)

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Where earth meets the sky. 

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It was cold and beautiful.

The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness. – John Muir   

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I love the challenge of taking photos of a snowy landscapes. Everything looks so clean, and soft.

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I was so surprised to see a Prickly Pear Cactus peek up through the snow. I didn’t know that they thrived on this elevation. The contrast is rather stunning, don’t you think?

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Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn. – John Muir 

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I hope you enjoyed this little winter adventure, and some inspiration for your Thursday morning. I can’t believe that it’s almost weekend again!

Not all adventures makes it here to the blog, but I usually post something on Instagram, feel free to follow my explorations in mindfulness there.

Love,

Ms Zen

 

Weekend Coffee Share – Almost Christmas

 

Today we’re having a 5 min quick coffee chat, I’m about to head out the door. How would you like your coffee today? OK, coming right up!

How was your week? Busy with Christmas preparations? I wrapped  my last gifts this morning.

I’ve been working all week, and on my free-time I’ve put a lot of time into working with my dog (getting some good exercise myself at the same time.) Mostly outdoors, we’ve worked a lot on long recall lately. One night I even took her to MGM (one of the biggest hotel and casino in Vegas,) for some new exposures. She did awesome!!! I was 100% focused on her, so I do not have any pictures to show her excellence, I wish I did though. We spent several hours there, we did not have any issues whatsoever, and no one ever questioned her being there. I’m very proud of her.

I’m about to get in the rental car that is parked in my driveway, and head over to one of our neighbor states for a weekend adventure. I know I mentioned photographing wild horses in Arizona this weekend, but my plans changed. I’ll share more with you when I get back. I can tell you as much that I splurged on a new weekend suitcase, and a hotel room, no sleeping under the stars this time.

Have a wonderful, wonderful weekend, and a MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Love,

Ms Zen

Ps. Those weekends that I spent away from home I always look forward to catch up with my coffee friends when I get back. The Weekend Coffee Share has kind of become a thing 🙂

Exploring Red Rock Canyon

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It is true that I live in a big city for the first time in my life, and I’m NOT a city girl. Luckily we’re only minutes from a really cool place, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

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It offers a fascinating desert landscape. It’s an amazing place to explore now, during fall/winter. I’m thrilled that I am able to do that. The desert offers both solitude, and an excitement that is hard to match.

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My daughter found an open, sandy spot that she declared was perfect for a dance party. So we danced. Without music. In the middle of the desert. By ourselves. Laughing our hearts out.

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To me, the fact that she initiated this, is a victory. I love how her brain works. I pray she’ll stay this free spirited.

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She is not my little girl anymore. She is her own person, and I am so proud of her.

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Red Rock Canyon is amazing, and I’ve only just scratch on the surface. I’m looking forward to do a lot more exploring.

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My dog thoroughly enjoyed some off leash time. When we got closer to the trail head I attached the leash again, and worked through some obedience sequences we do several times a day. To keep her tuned in.

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While I was doing that, my daughter borrowed my camera and took tons of pictures. I kind of liked this one, that she took of Gretchen and me.

We saw signs of horses and burros, lots of poop, and hoofprints, but no animals. Hopefully we’ll see some next time. I love watching wild horses play. It’s one of my favorite things. From a distance, of course.

I hope your new week is awesome.

Love,

Ms Zen