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Grab a cup of coffee and read my account of the 'Shepherd Pass Ordeal'.

The odyssey that is the Shepherd Pass Trail is told here to serve as a warning for those of you who will venture into the wilderness looking to take a 'shortcut' rather than follow the tried-and-true. Sometimes the path less traveled is such because it is…

#jmt #backpacking #hiking #thruhike #thetrek #johnmuirtrail #go-ownit #go_ownit #redpackwalking
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Purposeful Contemplation | I sit reflecting on the long traverse up to Glen Pass on the JMT. This image taken on July 21, 2017, is one of my favorites. We were heading northbound on the iconic trail and had already finished crossing most of the snowfields when we stopped to watch a guy going the other direction, making his way to Kearsarge Pass to exit. He had already contended with considerable amounts of snow on the other side of Glen Pass and decided he had enough. We would soon make the very same decision, not being comfortable with our skill level in passing over steep snow. After feeling defeated, we've decided that we will be returning this year to finish what we started. I've since taken a mountaineering course to manage any snow that we might encounter this year.
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(📷📍: The approach to Glen Pass (11,895 feet / 3625 meters). Sequoia / Kings Canyon National Parks. Sierra Nevada. California. Mile 33.1 of JMT NOBO. 7/21/17)
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#JMT2017 #JMT #JohnMuirTrail #California #ThruHike #GlenPass #snow #backpacking #hiking #trekking #theTrek #lonelyplanet #adventure #outdoorlife #getoutside #optoutside #exploremore #wanderer #mountains #earthcapture #wilderness #backcountry #roamtheplanet #inspire #Everytrailconnects #hikingadventures #wildernessculture #RedPackWalking #GoOwnIt #Go_OwnIt
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Learn how to obtain a JMT permit without the hassle

Let's face it, planning for a long-distance hiking adventure can be daunting; there are a LOT of details to take into consideration. Before you can begin any overnight excursion out on the John Muir Trail (JMT), you will need to acquire a permit. This…
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​Sneaky Santa | ​A Santa Claus ornament dangles precariously from a simplistically decorated yet elegantly adorned home in Prague.

Prague, filled with some of the most captivating architectural structures in Europe, reminiscent of the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque eras, is a picturesque city that was spared the tragic fate of many European cities during World War II. It is the largest urban historical center listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, a “museum of architecture under the open sky.”

This image is one from a series, taking a break from the natural wonders of the world and focusing on the impressions we humans leave behind.
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(📷📍: Prague, Czech Republic 12/17/2016)
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​The Light That Guides The Way | On a dark and dreary winter afternoon, a gleaming yule light permeates the fog to act as a beacon guiding the way home. A southern Bavarian residence sits amongst the foothills of the German Alps in the village of Hohenschwangau, inviting dwellers into its warm, cozy shelter to celebrate Christmas with friends and family.

This image is one from a series, taking a break from the natural wonders of the world and focusing on the impressions we humans leave behind.
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(📷📍: The village of Hohenschwangau in the town of Schwangau. Bavaria. Germany 12/20/2016)
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​Christmas Sunset | The setting sun glows against the Church of Our Lady before Týn in Prague at Christmastime. The Old Town Square features an impressive Christmas tree adorned with gingerbread decorations and bows, Christmas markets emanating aromas both savory and sweet, and thousands of visitors who are reveling in the spirit of the season.

This image is one from a series, taking a break from the natural wonders of the world and focusing on the impressions we humans leave behind.
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(📷📍: Old Town Square and the Church of Our Lady before Týn. Prague, Czech Republic 12/16/2016)
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​Christmas Caper | Children present a joyous Christmas performance in the festively decorated square outside of St. Vitus Cathedral in the Czech Republic while onlookers delight in the merrymaking.

This image is one from a series, taking a break from the natural wonders of the world and focusing on the impressions we humans leave behind.
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(📷📍: St. Vitus Cathedral Square. Prague, Czech Republic 12/17/2016)
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Christmas at Biltmore | Christmastime at the Biltmore Estate is especially magical with dozens of lavishly decorated towering trees, thousands of ornaments sparkling among the twinkling lights, and the flicker of candlelight and warm fireplaces.

This image is a part of the new exhibition "Glamour on Board: Fashion from 'Titanic' the Movie." It is a memory of a trip to one of my most favorite places in the world!

A visit to the estate can give you an intimate look at how people of considerable means spent their time and lived their life structured around formality and etiquette. The legacy of Mr. Vanderbilt, his planners, and his builders endures today thanks to the preservation of the noble house, pristine gardens, and the community that was built surrounding the establishment. In addition to being a museum, the Biltmore Estate partners with various organizations to promote philanthropy and environmental conservation. Although Biltmore was a place of grandeur, it was also home to a family who appreciated the beauty of nature. Home to a family who recognized the efforts of all those who made the household possible to exist and continue to operate. Biltmore endures as a testament to how innovative thinking can overcome many obstacles, standing the test of time to become self-sustaining and even flourishing.

This image is one from a series, taking a break from the natural wonders of the world and focusing on the impressions we humans leave behind.
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(📷📍: The Biltmore Estate House. Asheville, North Carolina. USA 11/19/2017)
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​The Staircase | The grand staircase at Biltmore Estate is a cantilevered marvel inspired by the monumental spiral staircase at the Chateau de Blois in the Loire Valley, France. Built by counterbalancing the weight of each of the substantial limestone slab steps offset by the weight of the wall bearing down. This beauty encircles a magnificent 1,700 pound, 50-foot tall, wrought iron chandelier and is one of the first things you see when entering the home.

Ascending the staircase is a memory of a visit to one of my most favorite places in the world! The Biltmore Estate is a wondrous place, a narrative of an opulent lifestyle to the likes of which the majority of us have never seen. Take a step back in time, walk through corridors and climb the grand staircase following the footsteps of the Vanderbilt family and house staff as they welcomed and hosted distinguished guests. Get an intimate look at how people of considerable means spent their time and lived their life structured around formality and etiquette.

This image is one from a series, taking a break from the natural wonders of the world and focusing on the impressions we humans leave behind.
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(📷📍: The Biltmore Estate House. Asheville, North Carolina. USA 11/19/2017)
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#biltmore #christmas #christmasatbiltmore #asheville #northcarolina #castle #staircase #architecture #travel #adventure #exploremore #wanderlust #roamtheplanet #traveltheworld #travelphotography #goownit #go_ownit
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​The Conservatory | Designed by architect Richard Morris Hunt, and completed in 1895, the Biltmore Conservatory is the enchanting home to a broad variety of exotic plants and flowers. It continues to provide flora for the Biltmore House just as it did back when the Vanderbilts resided there.

Walk through the rose garden, fragrant scents wafting through the air, and glimpse the wonders hidden inside the conservatory through the tall arched windows, vivid bursts of color painting the sanctuary within.
Step inside under a paned glass roof that welcomes the sun's warming rays, nourishing an assortment of alluring orchids and a palette of colorful blooms to excite the senses. Stroll among towering palms and lush greenery, creating a sense of wandering through a dense jungle forest.

The Conservatory is stunning all year 'round, although it does take on a distinctive appearance during Christmastime.

This image is one from a series, taking a break from the natural wonders of the world and focusing on the impressions we humans leave behind.
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(📷📍: The Biltmore Estate Conservatory. Asheville, North Carolina. USA 11/19/2017)
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#biltmore #christmas #christmasatbiltmore #asheville #northcarolina #conservatory #greenhouse #botanicalgarden #travel #exploremore #wanderlust #roamtheplanet #traveltheworld #travelphotography #goownit #go_ownit
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