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Jason Hickey
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Languages, logic, art.
Languages, logic, art.

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Journey to Mt Elbrus, in Russia. Let's make this public. A couple of months ago, I was urged to go to Mt Elbrus, the tallest mountain (and volcano) in Europe, one of the 7 summits. Fortunately, I was told, there is a ski lift to take you halfway up the mountain. Sweet!

Navigating a little bureaucracy, I acquired a Russian visa for the July 4 week. Great, I had a plan: fly into St Petersburg, stay a night, travel to Terskol at the foot of the mountain for two days, then fly back to St Petersburg and return home.

St Petersburg is absolutely beautiful. I went to the Hermitage Museum, stood in line for two hours to get 30 minutes in the museum, a little short. A bridge was washed out on the way to Terskol, but was fixed overnight, and thank you to my taxi driver for finding me a place to stay.

The lift was a great idea, but it wasn't working. So much for the easy way. Instead, I decided to go by foot, from 2100 meters in elevation to 3800. Whew. The mountain was friendly enough, apart from the hailstorms and rain. A little cold and wet, but it was beautiful. At the end of the day, I was entirely exhausted, but happy.

The next day, I decided to wake up early and hike to Mezhdunarodnaya Observatoriya. This time was only 1000 meters up. The wildflowers were glorious.

The people and the place were absolutely wonderful. I don't speak any Russian, so I just guessed at what people were saying for the most part, and gestures helped (so did Google Translate). It also happened to occur during the world cup. St Petersburg is big, it wasn't a problem.

It was a wonderful, unforgettable, journey. Thank you.
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Olympic National Park
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Picchetti Ranch Trail

#picchetti #hiking #trail #trees #beauty
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SS Jeremiah O'Brien Cannon sight

#cannon #lens #ssjeremiahobrien
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Love in Santa Monica.

#beach #santamonica #sunset #love
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Colored pencils

The seam shows the reagent bottle, used for storing chemicals like strong acids and bases.
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It has been nearly 2 months since Burning Man, and the thoughts and memories are still here in me. Working to create art, working to create community, working to create gratitude in myself, working to create fire, working to diffuse conflict, working to create healing in my body and my mind, working to create perception in my innermost being.

That's a lot of working. That's a lot of creating.

Now it is time to work at creating the state of simply being.

Or, simply, be.
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