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Times, I'll never forget! : ) <br /> <br />My best friend Nan-Cat, and the greatest Hollywood score mixer Dan Wallin talking politics; looks like it's a good time for me to take a nap with the pup; Awww, isn't he handsome? <br /> <br />Malibu, Ca.
Times, I'll never forget! : )

My best friend Nan-...
Enjoying the little things in life. <br /> <br />I would have never thought it would be so exciting to see our sunflowers sprouting up. It seems like just yesterday we planted the seeds. <br /> <br />(Taken June 30th 2008) <br /> <br />
Enjoying the little things in life.

I would have ...
Nan-Cat, a hardcore scrambler of Red Rock, and one of my best friends. I've missed you dearly! Sigh....the trouble we used to get into in those canyons! I remember a lot of, "Oh my god, oh my f*#king god, I'll never do that again, I'll f*#king never do that again!" Only to do it, again, and again, and again........
Nan-Cat, a hardcore scrambler of Red Rock, and one...
My power hiking buddies April, and Holly on Rocky Gap Road in Red Rock. Great spirits!  <br /> <br />Now if I can only talk these athletic girls into climbing! They think climbers are a little, you know....crazy.
My power hiking buddies April, and Holly on Rocky ...
A fun day out with Jonny exploring an abandoned mine in the peaceful Mojave Desert. We had the place all to ourselves. <br /> <br />(Taken 10/2/07)
A fun day out with Jonny exploring an abandoned mi...
I love living in Vegas; you meet the coolest people, and friends from all over. <br /> <br />Hanging out with the classy, New Orleans girls (4/02/08). <br /> <br />From left to right. <br />Michelle, Kris, Sky, Felicia, and Angie.
I love living in Vegas; you meet the coo...
Leisha, Anna, Gigi, and Jonny on the summit of Bridge Mountain, Red Rock.
Leisha, Anna, Gigi, and Jonny on the summit of Bri...
Scrambling makes me feel so animalistic, and free. <br /> <br />Jonny, and I using a bit of our natural route finding abilities, and scrambling like billy goats, just for the hell of it, after a fun day of climbing.
Scrambling makes me feel so animalistic, and free....
I counted a herd of sixteen bighorn sheep in the Willow Springs picnic area last week.  <br /> <br />(Red Rock, Nevada)
I counted a herd of sixteen bighorn sheep in the W...
My friend David, and cutie son, Quinn. <br />5/30/08.
My friend David, and cutie son, Quinn.
5/30/08.
Quinn~ My friend Dave's 6 month old son. <br /> <br />He must have thought I looked strange, or I was acting funny because he smiled, stared, and laughed at me continuously.  <br /> <br />What a cutie! <br /> <br />5/30/08
Quinn~ My friend Dave's 6 month old son.

He must ...
Sixth month old Quinn, and his daddy. <br />A true outdoorsman! : ) <br /> <br />5/30/08
Sixth month old Quinn, and his daddy.
A true outdo...
Quinn says..."If I'm a chunky monkey snowball nugget head, then what are YOU?!"
Quinn says..."If I'm a chunky monkey snowball nugg...
In my early days of scrambling (late 90's) in the canyons of Red Rock. Before I knew anything about "technical rock climbing." I miss those days when I felt so free, and brave, or stupid.
In my early days of scrambling (late 90's) in the ...
After work festivities are common practice in Vegas. Gotta love the diversity in this city! <br /> <br />(My co-workers/friends on an awesome night out 7/25/08.)  <br /> <br />From top left to right: Angie, Ruben, Jerome, Vino, Darell, Shamika, Barrett, Deon, Pat, Shirley, Kimmy, Silia, Krissy, Stacy, Tony, and Marilyn. <br />Great, fun people to work with, but boy, do we all need a drink, or what!? : ) <br /> <br /> <br />Viva Las Vegas! <br />
After work festivities are common practice in Vega...
Crazy crew. <br />Sheesh...Do I really work with these guys? Oh well;Gotta love them. <br /> <br />Vino, Calvin, Robert, Angie, and Tariq at the Rocks Lounge at RR casino 7/25/08. <br /> <br />Good peeps; they're a riot. ; )
Crazy crew.
Sheesh...Do I really work with these g...
"Breathe piggy, breathe. Call 911!" <br /> <br />The nice piggy at Cactus Joes Nursery By Red Rock off of highway 159. <br /> <br />Great place to visit!
"Breathe piggy, breathe. Call 911!"

The nice pigg...
How many fishermen does it take to untangle two lines? And whose fish is it anyway? FYI: We won the dinner for two. :@  <br /> <br />Arrrg... There's some entertaining interactions happening on the Newport Beach pier. Gotta love thy neighbor. They'll even share their squid with you. <br /> <br />(9/2/08)
How many fishermen does it take to untangle two li...
Sweetie, can you get the Scorpion Fish off the hook? I would, but my hand is full of Cheez-Its. <br /> <br />PS...I like you Jonny. ; ) <br /> <br />Boyfriends are nice. <br /> <br />(My catch 9/2/08, Newport Beach pier) <br /> <br />
Sweetie, can you get the Scorpion Fish off the hoo...
Castle Peaks; Mojave National Preserve. <br /> <br />Taken 10/01/08
Castle Peaks; Mojave National Preserve.
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Hart Peak in the distance; MNP. <br /> <br />Taken 10/01/08 <br /> <br />
Hart Peak in the distance; MNP.

Taken 1...
China Ranch date farm <br /> <br />A great place to visit; totally worth the hour drive from Red Rock.  <br /> <br />Friends Holly, and Lea on the Mesa Trail which offers beautiful views of the ranch. <br /> <br />Taken 10/24/08.
China Ranch date farm

A great place to visit@SEMI...
China Ranch Date Farm <br /> <br />Holly looking up the dates moo-moos. <br /> <br />Taken 10/24/08
China Ranch Date Farm

Holly looking up the dates ...
China Ranch, ranch dog scoping out the action at the picnic cabanas. <br /> <br />Taken 10/24/08
China Ranch, ranch dog scoping out the action at t...
Tikaboo Peak sunset, Nevada. <br /> <br />A nice hike, and beautiful summit with views of Area 51, and Groom lake. <br /> <br />Our sky, and star gazing outing turned into a fun little adventure , as we forgot our headlamps for the hike down in the dark on that moonless night. Ooops.   <br /> <br />It wasn't much of a problem for Jonny who has great night vision, probably from years of rigging in the dark. I'm not that lucky, but had realized that I had my cell phone on me, and used the lit up screen as a nite-lite, which by the way, worked out great.
Tikaboo Peak sunset, Nevada.

A nice hike, and bea...
Nan-Cat; my first Red Rock scrambling partner who I've shared many an adventure with, and a best friend for life busting out a Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon move. Dan says, 'Watch out for ticks!" <br /> <br />A memorable, fun filled day spent hanging out, and hiking on her hospitable friend Hollywood Dan's 12 acre ranch in Malibu on a beautiful, and warm day 11/08/08.  <br /> <br />Good times, great people.
Nan-Cat; my first Red Rock scrambling pa...
Hollywood Dan, Clarkster, and Nan-Cat on two opposite sides of the spectrum having a heated post-election discussion as I chill out with the pup. ; ) Woooweee... <br /> <br />11/08/08
Hollywood Dan, Clarkster, and Nan-Cat on two oppos...
Travelers' Monument along the Old Mojave Road where you bring a rock to add to the monument.  <br /> <br />We've almost completed the Old Mojave Road in the MNP; not bad for a 2WD truck.  <br /> <br />We give thanks to thee... shovels, jack, portable air pump, and strong arms, legs, and backs to push us through. <br /> <br />Mojave National Preserve 11/11/08
Travelers' Monument along the Old Mojave Road wher...
Exploring the Toltec~turquoise mine in the Mojave desert. Mmmmm, solitude. <br /> <br />Taken 11/18/08 <br /> <br />
Exploring the Toltec~turquoise mine in the Mojave ...
As Jonny says, "Just another day at the office."  <br /> <br />"Desert rats" in the tunnels.  <br /> <br />I could do this stuff all day, any day. <br /> <br />Taken 11/18/08
As Jonny says, "Just another day at the office."
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Jonny Six-Shooter doing his thing as I head out in search of rich veins. ; ) <br /> <br />Taken 11/18/08
Jonny Six-Shooter doing his thing as I head out in...
Life in the Mojave... <br /> <br /> <br />Taken 11/18/08
Life in the Mojave...


Taken 11/18/08
An old arrastra at Marl Springs. <br /> <br />A peaceful night exploring the Mojave Desert by headlamp. <br /> <br />Taken 11/18/08
An old arrastra at Marl Springs.

A peaceful night...
Tossing coins at the "Money Bucket Tree" along the Old Mojave Road. <br /> <br />Taken 11/18/08
Tossing coins at the "Money Bucket Tree" along the...
The Old Mojave Road Mailbox. <br /> <br />Taken 11/18/08
The Old Mojave Road Mailbox.

Taken 11/18/08
I could live here.... <br /> <br /> <br />Gunsight 2 weeks ago
I could live here....


Gunsight 2 weeks ago
Uh... I think it says WELCOME. <br /> <br /> <br />An undisclosed location a few weeks ago.
Uh... I think it says WELCOME.


An undisclosed lo...
Sweetie, isn't it supposed to be "Running WITH the bulls, not TO the bulls?" I'm confused.  <br /> <br />To be continued.... <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />
Sweetie, isn't it supposed to be "Running WITH the...
Can you make out the three rock faces (okay, I'm counting Jonny), and a giant ear (upper right corner)? FYI; The guy on the left has a birds nest eye. <br /> <br />At Granite Springs while exploring more of the Old Mojave Road on a beautiful day. <br /> <br />Taken 2/10/09
Can you make out the three rock faces (okay, I'm c...
Just another beautiful day in the desert. Goffs- Essex, Ca. on 2/17/09. <br />Many thanks to the hospitable Dennis Casebier for the great stories, historical facts, and the answering of our questions in the hours spent with us at Goffs.  <br />If anyone is interested in the history of the Mojave Road, and is looking for a good read, then Tales Of The Mojave Road:The Military  is a <a href=great book to own!
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Just another beautiful day in the desert. Goffs- E...
The day I fell in love with snowboarding... I never knew wiping out could be so much fun! <br /> <br />The never a dull moment Vegas Crew in Utah ; ) IT Turbo Tax Brian, Teizi Weizi Girl, Rob-Man, Holly-Wolly, Barney aka "Watch 4 My Sign" (in hiding behind Holly),Chris the fly through the trees speed demon, Kimberly the braniac prankster, and Vino the man of few words. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />
The day I fell in love with snowboarding... I neve...
Brett, and Anne packing up in Juniper Canyon after a fun day out on Sweet Crude. <br /> <br />Taken 4/1/09
Brett, and Anne packing up in Juniper Canyon after...
Foxy Roxy from Canadia atop Commuted Sentence in the Flight Path Area, Pine Creek. <br /> <br />4/29/09
Foxy Roxy from Canadia atop Commuted Sentence in t...
On the remote, and beautiful Desert Lake, east of the Sheep Range, Nevada.
On the remote, and beautiful Desert Lake, east of ...
Old ranching remnants at Desert Lake, in the Desert National Wildlife Refuge, Nevada.
Old ranching remnants at Desert Lake, in the Deser...
Mmmm, fresh fruit, and veggies! <br />Our very first garden is a success. : ) <br /> <br />What great fun, fun, fun in the sun! <br /> <br />Taken 5/16/09  <br /> <br />
Mmmm, fresh fruit, and veggies!
Our very first gar...
A view of Suicide Rock a few pitches up on The Long Climb on Tahquitz. Great climb! <br /> <br />Taken 5/19/09
A view of Suicide Rock a few pitches up on The Lon...
Jonny making his way to the summit of Tahquitz. Suicide can be seen in the background. We descended via the North gully, which was a lot of fun.  <br /> <br />5/19/09
Jonny making his way to the summit of Tahquitz. Su...
We just had to sneak in a day at the beach after climbing in Tahquitz, and heading back to Vegas. Good times! <br /> <br />5/20/09
We just had to sneak in a day at the beach after c...
Enjoying the beach after Tahquitz.  <br /> <br />5/20/09
Enjoying the beach after Tahquitz.

5/20/09
My best friend Nan-Cat visiting from Kauai 4/09.  <br /> <br />She's all smiles when we were reminiscing about the crazy scrambling we used to get ourselves into. : )
My best friend Nan-Cat visiting from Kauai 4/09.
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My good friend Holly-Wolly having fun scrambling in Pine Creek, Red Rock. <br /> <br />Taken 4/09
My good friend Holly-Wolly having fun scrambling i...
Nan-Cat combing the desert in some of our ol stomping grounds in Indian Springs, Nevada. A fun, peaceful day! <br /> <br />Taken 4/09
Nan-Cat combing the desert in some of our ol stomp...
Our tomato plants are producing like crazy! We have several varieties; Beefsteak, Lemon Boys, Huskies, Romas, Big Beef, and Cherry tomatoes. It's our first shot at growing tomatoes, and it's a success. : ) Yummy! <br /> <br />The strawberries, and Bell Peppers are also coming in well. <br /> <br />A tomato sample shot taken 6/1/09
Our tomato plants are producing like crazy! We hav...
We have a gazillion plums coming in. I swear, they are the sweetest, and juiciest plums around! : ) <br /> <br />Taken 6/1/09
We have a gazillion plums coming in. I swear, they...
We received our Echinacea plants in the mail as poor, little wilted looking things, but now they are growing up fast, healthy, and strong. <br /> <br />Taken 6/1/09
We received our Echinacea plants in the mail as po...
The Empire Of Dirt <br /> <br />We dug up a lot of rocks, and dirt under the hot desert sun. ; ( <br /> <br />Gardening can feel like a full time job, but the rewards are great!  <br /> <br />
The Empire Of Dirt

We dug up a lot of rocks, and ...
Are you stranded in the hot, brutal desert, dehydrated, and exhausted with no cell coverage, out of water, and with three toddlers? Not to worry, the Desert Rats Jonny, and Gigi, pros in stuck truck removal ; ) are here to save the day.  <br /> <br />(Jonny on left) <br /> <br />Taken 6/2/09 in Arizona <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />
Are you stranded in the hot, brutal desert, dehydr...
I love lonely desert roads. <br /> <br />(Part of the Old Spanish Trail) <br /> <br />Taken 6/9/09
I love lonely desert roads.

(Part of the Old Span...
Selfless Sarah; her smile says it all.  <br /> <br />She recently returned from Guatamala where she volunteered to help save lives, and assist with hundreds of surgeries. <br /> <br />I'm so lucky to have such a beautiful friend. <br /> <br />S~ We'll see you in June, or July in Lafayette : )
Selfless Sarah; her smile says it all.
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Pretty flowers at the historical Kingston Spring; an important water stop along the Old Spanish Trail. <br /> <br />Taken 6/9/09
Pretty flowers at the historical Kingston Spring@S...
In search of old railroad locks, and keys in the hot desert along the abandoned Tonopah, and Tidewater Railroad. : ) <br /> <br />Taken 6/9/09
In search of old railroad locks, and keys in the h...
I never thought harvesting tomatoes at 3am could be so much fun! : ) And no tomtato eating insects either! The Diatomaceous Earth is doing a great job! <br /> <br />Harvested 6/16/09; WooHoo!!
I never thought harvesting tomatoes at 3am could b...
HA! My fortune cookie today said, "You will find a little surprise." I guess this was my little surprise! : ) <br /> <br />The first Longnose of the season I've seen. Don't worry, I released it. Handling snakes soothes me at times. They move so beautifully.  <br /> <br />On the night of 6/17/09
HA! My fortune cookie today said, "You will find a...
Update on the Fruit Of Love; as of 6/20/09 <br /> <br />The plants are bursting with fruit! <br /> <br />It's hard to tell from pic, but theres tons of green tomatoes that are preparing to ripen , amongst the red ones. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />
Update on the Fruit Of Love; as of 6/20/...
~Gone Fishin~ <br /> <br />These crag seals swim around you when you're snorkeling, and they have big, sharp teeth. Watch your fingers, and toes; Yikes! <br /> <br /> <br />Taken 6/24/09
~Gone Fishin~

These crag seals swim around you wh...
The sea calms me ever so beautifully. : ) <br /> <br />
The sea calms me ever so beautifully. : )

Gilcrease Orchard -Las Vegas, NV. <br /> <br />Help, I'm being chased by a little zuchinni! Tara proving she can still help with the harvest even in her fancy shoes, and she did! <br /> <br />It seems like just yesterday I watched her being delivered. They sprout up so fast! : ) <br /> <br />(Taken 6/27/09)
Gilcrease Orchard -Las Vegas, NV.

Help, I'm being...
Kat says, "I've found Bam Bam's club! <br /> <br />Nah, girl, that's the fricking Stratosphere! <br /> <br /> <br />Girl's day out at Gilcrease Orchard, Las Vegas, NV.  <br /> <br />Harvested 6/27/09; I dig this farm stuff! <br /> <br />
Kat says, "I've found Bam Bam's club!

Nah, girl, ...
Still a bit too big for my liking, but you go, girl! <br /> <br /> <br />One of my best-est friends, Kat. <br /> <br />Taken on 6/27/09 at Gilcrease Orchard.
Still a bit too big for my liking, but you go, gir...
Brushing up on my levitational skills to save time, and energy on the long approaches.  <br /> <br />Attempts taken on June 29th, 2009,  really.
Brushing up on my levitational skills to save time...
I've always loved trains. <br /> <br />Taken 6/30/09
I've always loved trains.

Taken 6/30/09
Hmm, where'd he go?  <br /> <br />"Oh there you are!" I should have known. <br /> <br />Taken 6/30/09
Hmm, where'd he go?

"Oh there you are!" I should...
A shady character lurking by Jonny's guidebooks.  <br /> <br />Taken 11/22/09
A shady character lurking by Jonny's guidebooks.
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Squinting at Jonny in the bright sun on a 3pm summit of Windy Peak.  <br /> <br />Note my broken sunglasses on the ground in left of photo. : ( <br />Taken on 11/25/09
Squinting at Jonny in the bright sun on a 3pm summ...
The wrong side of the tracks. <br /> <br /> Just another remote, dirty, and dusty  desert excursion. : ) <br /> <br />(Oct. 09.)
The wrong side of the tracks.

Just another remot...
Jonny, and I playing in a historical gold mine in NV. <br /> <br />Feb. 2010
Jonny, and I playing in a historical gold mine in ...
"The Rain Tree", a 3,000 year old Bristlecone at Mt. Charleston, Nevada. Holly, and Karen put there for scale. : ). <br /> <br />Taken on Independence Day 2010.
"The Rain Tree", a 3,000 year old Bristlecone at M...