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Around the World in Eighty Years http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com The Writing and Photography of Jim O'Donnell Wed, 06 Apr 2016 15:18:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5 Well, Clouds http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/clouds/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/clouds/#respond Mon, 29 Feb 2016 13:15:36 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=4686 Around the World in Eighty Years

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared at Vrai Magazine “Clouds suit my mind just fine.” – Marie Lu, Champion A few weeks ago, I crawled into a cave. I saw a cloud carved into the soft volcanic tuft that sheltered this particular cavern and a number of others nearby. All are similar and the mountain [...]

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At Home. Very Deep Thoughts on Travel, Boobs, Indigenousness, Floating Tribes and Burning Bags of Dog Crap http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/at-home/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/at-home/#comments Wed, 17 Feb 2016 13:15:56 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=4693 Around the World in Eighty Years

It was a Dark and Stormy Night Actually, it was a dark and foggy night. You could see across the dirt road to the abandoned mine but you couldn’t see up to the top of the road and across to the fire station.  After dinner myself, my brother and three other friends grabbed our BB [...]

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My 2016 Travel Predictions http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/2016-travel-predictions/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/2016-travel-predictions/#comments Fri, 29 Jan 2016 22:56:39 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=4682 Around the World in Eighty Years

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared at Vrai Magazine on January 21, 2016 What does 2016 look like for the traveler? Cuba. Air BnB. Cuba. Rising hotel prices. Cuba. Smaller airline seats. Cuba. US National Park celebrations. And yes, Cuba. All these are on the table for the coming year. But what else? Humans are [...]

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Impressionism in Photography – Birds in Flight http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/impressionism-photography-birds/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/impressionism-photography-birds/#comments Sat, 02 Jan 2016 13:59:14 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=4657 Around the World in Eighty Years

Impressionism is defined as “a literary or artistic style that seeks to capture a feeling or experience rather than to achieve accurate depiction.” Typically, we think of the famous painters that came out of France beginning in the 1860’s. Monet, Renoir, Sisley, Bazille and the like. But impressionism in photography is no different. The artist tries to capture [...]

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The Land and Water Conservation Fund – A Ridiculously Successful Program That Died http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/land-and-water-conservation-fund/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/land-and-water-conservation-fund/#comments Sat, 12 Dec 2015 17:32:10 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=4649 Around the World in Eighty Years

The Land and Water Conservation Fund is one of the most successful programs in American history. Then why was it allowed to die?

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Tourism’s Suicide …? http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/tourisms-suicide/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/tourisms-suicide/#comments Thu, 01 Oct 2015 13:49:12 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=4629 Around the World in Eighty Years

Recently, the Costa Rican Times reported a slight problem. Apparently, a massive influx of tourists to the Ostional Wildlife Reserve was having a negative impact on the ability of the critically endangered Olive Ridley Sea Turtle to lay their eggs.  And why were all these tourists there? Well, to see the turtles lay their eggs. [...]

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A Cosmic Conundrum of Cultural Contact http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/cultural-contact/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/cultural-contact/#comments Sat, 05 Sep 2015 12:45:27 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=4612 Around the World in Eighty Years

“How do you expect to communicate with the ocean, when you can’t even understand one another?” – Santisław Lem, Solaris Recently, NASA uploaded the contents of the golden disk to SoundCloud. When the American space agency launched the two Voyager spacecraft in 1977, they placed onboard two golden records that contain the sounds of Earth. [...]

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The Death of Backpacking? But Who Cares? http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/death-of-backpacking-but-who-cares/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/death-of-backpacking-but-who-cares/#comments Tue, 25 Aug 2015 15:14:12 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=4605 Around the World in Eighty Years

In July 2003 I dropped my backpack at the door of a café in central Finland and walked inside. I’d just come out of the woods and was in need of some food. Next to the stand of newspapers and women’s magazines sat a man with the thickest glasses I had ever seen. He was a [...]

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Polluting the River. Polluting your Mind. http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/polluting-the-river/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/polluting-the-river/#comments Mon, 17 Aug 2015 12:29:49 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=4598 Around the World in Eighty Years

A week and a half ago, after several days camping in a spot where we had zero connection to the internet, the kids and I pulled into Durango, Colorado to stock up on food and gas before heading to Mesa Verde National Park. It was hard not to notice the Animas River. The Gold King [...]

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Taos’ Multicultural Festival – 4th of July in Arroyo Seco http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/multicultural-festival/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/multicultural-festival/#comments Tue, 14 Jul 2015 15:08:04 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=4373 Around the World in Eighty Years

Well this post turned out to be WAY overdue….it is not quite July 5th anymore….but I hope you’re still able to enjoy these images from the best and more spontaneous multicultural festival I know of. The village of Arroyo Seco is located about 10 miles northeast of Taos, New Mexico tucked right up against the [...]

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Fort Union Days – My Shot of the Day – June 26, 2015 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/fort-union/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/fort-union/#comments Fri, 26 Jun 2015 12:17:00 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=4368 Around the World in Eighty Years

  Sunday the kids and I drove across the mountain to the edge of the Great Plains to Fort Union National Monument: A bustling center of frontier defense in the Southwest for four decades, Fort Union was the largest U.S. military post in the region and a base for both military and civilian ventures that [...]

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Into the Wilderness – Photo Essay from Rio Grande del Norte National Monument http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/into-the-wilderness/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/into-the-wilderness/#comments Mon, 08 Jun 2015 15:31:30 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=4348 Around the World in Eighty Years

One of the big reasons driving my decision NOT to travel out of the country in 2015 was so that I would have more time exploring and re-exploring the region where I live. I’ve been fortunate to have spent much of my life out and about in the wildlands of the Southwestern USA thanks to [...]

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My Shot of the Day – The Stars Align – June 1, 2015 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/the-stars-align/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/the-stars-align/#comments Mon, 01 Jun 2015 16:01:47 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=4343 Around the World in Eighty Years

  I camped out on the rim of the Rio Grande Gorge about seven miles north of the small community of Pilar, New Mexico on Saturday night. I was with a small group of old friends and the plan was to run the river the next morning (We did! And it was fabulous!). In the western [...]

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My Shot of the Day – International Day for Biological Diversity – May 22, 2015 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/international-day-for-biological-diversity/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/international-day-for-biological-diversity/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 15:05:39 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=4339 Around the World in Eighty Years

  Just a quick wish for a happy International Day for Biological Diversity! The United Nations has proclaimed May 22 The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. When first created by the Second Committee of the UN General Assembly in late 1993, 29 December (the date of [...]

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Cerros del Norte and a Request – My Shot of the Day – May 8, 2015 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/cerros-del-norte/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/cerros-del-norte/#comments Fri, 08 May 2015 15:12:54 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=4330 Around the World in Eighty Years

  Just the other day I was gushing about our new National Monument and Wilderness. This morning I have still more good news to report: New Mexico’s senators are co-sponsoring a bill that would establish two wilderness areas inside the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. Tom Udall, D-NM, and Martin Heinrich, D-NM, announced Thursday [...]

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The National Monument – News and The Back of Beyond http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/the-national-monument/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/the-national-monument/#comments Tue, 05 May 2015 21:53:46 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=4320 Around the World in Eighty Years

  On Sunday I set off on a 25 mile bike ride into the back of the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. Technically, it is the middle of the monument. There is a road that runs right up the spine of the monument, pretty much straight north, to the Colorado border. But I always [...]

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The Boundaries of the Sacred – A Visit to Zuni Pueblo http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/visit-zuni-pueblo/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/visit-zuni-pueblo/#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 15:28:40 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=4307 Around the World in Eighty Years

NOTE: This article was origionally published in the April 2015 issue of Vrai Magazine as a two-part series. ~ ~ ~ On a breezy late-June morning, Tom Kennedy, the Director of the Zuni Tourism Program at the remote western New Mexico Native American pueblo stands atop the remains of the ancient Zuni town of Hawikku, [...]

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The Flowers of Spring http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/the-flowers-of-spring/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/the-flowers-of-spring/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 20:03:10 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=4292 Around the World in Eighty Years

NOTE: This article was originally published in the March 2015 issue of Vrai Magazine ~ ~ ~ No kidding. Back in the day when I had the patience for girlfriends and my friends were like…hey man, you should get your girlfriend some flowers…and I was like….my girlfriend should be getting me flowers!! If that didn’t [...]

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Tourists’ Tastes Craft Culture http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/cultural-tourism/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/cultural-tourism/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 14:41:10 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=4285 Around the World in Eighty Years

NOTE: This article was originally published in the November 2014 issue of Vrai Magazine ~ ~ ~ “I leave the good stuff at home,” the man said to me. “It doesn’t sell.” “What do you mean it doesn’t sell?” I asked him. Just last June I was at Zuni Pueblo in western New Mexico. On [...]

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Moonrise Taos New Mexico – My Shot of the Day – April 4, 2015 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/moonrise-taos-new-mexico/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/moonrise-taos-new-mexico/#comments Sat, 04 Apr 2015 16:36:21 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=4281 Around the World in Eighty Years

  I know, I know. My first post in quite a while. I need to jump back in and spend some time here. Above is a shot of last night’s moonrise over the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains east of Taos, New Mexico. Below is the view west about 30 minutes later as [...]

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