One Grand Trip

I turned 50 and my marriage turned 20 in 2019. It was a heckuva grand year, with no better way to mark the occasion than flying to Phoenix and making a slow drive back home through the American Southwest. Along the way, we saw lots of new birds and thought lots of new thoughts about the nature of things.
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PONDERING TIME AS THE FRAMES CLICK AWAY

In text: Whether it's the crow's foot on your face or the canyon floor below, time graves its marks, imperceptibly and inexorably.

In photos: Grand Canyon landscapes 

CLEAN-UP ON AISLE 9: WHEN YOUR BEST-LAID PLANS CRUMBLE

 In text:  No amount of scheming can stave off the unexpected.

In photos: Landscapes from Phoenix to Beaufort 

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WHAT DOESN'T KILL YOU GIVES YOU SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT

In text: Don't fret near disasters; they make for the best stories.

In photos: The new birds we added to our life list 

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TALES OF THE KAIBAB SQUIRREL

In text: Know when to stray from the itinerary.

In photos: The best wildlife photos from our trip 

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OBJECTIVITY AND CONSENSUS IN THE AGE OF WINDMILLS

In text: Do we really know what we think we know? Probably not.

In photos: The Petrified Forest and Texas exotics  

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FAMILIAR SHORES VIEWED THROUGH ALIEN EYES

In text: I love travel, but there are good reasons to love home even more.

In photos: Our favorite roadside attractions