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1958, Lindberg Ave & 2nd, McAllen

February 27, 2020 - I had a buddy, Sam. He was one, independent beagle. Water plant was down the dusty road two miles South. With fishing...
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Travis Jr. High – 7th Grade

February 27, 2020 - I was the minority here. Panchucos made my life miserable. Big George was my salvation. He knew I wasn’t bigot. Crue...
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Birthday Party, 1952, McAllen, Age 6

February 27, 2020 - Time to celebrate a birthday. No better place than South Broadway. The miniature carnival was there with small narrow...
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Eddie’s Covered Wagon, Just East Of McAllen, In Pharr

February 27, 2020 - Fun at Eddie’s covered wagon combined dancing, and jumbo, broiled frog legs served with fries. Putt, putt golf just o...
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Quinta Mazatlan

February 27, 2020 - Quinta Mazatlan, show place of Valley, nestled in floral oasis. Quinta was saved from destruction by city fathers wit...
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The Boulders Resort Located In The High Sonoran Desert Outside Of Carefree, Arizona

February 27, 2020 - The Boulders, breath-taking resort created amongst high, desert, granite rocks. Coveys of beautiful Gamble’s Quail dar...
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Ada

February 27, 2020 - Nothing will be the same. Your determination is an inspiration. Your smile shaped by success. Genuine joy permeates y...
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Valley Land Fund Adventure To Cloud Forrest, Rancho Del Cielo

February 27, 2020 - Sharing a sense of adventure we load bus for departure. Bumpy six-hour ride ahead. We arrive in Gomez-Farias and mee...
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On the Trail to Rancho del Cielo

February 27, 2020 - Truck bounces up logging road leaving Gomez-Farias in memory. Rancho del Cielo draws us. Bird voices announce our arr...
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Final Destination, El Cielo

February 27, 2020 - Light fades as dusk arrives. Bird voices turn to silence. Insect sounds take their place. Three-hour journey up mount...
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Shallow Roots

February 27, 2020 - Shallow roots stretch through soil. Rocks and boulders block penetration. Treetops reach toward sky. Tropical birds d...
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Silver Sky

February 27, 2020 - Silver sky silhouettes tree leaves. Dusk turns to black night. Cricket’s drone punctuated by frogs, croaking robustly...
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Speaking Softly

February 27, 2020 - Lush cloud forest speaks softly. Thick canopy offers up abundance. Bird languages speak in tongues. Diversity of tree...
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Ancients Have Walked Here

February 27, 2020 - Pre-Columbians walked on this ground. Trees and plants found here create diversity distinct to Cielo. Convergence of...
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Do You Sense The Presence?

February 27, 2020 - Ghosts of ancient cultures past. Coo of white tipped dove punctuated by raucous green jays. Birds dart through forest...
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Porous Limestone Mountain

February 27, 2020 - Karst, limestone guides torrential rainfall down through mountain to rivers three thousand feet below biosphere. Sink...
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Mayans Discover A Magic Place

February 27, 2020 - Rancho del Cielo, relic forest, two miles wide by six. Discovered by Ancient Mayan explorers. You sense their histori...
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Floristic Crossroads

February 27, 2020 - El Cielo, mist-blanketed forest hidden on high Eastern slope of the magic Sierra Madres, a treasure trove of biodiver...
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Tin Roof Speaks

February 27, 2020 - Nails lose their tenuous grip as sun bears down on tin roof, expanding in heat. Mist first had to part, allowing sun...
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Reach For Heaven

February 27, 2020 - Competition in cloud forest amazes. Trees and bushes reach skyward fighting for place in sun. Vines take the easy rou...
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The Convergence

February 27, 2020 - We ascend to primeval forest passing though four ecological zones, traversing through many different microclimates on...
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Old Growth Forest

February 27, 2020 - Old growth forests feel mysterious, holding wisdom from the past. Northern trees and Southern trees meet in this spec...
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The Tayra, A Giant Weasel

February 27, 2020 - The tayra, an efficient hunter moves swiftly through dark forest. It investigates every scent discovered in search of...
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The Eastern Overlook

February 27, 2020 - View from Eastern overlook, gorgeous. Cloud forest canopy frames view of fertile valley far below. From checker board...
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View From The Escarpment

February 27, 2020 - Thousands of dragonflies soar by in search of cloud forest prey, instinctively dodging for cover. Tropical butterflie...
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Time To Say Goodbye To El Cielo

February 27, 2020 - It’s time to go home. We walked down through clouds. Steps taken over rocky terrain. Sharp rocks penetrate slippery m...
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Hawks Soar Over Rancho Del Cielo

February 27, 2020 - Hawks soar over Cielo escarpment. No movement goes without detection. Curved wings slice through sky. Predator’s flig...
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Hiking Down From El Cielo

February 27, 2020 - Hike down from El Cielo much more than we expected. First time walking through clouds. We start up a steep hill. I d...
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Journey Into Paradise

February 27, 2020 - Light breaks through forest canopy. Fern leaves glisten in mist. Beams touch emerald, green moss which clings to deco...
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Mala Mujer

February 27, 2020 - Mala mujer takes no prisoners. Avoid plant at all costs. Needles sharp as glass shards. Nettle tongue only thing wors...
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