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I love living in Colorado! I enjoy camping, fishing, swimming in lakes, rock climbing and Colorado offers all of that, and more!

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One of the best camping trips I've had. Here's Patrick, Lou, Mark, April and April's dad. We spent four or five days at this campground, with tents right by the roaring river. The boys went rock climbing one day, April fished, we hiked, it was so relaxing!

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I spent time with Celia in Minnesota this summer. Her friend, Mark, has a "cabin" (though not the rustic idea I was thinking of) at the side of Diamond Lake. This is a beautiful sunset shot I took. The two fishermen were neighbors of Mark's, a boy and his grandfather. Not too many fish biting while we were there. But we did enjoy several laps around the lake.

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Here is my friend Gary helping me ride this crazy horse, Buckles. Gary was so patient with me and more patient than I was with Buckles! He owns property in Montrose which is a beautiful desert type area that is so fun to go trail riding around! Even a weekend getaway refreshes me when I'm there. Hope to get back soon!

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SKYDIVING

I've heard lots of comments since the first day I jumped out of an airplane. "Why would you jump out of a perfectly good airplane?" Why not? Orville and Wilbur figured out how to make humans fly, I wanted to experience that full force.

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The first time I jumped was at the University of Skydiving in Eloy, Arizona. We got to almost 14,000 feet above the ground before tumbling out of the plane. INTENSE! I didn't have much brain function as I was scared to death. I tried to look at the altimeter on my hand to see when we got to the right altitude to pull the ripcord, but when you're travelling at 115mph, your hand has a way of smacking you in the face. So I let my tandem instructor pull the chute. It was April and just a beautiful day for jumping out of a plane!

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The second time I jumped was with the Mile-Hi Skydiving Center in Longmont, Colorado. We got to about 13,000 feet before we jumped. It was in October and it was chilly! I had the cutest instructor, Jody, and even he said it was hard to breathe on the way down. But we did it! It was a blast!

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My mentor, Cheryl and her husband, Howard made it to the Pyramids in Egypt. Fantastic picture. Cheryl let me open my mind and challenged my thoughts and ideas while I was in school. I'll be forever grateful that she let me find out about life in my own way.

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Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I used to love the Halloween parade at school, seeing friends and teachers dressed up. This is Echo, Dawn and Jason at a Halloween party in 1999.

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Becky and Tuck were like close-by grandparents when I was young. They were my mom's friends and I can remember spending afternoons at their house. They have tapes of me singing and dancing and being a child. They have gone through a lot lately, both with their children and with themselves. I can remember walking along Point Pinole with their dog, Waylon, and Becky telling me "You walk him, don't let him walk you!" I appreciate their wisdom and companionship and look forward to seeing them again soon.