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Kicking back at the stream

Marty’s photo of the day #3678: Deb and I most definitely have “type A” personalities. We’re both book authors, both educational speakers, and both run separate businesses. Even so, sometimes we just have to kick back and watch the world go by. Two weekends ago we backpacked six miles into a remote mountain cabin, which is maintained by the US Forest Service. We had no electricity, no running water, and no cell phone service. It was bliss! Hiking in and out was work, but in between we spent an entire day just hanging out—much of it sitting on a tiny wooden bridge, drinking whiskey waters, and watching the stream beneath our feet.

Side note: When I got my first camera, at age 6, the first thing I took a picture of was my feet. My dad scolded me for “wasting film.” He’s long gone and never did appreciate art. Me? I’m still taking pictures of feet—and I think I’m getting better at it.

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