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From sea to shining sea, the United States people are as different as the topography of the country. There are delicate balances among ideas that clash. Among the profound beauty there are great divides in ideologies that define our beliefs. I remain hopeful and optimistic. Balanced rock, Arches National Park, will still be here long after I am gone. Someday it will fall. There is a cycle and inevitability to things. I hope we will solve climate change. I will never know. There are those who deny climate change and evolution and this never ceases to bewilder me. I have been blessed to witness much beauty in my lifetime. Would you disagree with that too?

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  1. …..to add force to your comments: as a child we would take trips to different natural sites, including ‘Old Man of The Mountain’ in Franconia Notch, New Hampshire. It was the profile of an old man made up of a ragged outcropping of rock projecting from the top of a nearby mountain–and it remains the symbol of the State, even though, in 2003, Old Man of The Mountain broke off and plunged down and broke up. Hopefully, Balanced Rock will remain balanced. Here in the Interior of British Columbia, we have quite a number of these precariously balanced rocks on the windswept heights of our very old mountain ranges–rocks known locally as ‘hoodoos’. There are a number of ‘Hoodoos’ restaurants in our area, also, as a result.
    These are beautiful photographs, doctor.

    March 1, 2021 at 8:20 am

  2. I have not seen a hoodoo. It’s on my list. We went to the old man in the mountain in 2014. Gone. Colleen was disappointed. She’s seen it. I got to see the pictures of what once “was,” at the site.

    March 1, 2021 at 9:18 am

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