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    Gosh, really--thanks.

    About a month ago the intense busyness of summer began her slow, glorious fade into autumn. Like a slow exhale from a held breath, today that fade continues, allowing precious time and perspective to notice and appreciate the life that surrounds us.

    Among other things, this morning I find myself thankful:

    To live in and among a place where the natural world can still be seen, used, and appreciated as it is and as it was, not merely as we'd like it to be.

















    To be a part of a unique, loving, supportive, and interesting family.




















    To be privy to the wisdom of the ages, especially as dispensed from within canyon walls...




    ...or by flickering firelight.




    To have experienced firsthand *precisely* where the Black Canyon becomes the Gunny Gorge.




    To be immersed within a diverse and fascinating circle of friends whom understand that personal limits are at once indefinable and constantly changing.

















    To be alive in a time and place where we are 'wealthy' enough to ask "Why me?", serene enough to understand that it could all end tonight, and possessing of just enough wisdom to keep the latter from spoiling the former.
















    I am thankful to be me, here, now. And to you for as much or as little as you've been a part of it.





    Let's keep it rolling, as long as we can, shall we?

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    No, thank YOU.

    Thanks mike for reminding us how truly blessed we are and how the things that matter most are usually right in front of us (family, friends), or just out the front door (amazing and beautiful landscapes) and all we have to do is poke around a bit and there's plenty to be thankful for.

    Jaw-dropping images as always.

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    Maturity is a thankful heart.
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    whoa! Thanks for sharing your scenic views

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    Nice snaps as usual Mike!!
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    "You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to mikesee again."

    I seem to get that a lot. Thanks for sharing, please keep posting!

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    The wise cherish their blessings, while fools count their problems.
    Thanks for the reminder, and another great post.
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    Amazing! Thank you for the reminder and for such beautiful photographs.





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    Mike, I always enjoy when you share with us.

    Thank You!
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    Gotta love this playground we get to take part in, even if its more brief for some. Thanks for the reminders!

    BTW love the pic of Ed!
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    Thank you so much for sharing with us photos and beautiful and important considerations.
    Have a nice time!

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    Wow - beautifully shared! I'm pretty much speechless and wiping my eyes. THIS is what it's all about!

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    Thank you! Awesome awesome start to the day.

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    Thanks, it looks like you had a great year!

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    To the anonymous neg repper that left this in the wee hours:

    "God, get over yourself mike, what a load of pure crap...."

    Wow. Very sorry that you're having a bad day/week/year/life. Only you can change it for the better, and it starts inside that wracked melon of yours.

    Good luck.

    To everyone else that has chimed in with positive thoughts, thanks--again.

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    Amazing

    Mike,

    Beautiful pictures as always. I dunno, something about your posts...just leaves me breathless for a few minutes. It's a combination of your adventure, your photos, and the words you use to describe them. You are a lucky man. Best wishes.

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    Thanks man, I really appreciate this!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee View Post
    This picture needs a caption from the guy on the right: "This "tube" you speak of, you want to put it IN the tire?!"

    Great shots. All of them.
    Alcohol may lead nowhere, but it sure is the scenic route!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee View Post
    To the anonymous neg repper that left this in the wee hours:

    "God, get over yourself mike, what a load of pure crap...."

    Wow. Very sorry that you're having a bad day/week/year/life. Only you can change it for the better, and it starts inside that wracked melon of yours.

    Good luck.

    To everyone else that has chimed in with positive thoughts, thanks--again.

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    Phenomenal, thanks!
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    Me too. Thanks for sharing!

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    I seem to get that a lot. Thanks for sharing, please keep posting!
    Me too. Thanks for sharing!

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    A: Awesome images and inspirational words.
    Q: What are things I've come to expect from mikesee's posts?


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    Those are amazing shots. I imagine mountain bike magazines contact you once in a while to do shoots for them. Since you shoot throughout the year, you ought to publish a calendar, with all the months reflecting their respective seasons. I know I'd buy one.

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    Sweet

    Love the post and pics you express the feelings that are difficult to say with words. I have to ask and no offense but what is that guy doing with the frisbee by the campfire? I only ask becasue I know what I do with a frisbee by the campfire. You would only know, if you are in the know. Maybe I am looking at it wrong but I had to ask. Cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frntrngcactus View Post
    Love the post and pics you express the feelings that are difficult to say with words. I have to ask and no offense but what is that guy doing with the frisbee by the campfire? I only ask becasue I know what I do with a frisbee by the campfire. You would only know, if you are in the know. Maybe I am looking at it wrong but I had to ask. Cheers.
    Where I'm from we call that a "plate", and we use it to contain our food just before consumption.

    YMMV!

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