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A Feeling of Being Disconnected ~ Impressions of the African-American Immigrant Experience

Like much of modern America I was appalled by a seemingly innocuous line in a recent speech by the newly appointed Department of Housing and Urban Development Director Dr. Benjamin Carson. On his first day in office he addressed staff members with a lecture on the virtues of hard work and dedication in the pursuit […]

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Campfire Stories ~ An interview with authors Dave & Ilyssa Kyu

Podcast: Play in new windowSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | RSS | Subscribe to the Joy Trip Project   In 2016 the National Park Service celebrated its 100th anniversary. Throughout the year millions of people from around the world traveled across the United States to visit our historic parks and monuments. I know I […]

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Greening Youth Minding Nature

  Until the lion learns to write, the tale of the hunt will glorify the hunter ~ African Proverb   When I was collage-age I doubt that I would have had the poise or presence of mind to speak to a cabinet member of a sitting President.  The students who met with U.S. Secretary of the […]

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Overcoming Indifference

As fate would have it, I was heading to Yosemite any way. It was just a few days in advance of my departure on a two-week Joy Trip with stops in California then Utah, a sharp right turn to Washington DC and back to California. I had already arranged a few interviews to gain some […]

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Claim Your Inheritance ~ The National Parks belong to you

When visitors arrive at Yosemite National Park Ranger Shelton Johnson is there to greet them. With a broad smile and a twinkle in his eye he extends a warm hand of welcome to all who enter into this remarkable landscape that is a wonder to all the world to behold. Shelton is among the many […]

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Grand Canyon Vision

Through much of the summer of 2016 The Joy Trip Project has been on the road collecting stories to celebrate the 100th anniversary of our National Parks. In the hopes of raising awareness for the importance of protecting our public lands for future generations the Project is presenting a series of short videos and podcasts […]

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North of the Wall

There on the Arctic tundra I searched my tent frantically for a lighter. Years of wilderness training had taught me the importance of fire, but never before had the need been greater than it was at that moment. Even as the glacial ice melted around me in the heat of an Alaskan summer I shivered […]

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The New Century Vision Project*

After 16 days of rafting the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon I was still covered in a fine layer of dust and sand. Even having taken a shower eariler that morning I carried that residual film of grime you inevitably accumulate while camping. Noseblind to my own body odor I’m sure that I stank, but […]

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This Adventure Will Not Be Socialized

People tell me I have a problem. When I go out with friends or whenever I’m alone I am constantly working the buttons of my iPhone. Texting, updating my Facebook status, posting photos to Instagram I’m constantly plugged into to the Internet world of Social Media. But despite being so thoroughly connect with thousands of […]

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Campfire Stories ~ a publishing initative inspires tales by firelight

Few things in the human experience are more profound than the power of storytelling. Dating back to the days of our earliest ancestors members of our tribe gathered around the fire at night to share their experiences of life on Earth. Camped under a blanket of stars primitive men and women recounted their adventures of […]

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