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As the sun set from our vantage…

As the sun set from our vantage...

As the sun set from our vantage point in the Hills overlooking Tucson, Arizona, A fitting scene emerged to mark the end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017. In some ways, it was dismal. Rain splattered on saguaros as a multi-day winter storm marched across the desert landscape, scratching – at least short-term – our hopes of a warm rock climbing get away, with snow in the forecast for the high ramparts of Cochise Stronghold. But, sprinkled amongst the ominous storm clouds word literal and figurative rays of hope: bits of sunlight popping through the cloud, reminding me that tomorrow is another day, and this storm, too, shall pass. 2016 was a year I’m happy to see in the rear view mirror: it was one racked with geo-political turmoil and tragedy, environmental calamity, and domestic decisions that made my head spin. 2017, I’m guessing, will bring much of the same, and its onset for me is marked with uncertainty. But, as always, the rays of sun shine through. I am optimistic about the collective vibrance and vision of humanity to bring sanity to our at times insane world, so work together to solve problems big and small, and to stand up for what’s right rather than what’s the politic of the moment. I believe not in one person’s threats to make our country great again, but in our people’s ability to celebrate the greatness that has always been here, and that is represented in the myriad colors and faiths and perspectives that make us…us. This morning, up in the Catalinas, the rain still thunders down on the desert. But, already the sun is peeking through, bringing cheer to a dark and stormy morning. Let’s look to the sun in all of us, all around us, and make 2017 a year we can all celebrate. Happy New Year! #liveyouradventure #newyear #goodbye2016 #hello2017

Mount Lemmon

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About the Author : Jake NortonClimber, guide, photographer, speaker, founder of www.Challenge21.com, and - most importantly - husband and father.View all posts by Jake Norton

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