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"And turtles, of course ... all the turtles are free, as turtles, and maybe, all creatures should be."
- Dr. Seuss, Yertle the Turtle




May 6, 2014
May 5, 2014

The Strickens on the trail to the Delicate Arch at Arches National Park.

The Strickens hiked the Fiery Furnace at Arches National Park. When they saw the kissing turtles arch, they had to have their picture taken with it. Unfortunately, it was too high for them to climb up to it. They were really hoping to see a desert tortoise on the trip, but weren’t so lucky.

Mar 2, 2012

Stricken Ann and Stricken E went hiking with Jen and Ashley at Pinnacles National Monument (the west entrance). It was really cool. They got to hike through a cave where bats live and they hiked all the way up the mountains onto the pinnacles.




Dec 25, 2011

The Strickens went to the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, California.

Dec 3, 2011

The hike at El Morro National Monument was by far the coolest adventure. The hike was two miles round trip and had an elevation gain of 250 feet. The bottom picture is down on the ground when they first started the hike. The trail went all the way up on the giant rock behind the Strickens (the one behind them that goes off the picture). The top picture was taken up there on that giant rock.

The Strickens went to the sandstone bluffs in El Mapais National Monument. It was just an overlook, but along with Ashley and Jen, they made it a climbing adventure. (Good thing they are wearing harnesses!)

Nov 28, 2011

Stricken Ann and Stricken E pose next to a turtle petroglyph at Petroglyph National Monument in New Mexico.