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- Dr. Seuss, Yertle the Turtle

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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.
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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.

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Dec 19, 2011

The Strickens visited redwood trees in northern California. The trees were HUGE compared to the girls.




Nov 30, 2011

The Strickens with various cacti in New Mexico and Arizona: Prickly Pear, Saguaro, and I think a type of Cholla.



Nov 27, 2011

The Strickens hiked the Lighthouse Trail at Palo Duro Canyon State Park in the Texas Panhandle. Roundtrip, it was a 5.75 mile hike. This picture was taken near the beginning of the trail. There are no pictures of the hike back because it was dark by then.



Oct 22, 2011

Stricken Ann and Stricken E went to a pumpkin farm. They wanted to buy a pumpkin, but it was too heavy for them to carry and they had no room to store it.



Aug 21, 2011
Jan 4, 2011

Ashley strolled around The Village and then visited Hermann park with Stricken E.



Aug 1, 2010

The girls went blueberry picking with Jen at The Berry Patch. Of course, they ate more than they picked!



Jun 17, 2010

The Strickens discovered a giant mushroom in the backyard.