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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

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Nov 30, 2011

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



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.