The mountains are calling and I must go…

“The mountains are calling and I must go…” is a famed quote from a letter John Muir wrote to his sister Sarah in September of 1873.  John was an author and naturalist who became a great advocate of the preservation of natural places.  He co-founded the Sierra Club and worked extensively on environmental and scientific issues throughout his life.

Much of the wilderness that Duck and Estes are enjoying below is here today because of the work of John Muir and others like him. Continue Reading →

The Ducks of Sandy Hook Elementary

At the beginning of the 2013 EMS Memorial Bike Ride, we were each given a small green and white rubber duck.  These ducks come from Newtown, Connecticut, but have spread around the world.

It all started following the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.  As the children returned to class at neighboring Chalk Hill School, they received a box of 500 rubber ducks from a Colorado Kiwanis club.  Officer Todd Keeping of the Newtown Police Department decided to hide the ducks throughout the school for the children to find.  This small act of kindness had a huge impact on the school and since then, the word has spread. Continue Reading →