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Jacob Lake Inn
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On our way home from a camping and hiking trip to Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park, we decided to take a longer way home and to stop at the Grand Canyon National Park North Rim.
Jacob Lake is a small unincorporated community on the Kaibab Plateau in Coconino County, Arizona, United States, at the junction of U.S. Route 89A and State Route 67. Named after the Mormon explorer Jacob Hamblin, the town is known as the "Gateway to the Grand Canyon" because it is the starting point of Route 67, the only paved road leading to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon some 44 miles to the south. The town itself consists of the Jacob Lake Inn which maintains motel rooms and cabins, a restaurant, lunch counter, gift shop, bakery, and general store; a gas station/garage; campground; and a visitors center run by the U.S. Forest Service. In the summer months, there is also a nearby center for horse rides.
Jacob Lake Inn has been family owned and operated since it was founded by Harold and Nina Bowman in 1923. Now, their daughter Effie Dean Bowman Rich, her children and grandchildren continue the tradition of competent friendly service, comfortable beds, excellent meals and baked goods, outstanding quality Native American Arts and Crafts, and useful information about this unique area.
Jacob Lake Inn is an "Inn" in the original sense of the word: a public house which offers hospitality and recreation. The name evokes the idea of home-like comfort, rustic surroundings, and friendly service. We welcome you to visit and experience what it was like to travel when the journey was as important as the destination.
For more than 80 years we have followed the following philosophy at Jacob Lake Inn: Travelers are our guests and are welcome in our home.
Gateway to the North Rim
The North Rim of the Grand Canyon is a scenic 44 mile drive from Jacob Lake Inn. Built in 1923, Jacob Lake Inn is nestled in the towering pines of the Kaibab National Forest. With complete facilities for the traveler to Grand Canyon’s North Rim including beautiful rooms, a gift shop, dining room, lunch counter, and service station.
Centrally located for visits to the Grand Canyon, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, the Navajo and Hopi Reservations, the Vermillion Cliffs, and Lake Powell, Jacob Lake Inn is the perfect base camp for anyone wishing to tour the beautiful sights of the Southwest. We offer our services year-round with a variety of activities for each season such as sight-seeing, fishing at the Colorado river, camping, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, hiking, biking (including bike rentals), or just relaxing.
every flag together is the peaceful warrior : rainbow country, san francisco (2014)
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june is pride month for the alternative communities who don’t have standard "heterosexual identification".
historically, we used to call it gay pride.
this included homosexual men and women.
now, we know that sexuality is a super beautiful and complicated revelation that is realized in each individual differently.
some people want to be pretty and attractive, others want to be warriors and masculine and proud and chiseled. some want to be curvy and soft and loved, while others want to be colorful and loud or tied up and beaten.
basically, we now "understand" that sexual identification includes the element of gender and that gender and sexuality merge to form all manner of amazing combinations. there really are straight men who want to wear pretty clothes and prance about. they don’t want to have sex with men, they just want to be gorgeous and beautiful and loved in the same way that many (but not all!) women long to be beautiful and gorgeous and admired.
gender has a lot to do with attention and attraction to things which are not inherently sexual. gender is about the identifications that societies or cultures attribute to objects.
for instance, many languages contain the notion of masculine and feminine objects that are identified with "articles" in advance to "sexually inform the listener of the word’s gender".
that is, the words for "the" and "a" or "an" in languages of latin origins and the like in english would read "dude car" or "lady moon". and every object word (nouns) we have in english would be broken up into "dude bar" or "lady disco", etc.
dude dog, lady cat : dude fork, lady spoon : dude building, lady office : dude sun, lady moon : dude war, lady peace etc.
can you genuinely imagine how interesting dude english would sound if we did that?
but that’s not all.
we need to lay down the next grammatical layer of gender bias that exists in language to see what it would really be like.
that is, in these same gender polar languages, from which english also descends (see, these gender discriminations and enforcements are quite endemic, really), the pronouns must also be tampered with to reflect this bipolar split — man/woman.
so pronouns in these languages have gender/sexual identification. we have to add sexual identification because now we are talking directly about living human objects, not just non-human objects.
english keeps these same pronouns.
but here’s the transliteration of the phrase from above which i will first repeat with the "gender" addition of the nouns>
can you genuinely imagine how interesting dude english would sound if we did that?
with the new additions:
can dudes you genuinely imagine how interesting dude english would sound if dudes we did that?
can dudes you get dude me dude’s point?
literally, that’s what the inbuilt gender/sexual discrimination actually looks like.
it’s a bit laborious, isn’t it?
so we are breaking down language while we catch up to the areas that have already broken back down to reality — there have ALWAYS been humans of every sexual orientation!!!
we know this from legend and myth. we know this from stories and histories.
we know that gender has always played a HUGE role in the basic war between the sexes.
but we also know that the war between the sexes can end.
and we are discovering that the range of human sexuality and identification goes far beyond sex identification. we are discovering that the expression of sexuality and sex are actually very different and should be given the room and expansive arena to make more of itself.
and this is amazing to witness — to see the transgender movement and the anti-bullying campaigns bringing safety and protection to these beautiful and different people who have been persecuted and shamed in the past.
it is wise to remember that the oracles of delphi were hermaphrodites and considered gifts from the gods. it is important to honor and hold dear those human creatures who stand out differently from the rest for they are truly a gift!!! they are a unique manifestation of the human possibility.
and i, for one, know a bunch of straight people who are barely hanging on to their identification as "straight" people. and it’s not sex that is making their hold so tenuous. it’s the restrictive nature of tight definitions surrounding GENDER, not sex, which is really changing.
men and women should be free to wear what they want to wear. men and women should be allowed to be beautiful and feminine. women and men should be allowed to be masculine. if you can grow a mustache, you shouldn’t be persecuted for having lip hair.
in my dreams, i want to see women who have mustaches growing them out and being proud and sexy for having them. if a man wants to swish his hips and walk like a panther, others shouldn’t be so threatened that they feel violence. instead, they should acknowledge that the violence they are feeling is a war in their own heart — it is their desire for another bucking up against preconceived ideas about how their desire for another is wrong.
we are all just here to feel the wind.
it is not a long journey for any individual.
the rainbow flag belongs to all peace warriors — regardless of sex/gender orientation. this flag is about all the skin colors of the human world celebrating life and happiness and love and unity. it’s not about exclusion OR inclusion. it’s about being next to one another and being different and still being able to wave in the wind as one.
East African Coalition Logistics Conference, January 2011
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Lt. Col. Justin Ojiambo Khaduli (left), and Maj. Cherotwei Simotwo, of the Kenyan Ministry of Defense, speak at the East African Coalition Logistics Conference in Djibouti City, Djibouti, Jan. 7, 2011. The conference, hosted by Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, brought representatives from U.S. Africa Command and more than 10 African partner nations together to exchange ideas and discuss solutions to transportation and logistics issues in their countries.
U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kathrine McDowell
Military logistics officers gathered in Djibouti in early January to participate in the first East African Coalition Logistics Conference, hosted by Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa. The conference brought together logistics officers from U.S. Africa Command, its sub component commands for the Army, Navy, Air Force, and CJTF-HOA, as well as partner nations from more than 10 African countries, and South Korea.
The conference expanded understanding between partner-nation logistics operations, conducted international logistics orientations, established cooperative partner-nation relationships and built on these relationships for the future. African nation participants included Djibouti, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Tanzania and Mauritius. Delegates from the African Union were also in attendance.
CJTF-HOA’s director of logistics and master of ceremonies, U.S. Navy Capt. Stephen LeBlanc, opened the conference with welcoming remarks followed by keynote addresses from U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Djibouti, James Swan; Air Force Brig. Gen. Barbara Faulkenberry, director of logistics for U.S. Africa Command; and Rear Adm. Brian Losey, CJTF-HOA commander.
“As logisticians, we know that when you look at the ability to accomplish a mission, whether that’s peacekeeping, responding to a national crisis, the defense of a nation, or the humanitarian response to a catastrophe, we think of the mission,” said Faulkenberry. Logistics provides the framework and connectivity in order for a mission to succeed, she said.
Following the formal presentations, logistics officers from each partner nation gave presentations to illustrate their individual logistical situations and unique opportunities to contribute to the over-arching partnerships among the countries.
Each country, represented by two officers, dove into their logistical processes, expounding on the issues and challenges they face operating within their country as well as across East Africa. Many countries experience similar challenges stemming from poor or emerging economies, recent rebellions, lack of proper infrastructure and challenges based on geographical terrain.
“Dealing with maintenance issues is not always easy,” said Lt. Col. Ali Aden Houmed of the Djiboutian National Army. “We also have some difficulty having qualified specialists for maintenance issues, so these issues give us a hard time. We have equipment coming from various countries for different projects. It’s good to have gifts from friends, but at the end of the day, it is difficult to keep that equipment working.”
The second day of the conference opened with additional presentations by partner-nation officers. LeBlanc also personally thanked all the participants. The conference culminated in an orientation and demonstration of the Pre-positional Expeditionary Assistance Kit (PEAK) system, which converts and purifies local water sources to potable water. The equipment can deliver benefits in a variety of medical, military and industrial situations, and does not adversely affect the environment.
The conference was hailed as a success in that it was a unique opportunity for U.S. military logisticians to share best practices with their military counterparts in East African countries, enabling them to have a stronger understanding and appreciation for logistical issues and solutions.
“There are major infrastructure programs in virtually every country in this region,” said Swan.
“New roads, new railway networks and new ports will clearly improve capabilities for logistics in the region in the future. Partner nations here in the region are heavily involved in efforts to improve the logistics base here in East Africa,” he said.
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