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Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl Parade

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December 31, 2013 Jacksonville, FL (More Pictures)

Bloomingdale Bog Trail

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Adirondacks     New York   September 2013             "It takes a lot of effort just to start a hike with Kellisa and I wasn't going to let a little water stop us from having a nice hike. If we turned around without getting wet, it would have been too late to find another trail. We could have gone back to our nice warm hotel room...but why would we do that?"   (Read more) 

Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park

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British Columbia Canada October 2013 A short, but steep trail to the base of a waterfall would be our last hike on our trip to British Columbia.  (Read more)

Sasquatch Provincial Park

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British Columbia Canada October 2013 In addition to people (always my biggest worry in the forest),   bears (black and grizzly) and mountain lions, we had to worry about crossing paths with bigfoot on this early autumn morning. (Read more)

Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park

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British Columbia, Canada October 2013 After spending a few hours at  Hell's Gate Airtram , we drove to Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park to hike the Othello Tunnels Rail to Trail.  (Read more)

Big Bend 25K

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Big Bend National Park Texas When: January 19, 2014 Kellisa and Chris are registered for their 2nd Big Bend 25K.  (Read more)

Hell's Gate Airtram

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Boston Bar British Columbia, Canada October 2013 "We had to travel where no human should venture for surely we have encountered the gates of hell". -Simon Fraser, 1808  (Read More)

Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa

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Harrison Hot Springs British Columbia, Canada October 2013 After presenting "Kellisa's Path" to the Seattle Hydrocephalus Association, we had a few days before we had to head home. Our original plan was to hike in Washington's National Parks, but the government shutdown forced us to change our plans. We didn't let the government ruin ( Read More)

Bilateral VDRO

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Wolfsons Children's Hospital Jacksonville, FL Sept. 2003 - Jan. 2005 - Feb. 2006 - Jan. 2011 Kellisa was a little beyond her 4th birthday when she had her 13th surgery. Heading into her first surgery on her hips, Kellisa already had seven brain (including two for an infected shunt), one heart,  (Read More)

113 Days in Pictures

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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Rush Presbyterian- St. Lukes Chicago, IL May 23, 1999 to September 13, 1999 The following pictures tell the story of our little warrior's first 113 days which were spent in the NICU. Many stories can be written about what Kellisa went through  (Read More)

The Narrows

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The Narrows Zion National Park Utah May 2013 This was Kellisa's second visit to Zion National Park Our goal for this trip was to hike/raft part of the Narrows trail. The National Park Service makes it clear that flotation devices and rafts are not allowed in the Narrows. I wrote to the chief ranger and explained our situation and provided a link to this blog. The ranger responded that her first thought was to answer no, but after looking at our experience, she decided that if anyone could do the Narrows with a disabled person, it was us. The ranger had one condition, we needed another hiker for safety reasons. This wasn't a problem because we had already recruited Primo Matt to be our partner. We used the Freedom Push Chair for the mile long paved trail to the start of the Narrows: Getting the 1 person raft ready: Kellisa loved the raft: Safety first: The entire hike in the water was like hiking on wet, slick bowli

Historic Railroad Tunnels Trail

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Lake Mead National Recreation Area Nevada May 2013 Kellisa and I flew out to Las Vegas for Memorial Day weekend with Primo Matt. Our first hike was the Historic Railroad Tunnels Trail at Lake Mead National Recreation Area. The sun was blazing and the temperature was soaring, but we didn't let that stop us from hiking 8.80 miles. After hiking through the five tunnels, we walked across Hoover Dam. Hurrikains Collection: Matt Buckingham Collection: