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    “Is anybody not ready? Hike On.” I exclaimed countless times on my twelve day trek at Philmont Scout Ranch. My much older brother had ventured to Philmont with our dad fifteen years before my trip, so as you can imagine, I grew up hearing stories of the 137,000 acre paradise perched within the Sangre de Cristo mountains in New Mexico. Philmont is a twelve day strenuous backpacking experience and not for the faint of heart. Luckily for me, I was eligible at fourteen and my dad was healthy and willing at fifty-three, so he could have the same bonding experience with me as with my brother. Having my father there made me feel more secure and confident about the trip. This was also a healing experience for us as we lost my paternal grandfather…

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    Reflecting on our five days spent in Retezat, I cannot help but relish in almost every single experience since it was all so new to me. I had never gone on a hiking trip before, nor had I ever spent that much time in the wilderness being able to truly enjoy God’s creation. However, there were two moments that definitely stick out to me as I reflect on the journey: the first being our time at the summit of Peleaga and the second being the night that Paige, Janelle and I spent in the Salvamont…

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    Last Summer Heather Youmans went to Cimarron, New Mexico to backpack through the wild. She went to Philmont Boy Scout Ranch ,“Born in 1938 as Philturn Rocky Mountain Scout Camp, today’s Philmont Scout Ranch is a bustling center for high adventure and training. Youth and adults take advantage of the Ranch’s camping, training and work programs.” (Scouting.org). She was spending 10 days in the backcountry without electricity and carrying her essentials on her back. Heather went on practice hikes…

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    land proved to be a common problem for both. The conditions out in the Midwest were difficult, to say the least. The summers were harsh and dry and the winters were extremely cold. The land lacked nearby water and was not nearly as fertile as the land back in the East. For ranchers, this led to overgrazing land and a large portion of their cattle dying off in the winters in the 1890s (“Western Movement”). Ranchers were primarily located in Texas (Slatta); whereas, most Exodusters were led to…

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    cowboys involved in the strike always ranged from double digits to triple digits. It all depended on the personal circumstances of the cowboys. The strike began to lose momentum when the strike fund had run out of money. Out of work, many of the cowboys asked for their job back. To make it worse, many of the ranchers began to fire cowboys on the spot if they were affiliated with the strike. Some of the ranchers offered a slight wage increase but not one that met the minimum in the proclamation…

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    Biff's Internal Conflict

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    Biff's role is pivotal and affects every main character in story. Biff is the son of Willy and Linda and the brother of Happy. This essay analyzes Biff’s character: his internal conflicts, the relationships with his parents, and his relationship with his brother, Happy. The internal conflict in Biff, between what his father wanted him to be and doing what he feels is right. Willy wants him to be successful and have a sales job cause he thinks this job is a good job when he…

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    The past two summers we worked on a Montana Cattle Ranch. The Stucky Ranch is one of three ranches featured in an Animal Planet documentary series titled, "The Last American Cowboy". This three generation, 20,000 acre family ranch, maintains a traditional old fashioned working lifestyle by preferring to use horses over ATVs, baling hay with buck-rakes and stacking it with beaver slides. After having watched the series, we contacted them and landed ourselves summer jobs. This adventure was…

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    Homesteading In Montana

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    there to greet them with a wagon which would carry their belonging up to the ranch which was 6 miles from the river. Once they had got there and had everything settled in my great grandpa and his siblings went and explored with Old Red Boy. Other homesteads that were nearby was, the Bob Renz place which would be Nathan Hackley’s great uncle and the Colgan outfit which is Chris Colgan’s great grandparents. On their homestead they had a cook named Albert Stowe he was an old Civil War veteran for…

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    Far West Disadvantages

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    After the Civil War, many people moved to the Far West due to its wet and lush territory, high mountains, flat plains, treeless prairies and great forests. These different societies that developed in the “Far West” included the Western Tribes, the Spanish, Chinese immigrants and white settlers. Firstly, the Plains Indians, the most powerful of the Indian tribes, adapted to the new environment of the Far West by hunting buffalo, which was a big part of their livelihood as they used it for their…

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    Speech On Stand Analysis

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    things by standing up for what he believed in and what he wanted for himself, his boys, and his grandchildren when we came into his life. He made many decisions both good and sometimes, not so good. His belief was one bad day or bad decision does not define you. That is for sure. The way you cope with these situations make you who you are. If you can stand up and push through the bad, you will get stronger and life will get better. The metaphor “Life’s like a novel with the end ripped…

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