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03-26-2017 The Miracle of the Traveling Cap

We were at the Great Wall in the Badaling Hills area. It was very windy when we started out walking up the wall.

Half the group chose the steep section of the climb, the other half chose the steeper section. We all made it to our respective destination points. Paul, walking with us on the steeper side, had his cap blown off his head in the early part of the climb. He just assumed it was lost and pressed on.

When we descended and got off the wall we stopped for a beer in one of the little refreshment areas at the base. Not too long thereafter, a man comes up, taps Paul on the shoulder and shows him the cap that had blown off his head. The man smiled and said, "five dollar!"

The short story is Paul bought back his own cap for three dollars and we all thought it was hilarious. As Paul said, it was a free cap to begin with but who could pass up completing the story for three dollars. We all marveled that the man found the cap, knew who lost it, found him at the base, and made the deal.

On those windy days when hats and caps need a little extra security, we'll all remember The Great Wall of China and the three dollar cap.

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It was 1869. Ten men in four boats were about to embark on a journey that would cover almost 1,000 miles through uncharted canyons, and change the west forever. They were led by John Wesley Powell, a professor who had lost his right arm as an officer during the Civil War. Three months later only seven of the original company plus their one -arm Civil War hero-leader would emerge from the depths of the Grand Canyon at the mouth of the Virgin River. Powell became a national celebrity, as famous in the United States as Neil Armstrong would become after walking on the moon – a feat that occurred, coincidentally, exactly a century later.