Most popular

For the past several years, I have been keeping count of each time a page on this web site is viewed. That makes it possible to know which pages are the most popular.

That means there's a sort of built-in weighting that would tend to favor older posts. I'll address that sometime in the future.

Below are links to my ten most popular postings, starting with my all-time most-read posts.

2008: Camping at Grand Canyon

By: Paul S. Cilwa Occurred: 8/24/2008
Topics: #Arizona #Camping #GrandCanyon #Photography #Zachary Page Views: 10633
All about the camping trip we took, with Zach and his friend, to Grand Canyon.

One of the things my grandson, Zachary, was most looking forward to about being in fourth grade, was the annual trip the local fourth graders traditionally make to Grand Canyon. This trip isn't just for fun. Grand Canyon is a living example of geology, ecology, the protection of endangered species, and more; and fourth grade is about the time most youngsters have grown aware enough to appreciate and understand it. Unfortunately, since our president has chosen to spend trillions of dollars fighting an un-winnable war against an enemy that didn't exist until he invaded their countries, there isn't enough left for the local schools to make the trip. And so, Michael and I took Zach and his friend, Chris, ourselves.

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Zach's First Raft Trip

By: Paul S. Cilwa Occurred: 5/3/2009
Topics: #Arizona #UpperSaltRiver #WhitewaterRafting Page Views: 8470
In which I introduce my grandson to the joys of whitewater rafting.

My grandson, Zachary, has been hearing me tell river tales all his life. That's because what happens on the river, seldom stays on the river—it's too interesting not to share! Consequently, Zach has asked to go rafting since he could talk. But you can't take babies on a raft unless you are trying to escape the sinking of a luxury liner. So we had to put it off. Until…today!

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Fossil Springs Wilderness

By: Paul S. Cilwa Topics: #Arizona #FossilCreek #FossilSpringsWilderness #VerdeHotSpring Page Views: 7501
Photos and essays about Arizona's beautiful and rugged Fossil Springs Wilderness.

Fossil Springs Wilderness is an 11,550-acre (18 square mile) wilderness area within the Coconino National Forest in the beautiful state of Arizona. It is at the bottom of a steep canyon at the edge of the Colorado Plateau, just south of the Mogollon Rim. At Fossil Springs, water gushes forth at the rate of about 2,700 cubic fee per minute as Fossil Creek. The perennial water supply supports one of the most diverse riparian ecosystems in the state, with more than 30 species of trees set among native desert shrub. It also creates a haven for abundant wildlife, including elk, deer, javelina, coyote, skunk, racoon, ring-tailed cat, fox, mountain lion, black bear and more than 100 species of birds.

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Dorothy Ann Hood Zembruski 1938-2007

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 9/21/2007
Topics: #DorothyAnnZembruski #Obituary
Milestone: #Death
Page Views: 7277
A celebration of the life of one of Michael's sisters.
One of my two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Ann Zembruski, died unexpectedly September 19. She was 68 years old, and should have had many more years ahead of her.

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Karen Graduates

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 5/9/2008
Topics: #KarenHopeCilwa Page Views: 6873
Karen is rewarded for her hard work.

It's May, so we have another graduation! This time it's my daughter, Karen, who got her bachelor's degree in Anthropology from Arizona State University this morning. Despite the fact that sitting in a sports stadium for three hours listening to unpronounceable names being, against all odds, pronounced as a thousand purple-robed graduates gavotte from chair to educator to educator and back to chair was considered too severe a torture for even Condoleezza Rice to order for Guantanamo Bay prisoners, it was a wonderful experience to be there for my little girl as she takes that magical step from childhood to employability.

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And Now, Tomorrow's News

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 3/6/2007
Topics: #9/11 #Conspiracy Page Views: 6857
Let's examine the possibilty that some very significant news events have been officially reported…BEFORE THEY HAPPENED!

We know that all the TV networks, and virtually all radio stations and newspapers, are owned by the same, small number of global corporations—and these corporations own stock in each other, making them more inbred than any family of Ozark mountaineers. The same corporationsalso own major defense contractors (the guys who make money from war), major pharmaceuticals, and Big Oil. It's far more in their interest that they suppress a free press than risk exposing their own schemes.

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Dorothy Elizabeth's Wedding

By: Paul S. Cilwa Occurred: 5/10/2008
Topics: #DorothyElizabethCilwaKinder #FrankIinder #Weddings
Milestone: #Marriage
Page Views: 6359
Dorothy Elizabeth finally gets married!
Today, May 10, my firstborn Dorothy Elizabeth Cilwa became married to Frank Lee Kinder, in a ceremony performed at Sedona's Red Rock Crossing. My granddaughter Cailey and grandson Zachary were ring-bearers. The ceremony was attended by immediate family members, and was followed by a short swim and then dinner at the Red Planet Diner.

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2009: The Terminals

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 12/31/2008
Topics: #Cailey #Chicago #GreyhoundBusLines #Travel #Virginia Page Views: 5131
I take the bus trip from hell after my flight is cancelled.

Here was my intention: To make a quick, overnight visit to Florida to visit my sisters, Joni and Louise, and their families at their post-Christmas get-togethers. Even my nephew, Tim, was flying in from California.

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Rocky Mountain High

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 7/4/2010
Topics: #ArkansasRiver #BrownsCanyon #BuenaVista #Colorado #WildernessAware #Zachary Page Views: 4778
Zach and I raft the Arkansas River in Colorado!

Happy 4th of July! Although the day did end with fireworks, it began with "hot action" on the Arkansas River.

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Missing Time

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 3/15/2006
Topics: #AlienAbductions #MissingTime Page Views: 4619
All about the two hours that went missing one night while moving from Florida to New Hampshire.

One of the most universal aspects of the abduction phenomenon is that of "missing time." This occurs when an abductee runs out to do an errand and comes back two or more hours later than he or she should, with no memory of what occurred in the missing hours, or (usually) even any idea that hours are missing.

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