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A Morning at the Secret Lake

The book is "Officially" out


I understand warehouses are filling up and orders should be shipping any time! For sure, I stayed up all night signing things for the pre-orders that went through this site. My signatures are all real... and not fake stamps like so many others. I walked into a Barnes & Noble tonight here in New York to see if they had my book yet... They say any minute! But, on the way out, I saw Alton Brown's cookbook that was an "Autographed Copy". It was so obviously a stamp that was infused into the jacket! Anyway, I am sorry if they got a little messy around 6 AM, but at least you know they are real! I wanted to make sure we got these out to everyone ASAP... it's important to you, I know, so it's important to me.


If you have the book already, why not pop over to Amazon and give the book a review? We now live in a world that is powered by people like you and your opinions -- and I would appreciate that very much!


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Daily Photo: A Morning at the Secret Lake

This was shot in the Andes of Southern Argentina just near the border of Chile.


I spent several hours of hiking in the dark just so I could get to this spot at sunrise. All the darkness in the lower half is the shadow of the mountain behind me as the morning sun rose above it. I was so thirsty from the hike, and had not brought any water with me. Looking on Google Earth beforehand, I knew there was a lake up here and I could fill up… so I got down on my hands and knees and drank like a horse… oh boy that was some good fresh water… You can see my little footprints in the snow there on the left.


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Taken on March 31, 2009