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Cancelling Africa Trip
Friday, July 29, 2016      12 comments

The poet Robert Burns wrote: The best laid plans of mice and men oft go awry. And my trip to Africa is one plan that is now cancelled. We were scheduled to leave in 2 weeks, on August 11. Then my traveling companion got very bad news. She ... Read more
Nice Visit to California
Tuesday, July 26, 2016      11 comments

Last week I drove to California to visit my sister. On the drive there, I loved the view of mighty Mount Shasta. My sister loves hiking, and s... Read more
Hiking Desert and Mountains!
Thursday, July 14, 2016      9 comments

This past week, I enjoyed two very different hikes. The first was in the desert, in the Tumalo Canal Historic District. I've hiked here before; this is the site of a huge (failed) irrigation project from the 1910 era. We did not expect ANY wildf... Read more
Hiking Black Butte
Thursday, July 07, 2016      8 comments

Today I hiked a more difficult trail, Black Butte trail, near Black Butte Ranch in the Cascade Mountains. Trail is only about 4 miles, but it is very steep (about 1550 ft elevation gain, or about 475 meters). My friend Hanne took a photo of me i... Read more
Hiking Mountain Lakes and Streams
Monday, July 04, 2016      7 comments

My friends B&B came to visit for the past few days. He usually enjoys hiking -- but the weather was just too darn hot! So we enjoyed shorter hikes in the higher elevations. (She stayed home; she is still recovering from a hip replacement) W... Read more
Camping in the Ochoco Mountains
Tuesday, June 28, 2016      7 comments

I spent the weekend camping in the Ochoco Mountains (Central Oregon). I loved my new tent, which was set up on a camp spot near the creek. I en... Read more
Fun Visit with Brother & SIL
Monday, June 20, 2016      7 comments

My brother and SIL visited from Phoenix over the weekend. It was great seeing them both! Their son (my nephew) is now living here in Oregon. On the first full day, we visited several consignment furniture store to help my nephew refurnish his ap... Read more
Happy Father's Day!
Sunday, June 19, 2016      5 comments

Happy Father's day to all the loving fathers in the world! And to those of us who were lucky to have loving fathers (and mothers) in our life -- we were blessed! ... Read more
Flowers in the Desert
Monday, June 13, 2016      10 comments

My friend H told me that the flowers were blooming in the desert. So we headed out for a 3 mile hike in the Badlands yesterday. I have never seen the flowers blooming in such profusion! It put a smile on my face. Sulpher plant and Oregon su... Read more
Wildflowers on Lookout Mountain
Sunday, June 12, 2016      7 comments

I enjoyed two fabulous wildflower hikes this weekend. The first was to Lookout Mountain, in the Ochoco Mountains. It is a more difficult hike, about 7 miles, with elevation gain. And I hiked it with two hikers that are much faster than I am. So ... Read more
Beautiful Owyhee Canyonlands
Tuesday, June 07, 2016      12 comments

After completing the archaeological survey portion of our adventure, my traveling companion and I drove to the Owyhee canyonlands area in the far southeastern corner of Oregon, near the Idaho border. I had never visited this beautiful corner of ... Read more
Steens Mountain Archaeological Adventure!
Monday, June 06, 2016      6 comments

I am just back from a mini vacation to Eastern Oregon. The first part of my trip was with our local archaeology club. The club arranged a trip to some remote sites near the Steens Mountain wilderness area with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)... Read more
Hiking for Wildflowers
Saturday, May 28, 2016      7 comments

I went on two hikes with friends this week, both destinations were to enjoy spring wildflowers. The easier hike was along the Metolius River. The day was cloudy, but we were very lucky: no rain! I live in the high desert, but this hike is in the... Read more
Ochoco Mountain Wildflower Hike
Tuesday, May 17, 2016      10 comments

My friend H & I hiked the Steins Pillar trail in the Ochoco Mountains (Central Oregon). Hike was about 4.8 miles, with lots of up and down. We started out in the green lush forest. The arnica were blooming, with yellow flowers and heart shaped l... Read more
Hiking Rivers and Mountains (well, hill anyway!)
Friday, May 13, 2016      9 comments

I enjoyed a couple of nice hikes along the river with my friend Abby. She asked if I ever hiked at a slower pace, and said YES enthusiastically! We hiked along the Deschutes River from Eagle Crest resort. The baby goslings were on the manic... Read more

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