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Mesa Verde and Chaco Canyon
Sunday, April 23, 2017      10 comments

Mesa Verde in New Mexico is the most famous of the Ancestral Puebloan (Anasazi) -- I think I will use the name that is used at each location rather than double naming this ancestral tribe!) sites. It is both a national park and a world heritage ... Read more
Nine Mile Canyon and House on Fire ruin
Sunday, April 23, 2017      8 comments

I just got back from two weeks traveling in the Southwest with my friend Deb. It was a great vacation. The weather was beautiful, and we enjoyed hiking and visiting archeological sites. I was very grateful that the pains in my legs subsided (the... Read more
Chronic Pain: What Works?
Friday, April 07, 2017      10 comments

For the past 3 weeks or so I have gained a great appreciation for my friends that suffer from chronic pain. My friends who suffer from chronic pain have spinal issues, or cancer, or severe arthritis, or rheumatoid arthritis ... and they ALL try ... Read more
Hiking Kah-Nee-Tah & Chimney Rock
Friday, March 31, 2017      6 comments

I am enjoying spring hiking, now that the weather is finally eased up from this harsh winter. AND my office floors have been replaced so I am able to be on my computer to write this blog! (I had damage to my home caused by an ice dam on my roof ... Read more
Challenging Hike! Smith Rock
Sunday, March 19, 2017      10 comments

Today I hiked at Smith Rock, and it was a challenging workout (for me!). I went by myself so I could enjoy going at my own pace on the steep uphill and downhill portions. And it was a GREAT experience. The weather was perfect (cool and clear); t... Read more
Hiking Season Started! And, New Spark Look ...
Saturday, March 11, 2017      10 comments

The weather has finally warmed up enough to go hiking. I went with my usual friends, but I think I will try a new group that may be more my pace. I'm a moderate paced hiker, and 3 of my 4 friends are speed hikers. HATE being the slowest one! An... Read more
Overcoming a Blah, Low Energy, Day
Wednesday, March 08, 2017      7 comments

Yesterday was a very low energy day for me. I didn't meet my step goals; and I didn't go to an exercise class. I was in my pajamas until late afternoon. This is fairly rare for me -- usually I am energetic and enthusiastic, and I like to exercis... Read more
New Orleans -- Historic Tours
Monday, March 06, 2017      11 comments

I ran out of time to finish my blog last night, so I am sharing the highlights of some historic places that we toured. We visited Whitney plantation; this historic plantation tells the history from the point of view of the African American ... Read more
Loved New Orleans!
Sunday, March 05, 2017      10 comments

I loved my visit to New Orleans last week. It was great to see my sister and sister-in-law, and to see this historic and lively city. And the best part was spending time with my family! My favorite parts of the visit were hearing Preserv... Read more
Three Accomplishments!
Thursday, February 23, 2017      6 comments

SparkCoach today asked me to blog about three accomplishments that I am proud of. So here are three relatively recent accomplishments! 1. I have kept up cross country skiing, and have even improved my skills. ... Read more
Huh? Mangled Instructions!
Saturday, February 18, 2017      10 comments

The instructions on my new DVD external drive for my computer make NO sense whatsoever. Here's the instructions, verbatim: " Products through standard USB data cable to the computer USP port properly connected, the computer monitor should ... Read more
Enjoying a Rainy Day, Movie Review, and Deer!
Friday, February 17, 2017      8 comments

Wow I am SO grateful that it is raining, instead of snowing. And I am grateful that my roof is not leaking! (I had damage from an ice dam during the big snow storm last month. The roof is fixed; the ceiling still needs refinishing) I went t... Read more
Valentine's Day Hike!
Tuesday, February 14, 2017      7 comments

I hiked up Pilot Butte today, to enjoy a hike with views before the next big storm (tonight). The trail was icy and slushy most of the way. I used my yak-trax so I did not slip and slide on the trail. ... Read more
New SparkCoach Track, New Driver License Photo
Thursday, February 09, 2017      8 comments

I noticed that my SparkCoach program was repeating some of the lectures and suggestions, so I e-mailed a Coach. Apparently I made it all the way through the first program (Diet) and it was starting over again. The Coach's response explained that... Read more
January Results, and New Hike Through Snow!
Wednesday, February 01, 2017      7 comments

Last month, I did pretty well meeting my goals. I lost 4 pounds. I logged my food, and counted my steps. I drastically reduced sugar intake, and I cut my caffeine intake. I was off sick for about 10 days (flu), but I did pretty well with exercis... Read more

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