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Scotland! Cawdor Castle
Friday, September 15, 2017      13 comments

We arrived in Invergordon, Scotland in the middle of the morning. This was not on our original itinerary, which listed the Shetland Islands (Lerwick) instead. But the captain explained it would not be possible to be processed through immigration... Read more
Stavanger, Norway and Lysefjord
Thursday, September 14, 2017      9 comments

Stavanger Norway was our next port. It's a beautiful city, and included an old part of the city with historic multi-story wooden homes all painted white. We saw lots of evidence of the formerly thriving oil extraction industry, now silenced by t... Read more
Skagen, Denmark and Kristiansand, Norway
Wednesday, September 13, 2017      6 comments

From Copenhagen we sailed to Skagen, Denmark. Skagen is Denmark's northernmost city. It was founded in the middle ages. The smell of fish reminds us that it is still an active fishing village; it is also a charming tourist destination. All of th... Read more
Great Cruise! (rough return)
Tuesday, September 12, 2017      15 comments

I've been away on a great cruise to Scandinavia. We started in Denmark, then onto Norway, Scotland, Iceland, and across the Atlantic to Newfoundland. The destinations were wonderful, and I was able to see some wonderful sights that couldn't be c... Read more
Updating My Goals
Thursday, August 17, 2017      8 comments

I thought I should update my goals from earlier in the year, and report on my progress so far. I'm following a very generous grading system (used by a local health system when they are giving wellness bonuses to employees): Achieved or exce... Read more
Orcas Island: relaxing and inspiring
Saturday, August 12, 2017      11 comments

My week at Orcas Island in Washington was relaxing and inspiring. I attended a creativity workshop for one week, and my friend Martina and I enjoyed exploring the island for an extra couple of days. The Northwest has been covered by smoke from w... Read more
Hike to Benson Lake
Tuesday, July 25, 2017      10 comments

Today H, Lisa and I hiked to Benson Lake. It was beautiful! We started out at Scott Lake (in the Central Oregon Cascade Mountain range). Scott Lake, looking across to North Sister and Middle Sister mountains ... Read more
Canyon Creek Meadow Hike
Wednesday, July 19, 2017      7 comments

Yesterday I hiked a loop trail in the Three Fingered Jack wilderness area (Central Oregon Cascades) with my friend Jean. It was a beautiful hike! And the wildflowers were just starting their magnificent displays of blooms in lower Canyon Creek M... Read more
Oregon Coast
Friday, July 14, 2017      11 comments

I had a great mini-vacation at the Oregon coast. We stayed in the small town of Yachats. The weather was ideal (60s - 70s) and a welcome change from the heat wave here in the high desert. I enjoyed hiking a Cape Perpetua, we visited the tide poo... Read more
Hot weather Hike, and Visitors!
Tuesday, July 11, 2017      6 comments

My friends Beth and Bruce visited, and to be honest getting enough exercise was a challenge. Bruce and I usually hike; but the hot temperatures were not very conducive to exercise. My guests mostly wanted to stay indoors where it was cooler. But... Read more
New Adventure!
Saturday, July 01, 2017      11 comments

I invited Jeanni and Pat to join me on a new adventure hike, to a cave in the desert. It WAS a real adventure! The directions I had were not good; we never found the trail to the cave or the side road that led to the trail. BUT WE FOUND THE CAVE... Read more
Weekend Camping
Tuesday, June 27, 2017      9 comments

This past weekend, I was camping in the Ochoco Mountains. It was a lot of fun! I enjoyed the hiking, meeting new people (about 40 attended), learning about the history of the area, and singing around the campfire. I led a 8 mile hike. My c... Read more
Ochoco Mountain Wildflowers
Thursday, June 22, 2017      9 comments

I hiked a difficult but beautiful trail in the Ochoco Mountains today (difficult for me, that is!) -- about 9.4 miles and 1550 foot elevation gain. My friend Micki who planned to hike with me was unable to come -- she broke her ankle and had sur... Read more
Wildflowers, Walks, and Wild Horses
Sunday, June 18, 2017      14 comments

The Steen's Mountain area (where I visited my friend H last week) is great for hiking. And we were lucky that the wildflowers were blooming! Here are a few photos from vistas along my hikes in Steen's Mountain. The first 5 photos are of hik... Read more
Riddle Brothers Ranch
Saturday, June 17, 2017      11 comments

I spent last week at a remote historic ranch in the Steen's Mountain area of Oregon, Riddle Brothers Ranch. Three bachelor Riddle brothers farmed in this area from about 1900 to 1950; the last surviving brother sold the property in the 1950s to ... Read more

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