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Visit to the High Desert Museum
Wednesday, August 15, 2018      8 comments

Yesterday, my friend Lynda and I visited the high desert Museum in Oregon. It was a wonderful experience. It is an indoor outdoor museum with winding walk-in trails. We both loved seeing the many children playing and exploring. Me at the e... Read more
Hiking Lava Lake
Sunday, August 05, 2018      16 comments

I hiked with three friends at Lava Lake and Little Lava Lake. It was a very nice hike in the brief interlude of cooler/less smoky weather. (The heat and smoke haze are back today and for the next few days) Mt Bachelor from the kayak put-in ... Read more
Sparks Lake Hike
Wednesday, August 01, 2018      11 comments

I feel renewed and energized after a great hike at Sparks Lake (in the Central Oregon Cascade Mountains). It's been very hot and smoky from wildfires (sadly, most of the smoke is from the huge Redding area fire, more than 350 miles away). I met ... Read more
Achievements; and Poem
Monday, July 30, 2018      10 comments

SparkCoach suggested writing down three achievements for the day, and sharing those achievements in a blog. I'm going to try to do this more regularly, at least in my journal. I think it helps to keep me on track and moving forward! 1. I cl... Read more
Orcas Island (Washington vacation Part 2)
Friday, July 27, 2018      9 comments

We traveled to Orcas Island by ferry from Anacortes. Orcas Island is one of the San Juan Islands, the island chain that lies in at the northern border of Washington State. Anacortes has put in a walking trail along the beach by the ferry dock, w... Read more
Vacation in Washington Part 1
Wednesday, July 25, 2018      12 comments

I spent a lovely week in Washington state with several friends. We attended a creativity workshop on Orcas Island (part of the San Juan Island chain), and hiked together. We took the scenic route from Bend to Washington, stopping in Winthro... Read more
Sisters Quilt Show
Saturday, July 14, 2018      12 comments

Today I went to the quilt show in Sisters, Oregon. It was a very fun experience with lots of beautiful quilts. I went early (about 90 minutes before the show opened at 9 a.m.) to avoid the crowds and the heat, and had a picnic breakfast in the p... Read more
Hiking Todd Lake
Tuesday, July 10, 2018      17 comments

I've had to cut back on hiking due to arthritic knees. But I am really enjoying revisiting some very easy hikes in the mountains. It is MUCH cooler at higher elevation; the temperature dropped 15 degrees, from 85 to 70. And it was lovely hiking ... Read more
A Great Day for a Picnic!
Saturday, July 07, 2018      5 comments

… but someone is already in my chair! ... Read more
Camping in the Ochoco Mountains
Monday, July 02, 2018      9 comments

I spent the weekend camping in the Ochoco Mountains with a larger group of hikers and friends. It was a wonderful weekend! Days were warm but not too hot, and the nights were cold and clear. I was glad I brought an old wool blanket to put over m... Read more
Hike Along the Metolius River
Wednesday, June 27, 2018      7 comments

The hike along the Metolius River (in the Three Sisters Wilderness in Oregon) is one of my favorite hikes -- forest, clear rushing river, wildflowers, and fish! My friends Pat and Jeanni hiked this trail with me yesterday -- relaxing and fun. ... Read more
Visit from my brother; hike
Wednesday, June 13, 2018      7 comments

My life has slowly returned to normal after returning from our Alaska vacation. My brother Greg came for a visit, it was great to see him and he is a very relaxing guest. He is an avid train buff, and he had come to Oregon for a model railway co... Read more
Final day in Alaska: Fairbanks
Monday, June 11, 2018      6 comments

Our final Alaska destination was Fairbanks. On the coach ride from Denali, we saw our last herd of Dall sheep in the mountains. We went through beautiful aspen and birch forests. Our package included a riverboat ride on the Discovery (sternwheel... Read more
Alaska: Denali National Park
Sunday, June 10, 2018      9 comments

We disembarked from our cruise at the port of Whittier (near Anchorage) in the early a.m., and boarded the train for Denali. We were in the upper dome level of a two story car, and the views were great. I loved the grand vistas of mountains, riv... Read more
Alaska Part 3! Glaciers
Friday, June 08, 2018      8 comments

We spent two days cruising to view the glaciers in Glacier Bay and College Fjord. Wow the glaciers are immense and impressive! They have been receding over the past years changing the scenery and wildlife habitat -- but they are still HUGE. ... Read more

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