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Pompeii and Venice
Wednesday, November 13, 2013      11 comments

Here is a bit more from our Mediterranean cruise. From the Amalfi coast, our tour took us to Pompeii. I was surprised at how quickly we arrived at Pompeii by not going over the windy scenic coast road! Scenic coast road – approx. 4 ½ hours; r... Read more
Cruise Part 3: Rome and Amalfi Coast
Saturday, November 09, 2013      10 comments

(I forgot to mention in my fitness recap – I did not gain weight on the cruise! I actually lost almost a pound.) The next port was Civitavecchia, which is an old port for Rome. We traveled to Rome, and began our tour at Trevi Fountain. ... Read more
Cruise Part 2: Florence and Pisa
Wednesday, November 06, 2013      10 comments

Ouch! Tomorrow vacation ends and I return to work. Today was spent doing errands and getting caught up with chores. I had one pleasant surprise: while in the chair at the dentist, the dental hygienist pointed out the window -- a little otter ... Read more
Goals; Cruise Part 1 (Barcelona & Cannes)
Wednesday, November 06, 2013      11 comments

I returned yesterday from my Mediterranean cruise vacation, I had a blast. I went with SF and hiking buddy SpunkyLB; she loves cruising and her DH can’t travel. The weather was lovely and warm, with a few rain showers. I feel rested and relax... Read more
Mid October Update (Good news!)
Tuesday, October 15, 2013      10 comments

Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian friends! emoticon I’m leaving on my Mediterranean cruise in less than a wee... Read more
Deschutes River hike
Saturday, October 05, 2013      5 comments

The weather was delightful today, and I led a very nice hike along with river for a group of 12 hikers. We hiked about 7.5 miles. None of the other hikers knew the trail existed, so it was a fun hike. I had a moment of panic when I got ... Read more
September Results, October Goals
Friday, October 04, 2013      10 comments

The short summary: I did not lose any weight this month. I did really well for the first half of the month, and then I let stress sidetrack me into overeating -- more than once. Looking at September and how I did, results were: 1. Lo... Read more
Hiking Matthieu Lakes & new trail
Monday, September 16, 2013      7 comments

I led a hike to Matthieu Lakes on Saturday. Eight hikers joined me on this beautiful 6 mile loop trail in the Three Sisters Wilderness. I didn’t realized I was still a little weak from being sick last week until I was hiking uphill. ... Read more
Mom's health rollercoaster
Wednesday, September 11, 2013      8 comments

I am glad I traveled to California and visited my mom and family this past weekend. Her health is a rollercoaster. She was upset on Friday and Saturday, because a new open oozing sore had broken out on her leg. This is an obvious sign of the ... Read more
Two great hikes over the long weekend!
Wednesday, September 04, 2013      11 comments

I had a GREAT hike to Sisters Mirror Lake on Saturday. I led a group of 8 hikers; most had been to the lake but no one had done the long loop trail. The hike was about 9.5 miles, and some good elevation gain (but not TOO steep!). It was a gre... Read more
Mom, August results and September goals
Sunday, September 01, 2013      3 comments

Mom had a very rough week. She has developed bed sores. Her temporarily repaired bridge fell out again, and getting to the dentist is very difficult for her. The staff who tried to transfer her from bed to the wheelchair had difficulty with t... Read more
Weekend Campout, Hike, Mom Improved
Monday, August 26, 2013      4 comments

I had a very nice weekend campout at Waldo Lake with the Sierra Club. It was a large group – about 65 total. I packed in a rush after work, arrived late on Friday, and had to set up my tent in the dark. I was originally surprised to realize ... Read more
Minor Frustrations, Staying on Track
Tuesday, August 20, 2013      5 comments

Well this has been a week of minor frustrations. My main goal this week is to not let the frustrations derail me from my overall fitness and wellness activities. 1. My septic drain field is failing. The problem was discovered last week w... Read more
Visit with Mom
Tuesday, August 13, 2013      8 comments

I had a great visit with mom, her mood was much better. She is not eating well and has lost a lot of weight – she went from around 200 pounds to 140 pounds. She is in less pain but she is totally bedridden, and minor activities like washing he... Read more
Hiking Horse Lake
Monday, August 05, 2013      6 comments

Yesterday we hiked a longer loop trail in the Cascade Mountains, to Horse Lake and Sunset Lakes. The trail was almost 9 miles. Lots of up and down; none of it was too steep but it felt like there was a LOT more uphill than downhill! We did N... Read more

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