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Rebuilding a Social Network
Monday, September 22, 2014      10 comments

Well it was a quiet weekend at home for me. No hikes or adventures. Which prompted me to think about the importance of social connections. I am looking to retire within a year, and I realize I have let my job get in the way of friendships and r... Read more
Hike, Hike, Bike, BEAR!!
Sunday, September 14, 2014      15 comments

I had a fabulous active vacation in Stehekin WA; 8 of us (hiking friends) shared a lakeside cabin. We traveled on Saturday to Chelan Washington, and took the Lady of the Lake boat to Stehekin the next day ... Read more
Five Lakes Hike!
Monday, September 01, 2014      10 comments

My friends Beth and Bruce visited from Portland this weekend, with their very cute dog Teddy. We had a lot of fun, including a night of playing music with my friend Linda, and lots of walks with Teddy. On Sunday, Bruce, Teddy and I hiked ... Read more
Monday, August 25, 2014      13 comments

Today I hiked Tumalo Creek with my friend Linda. It was a beautiful hike with LOTS of smaller waterfalls after the large main waterfall (Tumalo Falls). Today, the weather was cooler (70s F, or approx 22 C) which was nice for a longer uphill hike... Read more
Making Progress; Great Weekend
Monday, August 18, 2014      8 comments

I am making progress, I lost 3.5 pounds in the past 2 weeks. Of course that is after GAINING 7 pounds, but at least I am on the right track again. An even bigger victory is that my hiking pants fit me again! They were tight. I think the core str... Read more
July Results: Spectacular Fail, Some NSVs
Friday, August 01, 2014      8 comments

My July weigh in results were the WORST ever since I started on SP. I gained 7 pounds in one month. And – uh oh, my pants are feeling too tight. ... Read more
Enjoyable weekend (hike, kayak)
Monday, July 28, 2014      8 comments

My friend Charly visited from California for a long weekend visit; she arrived on Thursday and left on Monday. She likes healthy eating and exercise, so it was easy to stay on track during her visit. On Saturday we hiked Wychus Preserve... Read more
Funeral, Memorial and Odd Comments
Monday, July 14, 2014      11 comments

Mom’s funeral this weekend was a beautiful ceremony, family only, and her ashes were buried in the little memorial rose garden next to dad’s ashes. We had a big memorial for her in the main lounge at her retirement center. About 150 people atten... Read more
June Results, Great Wildflower Hike
Wednesday, July 09, 2014      10 comments

Overall June was challenging due to mom’s final decline and death. I traveled out of state to stay with mom; staying in hotels led to eating and exercise challenges. Financially the travel was expensive and required me to dip into savings. Altho... Read more
Hiking Paulina Creek, Missing Mom
Monday, June 23, 2014      13 comments

I led a hike on Paulina Creek on Saturday with 8 other hikers, I really enjoyed the group. The trail was dusty, and followed the creek. We hiked about 6.5 miles. Paulina C... Read more
Rest in Peace, Mom
Tuesday, June 17, 2014      17 comments

Just back from 9 days very tough days in California. My beloved mother died early yesterday morning. She had a couple of days where she was semiconscious and knew I was there. My younger sister and older brother were there with me sharing the vi... Read more
May Results, Worried about Mom
Monday, June 02, 2014      7 comments

May was a pretty good month for me. I lost 4 pounds. I mostly met my goals: I exercised daily, increased hiking mileage, ate fairly well, stretched at least 4 times a week, controlled snacking (with the exception of the past 5 days when I was vi... Read more
Hiking Rogue River Trail (end)
Saturday, May 24, 2014      6 comments

After leaving Marial Lodge, we were ready for an easier hiking day. The hike to Paradise bar was only about 3.5-4 miles. This stretch of the trail was delightful. You climb up a rock ridge that is named Devil’s Backbone. The river has cut a very... Read more
Hiking the Rogue River Trail (pt. 1)
Friday, May 23, 2014      6 comments

I went on a lodge to lodge hiking trip in Oregon along the Rogue River with 3 friends. The 40 mile trail was extremely beautiful, but very challenging. We each carried about 20 pounds in our packs. We drove to Grants Pass on Saturday, and ... Read more
Bittersweet Mothers Day
Thursday, May 15, 2014      9 comments

I had a nice mother’s day with mom at her nursing home in California, she was awake and perky for most of the visit. My younger brother came down on Saturday, and visited with her. We called my sister via FaceTime and asked for a tour of h... Read more

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