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Columbia Gorge mini-vacation
Monday, April 26, 2021      15 comments

I enjoyed a lovely mini vacation with my friends to the Columbia river gorge. On our first day, we hiked at the Tom McCall nature preserve, enjoying the views of the gorge, and wildflowers. ... Read more
Silver Falls: Waterfalls
Sunday, April 18, 2021      14 comments

On the last day of our mini vacation, Pat, Barbara and I hiked at Silver Falls State (Oregon) Park. We hiked the waterfall loop trail, which goes through a beautiful basalt canyon, and passes seven waterfalls in 5.2 miles. The trail actually is ... Read more
Tulip Festival
Friday, April 16, 2021      12 comments

I greatly enjoyed my mini vacation to Oregon’s Willamette Valley. The drive over the mountains took us through areas that were heavily damaged in last year’s huge wildfires. We saw burned vehicles and homes where only the foundation remaine... Read more
Early Spring Hikes
Sunday, April 11, 2021      9 comments

Yay! I got my second vaccine dose yesterday. My arm is a little sore today, but otherwise no side effects. I’m very relieved to be fully vaccinated. I know the vaccine is not 100% effective, but I am grateful to have the protection and 95% effec... Read more
Pandemic Habits - good and bad
Monday, March 29, 2021      7 comments

I’ve gotten my first shot of the Moderna vaccine, and like many others I am hopeful that this pandemic can be slowed down, and life may return to more normal in the future. I have been reflecting on some habits that I have developed during the c... Read more
Winter Adventures
Wednesday, March 17, 2021      13 comments

Hanne and I hiked to Tumalo Falls wearing our YakTrax. YakTrax are like tire chains for your boots, and the are great for walking on ice and hard packed snow. We hiked about 4 miles, on a wide trail that was shared with skiers and snowshoes. ... Read more
Snowshoe hike, and vaccine
Monday, March 08, 2021      14 comments

I really enjoyed my snow shoe hike with my friend Hanne. We hiked the short loop trail at Meissner snow park near Bend, Oregon. It was very beautiful and we enjoyed it. ... Read more
Vaccine Roulette, and Hikes
Tuesday, March 02, 2021      11 comments

In my region, getting the COVID-19 vaccine takes a lot of luck, even if you meet all criteria. Today at 9 am the county released 2,400 appointment slots for over 40,000 seniors, health care workers, and teachers. Their computer system jammed, an... Read more
All Kinds of Weather
Sunday, February 21, 2021      7 comments

The weather here in Oregon has been variable. It Alternates between rain, snow, freezing, and sunny warmer days. However, it is nothing compared to what my sister has faced in Houston. The snow and freezing temperatures lead to massive damage an... Read more
Hikes, and Vaccine Envy
Wednesday, February 03, 2021      14 comments

We had a blanket of fresh snow this morning. And a beautiful deer was out to greet me when I went to shovel the driveway. Are you feeling vacc... Read more
Exploring New Trails
Thursday, January 21, 2021      12 comments

I have always enjoyed exploring new locations, new trails, and new healthy habits. For me, it is a part of keeping fitness and health interesting and enjoyable. Last night I tried a new healthy recipe in my instant pot; spicy Peruvian chicken. I... Read more
Hiking with Friend
Monday, January 11, 2021      11 comments

I hiked three times last week with my friend Hanne. She was out of quarantine on Monday, and she was eager to get out on the trails. She self quarantined after traveling to visit her son for Christmas. ( She did not think she had been exposed to... Read more
2020 Results, 2021 Goals
Monday, January 04, 2021      9 comments

Well I for one am very grateful that 2020 is over. A very acrimonious and divisive election; and a pandemic that created massive upheaval in the economy and social interactions. I am grateful that the vaccine will be available, and I am praying ... Read more
Frosty Hike
Tuesday, December 29, 2020      13 comments

We have had a bit of freezing fog, which has left a lovely frost pattern on many of the trees and bushes. I hiked with my friend Tracy and her dog Boomer on the trails around her beautiful golf course resort area. This first photo is the bi... Read more
Merry Christmas
Thursday, December 24, 2020      14 comments

Merry Christmas to everyone! I hope you are enjoying a relaxing and very different holiday season. During this time, our relationships with friends and family are so important. But stay safe. We can make it through this tough time and come out s... Read more

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