Suttle Lake Hike
I'll be honest -- I almost didn't do this hike. Both of my usual hiking friends canceled at the last minute, so I was on my own. I drove to the original planned hike trail head -- only to be turned away because of a controlled burn (the Forest S... Read more
Archaeology Trip to Paisley Caves
Today I went with friends on a trip sponsored by ASCO (Archaeological Society of Central Oregon) to Paisley Caves. Paisley Caves are above Summer Lake, which is an alkali lake formed by the remnants of a large inland sea. The caves were discover... Read more
Paulina Creek Trail, and Accomplishments
H, Barbara and I hiked the Paulina Creek trail in Newberry National Monument. The weather was perfect -- it is such a blessing to have sunshine after our long hard winter. The trail was just the right length (about 5.5 miles) and the creek was c... Read more
After my visit to lush green Western Oregon, I am back to my home in the high desert of Central Oregon. H and I hiked yesterday to Alder Springs. The desert has its own beauty -- but it certainly is different! Alder Springs is a canyon hike, so ... Read more
We spent a day hiking at Silver Falls state park (near Silverton, Oregon). The waterfall trail is AMAZING! We took the loop that visits 7 waterfalls in 5 miles; the trail goes behind three of the falls so you have the experience of going UNDER a... Read more
Oregon Gardens: Stunning!
Pat, Jeanni, Barbara and I took a mini vacation to Oregon Gardens in Silverton Oregon.
At the entrance, with Pat
Jeanni and Barbara on th... Read more
Return to Kah-Nee-Tah Trails
I returned to hike the trails at Kah-Nee-Tah today, and I am so glad I went back. Golden bee plants were blooming all over the painted hills canyon!!! Golden bee plants seem to love the red clay soil. They have a short blooming season, and here ... Read more
Tam-A-Lau Trail: Challenging hike!
H, Barbara and I hike the Tam-A-Lau trail above Lake Billy Chinook (in Central Oregon) today. It was a beautiful but challenging hike, about 8 miles with a healthy elevation gain. The weather was comfortable (about 60 degrees F) and the spring w... Read more
Two Great Hikes! (and reality check ...)
I enjoyed two great hikes this week. H and I hiked the loop trail at Wychus Creek Nature Preserve.
Views down to the canyon were great.
An... Read more
Pick a Tough Challenge
SparkCoach suggested picking a tough challenge (not necessarily fitness or diet related) and plan steps to meet the challenge. My challenge for right now is financial -- I want to gain control of my budget, I’m finding it more challenging than I... Read more
Great Basin National Park
The final destination of our Southwest trip was Great Basin National Park in Nevada. This park is at a fairly high elevation (7,000 - over 10,000 ft; or 2,000 to 3,000 meters). We changed our plans to camp at one of the beautiful campgrounds bec... Read more
Antelope Canyon, Cedar Breaks road, and Parowan Gap
Our trip to the Southwest continued, with glorious weather and new destinations. I had never been to Antelope Canyon (on the Navaho reservation, near Page Arizona). It was stunningly beautiful -- but very crowded, with groups led by Navaho guide... Read more
Canyon de Chelly
After Chaco Canyon, we traveled to Canyon de Chelly, another beautiful site with many Anasazi cliff houses and rock art. Canyon de Chelly is located on the Navaho reservation, and visitors can view sites from the canyon rim, hike on one designat... Read more
Mesa Verde and Chaco Canyon
Mesa Verde in New Mexico is the most famous of the Ancestral Puebloan (Anasazi) -- I think I will use the name that is used at each location rather than double naming this ancestral tribe!) sites. It is both a national park and a world heritage ... Read more
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Nine Mile Canyon and House on Fire ruin
I just got back from two weeks traveling in the Southwest with my friend Deb. It was a great vacation. The weather was beautiful, and we enjoyed hiking and visiting archeological sites. I was very grateful that the pains in my legs subsided (the... Read more