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Kodachrome and Red Canyon Parks
In addition to the big national parks in Utah, my sisters and I visited Red Canyon and Kodachrome parks. These were much smaller, but also much less crowded.
Red Canyon is on the route between Zion and Bryce National Parks. It is the Dixie... Read more
Bryce Canyon National Park
After our wonderful hiking vacation in Zion National Park, my sisters and I drove to Bryce Canyon National Park. Our hotel was pretty far out of town and old, but we were not there to luxuriate in a hotel! We took the free shuttle bus into the p... Read more
Observation Point: Great hike (but challenging!)
The highlight of our hiking adventure in Utah was going up Observation Point in Zion National Park. I first did this hike 20 years ago; I've gotten slower and it is more challenging for me now, but I LOVE this hike. My sisters had never hiked it... Read more
Zion National Park: Vacation!
Last week, I flew to meet my sisters for a great hiking vacation in Utah. My sisters are delightful and charming women, and I enjoy spending time with them. We flew to Las Vegas from our various homes (Pam -- Oakland CA; Mindy -- Louisiana; and ... Read more
New trail. How long was it?
Today I hiked with my friends Jeanni and Pat on a new trail for us, the Metolius Windigo trail. We started at Little Lava Lake. The hike along the lake was lovely!
Jeanni is admiring Mt Bachelor across Little Lava Lake
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My Easy Go-To Meals
I started SparkCoach as a part of the premium package, so far I am enjoying it! It is providing additional motivation and suggestions.
About a week ago, SparkCoach suggested making a list of easy home-cooked meals that could be a reliable ... Read more
August Report: Long Plateau; Progress over the Years
Well here is my end of the month report. I told maritimer3 I would join her in losing 4 pounds in August. I did not meet my goal. I gained a few ounces. I looked at my reports on my Spark weight tracker, and I have been on a plateau, fluctuating... Read more
Waldo Lake Campout! and Mathieu Lakes
I really enjoyed camping at Waldo Lake (in Central Oregon) over the weekend. It was a large camping group, but the group campground was spacious enough that we did not feel cramped. Waldo Lake was beautiful, calm and clear. The water is so prist... Read more
Pretty Zucchini Tart!
Do you have oceans of zucchini? I made a zucchini tart for dinner, I think it turned out very pretty. Plus, it used up a lot of items that I had to get rid of -- zucchini, and my basil plants were bolting so it was time to make pesto. Here's my ... Read more
Best (and most challenging) Hike!
Yesterday I successfully hiked up Broken Top trail to the lake inside the crater, and to the crater rim. It was a great hike, very beautiful -- also very challenging. For me the challenge was the elevation gain (about 1450 feet/430 meters), and ... Read more
Yesterday was cooler and a bit cloudy. A great day to go on a hike! -- I'm not very fond of hiking in the heat. My friend H and I hiked up Tam MacArthur rim, a beautiful but challenging hike in Oregon's Cascade Mountains.
We started out on... Read more
Tumalo Mountain and Paulina Lake, and nice dinner party!
I enjoyed two great hikes in the past week -- both were challenging, but in different ways. Tumalo Mountain was short (about 4 miles round trip) but very steep, and offered great views at the top. Tumalo Mountain is almost directly across from o... Read more
Yesterday I traveled to Crater Lake with friends. It was very hot at home (over 100 degrees yesterday); Crater Lake is at a much higher elevation and it was somewhat cooler. Elevation is over 7,000 feet along the rim of the crater.
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Cancelling Africa Trip
The poet Robert Burns wrote: The best laid plans of mice and men oft go awry. And my trip to Africa is one plan that is now cancelled.
We were scheduled to leave in 2 weeks, on August 11. Then my traveling companion got very bad news. She ... Read more
Nice Visit to California
Last week I drove to California to visit my sister. On the drive there, I loved the view of mighty Mount Shasta.
My sister loves hiking, and s... Read more