Getting Back on Track!
Well, I always hate to admit I need to change things up to get back on track. But getting back on track is a LOT better than being totally derailed! I think the key is recognizing WHEN I need to get back on track, and to take the baby steps I ne... Read more
New Profile Picture?
I'm debating changing my profile picture and would like your input. My earlier photo (below) isn't that old; it was taken in February. But it was right when I stopped coloring my hair. I look different now. (And I've lost a bit a weight, probabl... Read more
Newfoundland/Labrador, and Home!
Our final cruise destination was St Johns, Newfoundland/Labrador (these two provinces have merged into one). I have always wanted to visit the east coast of Canada, and St John's was wonderful!
Before we reached there, we cruised across the... Read more
Iceland Wonderland: Part 2
From Reykavik we sailed to Akuryeri through a fjord Ejiafjordur; very beautiful. And the captain announced two whales off the port bow! What a treat to see whales in the distance. Our excursion guide said the two whales are frequent visitors.
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Iceland is Beautiful!
We cruised to Reykavik, Iceland. It was cloudy and cool. We toured the city on the hop on/hop off bus. I rode the bus around once, then went back to rest (I was trying to recover from a cold virus). The others cruised the city and got off a coup... Read more
Scotland! Cawdor Castle
We arrived in Invergordon, Scotland in the middle of the morning. This was not on our original itinerary, which listed the Shetland Islands (Lerwick) instead. But the captain explained it would not be possible to be processed through immigration... Read more
Stavanger, Norway and Lysefjord
Stavanger Norway was our next port. It's a beautiful city, and included an old part of the city with historic multi-story wooden homes all painted white. We saw lots of evidence of the formerly thriving oil extraction industry, now silenced by t... Read more
Skagen, Denmark and Kristiansand, Norway
From Copenhagen we sailed to Skagen, Denmark. Skagen is Denmark's northernmost city. It was founded in the middle ages. The smell of fish reminds us that it is still an active fishing village; it is also a charming tourist destination. All of th... Read more
Great Cruise! (rough return)
I've been away on a great cruise to Scandinavia. We started in Denmark, then onto Norway, Scotland, Iceland, and across the Atlantic to Newfoundland. The destinations were wonderful, and I was able to see some wonderful sights that couldn't be c... Read more
Updating My Goals
I thought I should update my goals from earlier in the year, and report on my progress so far. I'm following a very generous grading system (used by a local health system when they are giving wellness bonuses to employees):
Achieved or exce... Read more
Orcas Island: relaxing and inspiring
My week at Orcas Island in Washington was relaxing and inspiring. I attended a creativity workshop for one week, and my friend Martina and I enjoyed exploring the island for an extra couple of days. The Northwest has been covered by smoke from w... Read more
Hike to Benson Lake
Today H, Lisa and I hiked to Benson Lake. It was beautiful! We started out at Scott Lake (in the Central Oregon Cascade Mountain range).
Scott Lake, looking across to North Sister and Middle Sister mountains
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Canyon Creek Meadow Hike
Yesterday I hiked a loop trail in the Three Fingered Jack wilderness area (Central Oregon Cascades) with my friend Jean. It was a beautiful hike! And the wildflowers were just starting their magnificent displays of blooms in lower Canyon Creek M... Read more
I had a great mini-vacation at the Oregon coast. We stayed in the small town of Yachats. The weather was ideal (60s - 70s) and a welcome change from the heat wave here in the high desert. I enjoyed hiking a Cape Perpetua, we visited the tide poo... Read more
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Hot weather Hike, and Visitors!
My friends Beth and Bruce visited, and to be honest getting enough exercise was a challenge. Bruce and I usually hike; but the hot temperatures were not very conducive to exercise. My guests mostly wanted to stay indoors where it was cooler. But... Read more