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Getting Back on Track!
Sunday, September 24, 2017      13 comments

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?
Thursday, September 21, 2017      14 comments

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!
Monday, September 18, 2017      9 comments

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
Sunday, September 17, 2017      11 comments

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. ... Read more
Iceland is Beautiful!
Saturday, September 16, 2017      11 comments

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
Friday, September 15, 2017      13 comments

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
Thursday, September 14, 2017      9 comments

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
Wednesday, September 13, 2017      6 comments

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)
Tuesday, September 12, 2017      15 comments

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
Thursday, August 17, 2017      8 comments

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
Saturday, August 12, 2017      11 comments

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
Tuesday, July 25, 2017      10 comments

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 ... Read more
Canyon Creek Meadow Hike
Wednesday, July 19, 2017      7 comments

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
Oregon Coast
Friday, July 14, 2017      11 comments

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
Hot weather Hike, and Visitors!
Tuesday, July 11, 2017      6 comments

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

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