2014: Out Like a Lion:

I have been known to briefly summarize the previous year. Emphasis on briefly. 2014 certainly went out like a lion here in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. High temperature for the day was 41 degrees and windy with the overnight low at 37.7. I am not really complaining, mind you; but we spent a fair amount of time and money hauling our butts down here to be warm. I was prepping the coach for travel this morning with wool socks, long pants, long sleeve shirt, sweat shirt and wooly vest. In the interest of brevity I will finish with the news that today is sunny and bright and the winds are calm. The snow looks just fine over on the mountains around Lake Havasu. Read More »

We Never Drive in Snow:

Well almost never!
We spent the day relocating from Sisters Oregon on the East side of the Cascade Mountains to Detroit Lake near Salem on the west flank of the Cascade Mountains. We are meeting our daughter, Renee and Neil and their daughters Georgia and Mathilda. We drove over US 20 to Sweet Home. It crosses Santiam Pass at 4751 feet. It was raining hard as we approached the pass. Then suddenly it was snow. Read More »

Living High:

As in living at high altitude. Friday night we were in Leadville Colorado, 10,200 feet above sea level. That is close to two miles high. We walked the town from second street to ninth street and just a short flight of steps leaves you puffin and blowing. It is an interesting town because many of the buildings in the historic downtown were built in the 1870’s and 1880’s. The city was a boom town with 15,185 inhabitants in the 1880 census. So many of those 19th century buildings are preserved and functioning as businesses to this day. Leadville’s mines produced 136 million of dollars in silver over a ten year period. After silver it relied on tin, lead and other minerals.

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Red Rock

We have to brag about our National Parks. They are spectacular! In southern Utah there are some real gems. We have just finished exploring Arches National Park in Moab, Utah. I know you have seen photos of Landscape Arch, (Our version is below) You hike up the real thing; you must contemplate how unlikely it is for such a structure to develop, and yet there it is; spanning over three hundred feet and barely six foot thick at the apex. We hiked four miles round trip to see it. Along the way we were watched over by huge monoliths towering several hundred feet above us on both sides. It is easy to feel small and insignificant.

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Acadia National Park:

We have found a real treasure here in Bar Harbor Maine. It is Acadia National Park. We have been hiking and biking and riding all of the free shuttle buses. The weather has been outstanding. We may get our spirits dampened a bit tomorrow as a frontal system blows in from New York State. Read More »

All that Jazz!

What a wonderful trip to Sun Valley Idaho. We pulled into Ketchum Idaho on Wednesday, October 13th, and spent most of the following four mostly warm and sunny days bathing our ears in some of the sweetest Jazz you could wish for. We listened to 24 different and distinctive bands and ensembles. Read More »

Commissioning Our New Motorhome:

After returning from Anachortes Gary and Judy now must learn a whole new way of traveling. Stepping up from a two-person backpack tent and a Honda Civic to the 23 foot Aquarius was easy. We have done this on vacation each year for thirty years. We are now expanding into a huge 34 foot long by 8 and a half foot wide motor home with double slides. Read More »

The night at the motel that just didn’t happen:

We caught a severe weather warning for central Montana on the radio of Friday afternoon. That gave us the brilliant idea that now was the time to do a motel room. Our target community was Bozeman. Read More »