With Heartfelt Thanks…

While on my recent business trip to Dallas I spent time with some very special people, dear friends who have been a part of my life in the best and worst of times. Most recently they were there to pitch in during the grueling and overwhelming task of … [Read more...]

Where Am I?

Seriously! Sometimes I literally wake up asking myself that question. Only while my brain is still in a bit of a fog of course, but it does happen. Since my last post I had the pleasure of my daughter’s company in the San Francisco bay area for … [Read more...]

Sonoma County

Happy Thanksgiving to all!! As of my last post, I'd arrived in Geyserville at the home of my old high school buddy Star Thorpe. After introducing her two dogs to my two dogs and getting caught up a bit we hopped down the street to where her husband, … [Read more...]

Stormy Weather

Since my last post I continued south along the Oregon coast through some beautiful vistas and heavy weather.  By the time I broke camp after my trip back up the Umpqua River it was well into the afternoon and I didn't make it too far south before the … [Read more...]

When I Think It Can't Possibly Get Any Better…

...It does!!! I headed south a couple days ago into what I knew was going to be some nasty weather. My plan was to head for the coast mid way through Oregon since I'd done the northern coast a couple weeks ago. As luck would have it, as I was moving … [Read more...]

There's No Place Like Home

I'm with Dorothy on that sentiment... there truly is no place like home. It was with mixed feelings that I left this morning at the crack of dawn. Especially hard to see the sad look on my father's face. "When will you be back?" he asked. "I don't … [Read more...]

Last Trip North Before I Head South

It's hard to believe I've been in Washington for a month already. With the exception of a few excursions I've been anchored in my home town of Longview, just soaking up some lovin' and family time. As I mentioned before, I've made it a point to … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday Elissa!

This post is dedicated to the most precious gift I've ever been given, my darling daughter Elissa! 19 years ago my baby girl was born. Out of the gates full speed this one... intense labor followed by intense colic and soon after... intense tantrums. … [Read more...]

The Oregon Coast (Warning, image intensive!)

Although I grew up in the Northwest and was fortunate to see many beautiful places here when I was young, I moved away my third year of college and haven’t had much opportunity to explore the area as an adult. While here for some time with my family … [Read more...]

When Life Gives You Spotted Apples…

...Cut 'em up and make the best damn applesauce you can out of them!! While visiting my brother Eric and his family in Burlington WA last week I picked a bunch of apples from the trees in their back yard. His wife Amy told me she had not used any … [Read more...]

And The Two Shall Become One

Apologies again for the gap between posts. I imagine this may happen from time to time  as I get caught up with events that limit the quiet, reflective time I spend writing and sorting through the images I’m gathering along the way. I have thoroughly … [Read more...]

I Heart Horses (excuse the trend, but I really do heart them!)

What is it about horses? When I was a young girl I could think of little else. I read every horse book ever written, saved my allowance to "save the wild mustangs", and begged and pleaded with my father to let me have a horse. He finally relented and … [Read more...]

Sitting in Silence

Well, I haven't just been sitting. I arrived a week ago in my hometown of Longview WA and dug in for some family time. I also dug into some projects I've been needing to attend to, like rounding up a car to tow along on my journey. (Now I can get off … [Read more...]

Over the river and through the woods…

Over a couple mountain passes too! The drive from Chelan to Issaquah (East of Seattle and Lake Washington) was spectacular! The first 40 miles or so were right along the beautiful Columbia River. I grew up along the Columbia, not too far from where … [Read more...]

Downtime in Chelan WA

The drive from Coeur d'Alene ID to Chelan WA was peaceful and diverse. It rained for the first hour of my three + hour drive, but it finally let up and got sunnier with each mile. Hwy 2 took me through miles and miles of beautiful rolling hills and … [Read more...]

From Montana to Idaho

I'm now in Coeur d'Alene Idaho, and as if to say "Welcome home to the NW!, it's raining! The rain has inspired me to take a lazy morning, so I've crawled back under the covers with cocoa and my laptop. Time for a little more "storytelling". I have to … [Read more...]

Teton and Yellowstone National Parks

I have to say our national parks are amazing! What a blessing that these precious chunks of land were set aside for safe keeping all those years ago.  I set out yesterday afternoon from Moran Wyoming thru Teton and Yellowstone parks with the town of … [Read more...]

Sunrise on the Teton's!

I fell asleep before hitting the "publish" button last night, so I'm doubling up on my posts today... I was awake before the alarm clock in the morning and didn’t hesitate to jump out of bed. I knew the Teton’s were just outside my door... and about … [Read more...]

Onward to Wyoming

The gods are smiling on me! Seriously!! Every day has been glorious. When there is “weather” it only adds to the “awe” factor. The days have been sunny to partly cloudy (always dramatic clouds) and the nights have been delightfully cool. (Keep in … [Read more...]

Day 15. Already???

Upon arrival at Red Fleet Reservoir, Utah I’ll get back to days 9-14, but just to fill you all in, I’m in Utah! Red Fleet State Park to be precise, right on the outskirts of Ashley National Forest in the very NE tip of the state. I was actually … [Read more...]

Sailing the Mountains of Colorado… really???

Apologies once again for being a bit lax about posting. There are a few reasons for this; I’m still trying to make the transition from PC to Mac. Not as easy as it might seem. There’s not only a learning curve, but I left all my comfortable programs … [Read more...]

Day 5… Aspen or bust!

I really don't even know where to begin. I've always known Colorado to be a beautiful state, but I got the royal treatment on my journey today. I got a late start out of Westcliffe (because I felt like it) and moseyed down the highway in no real … [Read more...]

Days 3 and 4… Westcliffe Colorado

I’ve enjoyed a few relaxed days in Westcliffe... visiting my friends Kathy and Bob. They have taken to running this delightful B&B like ducks take to water. Their little Inn is lovely and peaceful and Kathy’s a natural at the roll of hostess, … [Read more...]

Day Three

Wow! What a journey. First of all, Palo Duro Canyon is beautiful. I did not get nearly enough time there, but I will be back. I met a new friend, Nancy Horton, fellow photographer who knew I was in the area. She felt as though she was imposing on my … [Read more...]