Hugs and Cushies Slippers

Hugs and Cushies Slippers

I designed these slippers with extra padding on the soles and laces at the top for foot hugging comfort.  Even without the laces they stay snug because of the reverse crocheted top border and the…

Landing in the Light

Landing in the Light

We’ve been living on the RV for almost three years now.  We’ve seen a lot and grown closer but we miss having a house.  We remembered a little town we’d visited a couple of times, Waldport,…

Its Willamette! Dammit!

Its Willamette! Dammit!

We met up with our friends Paul and Judy in Florence, Oregon right after Labor Day and spent a couple of days on the coast, then drove east to Casey’s RV Park in Westfir, Oregon….

Summer’s End

Summer’s End

We spent August visiting the northern most part of eastern Washington State followed by the Flathead Lake region of Montana. In Washington we stayed in a small town called Ione.  The North Pend Oreille Scenic…

Going to the Sun

Going to the Sun

In any other place than Glacier National Park a road named The Going to the Sun Road would be a bit highfalutin but not here.  A history of the road which was an incredible feat…

Bumps in the Road

Bumps in the Road

Our summer has had some stalls here and there.  Over the 4th of July weekend we were in a casino overflow parking lot in Coos Bay, Oregon with a broken refrigerator.  We found a repairman…

Shine On!

Shine On!

We’ve left Oregon and traveled up to Spokane where our granddaughter will fly in on Tuesday.  We’ll drive up to Glacier National Park with her.  These photos were all taken north of Bandon, Oregon during…

Oregon’s Crown Jewels

Oregon’s Crown Jewels

Once the home site of wealthy shipbuilder and lumberman Louis J. Simpson, Shore Acres State Park north of Bandon, Oregon is a piece of coastal majesty. Rocky, craggy coastline. Rocks that have had the surface…

New River

New River

New River is a BLM wildlife refuge south of Bandon, Oregon.  We took an afternoon to walk several easy trails in the park which covered about 3-1/2 miles. New River is in fact less than…

Bandon by the Sea

Bandon by the Sea

Bandon, Oregon has been a quiet, scenic place to stay during the month of June.  It has a lovely harbor. Some unusual art.   A lighthouse which guards the Coquille River where it meets the…

In Cod We Trust

In Cod We Trust

In the small coastal town of Pt. Orford, Oregon, a Crazy Norwegian has a small  restaurant that he runs with his own set of rules.  He sells bumperstickers and T shirts emblazoned with In Cod…

Oregon Caves

Oregon Caves

We’re spending the month of June on the southern Oregon Coast.  After that our plans are to head to Idaho and Montana for a few months.  I got sidetracked from my journal for awhile, but…

Crescent City

Crescent City

Crescent City is the last coastal town of any size before crossing the border into Oregon. Its an old fishing town and nobody seems to have much money, but its surrounded by incredible natural beauty….

An Aerial View of Crescent City
Where the Klamath Meets the Sea

Where the Klamath Meets the Sea

260 miles long, The Klamath River begins in Oregon and empties into the Pacific Ocean in Redwood National Park. Christmas week 1964 brought torrential rains to northern California.  The bridge over the Klamath River was…

Redwood National Park

Redwood National Park

Redwood National and State Parks covers over 40 miles of Coastline and  131,000 acres of forests, dunes, ferns, and prairie lands.  Protected and loved, the world’s tallest trees abide here, the majestic Coast Redwoods. We’re…

The Lost Coast

The Lost Coast

May, 2016 The Lost Coast is a stretch of northern California coastline that remains almost untouched.  There’s no direct highway access and the roads to it are pitted and rutted, narrow and winding.  We took…

Mosquito Bait on Humboldt Bay Dunes
Where the Flowers Bloom

Where the Flowers Bloom

“Where flowers bloom so does hope.” –  Lady Bird Johnson   We’re in the little town of Fortuna, which is about 15 minutes south of  Eureka, California.  We’ve only been here for a week and…

Pygmies, Giants and a Jughandle

Pygmies, Giants and a Jughandle

4/28/16 I was curious how Jughandle State Natural Preserve near Ft. Bragg, CA, gots its name. I thought perhaps the shoreline resembled the shape of a jug handle.  It turns out it was named for…

Spires and Water Towers

Spires and Water Towers

4/16 Masonic Lodge Sculpture Carved from a single Redwood Burl On the pinnacle of the dome there is a beautiful piece of sculpture carved from a block of the indigenous redwood. It represents the beautiful…

Pretties

Pretties

Flowers seem intended for the solace of ordinary humanity. ~John Ruskin April, 2016 Flowers and Mendocino.  The two are inseparably entwined.  On this  journal page I take an April walk through this old town.  My mother…

MacKerricher State Park, Ft. Bragg, CA
Point Arena Lighthouse

Point Arena Lighthouse

The Lighthouse Point Arena lighthouse has had its ups and downs….literally.  Put into use in 1870 it boasted having a first order Fresnel lens which was manufactured in Paris. The brick tower was 100 feet tall…

Noyo Headlands Park, Ft. Bragg

Noyo Headlands Park, Ft. Bragg

  I’m glad I didn’t grow up in Ft. Bragg.  I’d never want to take this place for granted.  The people here are walkers and they have amazing parks!  Noyo Headlands Park is right across…

Point Cabrillo Lighthouse

Point Cabrillo Lighthouse

March 22, 2016 Resembling an old fashioned country church, Point Cabrillo Lighthouse is situated a little north of Mendocino, California.  Built in 1909, the lighthouse was allowed to fall into disrepair until it was purchased…

Noyo Harbor & Mendocino Gardens

Noyo Harbor & Mendocino Gardens

March 15, 2016  The weather is sunny, which is a change from the torrential rains we had last week.  I am not complaining about the rain, we need it!  But we’re making the most of…

Walking Ft. Bragg

Walking Ft. Bragg

March 9, 2016.  Ft. Bragg is a haven for people who love to walk.  So far we’ve visited two walking areas in town, Pomo Bluffs Park which is on the south end of town and…

The California North Coast

The California North Coast

Having lived in The Bay Area for most of our lives we often travelled to the North Coast.  The drought seems to be over and it’s as though El Nino has given new life to…

Ash Meadows Wildlife Refuge

Ash Meadows Wildlife Refuge

Imagine a beautiful, pristine oasis in the Mohave Desert, very close to the hottest place on earth, Death Valley.   Then imagine 50,000 people converging on this oasis, building houses, RV parks, and business parks….

Zion National Park

Zion National Park

Zion is a fairly small national park covering 229 sq. miles, but it is wildly popular with almost 3,000,000 visitors per year.  As a result its hard to find an area that isn’t teaming with…

Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park

I doubt that Homesteader Ebenezer Bryce expected his name to be remembered in such a stupendous way.  Born in Scotland, he converted to Mormonism and after being disowned by his family moved to America, then…

Cedar Breaks National Monument

Cedar Breaks National Monument

The Paiute people named the area “The Place Where the Rocks are Sliding Down All the Time.”  This is a much more descriptive and accurate name than Cedar Breaks.  The trees in the area are…

The North Rim of The Grand Canyon

The North Rim of The Grand Canyon

What’s 277 miles long, 18 miles wide and a mile deep?  The Grand Canyon of course. We visited on October 11, 2015.  It was the last week that the lodge, restaurants and shops were open….

Hike to Dinosaur Tracks

Hike to Dinosaur Tracks

This is my last journal page on the area around Dinosaur National Monument.   This hike is in Red Fleet State Park, not too far from Vernal, Utah.  The hike was a fairly strenuous 3…

Utah Field House of Natural History
Flaming Gorge & Ashley Natl. Forest

Flaming Gorge & Ashley Natl. Forest

This journal page is going to be mainly photos.  When we were staying at Steinaker State Park in Utah we decided to take an afternoon and visit the Flaming Gorge National Recreational Area.  We didn’t…

Cub Creek Road & A Feisty Female
Dinosaur National Monument, Utah

Dinosaur National Monument, Utah

  Dinosaurs are found in many parts of the world, but what makes this area in northeastern Utah distinct is that the bones of so many different types of dinosaurs are concentrated in one area….

Harvest Moon over Beautiful Utah

Harvest Moon over Beautiful Utah

  We came back to Utah on September 23, 2015.  Its still wild and open, the frontier of America.  We drove down to Vernal,  Utah with Paul & Judy to see Dinosaur National Monument.  We…

Last Day at Grand Teton Natl. Park

Last Day at Grand Teton Natl. Park

These gorgeous Trumpeter Swans visit the marshland that runs along Hwy. 191 in The National Elk Refuge right outside Jackson, Wyoming almost every evening at sundown.  The trumpeter swans are the largest water fowl in…

Its Getting Cold in Wyoming!

Its Getting Cold in Wyoming!

Its Getting Cold in Wyoming! We had a rainy day in the campground, which cleared out the smoke from the fires in California, and it was snowing in the mountains above Jackson Hole.  This made…

Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park

  We spent almost 2 weeks in this amazing area.  When we first arrived we spent the first full day just riding through the park.   We ate lunch by a Two Oceans Lake, then…

Mackay, Idaho Mine Hill Tour
EBR-I Atomic Museum

EBR-I Atomic Museum

Like something out of the X-Files, the EBR-I Atomic Museum sits in the middle of a vast desert wasteland. We took this a tour of the EBR-1 Museum on September 5, 2015, while visiting the…

Silver City, Idaho

Silver City, Idaho

  When visiting Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho we took a few days extra to explore some of the 4 wheel drive roads.  Silver City is a few hours drive out of…

La Grande, Oregon

La Grande, Oregon

La Grande, Oregon was a place on the map where we agreed to meet up with our friends Paul & Judy.  They were driving up from the Bay Area to spend about 5 weeks traveling…

Craters of the Moon National Monument
Mount St. Helens National Monument

Mount St. Helens National Monument

  We visited Mount Saint Helens National Monument on August 18, 2015.  There was smoke obscuring the scenery from wildfires in the surrounding areas.  The whole west coast and Canada are on fire this summer….

Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park

On August 17, 2015, we visited Mount Rainier National Park for the first time.  There is something exciting about seeing a national park for the first time.  Our goal, although we know its a long…

Hoquiam, Washington

Hoquiam, Washington

  Used to be.  It all used to be in Hoquiam.  Now its a shell held together by the hard working people who still call it home.  Home in a town that is a shadow…

Johns River Dike Trail

Johns River Dike Trail

We took this this trail on August 4, 2015.  It’s about 12 miles out of Aberdeen, Washington.  Its a little over 2 miles round trip, all flat and paved for the first 1/2 mile.  Its…

Looking for the Blue Moon over Quinault Lake
Cape Disappointment

Cape Disappointment

This is a continuation of the day trip we took to Long Beach Peninsula, Washington on July 22, 2015. Cape Disappointment receives about 2552 hours of fog a year – the equivalent of 106 days –…

Long Beach and Leadbetter Point

Long Beach and Leadbetter Point

July 22, 2015.  The Long Beach Peninsula is a tiny jut of land that is in the southwest corner of Washington State.  On the West is the Pacific Ocean, the south The Columbia River and…

The Hoh Rainforest Area

The Hoh Rainforest Area

Ruby Beach Last Monday, July, 22, 2015, we returned to The Olympic National Park to see The Hoh Rainforest.  We traveled north from Hoquiam, Washington, up Hwy. 101 and stopped for lunch at Ruby Beach….

Westport, Washington

Westport, Washington

We’re settled in a very nice campground in Hoaquiam, Washington, The Hoquiam River RV Park.  Hoaquiam is a tired old town. Its downtown has as many closed stores as open.  Most of its houses are…

Port Townsend and Sequim

Port Townsend and Sequim

Port Townsend, Washington We spent a few hours in Port Townsend on a rainy Saturday afternoon.  There are old Victorian houses, most restored and beautifully maintained and the port has daily ferries to Victoria, British…

Freeing the Elwha River

Freeing the Elwha River

Comin’ Home!   On our last day before leaving Port Angeles we drove into Olympic National Park to see the Madison Creek Falls.  Its an easy, paved, wheelchair accessible walkway up to the foot of…

The Sol Duc Falls

The Sol Duc Falls

A River Divided On Friday, July 10, 2015, we continued our attempt to see as many waterfalls in the Olympic National Park as possible.  The trail is at the end of Sol Duc Hot Springs…

All Around Port Angeles Area

All Around Port Angeles Area

The Dungeness Spit, Marymere Falls and a Birthday Dinner We had a whirlwind day on Thursday, July 9, 2015.  We arrived in Port Angeles last weekend thinking we could extend our stay if we liked…

Cape Flattery Trail

Cape Flattery Trail

Cape Flattery Trail – Neah Bay, Washington on Makah Indian Reservation On Tuesday, July 8, 2015, we took Hwy. 112 up the Strait of Juan de Fuca (which is one of a seemingly infinite number of…

The Murhut Falls Trail

The Murhut Falls Trail

The Murhut Falls Trail, Duckabush River Valley Olympic National Forest We finished our touring of the Hood Canal Area on Thursday, July 2, 2015.  The last hike we took was in the Duckabush Valley, where…

A Day in the Hood Canal Area

A Day in the Hood Canal Area

The Ranger Hole Trail in Duckabush River Valley, Olympic National Forest I went back through our many photos of the last two weeks, and found that I left out a day trip we did with…

The Hamma Hamma River Valley

The Hamma Hamma River Valley

  Its just Bruce & I again.  The girls went home on Saturday.  We have one more week in this area.  We’ll be moving to Point Angeles, Washington where we plan to keep exploring Washington…

Mary E. Theler Wetlands Preserve

Mary E. Theler Wetlands Preserve

A Beautiful Piece of Nature in Belfair, Washington Green-Violet Swallow Violet Tail Feathers In a small town in the marshlands of The Hood Canal we found a bird refuge, which seems to be populated mainly…

Hurricane Ridge, Olympic Natl. Park

Hurricane Ridge, Olympic Natl. Park

On Top of Washington State We traveled up to Hurricane Ridge from Hoodsport, Washington while our younger daughter and her niece were visiting. Its a pretty long ride, but we arrived in the afternoon and…

The Staircase, Olympic National Park

The Staircase, Olympic National Park

Cushman Lake & a Hike at The Staircase in Olympic National Park We’re in Hoodsport, Washington now.  Maura, our granddaughter is visiting and soon our daughter Victoria will arrive.  We have a lot to see…

Waterfalls & Wildflowers

Waterfalls & Wildflowers

We moved away from the Eagles, Columbia River, Waterfalls & Wildflowers of The Columbia River Gorge today. We are near Olympia, Washington for a couple of days. I have so many beautiful pictures that I…

Hood River, Oregon

Hood River, Oregon

We’ve spent the last 10 days seeing the Columbia River from our base camp in White Salmon, Washington.  Hood River, Oregon is right across the bridge. It has shopping,  good restaurants and a beautiful marina….

White River’s Eagle Family

White River’s Eagle Family

We’ve been lucky enough to have this Bald Eagle family nesting high in a tree, across the street from our current campground in White Salmon, Washington.  They are wonderful parents.  These show the male parent…

June Hues

June Hues

MOUNT HOOD SCENIC BYWAY Refer to National Geographic’s Guide to Scenic Highways & Byways. Page 419 We took this ride last Saturday, June 2, 2015.  We’ve taken all but two of the rides from National Geographic’s…

Good Night Oregon Moon

Good Night Oregon Moon

This is the last post I’m doing on the area around Bend, Oregon.  I took the above photo on one of our last nights in Crescent.  We left Crescent on Thursday morning and arrived in…

Unlovable Land

Unlovable Land

THE OREGON OUTBACK SCENIC HIGHWAY Refer to National Geographic’s Guide to Scenic Highways & Byways. Page 436 Most of us think of Oregon as a land of trees and water, and much of it is….

The Metolius River Trail

The Metolius River Trail

  The area around Bend, Oregon has so much to see that in order to do it I think you would need at least a year.  Even then, with the changing seasons you would want…

Sisters Oregon

Sisters Oregon

  Sisters Oregon is about 30 minutes out of Bend, Oregon on Oregon Hwy 20.  We spent a couple of days poking around the town of Sisters and some of the surrounding area.  We’re still…

Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway

Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway

THE CASCADE LAKES SCENIC BYWAY Refer to National Geographic’s Guide to Scenic Highways & Byways. Page 433   We took one of the rides in the book I reviewed a little back, the National Geographic…

Newberry National Volcanic Monument

Newberry National Volcanic Monument

<a href=”http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/13926313/?claim=5mwdhnvw877″>Follow my blog with Bloglovin</a> Bruce and I are slowly making our way north after leaving California and have taken a couple of weeks to visit the area around Bend, Oregon.  We’re staying in…

A Travel Book Review on:  Guide to Scenic Highways & Byways
The Cottage at Empire State Historic Park
Gold, Gold, Gold, Gold

Gold, Gold, Gold, Gold

Gold! Gold! Gold! Gold! Bright and yellow, hard and cold Molten, graven, hammered and rolled, Heavy to get and light to hold, Hoarded, bartered, bought and sold, Stolen, borrowed, squandered, doled, Spurned by young, but…

What in the Heck Are Hops?

What in the Heck Are Hops?

As I mentioned in my last post, we went to Chico, California, at the beginning of May for a wedding.  We stayed there a week but didn’t see much of the area.  Most of the…

McArthur-Burney State Park, Burney California
Fly Fishing 101

Fly Fishing 101

I Got One! We went out today with a fly fishing guide, Chris, from The Fly Shop in Redding. http://www.flyshop.com/ I’ve never fished before and I learned fast that fly fishing will take a long time…

Turtle Bay, Redding, California

Turtle Bay, Redding, California

Beauty in the Gateway to Mt. Shasta and Mt. Lassen     My blog is something I’m beginning to enjoy doing.  I’ve learned a lot about  getting around on the internet and setting up a…

Prospect, Oregon  Do You Believe in Fairies?
Crater Lake, Please Drink the Water!
Lassen National Park, What Lies Beneath

Lassen National Park, What Lies Beneath

If You Want to See What’s Below the Ground You’re Walking On, Take a Trip to Lassen [epa-album id=”251″ show_title=”false” display=”excerpt”] Alpine Flowers Flowers adorn the hills, trails, meadows and roads.  They thrive in the…

Kennedy Gold Mine, Jackson, CA