Expectations and the Unexpected

“Is that it?” the disgruntled-looking lady asked after watching Old Faithful’s show of hydraulics and vapors.  “Yes, mam.  Did it not meet your expectations?”  the park ranger patiently asked.  “If that’s all there is to it then yes, I am disappointed!!” she replied. Read More

In Honor of Mom

On August 29, 2014, at the age of 84, my mother peacefully slipped away from us.  She may have left quietly, but she lived the rest of her life with noisy vitality and delight.     Read More

Sometimes You Just Have to Laugh

I don’t remember the last time I willingly, and perhaps unknowingly, did something that made me laugh out loud – but I’m about to share one of those stories with you right now. Read More

I’m in Heaven!

A few weeks ago, I pulled into the North Yellowstone Lodge and Hostel (NYLAH for short) near Gardiner, MT to start my summer job.  If you read my earlier post Ready or Not…  you’ll remember that I approached this new adventure with little  some trepidation.   Read More

30 Day Report

A little over a month ago I loaded the van and left Colorado on my way to a much-anticipated vacation in Oregon before landing in Montana for a late-summer job. It is no secret that I experienced some crazy concerns and emotions beforehand, but now that I am through the first leg of this lifestyle transition, I have great news: Everything is Fine!  Read More

Ready or Not…

Have you ever been on a blind date?  If so, you’ll remember the jittery feeling in your stomach as the little demon in your head flashes images of all your short-comings, flaws and fears on the screen in the back of your mind .  That’s how I felt on the day I was scheduled to arrive at my new home/job.

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Departures, Gifts, and Good Luck!

I felt a mixture of sadness, trepidation, joy and excitement as Kate and I parted ways soon after the fireworks ceased (it seemed like they went on all night long!).  She and her faithful dog Winnie headed back to Colorado as I continue to travel east to Montana.  Kate was an excellent travel guide – I’ll miss her inquisitive nature, gentle smile and concise planning techniques.  She was instrumental in making my new-to-this-life transition comfortable and fun!  Thanks Kate, Bon Voyage!

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Waterfalls Galore and More!

The temperatures on the coast were in the mid-60’s for most of June, so coming out of the protective veil of ocean mists and traveling east along I-84 through Portland –where nary a fanciful food truck could get me to stop -was like running headfirst into a blast furnace.   Read More

Independence Day

While traveling the Lewis and Clark Trail along the Columbia River Gorge (mostly I-84), I’ve been thinking about the people who made our independence possible.  A Google search of the holiday pointed me to a recent posting: Six Things You Didn’t Know about July 4th.

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Following Clues

Along the journey of life, the universe drops cosmic bread crumbs for us to follow. Some call it serendipity, good luck, kismet or maybe even a mistake.  I call them clues. Several years ago on a quick trip to the Northwest I cruised into one of Oregon’s State Parks. The ocean views were spectacular, as you would expect, but I was also intrigued that you could rent a yurt, bring a tent, RV or hike/bike along the Oregon Coast Trail .  I wasn’t prepared to camp at the time, but vowed to return.  One clue led to another and here I am!

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Hitting the Road

Thanks to Jim, Leah, Jess and the mechanics at Jim’s Automotive, Katrina is sporting a new driveshaft and some sensors.  It’s Tuesday, June 13th and time to hit the road!

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Living Vicariously

My housemate and Oregon traveling buddy, Kate, took the news about Katrina’s mechanical problems like a trooper.  She offered to stay behind to make sure I would be OK after the repairs were done, but I rejected the notion and sent them on their way.   Read More