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Papago park

The first week of November we traveled back to Arizona to visit friends and family. On two different days we ventured into the Papago Park area. The first time was…

Lava walk

For our last morning in Bend we drove south to the Newberry National Volcanic Monument. We wanted to visit the vast lava fields created during a major eruption some 7,000…

Drake Park

Our first few days in Bend were sunny and warm, but by the afternoon of day three the skies were grey and snowflakes were falling. We spent much of the…

Crater Lake

Our first day trip out of Bend was directly south to Crater Lake National Park. Created by the collapse of a large volcano some 7,000 years ago, the lake is…

Remodel!

When we moved to our current address some eight years ago, we didn’t have enough extra budget to remodel the kitchen along with the rest of house. This summer we…

Snowshoeing again

Another birthday, another snowshoeing trip. The day before my 50th birthday party, Jim and I drove west to Snoqualmie Pass and rented some gear to do a short snowshoeing outing.

Santa Barbara

For my 50th birthday weekend Kim and I flew south to Santa Barbara. It was a cool and rainy weekend, but we found plenty of things to see and do…

San Luis Obispo

I know it took me way too long to post this, but last September we went and saw nephew Jared in California. During a long Labor Day weekend we paid…

Alentejo

For the final two days of our two-week trip, we checked into a five-star winery hotel in the heart of the Alentejo region. Our new favorite relaxation spot is the…

The Algarve

We¬†packed up in Seville and started the drive west towards Portugal. As we approached the border the rains got harder and we had to slow down to avoid sliding off…