Jaunt to North Cascades National Park

We live just south of the North Cascades National Park, so we take day trips up there a few times a year.  The highway through the park is closed all winter, due to the high elevation, heavy snowfall, and less need (there are two other cross-state highways for big trucks to use).  The road just …

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #147-Gardens, old and new, near and far

I admit it, I have ten brown thumbs.  I am not fond of yard work, and know very little about plants, or gardens.  But I know a pleasant garden when I see one.  If I can keep my mind off all the backbreaking work involved in maintaining a garden, I find them quite relaxing. The …

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Finally-Nashville!

After the Hillsdale seminar was over, and the Ricochet folks had dispersed on Wednesday night, we had a day to visit Nashville proper. For the first time that week, we slept late on Thursday, and when we awoke, it was raining pretty hard outside. Not that we are not used to rain! We live in …

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A big dose of Freedom (and whiskey): Nashville Ricochet Meetup

Last Wednesday, April 28, was our big Ricochet Meetup day, and it started in the morning when Phil Turmel and his wife Patricia picked us up at our hotel for the drive to Lynchburg and a tour of the Jack Daniels Distillery.  Stad and Neutral Observer were already in the big Suburban, so Ray and …

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #146-Focus on the Details: Flying cross-country

On April 25th, my husband and I flew from Seattle to Nashville, for a Hillsdale College National Leadership Seminar, and to do some sightseeing and meeting with our friends from Ricochet.  I had the window seat, and I was fortunate to be able to see the ground for most of the four-hour flight.  You want …

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Lens-artists Photo Challenge #145: Getting to know you.

There is a place, which I have only known about since 2007, which has become in the intervening years, very dear to my heart.  That place is Hillsdale College, in Hillsdale, Michigan.  The College has been in existence since 1844, celebrating its 175th Anniversary in October of 2019.  Besides being an exemplary Liberal Arts College, …

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Over the mountains and through the snow…

To Leavenworth, Washington's Bavarian Village we go!  Last Sunday, which was bright and sunny, on a whim we got into our car and drove over the Cascade Mountains in US Highway 2, to our favorite "day trip" destination.  Hubby's Accordion Celebration, normally held on the third weekend in June will be virtual again this year, …

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #144: Taking Flight

Flight means different things to different people, and it can signify many modes of travel.  But it's always travel.  Both my husband and I worked in the aerospace industry, before we lost our jobs to the government shutdowns last year.  He worked for "big airframer company" for 40 years.  When a brand new model was …

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