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Monthly Archives: July 2016

A New Camp at Thompson’s Bluff

You won’t believe it—We moved camp! We thought it couldn’t get any better at our last camp, but we found an incredible site high on a bluff across the lake. Here’s the story behind the move… Lower Thompson Lake, a quiet oasis It was a…

Living Well on Thompson Lake

Time to do some exploring! We have the luxury of no firm plans until we need to be in Santa Rosa, CA on 8/20 for our son Peter’s wedding festivities.  But where to go?  Before we left Glacier, we looked at our camping options. Montana’s a…

Majestic Glacier!

Every National Park has a personality. If you’ve visited any of the parks, you know what I mean.  Some are easy to figure out– When I visited Yosemite a couple of years ago, I was struck by the sweeping, almost romantic views of El Capitan and the…

A Tale of Two Campgrounds

“Just take a left turn after the Mackinaw Bridge” That’s what we’ve done when you look at the map of our trip.  Since our departure from Port Saint Lucie just over 3 weeks ago, we’ve driven over 2600 miles. Our last two…

Venice and the Dolomites with my Besties

I couldn’t wait to meet up with my friend Vianna and her husband Mark in Fiesole, a suburb of Florence. My friend Vianna, creating art in a beautiful place Vianna is my very best childhood friend and one of my most favorite people on earth. We were inseparable from…

Enjoying the Moment at Smith Lake

…We interrupt the Italy re-cap to give you an update on our current travels… I will finish up the Italy trip summary, but many people have been asking for an update on our summer adventures, so we will divert today’s post and return to Italy…

Exploring Florence: No Agony, Just Ecstasy

I first read the Agony and the Ecstasy in 1989.  The book chronicles the difficulties and joys of the great sculptor (and painter) Michelangelo during the high Renaissance in Florence.   It’s a big book–664 pages–and I remember reading the entire thing in the very…

Pneumonia is NOT my Friend

I’m so sorry for not posting in so long. My plan for this blog was to celebrate healthy living….and pneumonia has taken that concept and totally blown it away!  I have been to the doctor 4 times, completed 2 courses of antibiotics and steroids, use 2…