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Stella

Beep…Beep…Beep

We interrupt our travelog for an important message:   SEVERE WEATHER IS COMING. A hurricane warning has been issued for the entire Florida coastline…including the one that’s 2 miles directly east of our house. I had ‘one of those hunches’ last Friday when I saw…

Acropolis Spinach Salad

Spinach salad isn’t usually a conversation stopper…. Except when consumed on hotel roofs in Athens while viewing the Acropolis. Susie had read that the view of the Acropolis from the rooftop restaurant at our hotel in Athens was incredible, so we headed upstairs as the sun was…

Cruising the Greek Isles

“Hey Ruste, I got a great price–want to go on a Greek island sailing cruise with me in September?” Rob and I were exhausted and really grimy, trying to conserve water at our Montana camp when my sister in law called in late July. It had been a…

Got My Eye on Zion…And Sugar

Sugar’s been a bit of a troublemaker… Sugar at Port Huron last summer But you’ll have to wait until the end of this post to get the scoop. First, let’s go to Zion, OK? Rob and I left our free campsite in the Mojave and headed east…

An Oasis in the Desert

We left Yosemite promising to return. Bye Yosemite!  We hope to see you soon. With Labor Day weekend on the horizon, the park was beginning to fill up.  We wanted to make some mileage as we headed toward our next destination:  Zion National Park, located in southern Utah. We loaded…

Oh Yosemite!

Oh Yosemite, You’re elegant, you know. Sweet towering peaks, Giant redwoods below. Buck eating reeds, Next to calm river flow. Ducks swim by, As the sun falls low. I ride my bike, Much Valley to explore. But this little one, Calls out, “Wait, one more!” So…

To Russian River with Love

I’m glowing as I write this.  We have a new Daughter. Peter and Sarah’s wedding was beautiful.  I cried as I watched my children Peter, Joel, then Joy walk down the aisle.  By the time Sarah got to the altar, I was a sweet happy mama…

Juice!

Before I get going, I just have to show you my view as I write this post: We moved again!  We are in our third campsite at Nason Creek.  This site is next to the river and fully shaded.  It’s been really hot here–90+ degrees every…

I Promised a Recipe…But Let’s Go For a Walk In the Woods First

My daughter Joy calls me almost every day. Today, she called with news of moving to a new apartment in Los Angeles.  She lives in UCLA student housing and was able to find an ‘inexpensive’ 2-bedroom apartment that cost more than our entire house payment when we…

Chillin’ at Nason Creek

Oh, the Cascades are beautiful! We’re in an idyllic campground in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State as I write this, but before playtime, we had to get a few things done. After we left Sandpoint, we headed west on US 2 to Spokane to a fancy RV…

A Tight Squeeeeezzzzeee and a Rodeo in Idaho!

Sugar had a rough night. It was 48 degrees at our camp on Thompson’s Bluff when we woke up. She’d moved from her bed and had wet herself. She was huddled, shivering but immobile on the rug next to my bed. We got her outside and cleaned up…

Love for Sugar

Sugar, riding the waves on the Manistee River 2 summers ago Sugar’s been with us for 9 years now. We got her as a 3-year old from a breeder who rescued her from a puppy mill, neutered her and gave her away ‘free to a good home’.   She…

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…