Wednesday, September 01, 2021

August: Books I read


Why We Swim by Bonnie Tsui (library) wonderful book about swimming. 
Sometimes You Have to Lie by Leslie Brody (library) The biography of Louise Fitzhugh who wrote Harriet the Spy and other books and was an artist as well. I learned so much about her!! I highly recommend, especially if you are a Harriet the Spy fan.
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren (library) sister of the bride and the best man go on the honeymoon trip when the wedding is cancelled. 
Out Cold by Phil Jaekl (library) A book about hypothermia very interesting
Clean and White by Carl Zimring (library) a book about racism and how immigrants and people of color are usually assumed to be dirty, they get the dirty jobs (janitorial, garbage etc) and their neighborhoods are the ones where the water treatment plants, the landfills and etc are located. 
Gulp by Mary Roach (audiobook) About digestion from taste buds to rectum! very interesting. 
Sweater Quest by Adrienne Martini the author choses a difficult knitting project 
Knitting Yarns edited by Ann Hood stories about knitting
Blackbeard's Ghost by Ben Stahl fun children's adventure book
Hard Truth by Nevada Barr set in Rocky Mountain National Park and since Ryan and I were just there I thought I would reread this one again. 
Tangled Vines by Frances Dinkelspiel  The story of an arson in a California Wine Storage facility and how it spurs the author to research her family's contribution to the creation of the wine industry in California. Lots of great history about the different California vineyards. 
The Girls with No Names by Serena Burdick (library) Based on the history of The House of Mercy, a home for destitute and immoral young women that the church operated as a laundry in New York City in the late 1800's early 1900's. Basically these "homes' were prisons for women where they were forced to work the laundries and make lace and they were operated by the Episcopal Church.  Very interesting history.
Backwards and In Heels by Alicia Malone a look at women who worked in the film industry. 
Empire of the Summer Moon by S. C. Gwynne (audiobook) It often amazes me when I listen to books on tape how much of the book is repetition, that I did not really notice when I read it physically. This is an account of the history of the Comanche People and other Plains Indians primarily in Texas. Highly recommend. 


It's the last chance to donate to Washington Trails Association Hike-a-thon! Any amount from $1 to $100 is welcome. You can click on this link to go to my WTA fundraiser page

It is too late to send cash or a check, but I want to thank everyone who contributed through-out the month!! 

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Last hike-a-thon hikes for 2021

 Wow, so I made my goal of 31 miles (actually got 31.5! LOL) for one mile a day for the month of August.  My last two hikes were here in the Seattle area not too far from home. I did 2 miles on the Longfellow Creek Trail. I do this trail pretty much every year for hike-a-thon because it is so close to my house. 

Then the next day I did 3 miles on the Green River Trail in Kent, WA because it is nice and flat. I parked at the Neely-Soames Historic Homestead. It is a pioneer home with a garden representing what the pioneers would have planted. 

The Green River Trail runs right by the Homestead

Part of my hike went by a golf course! Be on the lookout for balls!!

This is a pedestrian bridge over the Green River, I went up to see what everyone was looking at....Salmon in the river, running upstream to spawn!

The salmon were negotiating this little bit of "rapids" 

See the Salmon??!!

Thanks so much to Gretchen, Mark and Donna for their contributions! There is still some time if you have not donated yet. The cut off date is September 7th.  So you can still follow this link (or cut and paste)  It has been a good year and I was very happy with all my hikes and that I did not twist an ankle this year!!

Thank You again!

Monday, August 30, 2021

2021 Postcards from Friends

August is Hike-a-thon month!!

Thank you to everyone who has donated this year, There is still time to get in some last minute donations. If you haven't given anything yet. Just the cost of a cup of coffee can help make a difference. 
You can click on this link to go to my WTA fundraiser page

Thank You!

Friday, August 27, 2021

Hiking in Montana

 Had a great couple of days in Montana doing trail magic for Ryan along the Continental Divide Trail. Well, on the reroutes of the Continental Divide Trail. Because of all the fires, there are several different routes now that folks can take to make their way north to Glacier National Park. 

Ryan would slackpack during the day and I would do a short little hike to get in some mileage. 

I did 2 miles on The Refuge Point Trail. This was a fascinating trail that took you to an overlook where you could see where folks were trapped when an earthquake happened here in 1959. 

The next morning after dropping Ryan off so he could do 20+ miles. I did my little 2 miles on the West Fork Beaver Creek Trail.

My last day in the Yellowstone area, I did 1.5 miles on the Ousel Falls Trail in Big Sky, Mt. 

I have a total of 26.5 miles so far and we have raised $853 dollars!! Thanks most recently to Gwen, Vicki and Tom. 

If you have not donated yet, You can click on this link to go to my WTA fundraiser page (or cut and paste if the link is not working)

Thank You again!