Monday, August 12, 2019

Postcards 2019: Turkey

Ryan always likes to lord it over me that he has been to Turkey and I have not, but I think I will get there one day.







Hike-a-thon is in full swing now and I will be doing day hikes around Seattle on my layovers at home. I hope to do some of the Camino Portuguese when I have a layover in Lisbon, Portugal and I will be meeting Ryan during his through hike of the Pacific Northwest Trail and I will do some day hikes with him too!! Many Thanks to Uncle Frank, Chris L, Ray D, and Jenny S. for their recent donations!! I had so many come in this last week!! Thank you, Thank you!!

I hope I can count on all of you this year for support. Any amount from $1 to $100 is welcome.You can click on this link to go to my WTA fundraiser page

https://give.wta.org/fundraiser/2179299


or you can send me a check (made out to WTA (Washington Trails Association) or just a dollar in the mail would be very welcome. Thanks so much to everyone who has supported this cause in the past and hopefully again this year!


to: Amanda Arkebauer PO Box 16131 Seattle, WA  98116

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Hike--a-thon 2019 Difficulties with parking and with HEAT

One of my "go to" hikes for hike-a-thon each year is Mercer Slough, especially for the You Pick Blueberry farm, well imagine my surprise this year when I get there and I find that they are building a light rail station all along the road where I usually park. So I drove around and had to find another trailhead. I still got in 2 miles along the Bellefields and Heritage Loop Trails.





Blackberries instead of blueberries today

Then I flew a trip to Lisbon, Portugal and I decided to hike the Portuguese Camino.  The last time I did this section of the camino was for hike-a-thon in 2015. Since then I got information that the REAL beginning of the Camino in Lisbon is not the Se Cathedral but a small church called The Church of Santiago. This church is only a few blocks away from the Cathedral. I think why pilgrims do not begin here is because it is often closed and you cannot actually get your passport credential here. But they do have a sign on the building !






Walking from the Church of Santiago to the Se Cathedral are still Yellow Arrows designating the Camino route.
The first camino arrow is on this tree at Igreja de Santiago


I pick up my passport at the Se Cathedral and begin my hike to the Vasco da Gama Tower






Let me just say that although it was overcast in the morning, it was wicked hot and humid. I was melting all through my hike.


The pilgrimage routes to Santiago and to Fatima leave Lisbon together




By this time, riding the cable cars is looking like a good idea!!




The Vasco da Gama Tower is approximately 475 feet tall and is in the  Parque das Nações.  Built along the river in 1998 for the World's Fair that was held here and it is named after the Portugese explorer Vasco da Gama.  Vasco da Gama lived during the 1400's and explored from Europe to India via the oceans. 

Vasco da Gama Tower

Oh Yeah, my feet are enjoying a break


And back at my hotel, the skies clear later in the afternoon!

The view from my hotel room, you can see the cable cars

Hike-a-thon is in full swing now and I will be doing day hikes around Seattle on my layovers at home and away.  I will be meeting Ryan during his through hike of the Pacific Northwest Trail in Northern Washington State and I will do some day hikes with him too!! Thank You to Barb and Jean for my most recent donations! I am half way to my goal for monies and for miles!! 

I hope I can count on all of you this year for support. Any amount from $1 to $100 is welcome.You can click on this link to go to my WTA fundraiser page

https://give.wta.org/fundraiser/2179299


or you can send me a check (made out to WTA (Washington Trails Association) or just a dollar in the mail would be very welcome. Thanks so much to everyone who has supported this cause in the past and hopefully again this year!


to: Amanda Arkebauer PO Box 16131 Seattle, WA  98116

Monday, August 05, 2019

Postcards 2019: Philippines

I have a lot of friends who have been to the Philippines and sent me postcards. I really need to get there one of these days.






Hike-a-thon is in full swing now and I will be doing day hikes around Seattle on my layovers at home. I hope to do some of the Camino Portuguese when I have a layover in Lisbon, Portugal and I will be meeting Ryan during his through hike of the Pacific Northwest Trail and I will do some day hikes with him too!! Thank You so much to Gary and Carole for their recent donation!

I hope I can count on all of you this year for support. Any amount from $1 to $100 is welcome.You can click on this link to go to my WTA fundraiser page

https://give.wta.org/fundraiser/2179299


or you can send me a check (made out to WTA (Washington Trails Association) or just a dollar in the mail would be very welcome. Thanks so much to everyone who has supported this cause in the past and hopefully again this year!


to: Amanda Arkebauer PO Box 16131 Seattle, WA  98116

Sunday, August 04, 2019

First Weekend of Hike-a-thon 2019!

I started off this year's hike-a-thon with a 2 mile hike on the Longfellow Creek Trail in West Seattle. This trail is very near my house and I do it every year for hike-a-thon.

Longfellow Creek
A footbridge over Longfellow Creek






















On August 2nd, I drove down to Tacoma and visited Point Defiance Park to do 4 miles on the Outside Loop Trail. I also stopped into Fort Nisqually. In all the years I have lived here and visited Point Defiance Park (and the Zoo) I have never gone to Fort Nisqually, so this was a first and I really liked it. I highly recommend a visit if you are in the area.


The Outer Trail is fun because you get great views

Otherwise you are just in areas like this

Raccoons were everywhere. 

Blue trail markers are for the Outer Loop Trail

Lovely madrona trees 

You can see the Narrows Bridge in the distance

Back to the interior of the park

Fort Nisqually
  Also if someone donates before August 7th, they are putting our names into a drawing for prizes!! So if you have been waiting to donate for hike-a-thon. Now is the time to do it.

Hike-a-thon is in full swing now and I will be doing day hikes around Seattle on my layovers at home. I hope to do some of the Camino Portuguese when I have a layover in Lisbon, Portugal and I will be meeting Ryan during his through hike of the Pacific Northwest Trail and I will do some day hikes with him too!!

I hope I can count on all of you this year for support. Any amount from $1 to $100 is welcome.You can click on this link to go to my WTA fundraiser page

https://give.wta.org/fundraiser/2179299


or you can send me a check (made out to WTA (Washington Trails Association) or just a dollar in the mail would be very welcome. Thanks so much to everyone who has supported this cause in the past and hopefully again this year!


to: Amanda Arkebauer PO Box 16131 Seattle, WA  98116



Thursday, August 01, 2019

Books I read in July 2019



The Life of Oscar Wilde by Hesketh Pearson (audiobook) I enjoyed it, listening on my commutes to and from the airport all month.
The Zookeepers Wife by Diane Ackerman thanks to my sister for giving me this book, it was very good and I learned a lot about Warsaw during WWII--has been made into a movie too, but I liked the book better.
Missing Microbes by Marin J. Blaser very interesting non fiction about how the overuse of antibiotics is bad for us.
Neon Prey by John Sandford (library) I really enjoy these thrillers, this one takes Lucas Davenport to Las Vegas.
Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (library) basically this is about how to be happy. The book can be a bit dry, like a text book, but I thought it was extremely interesting. Recently, there have been some folks close to me who attempted suicide or have had other problems of depression etc and I was interested in why....Why are they so unhappy?
Best State Ever by Dave Barry (audiobook) (library)I got these audiobooks to listen to while bringing Ryan to the trail in Glacier National Park (it is an 11 hour drive one-way) --this book is about Florida, which is a place that I lived in for 3 years and it is a place that I do not enjoy. I am not a person who should live in Florida. So it was comical to me to hear the reasons that Dave Barry thinks that Florida is the "best state ever"
The Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings (audiobook) UGH, I thought, it has to be better than the movie (which I thought was only okay)---it drags on and on, Ugh, do not bother.
Look Alive Out There by Sloane Crosley (audiobook) (library) essays by Ms. Crosley, and I quite enjoyed them.
I Remember Nothing by Nora Ephron (audiobook) (library) Very good memoir about aging, especially if you are a fan of Nora Ephron
Tahoe Beneath The Surface by Scott Lankford Very good History and examination of Lake Tahoe. I highly recommend.
Raven Black by Ann Cleeves (library) another from the Shetland series. I am figuring out that I am reading these out of order and don't know how I screwed that up! Probably with how I got them from being on hold at the library.
Talking to Girls About Duran Duran by Rob Sheffield (library) I loved this book, but then I am an 80's child....I grew up with new wave and MTV. I read this while laying out on my deck in the sun listening to all the music (from my Ipod) that he talks about in the book. Roxy Music, the Go-Go's, Madonna, and Boy George and The Police and Prince and Duran Duran. I was transported to my high school years in the 80's.
Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham  basically just little short stories of the tales from this "rogue lawyer"   It was okay
The Great Pretenders by Laura Kalpakian (library) fun read, fictional about Hollywood and a woman agent who is descended from Hollywood "royalty"
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me by Mindy Kaling (audiobook) (library) I liked it okay, might be better as a regular book because Mindy has a very high pitched (annoying) voice (in my opinion)
Idaho by Emily Ruskovich (library) disturbing, ghost story-ish book







I will be participating in the Washington Trails Association Hike-a-thon during the entire month of August. Ryan will be hiking the Pacific Northwest Trail from Montana (Glacier National Park) all the way to the Pacific Ocean on the Olympic Peninsula and I will be joining him for a few days and also doing day hikes around Seattle on layovers.

I hope I can count on all of you this year for support. Any amount from $1 to $100 is welcome.
You can click on this link to go to my WTA fundraiser page

https://give.wta.org/fundraiser/2179299

or you can send me a check (made out to WTA (Washington Trails Association) or just a dollar in the mail would be very welcome. Thanks so much to everyone who has supported this cause in the past and hopefully again this year!

to: Amanda Arkebauer PO Box 16131 Seattle, WA  98116

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Glacier National Park!

Thank you so much to Angele and Diane and John and Erica and Kris for their recent donations to my Hike-a-thon  this August. 

The Pacific Northwest Trail goes from Glacier National Park to Olympic National Park, so I took Ryan to the trail head in Glacier National Park. We took some time to do some hikes together in the park before he started his long distance trail. 



Hidden Lake Trail in Glacier NP
We could not go all the way down to Hidden Lake because of bear activity in the area.

That is Hidden Lake behind me in the distance

Ryan and I with Hidden lake in the background

Mountain Goats right on the trail

LOVE the flower displays
More gorgeous flowers

Ryan filming the goats on the trail


Bear Grass in Glacier NP


The buses in Glacier are the BEST
Ryan's gear explodes all over the hotel room! 

At the trailhead for the PNT

Ryan beginning his hike

I saw massive herds of Buffalo on the way back to Kalispell This photo does not do it justice.

I will be participating in the WTA Hike-a-thon during the entire month of August. Ryan will be hiking the Pacific Northwest Trail from Montana (Glacier National Park) all the way to the Pacific Ocean on the Olympic Peninsula and I will be joining him for a few days and also doing day hikes around Seattle on layovers.

I hope I can count on all of  you guys again this year for support. Any amount from $1 to $100 is welcome.
You can click on this link to go to my WTA fundraiser page

https://give.wta.org/fundraiser/2179299

or you can send me a check (made out to WTA (Washington Trails Association) or just a dollar in the mail would be very welcome. Thanks so much to everyone who has supported this cause in the past and hopefully again this year!

to: Amanda Arkebauer PO Box 16131 Seattle, WA  98116