Monday, September 15, 2014

Monday's Postcards 2014: My Grandmothers

My Grandmother Arkebauer did not travel as much as my Granny, but she did make it to Munich to send me this postcard. Granny sent me so many cards from so many places, and this one is from Cypress Gardens, Florida


Monday, September 08, 2014

Monday's Postcard 2014: Make me laugh!


Fun postcards just to make you laugh are always fun to find in your mailbox!!

Monday, September 01, 2014

Monday's Postcard 2014: More from my Sister

Of course she goes to Yosemite at least once a year and I have NEVER been yet, keep rubbing it in...


Sunday, August 31, 2014

August Reading

Again aboard a boat and reading with my sister. We spent a lot of time on boats when we were kids and I spent a lot of time reading!!

Blue Jelly by Debby Bull very similar to the Pioneer Woman books, Debby helps heal her broken heart by canning. Cute
French Women Don't Get Fat by Mireille Guiliano (audiobook) Listened to while driving to trailheads for Hike-a-thon 2014
Christine Falls by Benjamin Black (library) I am enjoying these books. a series that features a pathologist in 1950's Ireland.
Vengeance by Benjamin Black (library) might be my favorite one yet of the Quirke Books
Life Support by Tess Gerritesen the author of the Rizzoli and Isles books this is a stand alone medical thriller and I enjoyed it
The Time In Between by Maria Duenas loved it. Saw the Mini Series from Spanish TV first and then read the book. A seamstress is abandoned by her lover who conned her out of all her money and must survive in northern Africa, espionage, etc very enjoyable
Holy Orders by Benjamin Black (library) of course once I find a new to me author that I like....I read everything I can get my hands on
One for the Road by Tony Horwitz he hitchhikes across the Australian Outback in the late 80's very entertaining. If you liked Bryson's travelogue about Australia, you might enjoy this one too
The Silver Swan by Benjamin Black (library) More from this author and I might look for more under his real name (Benjamin Black is a pen name for John Banville)
Portobello by Ruth Rendell (audiobook) more entertainment while riding around in the car to and from trailheads for Hike-a-thon
Shocked by David Casarett (library) recommended to me by my sister about bringing people "back from the dead" thru resuscitation
(IR)Rational Parks by David Blomstrom  an offbeat look at wilderness, tourism and America, fun I laughed a lot
The Hundred Year House by Rebecca Makkai (library) I enjoyed a lot...about a family and a house and artists, Nancy Drew fans, one of the characters is a ghost writer for a YA series
Long Lankin by John Banville ( library) a collection of short stories by the author who writes under the pen name of Benjamin Black
The Doorbell Rang by Rex Stout  my first Nero Wolfe Mystery, can you believe I have not read these??!
The Lemur by Benjamin Black (library).  Blah not my favorite of these
Crazy Salad by Nora Ephron essays that she wrote for magazines in the 70's very good
Smile by Raina Telgemeir (library). A graphic novel. And I loved it.   Family members might see this one at Christmas!
The Mockingbird Next Door by Marja Mills (library). Miss Mills, a journalist was given the rare opportunity to live next door to Harper Lee  and this is a look at the author from their friendship

19 books read this month

There is still time to get a pledge in for the Washington Trails Association Hike-a-thon. If you visit the website, ...just follow this link and help me help Washington State Trails. Or even if you put something in the mail to me today, it should get here by the deadline!
If you don’t want to donate via credit card on the website, checks can be made out to WTA (Washington Trails Association) and sent to me at the address below. Thanks so much for any help you can provide!

Amanda Arkebauer, PO Box 16131, Seattle, WA 98116

Friday, August 29, 2014

Week 4 of Hike-a-thon 2014

Can I say it again, Wow, this has been such a fabulous summer, Ryan and I did a wonderful backpacking trip on the Olympic Peninsula. We hiked out to the Tubal Cain Mine on the Tubal Cain Trail. This is an easy 3 miles out on a relatively flat hike. The hardest part was a little detour we did to see the wreck of a B17 aircraft. Up the Tull Canyon trail....straight up for only .7 of a mile, but it was straight up!!
Ready for adventure

This is the Silver Creek shelter, just a few feet from the Trailhead

The first creek crossing, high and dry

This bridge doesn't look that great, luckily there was a new one just a few feet away

Creek crossing on old mine equipment

The mossy creeks were just lovely

Mine shaft near the Tull Canyon trail

From inside the mineshaft, looking out

I brought fixings for chicken tacos!

Ryan gives the tacos two thumbs up

Hurrah, blueberries for dessert

The deer feeding on the blueberries around our campsite

It doesn't look that bad in the photo, but that is straight up

Debris from the wrecked B17 covers this canyon area and is sometimes hidden by the overgrowth

It doesn't look 60 years old

this section was at a campsite

part of an engine

folks have used parts of the Airplane wreck for their campsites

. We'd like to thank Steve B. for his donation this past week! I hiked 8 miles and Ryan did about 18 miles. He made a loop by hiking up to Marmot Pass and back down to the Upper Dungeness Trailhead. I hiked out the way we came in (much flatter) and drove over to pick him up! Follow this link   and help me help Washington State Trails. I have promised a bottle of wine to the person who donates the most money this August!! If you don't like sending money over the internet, you can always send me a check (made out to Washington Trails Association -WTA) or cash to Amanda Arkebauer  PO Box 16131 Seattle, WA  98116

Monday, August 25, 2014

Monday's Postcard 2014: My favorite!! How did you know?!

Some folks know what I like!! These postcards were sent to me by some of my letterboxing friends and depict some of my favorite things, Winnie the Pooh and Buckeye candies!!!


And one of my other favorite things is hiking in Washington State!! I've been having a great time this August hiking trails and raising money to help support Washington Trails. I hope you can help me out by donating a dollar or two to the cause!  We are still $300 away from our goal. Which sounds like alot, but I have 300 facebook friends. If everyone just gave me one dollar, I would have that $300!! So anything you can donate is worth it ...just follow this link and help me help Washington State Trails. There is still time. If you are mailing me a check or some cash, I have to have it by the first week of September. And if you follow the link, it gets here immediately! If you don't like sending money over the internet, you can always send me a check (made out to Washington Trails Association -WTA) or cash to Amanda Arkebauer  PO Box 16131 Seattle, WA  98116

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Week 3 of Hike-a-thon 2014

I love the blues and golds in this view of the surf against the rocks

Wow! Ryan and I started out the week hiking 3.5 miles in Montana de Oro State Park near Morro Bay, CA. We saw whales feeding on anchovies off shore! It was a great day to be hiking along the coast.
I could watch the surf for hours

I came home and hiked 2 miles on the Longfellow Creek Trail here in West Seattle
And this weekend we are going on a backpacking trip on the Olympic Peninsula, so we will have lots of miles and adventures to tell you about in our next blog!  Follow this link   Just like Steve, William and Hal this past week!! and help me help Washington State Trails. I have promised a bottle of wine to the person who donates the most money this August!! And we are only $300 away from meeting our goal of $1,000 raised for the WTA. (We gotta replace that shovel that Ryan broke on his trail repair trip!!)  If you don't like sending money over the internet, you can always send me a check (made out to Washington Trails Association -WTA) or cash to Amanda Arkebauer  PO Box 16131 Seattle, WA  98116