Monday, August 13, 2018

2018 Postcard: Biola University



My nieces went to Biola and they send me postcards!!   It is hike-a-thon time again for Washington Trails.  From now until the end of August, I will be raising money for the Washington Trails Association and I am spending August hiking all over the USA!

Visit my fund-raising page and make a donation. And if you have any suggestions on where I should hike, please let me know!!

https://give.wta.org/fundraiser/1515911

You can also mail a check or money order or even cash ! (make out checks to WTA or Washington Trails Association )  Send to: Amanda Arkebauer PO Box 16131 Seattle, WA  98116

Monday, August 06, 2018

2018 Postcard: National Parks




I just love these Retro National Park Postcards and I am happy to receive them from Friends and Family! It is hike-a-thon time again for Washington Trails.  From now until the end of August, I will be raising money for the Washington Trails Association and I plan to spend August hiking all over the USA!

Visit my fund-raising page and make a donation. And if you have any suggestions on where I should hike this August, please let me know!!

https://give.wta.org/fundraiser/1515911

You can also mail a check or money order or even cash ! (make out checks to WTA or Washington Trails Association )  Send to: Amanda Arkebauer PO Box 16131 Seattle, WA  98116

Saturday, August 04, 2018

First Weekend of Hike-a-thon 2018



August 1st was the very first day of hike-a-thon this year and it was also the first day that the Naval ships were available for touring for Sea Fair in Seattle. Ryan and I were so torn about what to do all day. So to solve our problem, we combined hiking and Sea Fair. I did 2 miles along the Elliott Bay Trail from downtown Seattle out to Pier 91 where the USS Somerset and the USS Momsen were docked.
On board the Canadian Ship Whitehorse

Along the Elliott Bay Trail

Lots of stuff to see along the Elliott Bay Trail

A portion of the trail has a detour around construction

On board the USS Somerset
 We toured the USS Somerset which is an amphibious transport dock. This ship was named specifically for Somerset County Pennsylvania, in honor of the passengers who died on United flight 93 on September 11, 2001. Approximately 22 tons of steel from a crane that stood near Flight 93's crash site were used in the construction of the Somerset


The Bridge of the USS Somerset

Road signs from Somerset County, PA are displayed throughout the ship

The USS Somerset honors the victims of United Flight 93
They let us play with all their toys

Ryan goes for the gun 


I had to work August 2nd, but August 3rd Ryan and I were back out there and fulfilling another desire of mine. For the past 20+ years while I have been living in Seattle, I have been paying my power bill to Seattle City Light. Every time I get a Seattle City Light bill, I get an advertisement about the Diablo Lake boat tours.  Seattle City Light has been offering tours for more than 80 years. They give you the chance to learn about the area's natural and cultural history and the Skagit River Hydroelectric Project which provides clean, low-cost, renewable power to Seattle. They promise a glorious cruise in glacier-fed Diablo Lake while enjoying views of snow-clad mountain peaks, islands, and waterfalls.  And hearing interesting stories about the early explorers and settlers in the area and the challenges of dams and powerhouses in a very remote location. So for 20 years, I have been tempted by these advertisements and finally I got the chance to go out to Diablo Lake and see where my electricity in Seattle is created and how it gets here to my light bulbs! 





On the boat trip
Diablo Dam
 Our tour guide said that when the lights were on the Diablo Dam at night it was like walking through Paris at night, but we did not stay late to see if she was right! LOL

Ready for my Power House tour

Ross Dam

We visit the Ross Dam and Power Station


Our visitor badges

That is Hwy 20 above the lake

The Gorge Power Station has a lovely garden

Ryan reads an informational sign along Hwy 20

Relief map of the area high above the lake

Trail of Cedars in Newhalem, WA
Don't you just love Otters??!!


Ryan hiked the Diablo Lake Trail and I did Ladder Creek Falls and the Trail of the Cedars. So I was able to get in some hike-a-thon mileage even with the main focus of the trip being the boat and powerhouse tours. 

August 4th on our way back to Seattle, we stopped at the Northern State Recreation Area.  It is the site of what was once the largest facility for mentally ill people in Washington State, Northern State Mental Hospital was opened in 1912. It was designed by the Olmstead Brothers, whose father was famous for having designed New York City’s Central Park. Renowned architects Saunders and Lawton designed the hospital’s buildings. They worked in close collaboration with Northern State’s farm superintendent to create a self-sustaining and therapeutic colony for the mentally ill. The hospital site included patient and staff housing, a water reservoir, sewage system, lumber mill, quarry, steam plant, greenhouse, canning facilities, gymnasium, library, laundry, dining room, bakery, dairy, and 700-acre farm for growing vegetables and raising livestock. A cemetery was also included in the site plan.


Ryan passes by another abandoned building

Following the path towards some of the abandoned buildings

buildings are falling apart! Don't go in them!!

learning more about the Northern State Mental Hospital

At one time in the 1950s about 2,700 patients lived at Northern State. This was the full capacity of the hospital according to the superintendent at the time, but he was still being pressured to take on more patients. The public perception of mental hospitals began to change in the 1970s, and Northern State Mental Hospital closed its doors in 1976 after the State Legislature cut off funding. Some of the buildings, including the farm’s housing ward, have since been torn down. A few of the remaining buildings are currently being used for job corps projects and drug rehabilitation. Many of the buildings are still standing and remind me of a ghost town and there are rumors that the area is haunted. 
Here is a great article about  the site  


"gravestones" in the cemetery

another "gravestone"

I did 8.8 miles this weekend for hike-a-thon and so far we have raised $402 dollars! But I still have a way to go to make my goals. 

Visit my fund-raising page and make a donation. And if you have any suggestions on where I should hike this August, please let me know!!

https://give.wta.org/fundraiser/1515911

You can also mail a check or money order or even cash ! (make out checks to WTA or Washington Trails Association )  Send to: Amanda Arkebauer PO Box 16131 Seattle, WA  98116

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Books I read in July 2018

The photo above is art made by Jane Mount and you can purchase prints of her work and even create a customized bookshelf for yourself. Just go to her website:  Ideal bookshelf






Who Let the Cats In by Claire Cook (library) More in the Must Love Dogs Series
The Drowning Pool by Ross Macdonald (library) I recently watched the movie again and realized that I had never read the book.
The Mountain Lion by Jean Stafford (library) early 1900's California (and Colorado) a brother and sister a shuttled back and forth between their mother in Covina, CA and their uncle on a ranch in Colorado. I really enjoyed the descriptions.
Barracoon by Zora Neale Hurston (library) The story of the last known survivor of the slave trade. His story as told to Zora Neale Hurston in 1928. This might be better listened to as an audio book. In an effort to preserve the orature of the narrative, it is written in vernacular diction, spelling the words as they are pronounced. I had to almost read it aloud to myself to get the gist of much of the book.
A Very English Scandal by John Preston (library) Has been made into a mini-series so I had to read it. It was pretty interesting.
The Girl On the Train (audiobook) it seems even more disjointed by listening to it as an audiobook. I had trouble figuring out which point of view a couple of times and I already knew the story!
The Elizas by Sara Shepard (library) another unreliable narrator.  Blah, I am so sick of these. This one has an interesting hook. The girl has a brain tumor and after it is removed, she writes a novel, then her life and the novel start to intersect. It was okay. But I am kind of jaded on these.
The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin (library) got great reviews. I thought it was just okay. 4 siblings know the date of their deaths.
Party of the Century by Deborah Davis (library) about Truman Capote's famous black and white ball. I really enjoyed it. It was part of the bibliography from The Swans of Fifth Avenue. 
The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert (library) very interesting non-fiction about extinction. I learned a lot.
A Man called Ove by Fredrik Backman (library) loved it loved it loved it and cried my eyes out, was sobbing. So proceed with caution. But it is an absolutely lovely book.
You Think it, I'll Say it by Curtis Sittenfeld (library) short stories about relationships. I liked it
The Sandman by Neil Gaiman (library) A graphic novel and out of my comfort zone. I actually found the artwork distracting. The first in a series about Dreams/Nightmares and Death.
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (library) recommended to me by the daughter of a friend of mine. I was a little annoyed by it at first, but there was an interesting twist at the end. I thought it was just okay.
The Good Good Pig by Sy Montgomery (library) very cute and fun book about a pet pig and it made me cry too





To Be Read:

Food Matters by Mark Bittman
Hungry for Change by James Colquhoun
Feed by Mira Grant
Tell the Wolves I am Home by Carol Blunt
Creatures of Habit by Jill McCorkle



It is hike-a-thon time again for Washington Trails.  From now until the end of August, I will be raising money for the Washington Trails Association and I plan to spend August hiking all over the USA!

Visit my fund-raising page and make a donation. And if you have any suggestions on where I should hike this August, please let me know!!

https://give.wta.org/fundraiser/1515911

You can also mail a check or money order or even cash ! (make out checks to WTA or Washington Trails Association )  Send to: Amanda Arkebauer PO Box 16131 Seattle, WA  98116



Monday, July 30, 2018

2018 Postcard: Canada




Still on my bucket list, Banff etal in the Canadian Rockies. And it has been years since I visited Victoria! I need to go again. Thank you to everyone who sends me postcards from Canada!

It is hike-a-thon time again for Washington Trails.  From now until the end of August, I will be raising money for the Washington Trails Association and I plan to spend August hiking all over the USA!

Visit my fund-raising page and make a donation. And if you have any suggestions on where I should hike this August, please let me know!!

https://give.wta.org/fundraiser/1515911

You can also mail a check or money order or even cash ! (make out checks to WTA or Washington Trails Association )  Send to: Amanda Arkebauer PO Box 16131 Seattle, WA  98116

Monday, July 23, 2018

2018 Postcard: Florida



Again, Thank You to all my Friends and Family who live and visit Florida for sending me so many postcards from Florida. I used to live there, but I always enjoy getting cards from the Sunshine State.

It is hike-a-thon time again for Washington Trails.  From now until the end of August, I will be raising money for the Washington Trails Association and I plan to spend August hiking all over the USA!

Visit my fund-raising page and make a donation. And if you have any suggestions on where I should hike this August, please let me know!!

https://give.wta.org/fundraiser/1515911

You can also mail a check or money order or even cash ! (make out checks to WTA or Washington Trails Association )  Send to: Amanda Arkebauer PO Box 16131 Seattle, WA  98116

Friday, July 20, 2018

Where should I hike for Hike-a-thon?

Okay, I am looking for suggestions. Where should I hike for Hike-a-thon 2018? You should know that I have plans in the works to be in the Bealeton, VA area,

Balloon Festival in Bealeton, VA

August 18-19 2018



the Asheville, NC area 




The Carolina Sleuths


We will be meeting in Asheville the weekend of August 24th



and in the Paris, France area during August. Of course, I will also be in Seattle. But that still leaves at least 12 days that I don't have a plan for yet. Or if you have a favorite trail near Bealeton or Asheville, Paris or Seattle, let me know about it.




2014 Gay Games 9 in Cleveland, OH
We have a friend participating in the figure skating competition. So we want to go to Paris and watch him compete sometime from August 6-9.

August 6-9 Figure Skating Competition 2018

Visit my fund-raising page and make a donation. And if you have any suggestions on where I should hike this August, please let me know!!

https://give.wta.org/fundraiser/1515911

You can also mail a check or money order or even cash ! (make out checks to WTA or Washington Trails Association )  Send to: Amanda Arkebauer PO Box 16131 Seattle, WA  98116