Monday, July 16, 2018

2018 Postcard: Germany




I was just at Neuschwanstein last summer and it is definitely a bucket list place to visit!! Go now!! And send me a postcard!! There are also lots of great hiking trails around Fussen, Germany and Neuschwanstein, and speaking of hiking, 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, July 14, 2018

Hike-a-thon August 2018

Just a few highlights from hikes we took in 2017. And who wants to coming hiking with me during August for the WTA Hike-a-thon? I have a few trips already planned to Virginia and North Carolina and Paris! But I also have 12 days for hiking that I do not have any commitments made yet! If you want to hike with me, let me know.





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 09, 2018

2018 Postcard: Massachusetts



We have so many friends that live in Massachusetts, I love getting postcards from here! I have been to Mount Greylock, it is on the Appalachian Trail !  and speaking of hiking, 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

Thursday, July 05, 2018

Back in the Saddle Again: Hike-a-thon 2018

Well, I took last year off from Hike-a-thon and I have to say that I did miss it. Even though I did not raise money for the WTA Hike-a-thon in 2017, Ryan and I still did a lot of hiking!

Ebey's Landing on Whidbey Island

Devil's Tower Wyoming

Tubal Cain Mine Trail Olympic Pennisula

View from Heybrook Lookout Hwy 2


So that part of our lives did not change. As a change of pace, I did do a different sort of "giving back" by volunteering to tutor kids in reading at my local elementary school. And that was fun for me because I love reading.

But I really did miss doing my part for Washington Trails. So I am back again this year to remind you that we do still need help in protecting our Parks and Trails in Washington State and making sure that they will still be here for the next generation. 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

Monday, July 02, 2018

2018 Postcard: Portugal





I love Portugal and I would go back to visit in a hot minute!! These postcards remind me of how much I love this country!

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Books I read in June 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


Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris (library) The perfect couple is not so perfect, suspenseful and how is she going to get out of this situation??
Detroit Noir ed by B. L. Olsen and John C. Hocking short stories set in Detroit. There is a whole series of these Noir titles set in cities around the world and I plan to read all of them!
The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt (library) I really enjoyed this fictionalized story of two brothers who were outlaws in the west.
Angels by Denis Johnson (library)  a runaway and an ex-con are traveling together in 1960's -70's (?) America. It was interesting.
Rock Picker's Guide to Lake Superior's North Shore by Mark Sparky Stensaas Studying up on the rocks I was looking for in Minnesota
The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin (audiobook) I read this book when it first came out, I usually like to "reread" books via audiobook because I do not have to pay as much attention to them, since I already know the story. I usually listen to these while driving and I don't want to have to pay too much attention to the book. I enjoyed this one while driving around Minnesota while Ryan was hiking the Superior Hiking Trail.
Calypso by David Sedaris (library) Ryan and I listened to an interview that Sedaris did about this book and we both were intrigued to read more! I enjoyed it, but then I am of a certain age and I have those ties to North Carolina Beach towns (and vacationing in them). I laughed out loud several times while reading this book.
Psych: A Fatal Frame of Mind by William Rabkin novelization of the Psych TV show with an all new mystery! pretty good, I liked it better than I did the Driving Heat book that is tied to the Castle TV show.
Driving Heat by Richard Castle (audiobook) These books are really a sort of inside joke, being  created to due to the popularity of the Castle TV show. The first couple of them were pretty good, but it is evident that they use ghost writers and the character of Nikki Heat does waffle a bit from book to book. This one was just okay. I did like the use of drones in the plot. (so modern) LOL
Outsider by Stephen King (library) Slogging thru this huge book, only because it is Stephen King. It is okay, I am reminded of Dean Koontz, where something normal turns supernatural. Am I growing out of Stephen King/Horror? Because I was not riveted. It was good....but I had to make myself read it.
The Assistants  by Camille Perri (library) I really enjoyed this one, laughed out loud a couple of times. Assistants to powerful men sort of do an embezzling heist kind of a thing.
The Extra Woman by Joanna Scutts (library) non-fiction about the woman who wrote Live Alone and Like It (Marjorie Hillis) back in 1936. I really enjoyed it. Traces the evolution of women living alone thru the depression and into the war years, the 1950's-60's etc
I Know My Name by Carolyn Jess-Cooke (library) Interesting Psychological  mystery about a missing woman. It took me a while before I figured it out.  But then that did not lessen the appeal of the mystery.
Bark and Roll Forever by Claire Cook (library) part of the fun of these books to me is that the author got her big break so late in life. She celebrates this in  her acknowledgements.




To Be Read:
The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
Toronto Noir ed. by Janine Armin and Nathaniel G. Moore
The Seashell on the Mountaintop by Alan Cutler
Talking to Girls about Duran Duran by Rob Sheffield
Unsigned by Julie Kaewert


Monday, June 25, 2018

2018 Postcard: Oregon



Oregon is a lovely place to visit, I need to go back again soon. Thank You to my friends who send me cards from Oregon.