Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You First hikes for Hike-a-thon 2020

After having no donations last week, this week everyone sent in their donations! Big Big Thank You! Goes out to Anonymous!! Jenny, Richard, Deirdre, Kim, Slade, Janet and Robin!! Such a great start to the month and Hike-a-thon. Usually I would have a slow trickle of donations from July to August and this year was the first year that I had a week with nothing. It was surprising, but now everyone has ponied up Thank you so much to everyone!!

Ryan had a little snafu at the end of last week and had to come home for a few days with horrible blisters and raw heels from wearing BRAND NEW HIKING SHOES!! Let this be a lesson, always break in your shoes folks! So I had to pick him up at Ross Lake and then drop him off again, after his heels healed. 

So my first mileage for Hike-a-thon was on the Ross Dam Trail for 1.5 miles dropping Ryan off for the PNT AGAIN. 

Extremely FULL parking lot at Ross Lake Dam Trailhead

And 1 mile on The Trail of Cedars

Then I had to come home and go to work...and even though I did walk a lot through airports, I really don't think I should count those miles. I am going to stick to the Trail mileage just like every other year. 

And Thanks again to Anonymous, Jenny, Richard, Deirdre, Kim, Slade, Janet and Robin!!

Please consider making a donation to my WTA hike-a-thon. Any amount from $1 to $100 is welcome. In fact $5 is a very popular amount right now, just donate the cost of that Starbucks coffee! 
You can click on this link to go to my WTA fundraiser page

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.

to: Amanda Arkebauer PO Box 16131 Seattle, WA  98116

Monday, August 03, 2020

Postcards 2020 Wrightsville Beach USO Club

The Wrightsville Beach USO Club opened in 1941. It was said to have the best USO facilities in North Carolina. Service members from Camp Davis, Camp Lejeune, Fort Bragg and many other installations came for dancing, recreation and entertainment. Between 1941 and 1945 this and a few other USO buildings in the Wilmington, NC area ( including a USO club on Nixon Street in Wilmington for African-American servicemen ) hosted approximately 35,000 visitors every week. In fact, Military Cutoff Road in Wilmington was an un-named and unpaved road used by troop convoys from Camp Davis to reach the USO club at Wrightsville Beach and the army had it paved soon after the United States involvement in WWII.

This postcard was postmarked May 26 1943 from  Camp Davis and what is interesting is where it is supposed to have a stamp, it says FREE, so the servicemen got so send these for free!


Friday, July 31, 2020

July 2020 Books I read

It is so sad that I have not been able to get a book from the library since March. I am making my way through my stockpile of books here at the house.  Ryan approves because many of them are going to be sent away and it does clear space (for more books!!) for the future. I have purchased some books online and by phone (my local used book store delivers!!) and borrowed some books from friends.

Persuasion by Jane Austin It has taken me three months to get through this book. I pick it up and put it down to read other things...constantly. It never really gripped me, but I finally finished the thing. 
Sweet Water Ranch by Geoffrey Norman mystery set in Florida Panhandle similar style to the Travis McGee novels from John D MacDonald, I liked it enough to try and find more of these
Alki Point by Henry Walton Fun murder mystery by someone who used to live in West Seattle, now lives in Minnesota. 
Drunken Forest by Gerald Durrell I really enjoyed this story of a trip to South America by Gerald Durrell collecting animals for UK Zoos. It was the 1950's so suspend your environmental concerns a bit and enjoy what it was like in the 50's 
The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton In the same vein as Gone Girl or You. A scorned girlfriend becomes a stalker and vows to get her man back. Lots of twists and the hook for me, she is a flight attendant (the better to stalk her pilot ex) 
The Devil's Arithmetic by Jane Yolen a young Jewish girl is swept back in time and experiences the Holocaust. And she knows what is happening. It helps her understand her grandparents and others who did actually live through it. Very good
Friend Request by Laura Marshall thriller about a woman who gets a friend request from a high school friend who committed suicide (or was she murdered?) years ago....right at the eve of the high school reunion. it was okay
The Film Club by David Gilmour book about a father and son. The father lets his son drop out of high school, only if he will watch movies with him 3 times a week. So it is about their relationship and the things he tries to teach him through movies. I enjoyed it. 
River of Darkness by Rennie Airth UK murder mystery set in a 1920's post WWI era. (Diane and John check these out if you have not read them already) 
Dumplin' by Julie Murphy I enjoyed this one about a heavy girl who decides to enter a beauty pageant. I will have to watch the movie now. 
Defying Hitler by Sebastian Haffner a memoir about living in Germany when the Nazis came to power. How what came before (the first world war) shaped the psyche of the German people where they were ripe for change in any form. 
Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann Fun to reread this one again. I still enjoy it. 
Love and Death Among the Cheetahs by Rhys Bowen a fun mystery in the Royal Spyness series. They go to Africa for this one.
Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Stories for Late at Night collection of short stories from the Alfred Hitchcock magazine very good
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (audiobook) Good to revisit this with BLM on my mind. 
Searching for John Hughes by Jason Diamond memoir of an author struggling to write a book and his obsession with John Hughes movies. 
The Lying Game by Ruth Ware It was okay,  A group of school friends are brought back together to face the lies that they told years ago. 
Garbology by Edward Humes Our biggest export is trash? Americans produce more trash than any other country in the world. A very interesting look at our consumerism from the end result. 
First Cases Volume 2 Edited by Robert J. Randisi short stories introducing many classic detectives from Lawrence Block's Bernie Rhodenbarr to Margaret Maron's Deborah Knott. Many of my favorites, so I enjoyed very much. 

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Getting in Shape for Hike-a-thon

Well, Covid has had me sitting at home and not exercising as much as I would have normally if I was working a full schedule. So this past week has been me, committing again to walking at least 10,000 steps a day (which is about 5 miles a day for me) 

On the PCT at Hart's Pass

First up was pretty exciting because I drove Ryan up to Hart's Pass so he could take the PCT back to the Pacific NORTHWEST trail, so that he could continue his Thru-hike, which has now become a section hike of the Pacific Northwest Trail (Or PNT)  He will hike about 13 or so miles from Hart's Pass to connect again and continue his quest to reach the Pacific Ocean. 
So I got in a lot of hiking for 2 days in the North Cascades. And figured out that I was severely out of shape!! LOL The trails were not in horrible shape, but the fact that many WTA work parties have been cancelled because of Covid has taken it's toll. Please think about donating to help You can click on this link to go to my WTA fundraiser page

a wide spot in the road coming down from Hart's Pass
A wide spot in the road coming down from Hart's Pass

And did I mention the scary scary drive up to Hart's Pass on Forest Service Road 5400. It is the highest point in the state of Washington that you can drive to!! over 6000 feet in elevation. (I think you top out at about 7100 near Slate Peak) The road was built in 1893 for access to gold and silver mines in the area.  The narrow road hangs along a cliff wall and is pretty much a single lane for 9-10 miles. So if you meet a car, someone has to back up to a wide spot in the road. The road is maintained for low clearance vehicles like the family car

Part of the history of the road is that in the 1890's a string of pack horses were loaded with supplies and heading up to Hart's Pass and one of the last horses pulled back, not wanting to continue, since all the horses were tied together, the other horses lost their footing and the whole string went over the edge. This narrow stretch of the road is called Dead Horse Point and is the worst part of the drive to this day. 
Ryan was with me on the uphill drive, but the next day I had to drive down alone. I was gripping that steering wheel, white-knuckled the entire way. I still have a cramp in my hand. 

One of my hikes was on the East Creek Trail and a bridge washed out derailed that hike. another example of why we need the Washington Trails Association to help do maintenance on these trails. 

Bridge Out

Thanks to 
for their donations! 
Please consider making a donation to my WTA hike-a-thon. Any amount from $1 to $100 is welcome.
You can click on this link to go to my WTA fundraiser page

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.

to: Amanda Arkebauer PO Box 16131 Seattle, WA  98116

Monday, July 27, 2020

Postcards 2020 Wrightsville Beach: Generic Surf

Both of these cards could be generic surf pictures from any beach from Maine to Florida. One had Wrightsville Beach written on the front and the other was mailed and postmarked from Wrightsville Beach. But they are pretty generic images of surf.

A reminder to folks who are fans of my postcard posts. Coming in 2021, I will be highlighting the cards that you guys send to me. So send me a postcard! And you will see it on the blog in 2021.  Amanda Arkebauer PO Box 16131 Seattle, WA  98116

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

My Neighborhood has lots of Great Hikes

One of the rules for Hike-a-thon that is relaxed this year is that you have to hike on a named trail. I am lucky that my neighborhood in West Seattle already has some great trails....Like Alki Beach Trail, Longfellow Creek Trail and Trails at Lincoln Park. What helps this year is that I can now add hiking at  Schmitz Park and Camp Long, I can hike the Chinese Gardens and Fauntleroy Park. 

Thanks to Barb and the Hadas for your donations!

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

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, July 20, 2020

Postcards 2020 Wrightsville Beach Generic Scenes

Neither of these cards were ever mailed, so I do not have any stories about them. They are pretty much generic scenes that could apply to almost any beach along the East Coast of the USA

I want to thank everyone who has sent postcards to me so far this summer, even though you have not been able to travel that much.  I hope to have lots of postcards to display from everyone in 2021