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

Monday, August 18, 2014

Monday's Postcard 2014: Decorating with postcards

If you have been following my posts for a while, you know that I decorate by framing postcards and hanging them on my wall, but you might not know that the cards that I receive from friends and family also become part of my decorations!! I have some photo stands and I rotate cards through them when I get them! So if you have sent me a postcard, it has most likely stood here on my bookshelf or mantel for a little while

I'm sending out thank you postcards to all the folks who have donated to the Washington Trails Association Hike-a-thon. And you can get a card too!! It's not too late...just follow this link and help me help Washington State Trails. And don't think I have forgotten, but I have promised a bottle of wine to the person who donates the most money this August!! Don't make me give it to my sister!! 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 16, 2014

Week 2 of Hike-a-thon 2014

Wow, started off this week with a one mile jaunt down in Olympia, WA at the Friends of Capitol Forest Trail

opp's where is the trail?

Then Ryan and I got together for a 2nd Sunday Camino Walk with some Camino de Santiago fans at Discovery Park. We did 3 miles on the Loop Trail around the Park.


Great Views out on the Bluff!


On August 14th, Ryan and I hiked one mile on the SLO Railroad Safety Trail in San Luis Obispo, CA. We had been in Downtown San Luis Obispo for their Thursday Farmers Market and walked back to his mother's house along this trail.
Another Urban Trail

Jennifer Street Bridge at the Amtrak Station

The trees look so neat under the street lights


Thanks to Krista, Angele and Herb for donating this week, and bringing us up over the $500 mark! Hurrah We've got two more weeks til the end of the month!! So keep those donations coming :-) Just 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 11, 2014

Monday's Postcards 2014: The Pacific Northwest

Even though I live here in the Pacific Northwest, I still love to get postcards from friends who visit the area! 


I am getting to see lots of great Pacific Northwest trails during hike-a-thon and it is the Washington Trails Association that helps to make all of this possible! ...just follow this link and help me help Washington State Trails.  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  Thanks so much to Gretchen and Pat for putting us over $400 raised so far!

Saturday, August 09, 2014

First week of Hike-a-thon 2014


Ryan and I have been doing a lot of hiking together so far for Hike-a-thon 2014. We did 3 miles on the Soos Creek Trail in Renton, WA on August 2nd. Then we did 4 miles at Cougar Mountain on multiple trails there. Ryan could not resist clearing some trail that was blocked by limbs blown down in our recent thunderstorms last weekend

Shangri La Trail closed, but only at the very end of the trail

Big Leaf Maple limbs

Luckily, they were easy to clear

Looks a little better now
 On August 7, we did 2 1/2 miles on the Alki Beach Trail. One of the most gorgeous urban trails ever! Of course, we are biased cause we live here.
Alki Beach Trail

Wow, crowded on a Thursday

Divers in the water off of Alki

On August 8, I did 2 1/2 miles by myself on the Interurban Trail in Tukwila, WA. One of the more depressing trails I have hiked on ever. And I hike on a lot of urban trails! But it is a needed trail. It provides a safe place for bicyclists and walkers to travel across Tukwila.
Interurban in Tukwila, one of the saddest trails I have ever hiked

a prettier section of interurban
So far I have 12 miles hiked this first week and only $413 dollars raised but we are just getting started and we have many more miles to go this month...just follow this link and help me help Washington State Trails.  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 04, 2014

Monday's Postcard 2014: Postcards from Dad

Today was my Dad's birthday!  I got an awful lot of postcards from my Dad over the years and here are two more!

From Sydney Australia in 1993 and from Cabbage Key, FL in 1985

Don't forget, I have to have all my hike-a-thon pledges in by the first week of September, so don't delay and get those cards and letters (all with a dollar or two stashed inside) in the mail to me now! Or you could ...just follow this link and help me help Washington State Trails. I'll be busy hiking, but I will be sure to send you a postcard as a thank you! Thanks so much to Linda and Robin for your donations this week. And be sure to email me your address if you want a postcard :-)
  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