Thursday, July 24, 2014

Hike-a-thon 2014 is going to be the BEST YET!

Wow so excited!! About our plans for the Washington Trails Association Hike-a-thon this year. Ryan will be home and we are going to do some hikes together. I am planning a Wine Trail theme this year with lots of hikes near wineries and in the Wine Country of Washington State!!

Here are a bunch of photos from previous years hiking.
Hurricane Ridge on the Olympic Peninsula. The Peninsula is always one of my favorite hiking destinations.
Cougar Mountain is always a great place to go hiking here in the Seattle area! I think I have done hikes there just about every year since I first participated in the 2005 hike-a-thon!
Thanks so much to Heidi, Janet, Slade, Susan and Don, and Diane and John for being the first folks to donate money to the cause this year! Diane and John have even been along with me as I got mileage for the hikeathon in 2010.
My first night backpacking was on the Baker River Trail after an aborted attempt to go to Artist Point that year, but this year might be the year we make it to Artist Point!!
$25-$99 Can provide treats for a team of volunteers
$100-$249 Can Outfit a crew in hardhats
$250-$499 WTA can purchase 5 or more new trail tools
$500-$749 WTA can lead 1 annual maintenance trip on a popular trail
$750-$999 WTA can lead two rehabilitation work parties
$1,000+ WTA can restore 1 mile (or more) of backcountry trail
Ryan and I will be having more adventures this August in Washington and wherever else the trail takes us!
I'll be doing lots of hiking this August to help support Washington Trails. I hope you can help me out by donating a dollar or two to the cause! We've already raised $225 on the way to our goal of $1,000 this year...just follow this link and help me help Washington State Trails. Go ahead and pledge now and you won't have to remember about it come August....just sit back and let my Thank You postcard come to you! :-)   If you don't like sending money over the internet, you can always send
me a check (made out to WTA) or cash to Amanda Arkebauer  PO Box 16131 Seattle, WA  98116

Monday, July 21, 2014

Monday's Postcards 2014: More Artwork

These cards are from touristy destinations, but are more artistic than just a plain photo


I'll be doing lots of hiking this August to help support Washington Trails. I hope you can help me out by donating a dollar or two to the cause!   ...just follow this link and help me help Washington State Trails. Go ahead and pledge now and you won't have to remember about it come August....just sit back and let my Thank You postcard come to you! :-)   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, July 14, 2014

Monday's Postcard 2014: Postcards from Ryan

Today is Ryan's birthday and here are a couple more postcards that he has sent me over the years!!


Ryan does the long distance, but I'll be doing lots of hiking this August too to help support Washington Trails. I hope you can help me out by donating a dollar or two to the cause!   ...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 or cash to Amanda Arkebauer  PO Box 16131 Seattle, WA  98116

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Nancy Drew Henna Tattoos!


Recently while in San Diego, I visited the San Diego Zoo and in the children's section with the face painters and the glitter tattoos there was a girl doing Henna Tattoos. My friend Lea and I decided that we wanted to get Nancy Drew Henna Tattoos and so we did!! It was a lot of fun and I would do it again.
Henna is a paste made from the crushed leaves and twigs of the henna plant. When this paste is applied to the skin and left for a few hours it leaves an orange or maroon stain which fades away in 7-14 days.
Traditionally, Henna was used to adorn young women's bodies for social and holiday celebrations in the Eastern Mediterranean. Henna was considered a blessing and applied for joy and luck as well as beauty. It was considered a divine experience to adorn your body with Henna. Now a days, henna has become a fashion statement.
We had pictures of the Nancy Drew silhouettes that we wanted on our arms. Because it is not every day that someone shows up at the zoo and wants Nancy Drew on her arm.  You can see in the one picture that the girl is looking at our silhouette while she draws it on the skin with the henna dye.

It was really gunky just after application and we were supposed to let it dry for an hour before we could touch it at all. We were also to be careful about getting it on our clothes. It is a dye after all! And if you smear it, it could smear the design.  Once the paste is dry, it starts flaking off. For the best color, we were told to leave the paste on as long as possible. The hard outer shell part would flake off and then you would be left with the light orange image like in the photo to the right. You can see some of the "shell-like" or "scab-like" parts still on my skin there, but most of it has flaked away. This photo was taken the same night that we had the tattoos applied.  The Orange would deepen in color and become mostly brown by the second day.



The previous photo was taken at a party the next night after having our Henna Tattoos for one full day. As I said, I would definitely do it again. The bottom photo is my tattoo after one full week and you can see it is fading away.  Mine lasted for about a week and a half. Fourteen days after it was applied, it was gone.

I'll be doing lots of hiking this August to help support Washington Trails. I hope you can help me out by donating a dollar or two to the cause!   ...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 or cash to Amanda Arkebauer  PO Box 16131 Seattle, WA  98116

Monday, July 07, 2014

Monday's Postcard 2014: Monuments

Some nice retro postcards from folks who got to visit Kitty Hawk, NC and Washington, DC

I'll be doing lots of hiking this August to help support Washington Trails. I hope you can help me out by donating a dollar or two to the cause!   ...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 or cash to Amanda Arkebauer  PO Box 16131 Seattle, WA  98116

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

June Reading

Here I am in 1996, this is around the time that I got seriously into collecting girls series books. The Nancy Drew books on the shelf behind me are all from my childhood and the Vicki Barr books  with dust jackets were new acquisitions.
This was when I discovered that there were revised texts and different cover art etc. I also started collecting series that I might have only read one of in my youth. Connie Blair and Dana Girls, Ruth Fielding and Penny Parker, Beany Malone and Judy Bolton. So my shelves would soon be overflowing with books.

The Orphan Masters Son by Adam Johnson (library) reminded me of 1984 or Brave New World. Is this actually what it is like in North Korea??? I am intrigued. I recommend
The Spy Catchers of Maple Hill by Megan Frazer Blakemore (library) fun YA book very much like Harriet the Spy. Wish there were more, I'd love to read more adventures with Hazel and Samuel.
The Trip to Echo Spring by Olivia Laing (library) About writers and drinking. I really enjoyed it. Details about F. Scott Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Cheever and Tennessee Williams.
To Rise Again at A Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris (library) really interesting, a dentist has his life "stolen" when someone creates a website and posts as him on the internet.
Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King (library) another winner by Mr. King
Bull Run by Paul Fleischman picked this up at a Little Free Library. It is a really cool YA book about the Civil War battle
Love and Math by Edward Frenkel (library) believe it or not, I was once really great at math. This book explains the beauty of mathematics  in simple terms I loved it!
Missing You by Harlan Coben (library) The latest by him, I love his thrillers
Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris (library) Hilarious, I was reading bits out loud to Ryan.
In Our Time by Ernest Hemingway A bunch of Hemingway short stories. I had not read this one before now.
The Love Machine by Jacqueline Susann I was going to read Valley of the Dolls for my retro book this month and I can't find my copy!! Did I lend it to someone?? So I read Love Machine instead. I was a huge fan of Jacqueline Susann's books while in high school and college. I think I just liked the soap opera aspect of her books. So much angst and drama and sex too! :-)
Any Other Name by Craig Johnson (library) Liked this one a lot, moves fast as Walt Longmire has to solve the mystery in time to get on a plane to Philadelphia to be there when his daughter has her baby!
A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip by Kevin Brockmeier (library) wow, seventh grade was forever ago
A World Away by Stewart O'Nan Big fan of Stewart O'Nan....I love all his books
The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels by Ree Drummond Fun Rom-Com book by a blogger. About meeting her husband and changing her life!
The Good Lord Bird by James McBride (library) satire about slavery and I found it amusing. By the author of the Color of Water.
How Did You Get This Number by Sloane Crosley short stories. Enjoyed them, I also liked her book, I Was Told There Would Be Cake.

17 books

PS: It's WTA Hike-a-thon time again....just follow this link and help me help Washington State Trails


Monday, June 30, 2014

Monday's Postcard 2014: From my Sister

Now I get lots of postcards from my sister, these are from several years ago