Monday, September 24, 2012

Monday's Postcard: Bridge of the Gods

In September 1927, Charles Lindbergh flew up the gorge from Portland, OR and underneath the (new) Bridge of the Gods! And all in the Spirit of St. Louis!! Yes, it actually happened. I love these Retro style postcards.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Monday's Postcard: New Orleans

New Orleans

And an update on Ryan's Progress on the Camino de Santiago. You can read his blog HERE and here is an updated map of his progress as of September 14th, he was in Santo Domingo, Spain.
View Larger Map A = Le Puy on 8/12 B= Aumont-Aubrac pm 8/14 C=Aubrac on 8/15 D= Figeac on 8/19 E=Cahors on 8/22 F=Moissac on 8/24 G= Auvillar on 8/25 H= Montréal-du-Gers, France on 8/28 I= Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, France on 9/4 J= Pamplona, Spain on 8/8 K= Estella, Spain on 8/10 L= Santo Domingo, Spain on 8/14

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Wild Card: New Zealand Rose Gardens

When I visited New Zealand in 1995, I sent this postcard to my Mom. The garden is in Auckland, NZ and it is a popular spot for weddings and taking wedding photos.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Monday's Postcard: Glastonbury Tor

From my Granny in 1989. I just love getting postcards, they just whet my appetite for more travel.

Monday, September 03, 2012

Monday's Postcard: Glendalough

Just outside of Dublin, Ireland, Glendalough was home to one of Ireland's most important monastic settlements. Founded in the 6th century, by Kevin. It was reduced to rubble by English forces in the 1300's, but survived as a place of pilgrimage. The buildings that survived are from the 10-12th centuries. My favorite is the round tower shown in this postcard.  The Round towers served as landmarks for visitors and bell towers, but also were put into use as storehouses or places of refuge during attacks. 

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Books I read in August 2012

Slumber party at my house and Jenny is reading?! It was something we would do, Judy Blume, Nancy Drew, Phyllis A. Whitney's young adult mysteries. This is probably 1977 or 1978.
For folks just tuning in, this is my list of the books that I read this August. Each month I provide a list of the books I read and some books that I don't read! You can also follow the links along the right side of this page and see my lists from previous months if you have been missing any of the postings, you can also subscribe to my blog and get it in your email inbox each month when they are posted.

A Tale of Two Trails by Ryan Carpenter! available for purchase HERE
Cinnamon Skin by John D. MacDonald (audio book) great for when driving to trailheads for hike-a-thon
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (library) not the mommy porn book, this is about Lithuanians sent to Siberia by Stalin during WWII
The Red House by Mark Haddon (library) dysfunctional family
Sammy Keyes and the Power of Justice Jack by Wendeln Van Draanen great YA mystery series
Shelter by Frances Greenslade (library) a mom abandons her two daughters 70's Pacific Northwest
Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane rereading this one after viewing the movie
The Turnaround by George Pelecanos Washington DC crime thriller
A Cup of Tea by Amy Ephron sort of Downton Abbeyish
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher (library) teen bullying and suicide
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (library) the latest by this author I loved it
Carry the One by Carol Anshaw (library) accident changes lives of  a group of friends
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (audio book) an old favorite read by a favorite actress, Frances Macdormand
I Brake for Yard Sales by Lara Spencer (library) fun book about decorating with thrift store finds
After Life by Rhian Ellis (library) story about a psychic and her daughter 1970's era If you like Practical Magic and/or that kind of spiritualist dysfunctional family life stuff
Women on the Case ed. by Sara Paretsky (audiobook) short stories by female mystery authors
Everyone Loves a Good Train Wreck: Why We Can't Look Away by Eric Wilson (library) nonfiction
A Room with a View by E. M. Forester (audiobook) a favorite revisited
A Deadly Shade of Gold by John D MacDonald A Travis McGee novel by MacDonald, I will probably be rereading a lot of these in the coming months.

19 books read this month

 abandoned books:
The Green Shore by Natalie Bakopoulos (library) could not get into it and had other stuff waiting at the library

And thanks to everyone who donated for the WTA Hike-a-thon! I just got checks in the mail from Frank and Gwen! Thanks so much!! My hiking is done and I did 52.2 miles total and I have until Sept 10th to collect all my pledges.   If you get it in the mail to me today, it'll just make it! Make that check out to WTA (Washington Trails Association) and send it to Amanda Arkebauer PO Box 16131 Seattle, WA  98116 or you can donate directly through my donation page at WTA Hike-a-thon