Monday, September 12, 2022

Aviation Postcards: Gander

 

Gander Airport holds a special place in my heart, it is where many flights diverted to during 9/11. There is a wonderful book about it called The Day the World Came to Town by John DeFede. There has also been a play produced called Come From Away about the experiences of the people in Gander during that time. 





Thursday, September 01, 2022

The last hikes for Hikeathon 2022

 A terrific end to Hikeathon 2022, I made my goal of 30 miles hiked for the month all while working a full schedule! 

I hiked 2 miles on the Tolt Pipeline trail in Woodinville, WA 


There is the pipeline


On Saturday, I had to run an errand over by Lake Union, so I squeezed in a 2 mile jaunt along the Burke Gilman Trail and through Gas Works Park. 



Walkers on the right, bikers on the left

Apples



And I finished the month with a 3 mile stroll along the Des Moines Creek Trail near Sea Tac, WA


Lufthansa!




I turned around after the waste treatment plant

Another SeaTac arrival


Many thanks to Gretchen, Stephen, Kathy W. Ray, and Holly B. for their recent donations. we are up to $720, my total mileage comes in at 30 miles and I lost 5 pounds this month, just by bumping up my activity level! I've usually only worked on getting 10,000 steps a day, but doing my little 2 mile jaunts 3 times a week helped increase my calorie burn. Woo hoo. 

Washington Trails Association will still be accepting donations thru Sept 7th, You can cut and paste this link to go to my WTA fundraiser page  


https://give.wta.org/fundraiser/3990693

Thanks so much to everyone who has donated! 



Wednesday, August 31, 2022

August 2022 Books I Read

 


Confessions of the Fox by Jordy Rosenberg (library) just okay, pretty racy. a version of Oliver Twist or Gentleman Jack, a girl gets by in 18th century England by passing as a boy/man and becomes a infamous thief and escape artist. The modern part of the story about the college professor transcribing the diaries of "The Fox" was not as interesting to me and the story in a story was confusing -footnotes and more footnotes.  
Cheese Deluxe by Greg Palmer  (audiobook) such a fun book to listen to, a memoir very reminiscent of American Graffiti. I highly recommend if you can find it
Murder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie sort of a "locked room" mystery. Hercule Poirot shows up about mid-way thru to figure it all out. Great atmosphere of an archeological dig
Double Sin and other stories by Agatha Christie (library) a collection of short stories --it includes the Christmas Pudding one, which I think I might start reading every Christmas as part of my Christmas traditions. 
This is Your Brain on Music by Daniel J. Levitin (library) non-fiction on how our brain processes music and how music affects your brain. Loved it and I want to read more by this author. 
Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie one of my favorites, so much passion and the setting is perfect
Partners in Crime by Agatha Christie The Tommy and Tuppence short stories, always a pleasure to read.
Girls of Flight City by Lorraine Heath (library) a fun read based on true events when RAF pilots were trained in Texas how to fly by female aviators. 
The End of Craving by Mark Schatzker (library) the science behind why we overeat and over indulge. Very interesting. 
The Hungry Ear by edited by Kevin Young (library) I had to read "something out of my comfort zone" for my library bingo card this summer and poetry is not really my go to...although I enjoy it, I don't read much, especially not modern poetry. I prefer the classics. These are all poems about food and drink and eating! 
The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty (library) fun book by this author about a woman who inherits a house from her ex-husband's family and the mysteries and family issues that ensue. 
I highly recommend.
Racing the Devil by Charles Todd (audiobook) so serendipitous that I listened to THIS Charles Todd while driving around in the car and it features cars and racing. Didn't do that on purpose. 
A Pocket Full of Rye by Agatha Christie Miss Marple This is one of the Christies that was serialized when it was first released in 1953, put in magazines/newspapers for several months, like Charles Dickens. 
Over My Dead Body by Rex Stout (audiobook) It is official I am not a fan of Nero Wolfe books. Ugh. It was grueling having to listen to this one over several days as I drove to and from work. 
Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie murder at a resort, Hercule Poirot this time 
The Homesman by Glendon Swarthout (library) a western about settlers on the Prairie just prior to the civil war in the 1800's. I enjoyed it and he is the same author who wrote The Shootist (which was made into the movie with John Wayne) so now I have to go look for that book to read too. 
The Regatta Mystery by Agatha Christie another collection of short stories --these are all from the 1930's and were first published in magazines. 


August is hikeathon month and I am raising money for Washington Trails, we are still accepting donations thru September 7th! 

You can cut and paste this link to go to my WTA fundraiser page  


https://give.wta.org/fundraiser/3990693

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 again this year!

to: Amanda Arkebauer PO Box 16131 Seattle, WA  98116



Monday, August 29, 2022

Aviation Postcards: Piedmont

I began my aviation career with Piedmont Airlines in April 1989, but really it was at the moment of my birth, I was born in 1966 and that is when my Dad got his job with Piedmont Airlines and was based in Wilmington, NC. So really, I have been a "Piedmonster" my entire life. 







It is hikeathon month and I am raising money for Washington Trails
You can cut and paste this link to go to my WTA fundraiser page  


https://give.wta.org/fundraiser/3990693

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




 

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Week Three of Hikeathon 2022

We've raised $517 and are halfway to our goal of $1,000 this August. I have hiked 23 miles and so am more than halfway to my goal of 30 miles for the month as well. 

This week I hiked another old familiar and convenient trail, The Alki Beach Trail! I did 6 miles along the beach. Ryan hikes along this trail every day when he is home in Seattle, it is his normal walk everyday from my condo up at the top of the hill down to the beach and around and back up to the top of the hill again. I prefer to just do the nice flat part and forget about going up and down the hills! 

views of Seattle from Don Armeni Boat Ramp

I spy Alaska cruise ships in the distance

Firemen practicing with their toys



We have got to stop this locks of love madness













Tempting to take a bike back the 3 miles to my car


Next, I hiked 2 miles along the Cedar River Trail in Renton, WA. This is another favorite of mine for hikeathon for the past couple of years. It is easy and flat and you can see boats and airplanes! 


Coming in for a landing


The Renton Rowing Center 





Great Urban Hiking!

Thanks to Holly and George, Matt C., Mike J. and Cindy for their contributions this week. Mike gave up his Starbucks money for Washington Trails! Ha ha

You can cut and paste this link to go to my WTA fundraiser page  


https://give.wta.org/fundraiser/3990693

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 again this year!

to: Amanda Arkebauer PO Box 16131 Seattle, WA  98116