Jul 19

2014 Color-Coded wrap-up

This is my second year for this fun challenge and I’ve finished it up. It’s a fun one and thanks to Bev at MyReadersBlock for hosting.

  1. A book with “Blue” or any shade of Blue: Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly
  2. A book with “Red” or any shade of Red: Rose Harbor in Bloom by Debbie Macomber, A Wilder Rose by Susan Wittig Albert, The Rose Garden by Susannah Kearsley
  3. A book with “Yellow” or any shade of Yellow: The Golden Fleece and the Heroes Who Lived Before Achilles, by Padraic Colum
  4. A book with “Green” or any shade of Green: Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier
  5. A book with “Brown” or any shade of Brown: The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
  6. A book with “Black” or any shade of Black: Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield
  7. A book with “White” or any shade of White: Surviving the Applewhites by Stephanie S. Tolan
  8. A book with any other color in the title: The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen
  9. A book with a word that implies colorLizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary D. Schmidt

Jul 18

Lassen Volcanic National Park

On our last day of fun stuff on vacation, we drove from Redding to the north end of Lassen Volcanic National Park and went to the small museum and bookstore. I got my National Parks passport stamped and the weather was low 60′s and overcast, so a good day for hiking. We walked the Lily Pond Trail that started across the road. It’s an interpretive trail that winds around for a mile with markers to explain the trees and plants, which is good for me because I’m a flower person, not a tree person. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 17

Redwood National Park

On Day 17 we were in California and still progressing down Highway 101. We passed through Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park and on down 101, thus bypassing the drive through the tall trees. Oops. We stopped at Kuchel Visitor Center and discovered our error. So we took the park map they gave us and went up the scenic parkway through Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. 2014-06-13 10.20.45 Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 08

Sandwiched in the middle of the lighthouse quest


So it took us three days to see all the lighthouses on the Oregon coast because we were doing OTHER stuff on those days, too. Like visiting the Tillamook Cheese Factory on Day 15. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 07

9 Oregon lighthouses

I wanted to visit lighthouses while we were in the Northwest and we went to a couple in Washington.  Soon after crossing the border into Oregon I became aware that there are nine historic lighthouse on the Oregon coast and became obsessed with the idea of making a pilgrimage to each one on our trip south along the coast.  This actually sounds easier than it is to accomplish because they all have their own quirky open days and times.  We did it in three days of travel so I was pretty proud of us, although it involved a little backtracking and supreme patience on Scott’s part. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 05

Columbia River adventures

We started Day 14 with a visit to Fort Stevens, which is now an Oregon State Park. In a past life it was a Civil War-era nine-sided earthworks fort. There is a reconstruction on the site of this 1863 fort with the entrance into the earthworks.IMG_6916-2Ft. Stevens was also used for coastal defense during WWI and WWI and there are still gun batteries to climb over and view, plus an interesting museum detailing the history of the fort.  We clambered and hiked all over and also saw the foundations of WWII barracks and the site of a Native American village. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 03

Mount St. Helens

Scott was In South Korea serving his LDS mission in spring 1980 when Mt. St. Helens erupted and as a student of geology, he has always wanted to see it. So we added it to the itinerary of this trip to the Northwest and made it on Day 13. It’s a fairly long drive up Highway 504 to the top of the volcano and Johnston Ridge Observatory.  The road runs through this valley that was filled with ash, rocks, and water from the rapidly melting glaciers on the mountain.


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Jun 23

Monopoly perpetual reading challenge

Update: June 23 I finished this challenge! Here’s my post with my books.

Thanks to Bev at My Reader’s Block, I’ve been tempted by a super fun challenge-Book Monopoly.

I’ve joined the group that sponsors this at goodreads @ Crazy Challenge Connection and I’m ready to play.  I’ll update this post with my rolls and the book I read for each turn. Read the rest of this entry »

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