Oohs, ahhhs, and amazed gapes

Vacations for me usually include at least two of the items below: An escape from the frigid Minnesota winter An escape from a frigid Minnesota winter to someplace even more snowy because winter + mountains = better and usually not as cold plus great skiing Discovery of someplace new and likely far away, to open our eyes to…

I went on a snipe hunt…

Well, I may not have gotten as much nature as I wanted out of our January trip, but I got my fill last month on a bird watching trip with Mom in southeastern Oregon. If you find yourself considering your first birding trip, here are some of the finer points of this one, and then a…

Sacral chakra work in Oregon

I think this is my favorite photo from our July trip out west, and I’ve been mulling over what to write about it ever since we got back. For me it has some perfection and yet some contradiction. The pose I’m taking there is called Garland pose, or Malasana. Some yoga traditions have called it…

West Coast Trip 2013: The Food

I have long claimed to be more of a cake person, but this may be the year that I turn over (turnover!) to the pie side. Over two weeks’ time, I made a batch of rhubarb hand pies and a stone fruit crostata that were so amazing that it’s really surprising that I didn’t eat…

Treehouse love

  A New Tree House, originally uploaded by arahbahn. Technology has a way of making seemingly simple things maddeningly complicated. Introducing the concept of a time-out is a very healthy thing to do, and I intend to do it even more often. Yesterday I took a digital sabbatical. One day, where I did not use…

Rocking at Smith

A rather Crooked River, originally uploaded by arahbahn. I brought the trail running shoes, thinking that on the “rest” day I’d go for a run. That didn’t happen, but at least they served me well as approach shoes. Several friends, my Mom and I had a fabulous trip to Smith Rock, Oregon, over a long…