Snowy Holidays

There’s nothing like gently falling snow on a quiet night to help set the stage for the holidays, at least for those of us who live in parts of the northern hemisphere. The December holidays and snow seem to go hand in hand. So to add to the festiveness of the season, I’m sharing a... Continue Reading →

Leach Botanical Gardens, Portland, OR

Portland has some beautiful botanical gardens including Crystal Springs Rhododendron Gardens and Elk Rock Gardens, but my favorite is Leach Botanical Gardens. This beautiful, sixteen acre property was originally the home of John and Lilla Leach, who purchased a portion of the plot in the early 1930s. Their original home, a charming stone cottage, still... Continue Reading →

Crystal Springs Rhododendron Gardens, Portland, OR

Spring is the perfect time of year to visit Crystal Springs Rhododendron Gardens located in the Eastmoreland neighborhood of Portland. This beautiful, nine acre garden is currently bursting with rhododendron and azalea blossoms in a variety of brilliant colors. The tranquility of the garden provides a lovely place to stroll and take photos, do a... Continue Reading →

Day Trip to Hood River, Oregon

Hood River, OR is quite a trendy place these days. It is considered one of the top kiteboarding destinations in the world, and the river is packed with kiting pros from all over the globe. This quaint town located in the Columbia River Gorge (considered one of the Seven Wonders of Oregon), about 60 miles... Continue Reading →

Travel Photos of Oregon

In continuing with sharing my favorite photos, this week I am featuring Oregon, which, in my humble opinion is one of the most beautiful states in the country. The coastline itself is stunning and has many interesting and captivating rock formations and lovely beaches. In the southwestern part of the state there is a twelve... Continue Reading →

A Quiet Christmas

We will have a quiet Christmas this year without any of the parties, festivities and family gatherings that are a traditional part of the holiday season. Yes, there will be some Zoom calls and a KAST event with our daughter and son-in-law, but nothing like in years past. It is sad and a bit depressing... Continue Reading →

International Mountain Day

Today, December 11, is International Mountain Day, a day set aside to celebrate and recognize the dynamic ecosystems and importance of mountains. Global warming impacts mountains by melting glaciers, killing off plants, trees, animals and damaging the habitats of the people who live there. By increasing awareness and through conservation, hopefully we can preserve these... Continue Reading →

National Parks

In honor of National Parks Week, I am sharing some photos from the parks I have been to over the years. The National Park Service was established in 1916 and includes sixty one parks. These parks are national treasures and we need to preserve and protect them so they can be enjoyed by future generations.... Continue Reading →

Elk Rock Gardens

Elk Rock Gardens at the Bishop's Close, dates back to the late 1800s and is one of the oldest gardens in Oregon. Perched on the cliffs high above the Willamette River, this 13 acre garden is a lovely place to stroll and take photos. We visited a few years ago with our dear friends Tim... Continue Reading →

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