updated June 2016 

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I can’t believe that I’ve been retired for almost 6 years!  I don’t feel any older and my body is still holding up so that I can continue to do the active things I love to do now that I don’t have going to work to cramp my lifestyle.  Last Fall Bob and I took a two week driving tour from Phoenix to Seattle.  The list of stops on the way fulfilled many of the wishes I have always had to see the western National Parks and monuments.  We started with Grand Canyon at sunset and the next day walked a little bit of the Bright Angel Trail so we could honestly say we hiked the Grand Canyon.

From there we drove to Hoover Dam

and then on to Death Valley where the thermometer read 112 degrees.  The austere environment really made me appreciate what the wagon train settlers had to endure. 

Next stop was Devil’s Postpile Monument in the eastern Sierras.

It was a very bad summer for forest fires in the west and it was evident from the smoke in the air and driving past a lot of the firefighter Hotshot trucks on our way into Yosemite National Park that the fires were relatively near the only road through the mountains.

We met Billy in San Francisco for the weekend and did the typical tourist sightseeing – Fisherman’s Wharf, the Presidio, and the Golden Gate Bridge

before leaving to drive up the coast to Oregon.  On the way we drove through Redwood National and State Park and were in awe at the majesty of the trees and the rugged coastline. 

Once in Oregon we turned east to go to Crater Lake National Park where it was actually snowing! 

From there we drove north to visit the Newberry National Volcanic Monument

and then marveled at the Columbia River Gorge.

We drove west through the mountains at Snoqualmie to end up in Seattle staying with Larry and Katie for a few days and enjoying dinner at the top of the Space Needle.

The Holiday season brought the family together for Thanksgiving and Christmas (where we even made a video to go with the card)

followed by our annual family skiing trip to Smugglers Notch Vermont. 

We kept busy during the winter by attending concerts and dinner theater shows.

Now that the warm weather is here, I am working constantly to enhance my gardens.  I’ve added new seating areas and beds

plus a raised bed vegetable garden that is double fenced to keep the deer out.

I may finally get some tomatoes this year!