Longing for the coast


It is already November. The seasons pass more quickly each year it seems. Our little family has made a plan to visit the Peninsula next Spring.
I’m not sure I can wait that long! Our youngest will be 21 then. How can it be, I remember him like it was last year, running along this beach when he was still so small?

I still haven’t figured out how time works… I need a brain the size of Einstein I guess.

Happy November everyone!

Moon Tower

This is a crazy photo, I know. And not one I’m usually known for – but here it is.
It’s not computer generated. It was real: Las Vegas control tower the morning we flew out
after our desert visit in April. I looked out the window of the passenger seat and the moon was hanging there — I had to take the photo.
What do you think when you look at it? I am thinking Star Wars or one of those computer games our boys play…


Next up will be the sunset photos from the other night like I promised. Maybe…

On a clear day…


This photo is one we took on our last trip to Oregon about a year and a half ago, in April 2011, during spring break.
I can remember how hard the wind was blowing and how fresh and soft the air felt up in the forest.
As I write this the rain is gently falling on our parched valley. Our thanks to you, Creator. That is what the native people here say when
good things happen.

I should have alerted you all to what I’m up to a couple weeks ago, but I simply got distracted. I was taking a bit of a blogging break while
I work on my writing/publishing/general catch up. This week I hope to return to my novel in progress: Marsala Dreams.

I posted this photo because the novel is based on the sea, sailing, and adventuring in and around the northwest coast –mostly the book takes place on Haida Gwaii or the Queen Charlotte Islands in Canada. I am anxious to finish it before the end of the year so I’d better get cooking, huh? I don’t have that much left but tying all the little threads together is going to be a challenge.

So wish me luck. I’ll be back with some photos in a few days because once the sky clears we’re going to have some fantastic sunsets over the mountains.

And.. the fall colors are turning out great right now.

What will it be?

We have not had too many adventures yet this month. Last week we paddled at Swan Lake for the day.
We are currently rebuilding our back porch and adding a deck. It’s all good work but what will our next adventure be?
The top photo is of a one lane road through the wind shield. The second is Matt sitting on the shore At Bowman Lake.
PS: I will be returning to my Canon camera eventually but the iPhone takes decent shots and it’s so easy to carry with on excursions.



Kayak thru' July

It has been awhile since we kayaked a tandem. She is fast for an old lady but she needed some spiffing.
Our new-old Tofino had to have new seats after 22 years of use by our good friends who sold it to us.
Mine is now very comfy but Matt is still retro-fitting his seat.
So far, we’ve paddled 5 lakes and one river – (Flathead Lake multiple times) in either this boat or the Raven canoe.
We usually cover 4 or 5 miles in the Tandem, in a leisurely outing, without really breaking a sweat.
Matt took this photo of me a few days ago at Yellow Bay. It is getting pretty warm here.


City at night

We visited our son and his wife over the Fourth in Helena. There were very few fireworks that night because of fire danger. The skyline was peaceful at sunset.


Amazing day

Here is a photo Matt took off his iPhone. He processed it through Camera Plus.
The Red Raven Canoe was also on the water. I paddled it with my brother and it was a wonderful day
at the Park. The wind would gust once in awhile but it gave my brother a chance to practice his long lost canoeing skills.  Good times.

I kept up the long tradition of all the women in my family of cooking the burgers over the fire pit. It made me miss my Grandma Storm.