Joshua Tree National Park

After my trip on the Pacific Crest Trail ended early this spring, Sue and I decided to do a little sightseeing before the flight home.  The first place we went was to the Joshua Tree National Park.  I have no memory of ever having been to this park, and had actually heard little about it.  I could not even remember seeing a Joshua Tree until just a couple of days before we decided to go.  But we had a week to fill and it was convenient, so off we went. I was initially pretty bummed about missing a week on …

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Mountain Education: Snow Basics Course

I have been backpacking for quite a few years now, but primarily as a 3 season trekker.  I get cold easily, so winter has been a time for indoor activities, and dreaming of warmer days out in the backcountry.  But the hiking season for the high country tends toward being pretty short if one allows snow to be a deterrent.  So I was intrigued when Mountain Education offered a Snow Basics Course course at Stevens Pass. This course was advertised as a “3-day, non-technical, extended weekend, basecamp oriented outings introduce you to the general knowledge, awareness, and skills needed to …

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Beasley at Work!

Vacuuming and sweeping are not my idea of fun, an affliction that I share with my wife.  Dust bunnies seem to flee from surrounding homes to take refuge in my more friendly environment, although for the most part we have managed to keep the population somewhat under control; although just barely.  So, in an attempt to get the upper hand on the invasive bunnies, this Christmas I bought my wife a Roomba 650 by iRobot, and have been using it for the past week; and it has been quite an interesting week. The Roomba is a small robotic vacuum cleaner …

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Les Misérables

I read something in a blog the other day that referenced Les Misérables by Victor Hugo and something then compelled me to get and read this book.  Since I have a Kindle, and it was available for free, it was pretty easy to get a hold of and read.  What was not so easy was plowing all the way through the book.  But I finally finished the task the other day, and am glad that I read it. The main plot of this story follows Jean Valjean, a convicted criminal who is transformed after an encounter with a merciful Bishop. …

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Pac Beach

The Pacific Beach Resort (Pac Beach) is located in the town of Pacific Beach, about 15 miles north of Ocean Shores.  This facility is operated by the US Navy’s MWR for the benefit of all active duty and retired military and DoD employees.  The resort has 30 cottages (3, 4 and 5 bedroom houses), hotel, RV park, restaurant, gift shop, bowling alley and other recreational activities and sits on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. I have been there with family and friends a number of times over the years and we have always enjoyed the stay.  The wife and I, along with …

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Meet the Author

I have just recently finished Stephen Kings 7 volume “The Dark Tower” series.  The story concerns a gunslinger, along with some companions, who are journeying to the Dark Tower, a tower that appears to be the central hub that the universe, containing multiple parallel worlds (including ours), hangs on.  These worlds are not doing so well and the gunslingers journey is one that will hopefully fix at least some of what is wrong. During the course of the story they occasionally move from one world to another and in one of them, ours, encounter a young author, Stephen King, who …

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Sawyer Squeeze Filter: a Review

Over the years I have mostly used either iodine or Aquamira to treat water in the back country, mostly because they were lightweight and fairly easy to use.  But I was intrigued by the Sawyer Squeeze filter, mostly because of its weight, but also because  it appeared to be fairly simple to use.  So I bought one and have used it for over 500 miles this year.  The following is a review of the filter, along with some tips for using it. The filter itself is fairly small, weighing in at 3 3/8 oz or 96 grams, is just a shade under …

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The Olympic Game Farm

This past weekend my wife and I, along with the daughter and her boy friend, made a trip out to the Olympic Game Farm in Sequim.  This is a trip that we used to make quite frequently when the kids were younger, but it has been a dozen years or so since the last visit.  Hopefully it won’t be so long before making it out there again. The Olympic Game Farm is an 84 acre ‘farm’ on the north side of the town of Sequim Washington.  The facility grew out of work with Disney, collaborating with many of their nature …

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Huckleberry Finn

This is a book that I had read way back in high school and remembered little of, other than the basic story plot; a young boy and a runaway slave floating down the river on a raft.  It was a story that had left a favorable impression on me as being an interesting read.  I also knew that in the years since I had read it, that it had become somewhat controversial and even banned in some places because of its treatment of blacks. So a few weeks ago I download the complete works of Mark Twain onto my Kindle …

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The Collins Inn @ Ocean Shores

Sue and I took off this week to spend a couple of days at the beach, celebrating her recent birthday. We had heard a lot about The Collins Inn from the OBA pastors who had gone there the past couple of years for their retreat, so we decided to give it a try. We opted to go during the week to escape any potential weekend crowds and are glad we did.