Wowed by Wildflowers in Crested Butte

After a somewhat jarring few weeks on our second Habitat stint, we headed to the mountains near Crested Butte to spend a week hiking, reveling in wildflowers, and listening to soothing river sounds. Fortunately, this has brought us back to our happy place. Taylor Canyon Our parking spot for the week was yet another lovely … Read moreWowed by Wildflowers in Crested Butte

Care-A-Vanning Redux in Pagosa Springs

After thoroughly enjoying our first experience volunteering as Care-A-Vanners with Habitat for Humanity in Pagosa Springs, Colorado in June, we adjusted our schedule for the summer to return to the very same place for another two-week commitment. We knew that the experience could be very different because of the composition of a new volunteer group, … Read moreCare-A-Vanning Redux in Pagosa Springs

Returning to Normal in Durango, CO

After struggling for most of the month of May with medical challenges and unseasonably bad weather, the theme of this week was getting back to normal. We camped in a place that is more typical for us, and we got back to doing our typical activities. The grill even came out of storage, and Ken … Read moreReturning to Normal in Durango, CO

Weekend on the Central Oregon Coast

Our journey south from the Columbia River along US 101 took us through miles of rural scenery, filled with dairy farms and small fishing communities. In places where the road runs right along the coast, we could sometimes make out dramatic pillars of rock down topped by hardy evergreens just offshore. Unfortunately, persistent rain and … Read moreWeekend on the Central Oregon Coast

“Ocian in view! O! the joy.”

This November 7, 1805 journal entry from William Clark perfectly encapsulates his peculiar spelling and punctuation style, along with the very understandable relief of getting to the long-awaited destination: the Pacific Ocean. At the mouth of the Columbia River, just west of the town of Astoria, Oregon, the Lewis & Clark Expedition completed the journey … Read more“Ocian in view! O! the joy.”