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My husband Dave is playing on a Manitoba team in an international softball tournament in St. George Utah.  A number of the players’ partners have accompained them to Utah and although we are always at the diamond to cheer our team on, we have been been going for hikes each morning before their games begin.  Our first hike was down the Johnson Trail just outside Snow Canyon National Park.

It was a chilly morning but the sun lit up our surroundings in a beautiful light. We saw lots of intriguing rock formations like this turtle head and…….. this unique face  A woman we met just before we started the hike told us not to miss the impressive arch halfway down the trail

I thought this three rock formation was just as interesting as the big arch. It created a little arch of its own.We stopped to watch this bug stick its head upside down in the sand The  trail ended in a pool surrounded by towering red rocks. It was so quiet there I thought I was in a cathedral. Our hike provided a beautiful start to the day.  We spent the rest of it watching our partners play ball. Our hike the second morning was down the Quarry Trail. It got its name from the fact that the local Mormon community quarried rock there to build their temple in St. George. The weather was much warmer on this hike. We had beautiful views, got some invigorating exercise and enjoyed chatting with each other. I am looking forward to more hikes with this congenial group and am so glad they are here in Utah with me.

Other posts…….

Virgin Hike

Hiking Quail Trail


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The Reason Why I Am Upping My Game at the Gym

This cartoon explains why I have been upping my game at the gym since I got home from Portugal.

I need to give full credit for having the courage to put my drawings on this blog to writer Carrie Snyder who has been doing her own drawings on social media since January. She said in a recent cartoon that you don’t have to be good or technically skilled to be an artist. What you draw can be humble and poor and raw but still engage, entertain, move and perhaps even challenge the viewer.

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Hiking the Seven Hanging Valleys Trail

The Myrdalsjokull Glacier Hike

Hiking Quail Trail

Hiking the Trail of a Ruthless Warrior

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I’ve Lost My Hiking Buddy

ken-and-meMy brother went home yesterday and so I’ve lost my intrepid hiking buddy.  He was always willing to head out on the Arizona trails with me. When my husband Dave was on the pickle ball court or golfing or playing baseball or watching football my brother and I would head out on a hike.

hikingin-grey-sweater On our last hike together the views were spectacular but my was it ever steep. hiking-gold-mineOn the upward trail I had to do parts of it a hundred steps at a time and then stop to catch my breath and on the downward trail I admit I had to hold my brother’s hand in sections where there were lots of loose rocks and a very steep descent.  We hiked nearly ten kilometers and most of it was up or down. ken-on-trailI am sorry to have lost my hiking buddy now that my brother is gone.  My sister is coming tomorrow however and I think she might be willing to hike too.  First though I will have to get new running shoes.  I wore my old ones out while hiking with my brother. 

Other posts……..

Hiking the Trail of a Ruthless Warrior

Hiking Diamond Head


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Wanted! Contingency Plans

We were late and we knew it!

 “I thought you two might have gotten lost or hurt on the mountain,” Dave said when we finally found him.

Last weekend Dave was playing in a baseball tournament with his team The Coral Sands Castaways.  My brother and I dropped him off at the ball park and drove to a nearby recreation area to hike the Wind Cave Trail.

I’d hiked it once before and didn’t think it would take us that long.  We had arranged to pick Dave up at the Coral Sands Trailer Court after the game where he and his teammates would retire to a picnic area for refreshments after their hard work on the diamond. 

Starting our hike in good spirits

We started our hike in good spirits

My brother and I started off down the trail in good spirits, but soon a burst of rain, then thunder and finally lightening forced us to turn back.  hiking-in-red-shirtAfter waiting in the car for about thirty minutes, the sun came out and we decided to give the hike another try.  I thought we still had plenty of time.  We didn’t!  hiking-to-wind-caves-2The trail was much longer than I’d thought, a little slippery because of the rain and pretty steep near the end.  resting-in-the-wind-caveBy the time we reached the wind caves at the top I looked at my watch and knew we were going to be at least a half hour late picking up Dave and we’d really have to push ourselves to get off the trail before dark.  We went as fast as we could on the downward trip even though two more cloud bursts pretty much soaked us and it was getting cold. 

When we arrived at the trailer court to pick up Dave it was pitch dark, raining and there were no ball players sitting at picnic tables anywhere. How would we find Dave?  He hadn’t given us a trailer number, he didn’t have his phone and we didn’t even know the last names of any of his team mates who lived in the trailer court.  So we drove slowly up and down the streets looking for other cars with Canadian licence plates since we knew Dave’s fellow players were Canadians like us. Finally my brother heard someone shouting, “Stop” and “Hey there”.  It was Dave.  He’d been looking out the window of one of the trailers and had seen us drive by.  

He wasn’t very happy we were so late and had been worried we’d had an accident.  We were cold and wet and not that happy to be facing a forty minute ride home in that state so it was pretty quiet till we got back to our house where a hot supper of Dave’s homemade chili and a couple glasses of wine set things to rights. 

ken-marylou-hike-hieroglyhpic-trailThe next hike my brother and I took was to the Hieroglyphic Trail and we made sure after dropping Dave off at the golf course for 18 holes with his friend Eric to give ourselves plenty of time to get to the trail, hike it, and be back to pick Dave up on time. It was a beautiful sunny day and the hike was great. But wouldn’t you know it we had another snafu with pick up because Dave hitched a ride home with his friend Eric and we didn’t know that and sat waiting at the golf course for him for 45 minutes. By 7:00 however we were all around the table enjoying barbequed pork loin and roasted portebello mushrooms my brother served up from the grill. We ended the day in the hot tub!

Since we only have one car and are each doing our own thing during some of our time here in Arizona and since our phones only work where there is wifi, Dave has suggested we probably need contingency plans whenever we need to rendezvous. I think he is probably right. 

Other posts……..

Honest and Real and Messy

Hiking With The Driedgers

MaryLou’s Castle

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A Perfect Afternoon in Gambo Newfoundland

Setting off on the trail to Freshwater Bay.

Setting off on the trail to Freshwater Bay.

Crossing the railroad bridge

Crossing the railroad bridge

Fall is in the air

Fall is in the air

Passing the waterfall

Passing the rocky river

Resting in a hunter's duck blind

Resting in a hunter’s duck blind

Hiking with my cousin

Enjoying my cousin Lynne’s company

Spotting the beautiful bay

Spotting the beautiful bay

A drink at the local pub after the hike

A drink at the local pub after the hike

Wonderful visit with our waitress about life in Newfoundland and the future for young people who live there

Interesting visit with our waitress about life in Newfoundland and the future for young people who live there

View from the deck

View from the deck

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Hiking the Trail of A Ruthless Warrior

hearts-content-lighthouseWe hiked a gorgeous trail along the Atlantic Ocean beginning in New Perlican and ending at the lighthouse in Heart’s Content.  diberville-trailIt was called the d’Iberville trail and I didn’t realize till we visited Signal Hill in St. John’s and saw a movie about Newfoundland history that d’Iberville was the bold and bloody general sent to Newfoundland by the French to take over the territory in 1696.  

d'Iberville's portrait in the Signal Hill museum

d’Iberville’s portrait in the Signal Hill Interpretative Centre

He ruthlessly laid waste to some 36 English villages, leaving many families homeless, killing 200 men and imprisoning 700 more.  d-iberville-trailIt was hard to believe that the beautiful trail we walked was part of the route of destruction taken by d’Iberville’s army as they marched through the Avalon Peninsula.

Map of d'Ibervilles deadly march around the peninsula. Taking St. John's wasn't enough he had to destroy all the little villages on the peninsula.

Map of d’Ibervilles deadly march around the peninsula in the Signal Hill Interpretive Centre. Taking St. John’s wasn’t enough for him.  d- Iberbville had to destroy all the little villages on the peninsula.

I am glad I didn’t know about the trail’s violent history as we walked it.







Other posts……..

The Fishing Village That Changed The World

House with a View

Homegrown in Newfoundland

The Blueberries Slowed Him Down

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The Blueberries Slowed Him Down

dave-hikesAs anyone who has hiked with Dave knows… you have to be prepared to be left behind as he strides on ahead. dave-on-the-atlanticHe claims he’d trip over his feet if he tried to match my slow pace.   However after years of experience he now waits at turns in the trail for me to catch up so I don’t get lost. trail-of-the-eagleYesterday we went on a hike in Salmon Cove Newfoundland. I managed to keep up with Dave for the most part because of the blueberries. blueberries-daveI’m not used to seeing blueberries in October but here in Newfoundland the trails are thick with them. blueberries

They are so juicy and sweet that Dave just couldn’t resist them. He stopped frequently to pick and eat blueberries by the handfuls. 

by-a-birch-newfoundlandWe hiked The Trail of the Eagle.  williams-rest-through-treesIt went right to the end of the peninsula across from our bed and breakfast and…..trail-of-the-eagle-pines was soooooooo incredibly lovely.  We didn’t see flowers and greenery like we would have in summer but the trail revealed its autumn beauty in interesting fungi and grasses. fungi-salmon-cove





We ended our hike with a walk along the dark sand beach. dave-on-beach

The day was so perfect and we’d had such a great walk that we did another long hike in the afternoon along a different trail. It had blueberries too. 

And guess what our hostess is making us for breakfast this morning?  Blueberry pancakes!

Other posts……..

The Happy Jack Trail

Hiking Quail Trail

Up To Weaver’s Needle


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Inspiration on a Walk in Sedona

arched tree trunk sedona cathedral rockAll experience is an arch to build on. – Henry Adams

above ground tree rootsFor a tree to become tall it must grow tough roots.- Nietzschephotographers at cathedral rockYou don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved. ― Ansel Adams

woods near cathedral rock sedonaThe woods are lovely, dark, and deep, but I have promises to keep- Robert Frosthollow log sedonaDead trees are homes for birds, insects, animals, flora and fauna. Dead trees are full of life. – Mother Earth Newslog bridge cathedral walk sedonaThe hardest thing in life is to decide which bridges to cross. – David Russellfoot print in the sandIf you have a footprint be happy because it means you are not a shadow. -Mehmet Murat ildanwater wheel on cathedral rock hikePeople think life is a ladder but its really a wheel. – Charles De Lintriver cathedral rock

If it weren’t for the rocks in its bed the stream would have no song. – Carl Perkinstree cathedral rock sedonaBe strong enough to stand alone. – Mark Amend

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Hiking Quail Trail

marylou hiking quail trailOn Monday I hiked a new trail here in Phoenix.  marlene and nickyNicky led Marlene and me on the hike which is near the home Nicky shares in Avondale with her husband Ray. quail trail The Quail Trail is in Estrella Mountain Regional Park. rock quail trailThere were some very unique rocks on the trail that I had never seen before here in Arizona. cactus quail trailI realized once again that cacti can grow anywhere. dead saguaro shaped like a scarecrowDead saguaros make interesting sculptures. This one looks like a scarecrow. flowers quail trailBecause of the recent rain we’ve had there were quite a few flowers blooming on the trail. city view quail trailWe saw city views from the trailwilderness view quail trailand beautiful wilderness views as well quail trail hikersAfter our hike we went back to Ray and Nicky’s house and met our husbands who had been out golfing. Nicky made us a wonderful supper of ribs, salad, corn, twice baked potatoes and apple crumb cake for dessert.  There was good wine and good conversation.  A great day! Other posts about friends……..

Minneapolis- Hong Kong Wedding- Part 4

Fun with Naomi

Visiting the Nikkels in Sarasota 

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Arizona Hiking Inspiration

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Hiking the Peralta Trail –  2015

When I consider the works of your hands….. Psalm 8:3 

Hiking Canyon De Chelly- 1990

Hiking Canyon De Chelly- 1990

One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of looking at things. – Henry Miller

Hiking Silly Mountain 2013

Hiking Silly Mountain 2013

The greatest gift of life is friendship and I have received it. – Hubert Humphrey

Hiking Coal Mine Canyon Arizona- 1990

Hiking Coal Mine Canyon – 1990

The family is one of nature’s masterpieces.- George Santayana

Hiking to the Wind Caves- Arizona 2013

Hiking to the Wind Caves-  2013

Marriage is an adventure. – Gilbert Chesterton

Hiking to Weaver's Needle- 2015

Hiking to Weaver’s Needle- 2015

I will lift up my eyes  – Psalm 121:1

Other inspirational posts……

Rise Again

October Inspiration

Icy Inspiration


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