Living Like Normals

December 2, 2022 It’s been a wonderful post-holiday week.  I learned that I do indeed still have asthma when I tried to keep up with our friend and Yonder manager Curtis on a hike to a cool secret house in a cliff.  I survived just fine, but I sounded like an old lady with emphysema for a while.  The secret house in the rock is a place nearby that only locals are allowed to know about.  The story is that at an unknown time, Native Americans in the area paid some folks in town to help them haul some materials up this cliff and…

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The Bone Hunter

November 25, 2022 A joyous Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!  This holidays is built on lies and genocide, but since we love an excuse to eat rich foods and have dinner parties, we ignore all of that and eat way too much food.  In reality, the advertising industry created most holidays, based on myths, legends, and history, but the traditions we hold around these holidays are by and large created by industries trying to sell us something.  My oh my were they ever good at doing so!  I cooked second turkey ever yesterday.  The first time Luke actively assisted as we brined it and then…

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Because People are the Greatest Thing to Happen

November 17, 2022 This past week was full of delicious food, bittersweet goodbyes, and cold weather.  Last Thursday evening though we found a place with an open mic of sorts and wouldn’t you know…they hold it on Thursdays just like our open mic back home.  Luke got a chance to play and sing some old songs with a few really talented musicians in the area and we had fun.  If you’re in our area, come by The Ranch Dog Kitchen for an early dinner on Thursday evening and join in or just listen. It’s that time of year when the daytime temps are often…

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Embracing the Coming Downtime

November 10, 2022 Things are slowing down around here as we ease into winter and more time spent on indoor activities like reading while huddled under a cozy blanket.  Right now I am reading the biography written by Flea, Acid for the Children.  Wanna know why I’m reading this book?  I saw it on the shelf in an airport bookstore last month and the title made me chuckle.  Why not?  I love books and it’s not often that I come across a book that is a boring waste of time so I trust my instincts in the books I select.  So far, it’s well…

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Planning Our Dope Ass Winter

November 3, 2022 My friend here Amanda really got my week off to a great start.  She invited me out on some short hikes to see pictographs in the area. We started out by visiting Kiva coffee house just before they closed for the season.  I had a fine latte and a tasty turkey sandwich, but perhaps best of all is the amazing view they have out their backdoor.   Amazingly, Amanda was the person I had the most difficulty with forming a relationship with at first, but she is really a warm, funny, and caring person and I’m blessed to have become friends…

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Our Incredible Changing Landscape

October 27, 2022  I tend to get really excited about little things…really whatever interests me at any particular time.  For the past couple of weeks, I was reading that excellent book, Born to Run and I became excited about the idea that I could cure my years long trouble with plantar fasciitis by walking barefoot or in cheap non orthopedic shoes.  I finished the book at the beginning of this week and decided I had all the knowledge I needed to run an experiment.  After one day at work without my insoles I limped home feeling like I had been punched in the heel…

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It’s a Fall Slowdown Week

October 20, 2022 This week I took it a little slower.  I finished working on the backlog of photos I needed to edit and enjoyed some extra reading while getting caught up on chores.  Here are some of my keepers from my trip to Willis Creek Narrows last week.  There is always something captivating about a lone tree.       I’m beginning to make friends with more of the newer workcampers here.  Cohesion is forming in our bonding process with the current crew.  It feels nice.  Most of those working here right now say they will be back in the Spring for the…

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Oh the Places You Can Go With a Three Day Weekend

October 13, 2022 I’ve been consistently working 4 day workweeks for a while and I think this is the right amount of days to work.  It leaves you with one day to tackle chores and errands, one day to spend with family or friends, and one day just for you to spend time on a hobby or project, or just relax and do nothing at all.  Sometimes though, even three days off does not always feel like enough.  The weather is perfect here and on days off when I go out exploring, I wish I could do so every day.   On my days…

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Pando, the Largest and Oldest Living Organism on Earth

October 6, 2022 In the last blog I talked mostly about how wonderful it is to visit your old hometown and see all of your loved ones.  Well it also feels wonderful to return to my home, husband, and dogs.  I returned to busy season at the campground.  Yonder has hired Luke to shoot some reels for them so we started work on this by spending a morning shooting scenes at the lodge, in the drive-in, and the outdoor showers.  Luke was able to get some good footage, but not everything he wanted as there were too many people milling about.  It will be…

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