Category Archives: Retirement

What it is like to adjust to retirement and being with each other 24/7.

Cholla Garden

After a day of rest we again ventured into Joshua Tree National Park. This time we visited the Cholla Cactus Garden located in the Pinto Basin. The center of the park features a large relatively flat basin surrounded by mountains. … Continue reading

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New Hard Drive and Ready to Resume

My last post about a repaired computer was premature. Now with a brand new hard drive I think the problems are resolved. Let me pick up the narrative of our desert trip with a few pics of the flowers around … Continue reading

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Home With Functional Computer

My last post was Feb. 1. We have returned to Seattle and now that I have a functional computer I will recap the rest of our travels to California. While we were gone Seattle endured winter storm Maya that dumped … Continue reading

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A Mile of Elevation Gain and Loss in One Day

Anza Borrego Springs State Park is a gem of unbelievable quality. At over 600,000 acres it is the largest state park in the entire country. It is about 3/4 the size of Joshua Tree National Park. To visit this lovely … Continue reading

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The Desert In Bloom

The park contains two types of desert, mojave and colorado. Yesterday’s pics were from the mojave desert section. Today’s pics are from the colorado desert. First an oasis complete with palm trees. Then a south-facing bajada (slope below the mountains). … Continue reading

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On The Road Again

Leaving our house in capable hands we headed out on the open road again. At our first rest stop we saw our neighbors, Bob and Carolyn! The four of us explored the tourism options of our fair state. We stuck … Continue reading

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Eagles, Swans, Sunshine, and Fresh Air

Recently we took a day trip to the Skagit River Delta. This area was diked in the early 20th century and has become very rich farmland with lots of waterways. It is attractive to migratory birds of all kinds. Some … Continue reading

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Christmas Lights

As our friends in western Washington know, walking to see the Christmas lights was not possible last evening. The same wind storm that hit the Seattle area came into Victoria just as we were preparing to take a night time … Continue reading

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Winter at Abkhazi Garden

No rain today and even a bit of sunshine. Therefore, this was the day for Abkhazi Garden. This little gem owned and operated by the Land Conservancy of B.C., is one of our favorites in Victoria. We were not the … Continue reading

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Rainy December Day in Beacon Hill Park

Today we walked from our condo on Victoria’s harbor to Beacon Hill Park through intermittent rainfall. The route goes through the James Bay neighborhood, an area filled with lovely Victorian homes and some marvelously designed new ones. However, the real … Continue reading

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