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Vacation Day 63/90, Hiking in Utah
Monday, July 14, 2014      12 comments

Yay, heat wave in Utah! The truck temperature gauge registered 106 degrees when we were driving through Valley of the Gods. YE GODS! Hiking has been difficult! It is 80 degrees by 8:30 am, 90 degrees by 11:30 am, and hotter than that in ... Read more
Vacation Day 55/90
Saturday, July 05, 2014      14 comments

We enjoyed Great Sand Dunes National Park. We walked on the sand dunes one day, but MAN! Walking UPhill on sand at 8,000 feet is not my idea of fun! We made it 2/3 of the way up to the top and called it quits. The next day we did a GLORIOUS ... Read more
Bad Things Come in Threes
Saturday, June 28, 2014      20 comments

I was going to write a blog about the last two weeks in Rocky Mountain National Park, and upload some pictures, but my heart is heavy. I'm sorry this blog will be a downer. My father died on May 11, 2013 from cancer that invaded the nerves... Read more
Correction about Devils Tower
Monday, June 16, 2014      13 comments

Well, I found out that DT isn't a volcanic extrusion it is an igneous INTRUSION. Ha! Who knew? I thought it was going to be kind of lame, just a big rock sticking out of the ground! But I was wrong -- it is beauiful! You can see it 15 m... Read more
Vacation Day 35/90: Devils Tower, Wyoming
Monday, June 16, 2014      8 comments

Today we are off to see Devils Tower in Moorcroft, Wyoming. My husband is a big geology fan so passing up a volcanic extrusion just wasn't going to happen! It also is a national monument so I can get my National Parks passport stamped, which i... Read more
Vacation Day 28/90 - Buffalo Encounters of the Close Kind
Monday, June 09, 2014      18 comments

We went to Mt. Rushmore today. I hate to admit it, but it PALED compared to Crazy Horse. It's just so...small! But we enjoyed the video and the visitor's center ... Read more
Custer State Park and My First (But Definitely Not Last) Volksmarch
Saturday, June 07, 2014      18 comments

As avid a walker as I am, you'd think I'd know about a national -- no, INTERNATIONAL -- walking organization! But you'd be wrong! Today was such a serendipitous day, I can't believe it. We are at Custer State Park in South Dakota.... Read more
Vacation, Day 21/90
Monday, June 02, 2014      12 comments

We are currently in Garretson, South Dakota at Palisades State Park. The quartzite cliffs are beautiful: Tomorrow it is off to Mitchell, SD for one night to see the ... Read more
12th Half Marathon
Monday, May 19, 2014      19 comments

Did our 12th half marathon in Midland, Michigan, with my brother and his girlfriend. Had a great time! She ran, my brother walks like a maniac, and we did our walk/jog thing. We finished about a minute behind our best time, but we had TWO pot... Read more
Vacation, Day 4/90
Friday, May 16, 2014      13 comments

We finally arrived in Michigan yesterday and set up camp midway between the town where my mother lives and the town where TC's family lives. It was 3 days of driving in the rain, but we made it without incident so we are grateful! The w... Read more
Tough Day for Me
Sunday, May 11, 2014      20 comments

Yes, today is Mother's Day, but it's a tough day for me. My father died one year ago today. This is the photo of the two of us I've had on my computer desktop for most of the past year: ... Read more
Travel Prep
Sunday, May 04, 2014      18 comments

Hi fellow Sparklers! emoticon Things are well in my world but getting busy. We are leaving in a week f... Read more
Half Marathon - Personal Best!
Sunday, April 27, 2014      25 comments

Hello fellow Sparklers, I haven't been feeling the Spark much lately, which is why I haven't blogged. But now that this half marathon is over I'm feeling like I have a fresh start. This was the first half marathon in my hometown. TC ... Read more
Is It Worth It?
Friday, April 11, 2014      21 comments

This was the discussion topic in Weight Watchers last night. Before automatically grabbing for something, ... Read more
April Plans!
Thursday, April 03, 2014      14 comments

OMG, WHERE did the first quarter of the year go?? I haven't made any forward progress, BUT: I've stabilized at 137-138. I'm still exercising a lot but as usual, my eating has been inconsistent which is why I haven't lost any more. Is... Read more

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