New Leaves

Sep 05, 2013 by Bonnie

This Must Be Vancouver… but Which One?

Did you ever lose track of where you were and what day is was? Trips like this can make that happen! Friday, August 30, we left Victoria (the capital of British Columbia, which is on Vancouver Island, confusing matters) by ferry from Swartz Bay, and crossed over to Vancouver (city) via the port at Tsuwassen, south of the city, arriving at my brother Jon’s home in south Vancouver in the early afternoon.

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Aug 29, 2013 by Arthur

Ferries, Castles, and Gardens

When would a 39-room castle seem to be small?

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Aug 25, 2013 by Bonnie

Definitely NOT Sleepless in Seattle!

On our last day with Steve and Marie, we took both their minivan and our van across Puget Sound to Seattle on the Kingston to Edmonds ferry. Then we left our van at Trader Joe’s in Lynnwood and all rode in their car down to Seattle, which was a good idea, since our van would not fit in the parking garages downtown.

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Aug 24, 2013 by Bonnie

Visiting Steve and Marie, a Dream Come True

My “baby” brother Steve was born when I was thirteen years old, and the first thing he remembers about me was my high school graduation. When he told me that, I remember telling him, “But Steve, I’ve known you all my life!” I left home at seventeen for college, and married at nineteen, so Steve and I have had very little time together over the years.

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Aug 22, 2013 by Arthur

So…This Is a Rainforest!

Imagine what your house and property would look like if there were 12 1/2 FEET of rain every year! I would imagine that you would probably have some moss growing on your roof too!

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Aug 22, 2013 by Arthur

Sol Duc Falls

The hike was a .8 mile in through the Rainforest and, obviously, a .8 mile hike out to the parking area.

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Aug 21, 2013 by Arthur

Olympic Mountains

Bordered on the west by the Pacific Ocean, on the east by the Hood Canal and on the north by the Strait of Juan de Fuca , the Olympic Peninsula is anchored by the majestic Olympic Mountains. No other place in America can match its diversity in terrain and weather in such a compact geographic area.

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Aug 19, 2013 by Arthur

Mt. Ranier: Another Volcano

Just looking at Mt. Ranier you would never guess that this is an active volcano. But it is just as active as Mt. St. Helen was before it suddenly began to stir from its long sleep.

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Aug 17, 2013 by Arthur

A Sobering Reality

At 8:32 AM, Pacific TIme, on May 18, 1980, the volcano known as Mount St. Helens exploded sending ash and mountain dust around the world and killing 57 people.

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Aug 17, 2013 by Arthur

Mt. St. Helens

After driving close to 60 miles, once near the National Park, we arrive at the Johnston Ridge Observatory Visitor Center, almost directly in front of the North face of the mountain.

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Aug 16, 2013 by Bonnie

Oregon Trail: Wyoming to Washington

Family—we are constantly reminded of the importance of the family unit to everyday living. How much more important it is to those who are undertaking a treacherous journey, as were the settlers who by the hundreds of thousands in the 1830s through the 1860s started out from Independence, Missouri to find a new life in the far west.

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Aug 13, 2013 by Bonnie

Impressions of Jackson, WY

Now I know why they call it Jackson HOLE! Oh my word! The town is surrounded by mountains, right in people’s back yards! It’s really cool—totally flat, and then whoop— 45º angled mountain!

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Aug 13, 2013 by Arthur

A Celebration of Marriage

Today, August 13, we are celebrating God’s holy ordinance of marriage. When Eve was created for Adam, God gave instruction that they were to be one flesh. The first marriage was there in the Garden of Eden and God has been performing marriages of His people ever since.

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Aug 12, 2013 by Arthur

Awesome Is the Best Word

I’m not describing ice cream, or a non-chocolate cookie, or even a nice Hawaiian shirt (just kidding) I might buy. So what’s so awesome that it’s the best word?

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Aug 12, 2013 by Arthur

God’s Appointment?

It was coming to be our last day in Yellowstone National Park and we wanted to get as much out of the park as we were able. We had already taken in many of the popular sites and many of the sites off the beaten path as well. But what were we to do about finding a place to spend the night?

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