Be #grateful for the mother land

Day 191 of #LiveWell2017 I've come to realize that one of the things I appreciate most about living in the western part of the U.S. is the abundance of wide open space - often public lands. Nowhere east of the Mississippi River have I ever seen such vast landscapes, landscapes so immense that it is … Continue reading Be #grateful for the mother land

Thank goodness for roads

Day 166 of #LiveWell2017 Apologies for not posting for the past few days, but we were on the road, for which I am very grateful. For most people who know me, roads will seem like an odd thing for me to be thankful for. I have often felt that roads lead to environmental destruction. Roads … Continue reading Thank goodness for roads

On reverence

Day 146 of #LiveWell2017 Long ago I worked at the National Wildlife Federation's Wildlife Camp in Hendersonville, NC. The camp director at that time would gather the campers under the big pole barn on the their first night of camp. She would build up their excitement and then get serious with a quiet talk about the three R's: … Continue reading On reverence

Hello, sunshine…

Day 129 of #LiveWell2017 We've had a nice little streak of warm, sun-filled days lately, so we took advantage and hiked up to Mirror Lake today. The warm weather is beginning to melt the snow and ice on the lake, and Mt. Hood reflected brilliantly in the small pool of water. Sunshine is a marvelous … Continue reading Hello, sunshine…

The space behind the waterfall

Day 121 of #LiveWell2017 Today, I'm taking a very special friend who loves waterfalls on a surprise hike to the Trail of Ten Falls. There, she will not only see the falls tumbling over rocks and ledges, but she will be able to walk in the spaces behind some of the largest waterfalls in the park. … Continue reading The space behind the waterfall

Grateful for bicycles and bike-it lists!

Day 70 of #LiveWell2017 One of my greatest pleasures in life is riding my bicycle. I am so grateful to be physically able to ride and to live in a place where riding is safe and easy. Portland is a bicycle haven with over 350 miles of bikeways city-wide. Bicycling is relaxing and fun and … Continue reading Grateful for bicycles and bike-it lists!

Be a champion for the planet

Day 29 of #Live Well2017 I spent yesterday with my fellow Oregon Master Naturalists (OMN). These dedicated, passionate people volunteer their time to organizations in their communities to improve public awareness of Oregon's natural resources through outdoor education, scientific research, and land stewardship. We are knowledgeable, skilled individuals committed to creating a sustainable future. We give our time … Continue reading Be a champion for the planet