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This was a description of Durango on his trip to the beach today.

I was up at 5:30 a.m. this morning - that alone was pretty miraculous. Ate some breakfast, packed up some snacks and headed to the barn. Donna and I both hooked up to our own horse trailers because neither of our horses would go on a different trailer!

We headed out to Baker Beach - about 45 minutes down the coast. A beautiful drive.

It's an amazing place for horses. There is a campground nearby and trails to the beach and trails throughout the nearby woods.

So handsome....

We headed out on the trail to the beach. Soon the trail became grassy sand dunes. Up and down over small sand dunes in very deep sand. I didn't realize how soft and deep the sand was until Durango dropped down and decided to lie in it. He gave me no notice - just dropped down. No pictures available.

Anyway, I was back on again and then we climbed the final BIG dune. As we crested it, the sound of the ocean and wind was deafening. And to Durango - terrifying.

Donna and her horse Rio were pros. I just kept Durango directly behind Rio and on we went.

As you can see, the beach is completely empty. We saw one man walking in the middle of nowhere, but other than that - empty. It took Durango quite a while to get close to the water. But he was a champ walking through the numerous tidepools.

After a mile or two, Durango said enough by doing these little mini-bucks and occasionally when he didn't think I was listening a good size buck. So we turned around and I decided to get off and walk him a bit. Now we were heading straight into the wind and I'm sure it was hurricane force.

This is not what I had in mind. Do I need to tell you that walking in soft sand, in cowboy boots, is not fun? But at least Rio got to circle around us and do some cantering.

Back on him and heading up the big dunes went well. Soon we found a great trail that took us to Lily Lake.

Trails are what Durango and I love. I believe he is saying "Please, please don't take me back to that sand hell. :)

A good ride and a good day.

One step at a time,


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I'm sure you have heard about the record breaking heat wave in the Pacific Northwest. Believe it or not, those of us hanging at the coast weren't affected! The hottest day around my house was the low 80s. Meanwhile 2 hours away they were in the triple digits. Aaahh There are many benefits of living on the coast.

I mentioned that I was in a month-long certification course for Search and Rescue. Part of that, of course, is a First Aid/CPR course. Somehow it was still disconcerting to see this guy trying to escape from the duffel.

The training was really good and I enjoyed it and I graduated!

My running is coming back...s.l.o.w.l.y. But no pain and Ive been on the road and also on the trails.

This branch is only about 4 feet above the ground. Even I have to duck.

No road running can match this....

I also graduated from my physical therapy. That's a thing, right? Like I passed all my tests and am on my own again. Unfortunately no certificate, no cap and gown, not even a t-shirt. But I think it means I deserve new running shoes.

Not sure if the spaghetti is going in or coming out, but I think there is an emoji like this:

The older Madeline gets (She turned 1 in March) the closer she and Finn get. Here she is giving him a random hug.

While Mommy and Daddy went away for the night for their anniversary, the kids had a sleepover with Nana. Sleepovers with Nana mean Pizza in front of the t.v.

Their Grandma and Grandpa gave the kids these very cool swing sacks (I actually don't know what they are called) They love them.

I don't think Finn sees that he is about to be under siege.

Madeline was very happy to sit in her little cocoon. But somehow it looks like she is being born.......

We may be having beautiful weather, but I still sweat....

Too tired to move.

So I'm sitting on a bench enjoying the ocean, when a woman walk right past the sign and down to the rocks. She slipped, which made me jump and run to the edge. But she just sat there and then got up and continued walking - which is when I decided to take a picture of her stupidity. Really, people...the DANGER sign isn't big enough?????

Somebody else got a new pair of running shoes......

Oregon just lifted all the COVID restrictions. I went grocery shopping and actually felt weird and naked without my mask! Didn't feel 'back to normal' at all. But I guess that's what is meant by our new normal.

Have a great 4th of July and enjoy our way back to normal,

One step at a time,


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Have you heard the song 'Is there life out there?' - I believe by Reba McEntire. Well guess what? There is! I had a very nice Memorial Day weekend and I hope you all did too. I got to enjoy the Hood River area on the back of a motorcycle, hiking and sitting on the banks.

So lucky to have warm, sunny weather, too. On the way home to the coast Monday afternoon, I was happy to see that everyone else was leaving the coast.

For the last couple of weeks I've been attending our Search and Rescue Academy 3 times a week. I am learning so much.

I know it's officially summer now. My favorite season. But I had no idea how the temps were heating up!

We had several celebrations this past month. First we had a celebration for Amanda. She was appointed by the Governor as a Circuit Court Judge. She is so deserving of this position. The fact that she asks us to stand when she gets home and to call her Your Honor seems like a lot, don't you think? Should it be Your Honor Mommy? Or Mommy, Your Honor?

Between that and Amanda's birthday, there were a lot of sweets at her home. Madeline had no problem climbing to get what she wanted.

And, really, when you see that face............

Alistair and Ahnika, way across the country, are excelling on their ball teams.

I have never been a gardener but I was thrown into it when I bought this house. So many things blooming!

I have actually started back running. My ankle is doing fine - no pain. My cardio? Ugh. It's soooo hard. But at least I'm back on the streets. Wait, that doesn't sound right.....

Don't you think these are the legs of a future ballerina?

Hmmmm. Well at least they stay on their side of the bed.


Do you have to wonder why I take so many pictures ?

And now some random photos during my runs and hikes.

And when I decide to stay home and just put my feet up, I've always got company.

I hope you are getting outdoors in some way. It improves your world.

One step at a time,


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