Posts from the “family” Category

Train to Minneapolis – 2

Posted on May 30, 2024

This part of our trip found us waking up near Glacier National Park, Montana. We went through the Flathead Tunnel, which is the second longest train tunnel in the lower 48 at 7 miles. We saw beautiful clouds skirting the tops of peaks in Glacier National Park before we moved on the flat Big Sky country of eastern Montana. I should have posted this earlier, but it is a map that shows Amtrak trains and when they are in daylight and when it is nighttime. It’s a good visual of when you can see things, although being up at night and seeing the lights outside is nice as well. Daylight is red, night time is blue. This is just before dark as we headed…

Mt. St. Helens, Ducks & Guinea Pigs

Posted on May 19, 2024

44 years ago on the 18th of May, I was camping with my Boy Scout troop when we heard a boom in the morning hours. I remember cooking eggs over the fire and looking up to a cloudless sky. We all thought it was another scout from another troop setting off an M-80 firecracker as we were at a weekend event with many other scout troops. When parents picked us up, we learned that it was the eruption of Mt. St. Helens. The photo is not mine (credit to the USGS). This morning I went out and looked up at our roof and these two ducks were happily viewing the(ir) world. And this week the guinea pigs celebrated their fourth birthday – Pinecone and…

Mom’s Day

Posted on May 16, 2024

For Mother’s Day (Or is it Mothers’ Day?) Sara decided that we should all go to the local minor league baseball game – so we did! The Eugene Emeralds play as an affiliate for the San Francisco Giants at the “Low A” level. The players come and go quickly (if they are good) but the game is the game and the time at the ballpark is always fun. In addition, I looked in the fridge and snapped a photo of salsa. Team Sharp! Play Ball! Green salsa. Yum!

Scorebook & Softball

Posted on April 21, 2024

I’ve been keeping score at baseball and softball games for a long time now – sometime in the 1990s. It was in the early 2000s that I made this scorebook based on a colleague’s husband’s own rendition of one. I bring it to all of my games now. The earliest game in this book from 2008. It is my own small historic chronicle of points in time in my life as I note the people I was with, the place, the weather and anything else unusual that took place during our time in the ballpark. We also went to the UO Women’s Softball game last night on campus with my daughter and a friend of hers and her dad. It was fun. Cheering from…

End of 2023 #4

Posted on January 7, 2024

Final end-of-the-year post: saw my brother, Jonah in the arms of the troll, watched the Eras Tour movie, and the Seattle City skyline as we prepared to dock. Larry & Jasper Caught by a troll? Looks like it. 🙂 An era. 🙂 This did not exist when I grew up here (the wheel), but it is kinda neat looking. I’ve yet to go in as well. The waterfront part of Seattle is a nice place to spend some time. 2023. Time for 2024 . . . .