Monday Musing

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Jul 2, 2018

Oh my…have I ever missed you guys and gals!! Seems likes it has been forever since we last talked!

To bring you up to speed, we just returned from our westcoast adventure and my entire family had SUCH a FANTASTIC time celebrating my parents’ anniversary cruising through Alaska’s Inside Passage, stopping at some of its southern islands.  Since none of us had ever ventured that far Northwest in U.S. before, it was all so exciting and new.

Not  only had I never been to the Pacific Northwest, but I had never been on a cruise before. I have always been hesitant because a) motion sickness and b) I like to be able to do what I want to do when I want to do it and wasn’t sure my timetable would mesh with the ship’s timetable.

For problem a)…let me introduce you to my newest best friend…the scopolomine patch.  This little patch was not only my best friend, but from what I saw on the ship…the best friend of many passengers as evidenced by the little patch behind many ears!

For issue b) I quickly adapted. That being said, for my “next” cruise (yes…there will be a next time), I would want to have more time at shore so will check the itineraries for that.

We were on a Silverseas boat and the service was OUTSTANDING! Since this was my first cruise, I can’t compare it to anything else; but can honestly say we were treated like royalty the entire time.

In fact, I’m having a hard time coming back to reality…I mean, Terry is just not getting the hang of the whole ‘room service’ breakfast thing.  But he’ll learn…I’m optimistic.

And can you believe the shot I got of these three bears?! I’ve titled it…”Looking for Goldilocks.”  I may have stopped complete strangers to show my picture to them.

This is after I really cropped it down as they were very far away and I used my telephoto lens.

Here’s the original.

Look at the face on that middle bear!!!

Quite possibly the highlight of the trip…well, maybe.

Tied with seeing whales breach, smelling whale breath (yes…it’s a thing! And a not very pleasant thing I might add), going to the Chihuly Museum in Seattle, and truly, just the whole darned vacay.

We’ve been home for 5 days and getting ready to fly back West again for our nephew’s wedding…on the other side of the family! I’m telling you what…so much fun stuff going on in our world right now!

Since we will be out of town on the 4th, we are celebrating the festivities with my parents a day early…with fireworks and everything.  Going to keep it simple with our impending travel, but definitely planning on making this corn salad, with our delicious burgers, some deviled eggs and possibly these fun ‘sparkler’ cookies (if I get my act together tomorrow)

We haven’t been in town long enough to go blueberry picking this summer, but for those of you who have or plan to…you may need the recipe for these blueberry handpies or this blueberry chamomile jam.

  • Not to be a Debbie Downer here, but after spending a week in the pristine waters of the Inside Passage and seeing our country’s last truly unspoiled wilderness, I shudder to think of what plastic waste would do to the area.
  • On one of our adventures, our guide was a true forager.  In fact, not to completely freak you out here, but when I queried him as to where he got his protein he mentioned that he and some of his friends recently cut up a dead deer that washed up on the shore. He argued that since the water is very cold, the meat had been essentially refrigerated.  Hmmmm…OK…not sure I’d go that far, but I did eat some deerheart greens…if that counts!  Tastes like chicken…just joking! Tastes like a mild spinach. Anywho…if you think you might like to learn foraging, but maybe a tamer version than my wilderness guide, check out Martha Stewart’s guide to foraging.

What I’m Reading:

  • While on our Alaska trip, I really enjoyed reading The Final Frontiersman about Heimo Korth and his family. They live within the Arctic Circle of Northeastern Alaska and are the only permanent residents of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Their days remind me of what I think our ancestors’ days were like; make sure you have food and fuel above all else. Such a foreign way of life and while extremely difficult, part of me envied them their single minded focus.
  • I also read The Great Alone , also set in Alaska, by Kristin Hannah. I loved her book The Nightingale and was expecting a similarly multi-layered story. I have to be honest that I was a little disappointed in The Great Alone.  I found it very predictable and formulaic. The story is a good story, but I feel a little like she phoned it in on this one.  YIKES! Makes me feel bad not giving it a good review.
  • I am currently reading Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate. It’s based on a true story of poor children being kidnapped and then adopted out to wealthier families. I’m a quarter of the way into it and enjoying it thus far.

I still have plenty of travels this summer so would love any book suggestion!

Wishing all my American friends a joyous Fourth of July and I’ll ‘chat’ with you soon!

Hugs,


12 Comments

  1. Elinar Lowry

    July 2, 2018 at 10:41 am

    Gilead by Marilynne Robinson. Published a while back, but if you missed it, it’s worth doubling back. Also, the follow-up books, Home and Lila.

    Reply
    • lynn

      July 4, 2018 at 10:38 am

      Thanks so much Elinar! For some reason I thought I had read it, but when I just checked out the description…don’t think I actually did! Adding it to my list today! And do love books with sequels…makes it so much easier to know what to read next.

      Have a great day my friend.

      Hugs, Lynn

      Reply
  2. Grace McGinley

    July 2, 2018 at 10:44 am

    Dear Lynn,

    Absolutely love your photos, especially of the 3 bears. Have you thought about selling prints of them? My granddaughters would completely go crazy over such an amazing picture!

    Reply
    • lynn

      July 4, 2018 at 10:36 am

      Hi Grace, I absolutely LOVE that bear picture! Keep going through my album to look at it. I actually did list them on Society 6! Here’s the link https://society6.com/product/looking-for-goldilocks_print…and it’s on sale through today!

      Hope you are enjoying a wonderful day my friend.

      Hugs, Lynn

      Reply
  3. Jude Curtin

    July 2, 2018 at 10:46 am

    Glad you had a good time. The PacNW and Alaska never disappoint.

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    • lynn

      July 4, 2018 at 10:33 am

      Oh Jude, you are so right! Would love to spend more time out there…this was just an ‘appetizer’!

      Have a wonderful day and 4th of July my friend.

      Hugs, Lynn

      Reply
  4. Lesley

    July 2, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    What a fabulous adventure! Thanks for sending the pictures, they are great. Our daughter and son-in-law camped at Denali early in their marriage and they absolutely loved it. So glad you have these wonderful memories with your family.

    Reply
    • lynn

      July 4, 2018 at 10:31 am

      Hi Lesely…I would love to go to Denali and see more of Alask…this was just a wee taste of the beautiful state. And we did make some lovely memories.

      I do hope you are enjoying a lovely day today, the 4th of July, with your family.

      We are actually getting on another plane and heading west again!

      Hugs, Lynn

      Reply
  5. RS

    July 2, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Oh so envious! I love Chihuly and hope to cruise northwest someday.

    Reply
    • lynn

      July 4, 2018 at 10:29 am

      Oh it was just the perfect trip…from start to finish. When you do find your self in Seattle, definitely take in his museum…worth every penny.

      Have a wonderful 4th my friend.

      Hugs, ,Lynn

      Reply
  6. Deb Haveman

    July 3, 2018 at 1:07 pm

    Lovely pictures! But please, don’t use the term “Debbie Downer” … there’s a whole bunch of us Debbies out here who really dislike that!! I’m sure you can come up with something better ?.

    Reply
    • lynn

      July 4, 2018 at 10:26 am

      Oh my friend…you are so right! I never even thought of all the Debbies out there…guess I’d like it as much as a Lynnie Loser! Thanks for bringing it to my attention Delightful Debbie!

      Hugs, Lynn

      Reply

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