Celebrating Summertime

Usually by now I have at least one summer travel adventure to write about, but not this year.  One of these days I plan to mount my camper on my pickup truck again and head out for who-knows-where, but not just yet.  For now I will leave the national and state parks to families whoContinue reading “Celebrating Summertime”

A visual feast

Quilt lovers and garden enthusiasts once again gathered at the family farm of Doug and Terri Wolfe for the annual visual feast which is the Country Quilt Show and Garden Walk.  By mid morning both fields reserved for parking were filled.  Wolfe family members and friends provide golf cart rides for those who might need assistance.  ThisContinue reading “A visual feast”

The Adventure Continues

As I peck away at my column I’m sipping coffee from one of my favorite mugs imprinted with the message, ” let the adventure begin.” I like the size, shape and feel of the mug and the reminder that every morning is the beginning of a new adventure. Lately my morning begins by sitting inContinue reading “The Adventure Continues”

March to March: Random thoughts on the COVID year that was.

Last Thursday was a day of personal celebration and reflection. That day, March 11, was the day I received my second virus vaccination. It also marked one year since the corona outbreak was declared a pandemic.   What I most remember about that day a year ago is that I was camping in the snow atContinue reading “March to March: Random thoughts on the COVID year that was.”

The elephant in the room

  Masked supporters and mask-less opponents filled the library conference room last Thursday for a public hearing on a proposed ordinance to require face coverings while indoors in public spaces within the city.  For nearly two hours more than two dozen people spoke for and against the proposal.  Each speaker generally respected the three minuteContinue reading “The elephant in the room”

Autumn travel – home and away

Recently, I returned home after from spending the better part of two weeks in Wyoming and Colorado.  I had been planning this trip for several months. I also had a pass to visit Yosemite National Park, but with so many wildfires in northern California, I changed my plans.   Earlier in the fall I hadContinue reading “Autumn travel – home and away”

Trail opens acres of park land to view

New vistas are open to view at  Black Elk Neihardt Park in Blair thanks to volunteers who have carved out a new mountain bike  and multi-use trail at the western edge of the park.  The trail opens up acres of park property that have been nearly inaccessible due to dense trees, grass and brush.