The Robin Gets the Worm

If the early bird catches the worm then the ubiquitous robin is the winner. You ask how do I know this? For several weeks, I have been awakened before 4am to the cheerful song of the redbreast greeting a new day. And the robin isn't content being the early bird. This happy songbird chirps late... Continue Reading →

You can usually find me in the mountains on a warm sunny weekend, but not this past one. Home projects kept me in town. I took a break from house painting Sunday afternoon to explore Alki beach at low tide. Sunday's low tide at Alki was -3.2 feet, making it possible to walk around the... Continue Reading →

About ten years ago, I had an opportunity to visit Oak Creek Canyon in northern Arizona. Stretching between Flagstaff and Sedona, this lush and scenic canyon is second to the Grand Canyon as an Arizona tourist destination. That visit inspired me to read Zane Grey's The Call of the Canyon, a western set predominantly in... Continue Reading →

The Columbia River Gorge explodes with color in the spring when the wildflowers bloom. Hillsides, like this one at Tom McCall Preserve in Oregon, turn golden with balsam root. The best way to experience wildflowers is to hike among them. I wandered high up on the hillside, taking in views of the dramatic landscape. Roll... Continue Reading →

Night is turning to day earlier now and the birds wake me up. The temperature is mild at 45 degrees, so I drink my coffee on the deck. The air is moist and coats objects with its wetness. I stroll around the yard and through the garden, marveling at how quickly weeds move in. This is the... Continue Reading →

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