Sunday, September 25, 2016


Three movie characters that I think represent me?

Just three?



  • Marcia Jeffries (Patricia Neal) in A Face in the Crowd
  • Ann Mitchell (Barbara Stanwyck) in Meet John Doe
  • Hildy Johnson (Rosalind Russell) in His Girl Friday
  • Jane Craig (Holly Hunter) in Broadcast News
  • Marion Ravenwood (Karen Allen) in Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Rhoda Morgenstern (Valerie Harper) in The Mary Tyler Moore 
  • Molly Hooper (Louise Brealey) in Sherlock
  • Ben Wyatt (Adam Scott) in Parks and Rec (yes, the dude)
  • often, I’m both Thelma AND Louise….
  • and lately, I’ve been feeling a lot like Norma Desmond and Blanche DuBois…

I debated over Katie Morosky (Barbra Streisand) in The Way We Were. Much of it I so identify with - but not where she date rapes Hubbell. I hope I'm not that creepy.

I'm not Princess Leia nor Annie Savoy in Bull Durham, but I aspire to be.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Motorcycle Adventure Mostly in Idaho

Traveling in the Salmon-Challis National Forest

This year's two-week motorcycle adventure tour? Idaho! And it was amazing. A couple of people gave incredulous responses when we said we were going to Idaho for our vacation. After motorcycle trips to the Yukon and back, to Jasper and Banff, Yellowstone, national parks in Utah, and, of course, travel all over Europe, we were going to Idaho?

Yes. It was my idea. I was ready for an adventure closer to home, one that didn't require us to ride for 700 miles over two days on the Interstate just to start a vacation. We'd seen a bit of Idaho every time we went over Lolo Pass for other trips, and we'd been to Craters of the Moon already, which we hugely enjoyed. If we concentrated mostly on Idaho for two weeks, we would, at last, see Hells Canyon, a legendary destination for motorcycle riders, and allow us to explore more the North East of Oregon, something we hadn't done yet since moving here in 2009.

Here is the route we went. Unfortunately, this map doesn't have many city names on it.All of the photos from the trip are online, with descriptions; in fact, I also put all the photos for Silver City, Idaho into their own photo album as well.

Here are the travel point highlights:
  • Hells Canyon drive from Oxbow Bridge along the Snake River to the Hell's Canyon dam and then back over Oxbow dam to Cambridge, Idaho
  • Historic Silver City, Idaho 
  • Bruneau Dunes State Park, Idaho 
  • City of Rocks National Reserve, Idaho 
  • Sawtooth Scenic Byway, Idaho 
  • Salmon River Scenic Byway, Idaho 
  • Historic Custer, Idaho 
  • Ft. Missoula, Montana 
  • Wallace, Idaho 
  • Lake Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 
  • White Pine Scenic Byway, Idaho 
  • Hell's Canyon Overlook, Oregon 
  • Joseph, Oregon 
  • Painted Hills, Oregon 
  • Little Crater Lake, Oregon
Here is the Idaho travelogue

Monday, September 19, 2016

Explore the Oregon Desert Trail - Oct 10, 2016, Portland, Oregon event

Eastern Oregon beckons for your next adventure!

The Oregon Natural Desert Association and the Mountain Shop invite you on  to learn about new opportunities to explore your public land on the 750 mile Oregon Desert Trail on foot, by bike or packraft, via an October 10th event at the Mountain Shop, 1510 NE 37th Ave, Portland, Oregon. Doors open at 5 p.m., with the panel beginning at 6 p.m. Space is limited, so register for the free event at

Join bikepacker Gabriel Amadeus, ultra-runner Christof Teuscher, thru-hiker Brian “Tomato” Boshart, and packrafter Renee “She-ra” Patrick for a panel discussion about their adventures in the high desert, and the importance of public lands for recreation.

Enjoy free beer from Base Camp Brewing, explore lightweight gear options from Six Moon Design, and score some great raffle prizes from Six Moon Designs, Oboz, Sawyer, Clif Bar, TOAKS, Gerber, Gossamer Gear, Trail Butter, Superfeet and more.

The 750 mile Oregon Desert Trail traverses some of the most spectacular natural areas of the state’s dry side, including Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge, Steens Mountain and the Owyhee Canyonlands. Thanks to thousands of volunteer and staff hours, the guide material, maps, GPS tracks and waypoints, and town information are all freely available for anyone to create his or her own Oregon Desert Trail adventure. With a western terminus in the Oregon Badlands Wilderness and an eastern terminus in the Lake Owyhee State Park near the Idaho border, this route crosses mountains, vast deserts, rivers and canyons. It links existing trails, old Jeep tracks, historical wagon roads and cross-country navigation, and is accessible at different points by bicycle, horseback and raft in addition to foot. Some sections offer easy walks along well-marked paths. Other areas require GPS skills, significant outdoor experience and serious preparation, particularly for water sources.

The Oregon Desert Trail guide

Also of note, the Oregon Natural Desert Association has asked federal agencies to consider designating the Oregon Desert Trail as a National Recreation Trail "Connecting Trail" linking the existing Fremont National Recreation Trail and the Oregon High Desert National Recreation Trail. (See othis Nov. 8, 2013 letter.) This would result in the more formal adoption of the route, allowing for signage, inclusion on federal maps and more.

The association wants feedback from users and from the communities surrounding the trail so they can work with land management agencies to refine the ODT and offer the best information possible to visitors to our public lands: Please contact the organization at And consider sharing your adventures on the trail on our High Desert Trip Reports page.