HIKING HURRICANE RIDGE

“The mountains are calling, and I must go.” – John Muir It’s quieter up here. Shades of green and blue recede on the white-capped peaks of the Olympic Mountain Range. My inner voice breaks into song with “the hills are alive… with the Sound of Music” as we gaze into the distance. It feels good […]

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Color and Light in Chihuly’s Garden and Glass

A boat balances on its edge overflowing with irregular forms that reflect the mirror below and cast shadows on the surrounding walls. Inspired by the Japanese art of ikebana flower arrangements, Dale Chihuly’s “Niijima Float Boats” are one of many large-scale installations that both amaze and inspire. Chihuly’s work has been an obsession of mine […]

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Tourists in Seattle

It’s January 2019 and American Airlines notifies us that our reward miles are expiring. We have a manner of days to decide where we might want to travel this year. Somewhere we’ve never been but always wanted to go that could be budgeted for six months down the road? The Pacific Northwest was calling our […]

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Game Changers Eat Seattle

We Jagers assume roles when traveling that we naturally do best. I take on the role of activity planner and navigator while Derek is the food connoisseur. He takes great joy in vetting menus and online reviews for our meals to uncover the gems in the city. Our favorite places are usually Japanese but we […]

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Learning to Bird as a Verb

Tall socks, tucked over jeans, in the heart of the woods. Eyes up, on the prowl, for the source of rhythmic melodies. What was that? A flash of orange, darts from one branch to the next. Are you a distant traveler or just a Robin on her nest? Lift up each step, so as not […]

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Race Recap: Cinco de Miles 5K 2019

This past weekend marked the celebration of Cinco de Mayo for local runners and walkers participating in the 4th annual Cinco de Miles 5K on the Mishawaka Riverwalk Trail. While each year has attracted more people, 2019 hit a record number of 488 participants on the sunny sidewalks of the St. Joesph River. Animal lovers […]

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Make-Believe

To which do I owe loyalty? The myths that color my existence or the truth that brews my soul? Lies take hold and taint all, until one becomes the other. Wake up, Wake up! Another week gone. Pinch the fat and cower with intention. Put on a happy face and go about my way. Clutter […]

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