Category Archives: Travel

March of the Zombies

Gosh, here it is almost the Fourth of July.  I suddenly realized that the backpack I had contemplated way back in January was now only a month away.  Could I really do a 10-mile backpack in Oregon’s beautiful Eagle Cap … Continue reading

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What Happened to those Ruby Slippers?

Did you ever wonder what happens to the ruby slippers in The Wizard of Oz?   In the movie, they just disappear when Dorothy wakes up in Kansas.  In L. Frank Baum’s original book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Dorothy’s magic … Continue reading

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Hike in a beautiful wilderness!

Yes, I am determined to visit this beautiful lake – and camp nearby so I can visit other beautiful lakes.  Yes, I’m going to do another backpack — cheer me on! And would you like to join us?  We will … Continue reading

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Mambo Italiano

With a name like Kennedy, I can’t pass myself off as Italian, but I love all things Italian — pizza, pasta, truffles, and the Leaning Tower of  Pisa.  Hmm…scratch that last one.  Way back in 2001, I saw the tower … Continue reading

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Too much stuff – not enough dough

Laura models the backpack she will be using on the Pacific Crest Trail backpack as a “shadow hiker” with Pass to Pass.  This was 28.8 pounds – I’m taking some stuff out to get the pack down to 25 pounds.  I … Continue reading

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How do you get to Carnegie Hall?

How do you get to Carnegie Hall?  No, the answer to the old joke is not “Practice, practice, practice.”  The answer does involve practice (a lot), but also money, “just do it”, and Bill Gates. Let me explain.  Last summer, … Continue reading

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How many neurologists are in the West Indies?

How many neurologists are in the West Indies? This sounds like the opening line of a gag (and no, I have no idea how many neurologists are needed to change a light bulb).  But I have been seriously wondering about … Continue reading

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What is the “new normal”?

Here in Seattle, we are anxiously awaiting tomorrow’s cooler temperatures, and offshore winds to blow away the gritty smoke from hundreds of wildfires all around us —  Washington, Oregon, northern California, British Columbia, and Alberta.   We have even had ash … Continue reading

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