Category Archives: Travel

Random photo from Bilbao

Here’s a random photo from Bilbao. Brian and I flew to Spain this spring to visit our niece Bailey, and to visit my friend Marta. Love a few of the photos from Bilbao, I really should do a longer post on that.

This is Bailey and me, as well as La Salve bridge, reflected in the tulips outside of Guggenheim-Bilbao.

Tulips outside of Bilbao Guggenheim

One day in L.A.

Pride crosswalk on Abbot Kinney Blvd in L.A.

We flew to L.A. for a day to see Blondie and Elvis Costello at the Greek Theater. Loved the venue, I want to see more shows there! I have also wanted to see Blondie since I was 15, and they were exactly as good as I thought they’d be. Great night!

We also got to hang out with Nate and Beth for the afternoon and catch up on things, awesome of them to let us stay with them!

To the mountain


Escaped the noise and upset animals over the 4th of July and went to the Timberline. I love Mt Hood, as I’ve mentioned a few times on here.

Brian reading at the Timberline – this is the back of the lodge


We swam, hung out in the hottub, played shuffleboard, ate great pizza at Blue Ox (the little hidden restaurant at the Timberline), and read nearly all day long.

I hiked up the Pacific Crest Trail for a bit.


I never got a great picture of it, but the monarch butterfly migration was in full force – thousands and thousands of them fluttering past me as I read on the patio. So many on the drive down the mountain! One of the servers exclaimed “Oh! Butterflies!” each time she came outside, she was as delighted as we were.

Shuffleboard table where Brian and I tied. Great game!

Linoleum art and old speaker at one end of the shuffleboard.

I had this folder in various colors as a kid and had no idea that the drawing of the woman on the chairlift was from the Timberline!

Mt Jefferson from our room.

Hood River


On the way home, we stopped in Hood River to eat dinner at Pfriem brewing. We took a short walk along the Columbia River after that and sat in the shade to watch the kite surfers and paddle boarders.

Relaxed and happy start to July.

Return to Wisconsin

Just a super last minute quick visit to Wisconsin, with no time to see any friends. But got two hours in Madison, a day or two near Milwaukee, and otherwise in the country (Hustisford, Beaver Dam). I saw deer and red fox! But no pictures of those.

Instead, a picture of the Dr. Evermor birds on Paterson Street:

And had our normal lunch at Harmony Bar of walnut burgers, hot chips with blue cheese, and Madison beer.

Also got to experience some really terrible Milwaukee road construction (seriously, Milwaukee, you can’t close all of your freeway onramps and then have all your detour signs point to also closed onramps. Thankful that I like to get to the airport obnoxiously early or we would have missed our plane!)

But also got to watch a family wait patiently for the red light and then cross the road safely: