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June 28, 2014

Signs of Saturday: Attention stoners

You know that "customers pay first" sentence on gas pumps that tells you to settle up before filling up?

In Barstow someone did a bit of creative editing:

stoners pay first

June 27, 2014


At a mountain house with cool and nearly Nordic views (hello, Canada)...

the view

...the wildflowers are having a party.


June 26, 2014

The quick brown black fox

See him?


The little fox?

on the hunt


little fox





(And scratching.)


Wild thing.


June 25, 2014


When we landed, this happened:



And a little red fox.

red island fox

The San Juan Islands in Washington, where international data roaming charges (thanks, AT&T) apply,

June 24, 2014

So, this happened:

our plane


hello, Seattle

San Juan islands

June 21, 2014

It's the solstice!

first day of summer: NM

Today's the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. So from the mountains of New Mexico, happy first day of summer!

June 20, 2014

The getaway

Spent some time at the country house last week while we were in Asheville:

biltmore estate in asheville

a weekend at the country house

The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC.

June 19, 2014


West of Flagstaff, as the Mojave gives way to mountains, a crow had a message for passing travelers.


west of flagstaff

crow near flagstaff

June 17, 2014

Slow sky

sunset in Asheville

Long, long twilights in the Blue Ridge, slow colors, slow sky.

June 16, 2014

New friends

One of the great things about traveling is all the new friends you make.


ola, oso

bear on the move

Black bear on the grounds of the Biltmore Estate in Asheville.

June 15, 2014

The Blue Ridge Mountains

blue ridge parkway view






You bet.

I love it when the name really does describe the place. The Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville NC -- almost absurdly beautiful.

June 14, 2014

Wild blue yonder

wild blue yonder

And away we go...

June 12, 2014

Of course...

...this kept happening:

the essence of walt

June 11, 2014

And then...

...this happened. Because it turns out that when you sell, you're actually expected to move out.


Does the word "eek" count as narrative?

June 10, 2014


...this happened.

Stay tuned.

so, this happened...

June 7, 2014

These guys...

These guys:

ducklings grown up

Used to be these guys.


June 6, 2014

That was then: snow day

snow on the hills last april

The view from a hiking trail near Kanan Road on April 12, 2012.

June 5, 2014

Game of stones

There's a hiking trail that winds through the mountains, goes north to south, from the Santa Monicas to the sea.

markers on the path

One day someone made a few sculptures:

found art

And a few days later, someone else knocked them down. Ever since it's been a back-and-forth, the sculptures up, then down, then up, then down. The up side of things is winning:

sudden sculpture

And Walt art connoisseurs are pleased.


June 4, 2014


Maisie would like you to know she has lost a few pounds:


And that the parrots around here are crazy.


June 3, 2014

Growth spurt

Remember this little family?

duckling nap

Not so little any more.

they grow so fast

June 2, 2014


Almost summer at the lake...


June 1, 2014

The golden girl

Miss Maisie takes a moment from her non-stop wrestling match with Walt busy schedule to look picturesque among the summer grasses.

The tiny Labrador

Miss Maisie

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