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Strolling through Georgetown, Washington DC.

One of my favorite things to do in a city is just walk down the street, enjoying the neighborhood and whatever comes across my path. Walking through Georgetown on “O” Street, I saw the Mansion, a museum, and spent a few hours exploring it. Not free, but the $30 fee was worth it. Also are photos of the neighborhood. Enjoy!

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Cycling through Occoquan, Virginia on USBR 1.

Taking the morning at a bike shop to get new brake cables, one had broken and the other was nearly there, I also picked out new bike gloves. Then I cycled on USBike Route 1 through Occoquan, past the old Chinn farm, which is now a huge shopping mall, to the Metro Station in Franconia and took the Metro into Washington DC where I spent three nights at the Hamilton Hotel so I could see the fireworks on the Fourth of July. One reason I like riding my bike is to stop and enjoy the local history, which had a huge impact on our nation. It was fascinating.

I got off the Metro at the Arlington Cemetery stop (I have been to the cemetery a couple of times) and cycled across the Potomac River on the Arlington Memorial Bridge, around the Lincoln Memorial, along the Mall and left on 14th Street to my hotel. It was about 36 miles of leisurely cycling, including a break for a slice of apple pie in Occoquan.

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My sketchbook diary, June 2, to June 10, 2021, Virginia.

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My sketchbook diary, May 22, to June 1, 2021.

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My volunteer job on Virginia

Home for four months in Prince William Forest Park, Virginia is in this cabin campground, 32 miles south of Washington DC. My job description is to check in and out groups. So far there has been a wedding and a father-son night. Usually group are booked back to back, but with the pandemic, things are slow. Also, I walk through the buildings and grounds every day. My house is a two bedroom cabin furnished by the National Park Service. It has all amenities, with air conditioning and laundry nearby. For transportation, I only have my bicycle and it is a hilly six miles, one way, to get groceries or use WiFi. But the ride is through the park, mostly shaded, and little traffic and I only go once or twice a week. It is great to be here and living in the forest. These are photos of my cabin, with my John Deere Gator parked on front, which is for use only around the campground.

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Manassas, Virginia

From Chicago I took the train to Manassas, Virginia, where I spent two nights at a lovely BnB. I cycled to Manassas Battlefield, where the first shots of the civil war were fired. That evening the BnB hosted their usual volleyball game and potluck and invited me to join them. It was great fun.

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Chicago

From West Glacier Park train station I took the train to Chicago and spent one night near Lake Michigan. Since my train didn’t depart until 5:45 pm, I had a whole day to explore on foot and cycle the Lake Shore Trail along Lake Michigan. The weather was wonderful, not windy but sunny and warm.

Amtrak train
Pausing Winona, Minnesota.
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Train traveling in 2021.

The train trip was pleasant and everyone was well spaced apart.
It is so good to see my family in Seattle again. Everyone is vaccinated and well.
From the West Glacier train station, I cycled into Glacier National Park, along Lake McDonald and up the Going to the Sun Highway. The road was closed before the Loop, something to do with an avalanche! But the next day the road was open and I cycled to the Loop. After that point, snow plows are still clearing the road of snow.
Also, I hiked to Avalanche Lake, 4 miles round trip. Funny thing is people ask where I am from and have I been here before. Then I tell them I was born and raised in Wyoming and lived in Billings, Montana for 18 years. Now I live in Eugene, Oregon, and this is my first trip to Glacier National Park! Gorgeous as it is, we stuck closer to home, the Big Horn Mountains, Yellowstone National Park, the Tetons.
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Eugene, Oregon Calendar 2021

Now available at Tsunami Bookstore and Market of Choice on 29th St. $9.99.

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Solo Cycling in Southern Oregon, USA

August 31 to September 18, 2020, I cycled in Oregon. When the smoke from forest fires got too intense, I went home to Eugene, loaded my bike in my car and cycled and drove in Oregon and Idaho. Enjoy my sketchbook diary!

After a day of cycling the rails to trails path in Klamath Falls, I cycled UP to Aspen Point Campground.
Electric Lemonade, a recovery drinky.
My front door is guarded by a bull skull from my family’s ranch in Wyoming.