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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.
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Solo cycling in Washington state

From August, 4, 2020, to August 23, I cycled in Washington. On my Bike Friday World Touring Bike, with two rear panniers. Enjoy my sketchbook diary!

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Celebrating my 70th birthday, bicycling in Oregon

Since it is so nice this summer, I rode my bicycle right out my front door, with a load of camping gear and extra clothes in panniers, north on the Willamette Scenic Bikeway, to the Tualatin Scenic Bikeway, to Astoria, Oregon. Then I rode south along the Oregon Coast to Florence. From there I cycled home to Eugene. About 532 miles of cycling in 12 days (yes, I am bragging). Enjoy my sketchbook diary of my solo bicycle tour celebrating my 70th birthday!

Amanda and Colin were just the best! Cycling creates community!
Wahoo! I made it home!
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Walking Through The Pandemic, Part 2

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Mansions and Meadow, Eugene

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