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TheQueen
Interests: travel, food, hiking, writing, photography
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The Chairman, after 10 days of detested antibiotics for a lung ailment, is doing fine. Adam built him a "kennel" in the back yard. He dismantled part of one of the cat towers and installed it within. A water bowl sits at the mid level. The Chairman now enjoys hours and hours outside, blissed with the smells and the warmth and the shade. You and Eva should come visit. We are busy in the mornings but not usually in the afternoons. Pick a day and let me know. email is pstrawser@ieee.org
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We are back in our winter home. I am happy to report that time blunts disappointment, so my personal despair at the results of the last presidential election have subsided enough to leave me room to enjoy the beauties of the Mojave Desert. Today we drove south (90 miles) to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2017 at Writing from Home
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9 August 2017 Glad you asked. We began our stay in Oregon with painting our deck. Two coats of goopy deck paint are in place. Due to the spring rains, our plum tree didn’t set fruit. The two things together have made it much easier to clean the deck! And... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2017 at Writing from Home
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25 June 2017 On this very hot day in McMinnville, we ventured out to tour five private gardens, all for the princely sum of $10 per person. We always look forward to this annual event. The gardens are always lovely. I leave you with pictures from today’s tour. After the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2017 at Writing from Home
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19 June 2017 Happy Juneteenth, everyone! We took a day off today and traveled to the coast of Oregon. It was forecast to be hot in McMinnville, so we headed to Pacific City and Cape Kiwanda. It was bright and sunny in MAC, and the sun followed us most of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2017 at Writing from Home
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15 June 2017 We’re finally laying floor tiles, big 20” x 20” ones. The uneven floor creates some challenges – we’ve reset a couple of tiles, striving for near level. We’ve devised a ways of marking the tiles one shouldn’t step on – looks like some crazed version of hopscotch.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2017 at Writing from Home
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6 June 2017 Hello Blog! Long Time No Write! Time has passed. We have made our seasonal pilgrimage to Oregon, where we arrived in late April, just in time to experience the last of the rainy season. Children here are in school for two more weeks – many snow days... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2017 at Writing from Home
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25 February 2017 We left Africa a week ago. On the Friday night, a troupe from the Ikoma tribe came to dance us farewell and safe trip. Their costumes were bright and colorful in blues and greens. Beaded jewelry and animal skins and feathers in their hair gave them a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2017 at Writing from Home
We are home safely in the Mojave Desert. I will have a final wrap-up post tomorrow. What a trip! We were so lucky to have seen so many animals, and in such amazing situations. See you in late April! ))
Toggle Commented Feb 20, 2017 on Victoria Falls at Writing from Home
We are home safely, jet lagged of course. There will be one final post tomorrow. See you in April!
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17 February 2017, Day 30, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania Late yesterday afternoon clouds built up in the east. Rain fell in curtains many miles away, on the bordering mountains. There were a couple of rumbles of thunder. This morning we leave early, at 6:30 a.m., for a morning drive. We... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2017 at Writing from Home
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16 February 2017, Day 29, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania Our drive starts again at 7 a.m. We head down the hill and through the Ikoma Village. Simon does the paperwork, and both vehicles proceed through the park gates. Our first stop is a lion kill. Only one lioness is left,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2017 at Writing from Home
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15 February 2017, Day 28, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania Two of our party depart at 4 a.m. for a balloon ride over the Serengeti Plain. We sleep on, but still awake early. I slept well, so am ready for the day. On our way to the park we see a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2017 at Writing from Home
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14 February, 2017, Day 27, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania We make an early departure, wind our way up to the Ngorongoro Crater rim, and skirt around the crater on a flat plain to head north. We see zebras, wildebeest, a large group of giraffes (12+), herd of goats and cattle,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2017 at Writing from Home
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13 February 2017, Day 26 Today we leave at 6:30 a.m., bound for Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area.The just-past-full moon is still high in the western sky when the sun breaks through in the east. Courtesy of Wikipedia, these facts: the crater is in fact a caldera. A volcanic mountain, somewhere... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2017 at Writing from Home
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12 February 2017, Day 25, Ngorongoro Highlands, Tanzania We make a leisurely 8:30 a.m. departure from Karatu Simba. We traverse the dirt road through fields. We pass a woman carrying firewood – pigeon pea stalks. These are much used here because there are few trees. As we near the town... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2017 at Writing from Home
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11 February 2017, Ngorongoro Highlands, Tanzania Qwarda is from the Datoga tribe Today we make an early start, leaving in the dark at 6 a.m. We’re headed for a jam-packed cultural exchange experience. Today we ride with Mahunga as our driver and local guide. We wind our way over the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at Writing from Home
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10 February 2017, Day 23, Lake Manyara, Tanzania East wall, Great Rift Valley Today is a long travel day, moving from Tangarire to the foothills of the Ngorongoro Highlands. After breakfast we are delighted to observe a large herd of zebras who come to visit our waterhole. I enjoy the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at Writing from Home
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9 February 2017, Day 22, Tarangire National Park, Tanzania Vervet monkey Today is a long drive in Tarangire National Park. We will drive the length of the park, from north to south. Along the way we will see distinct regions where soil and vegetation change. As we begin, a jackal... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at Writing from Home
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8 February, 2018, Day 21, Tarangire National Park, Tanzania Our journey today began at 7 a.m. We traveled in safari vehicles back through Amboseli National Park and across the dry lake, out the gates. Then followed an hour drive on the washboard road to the pavement, and a quick drive... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at Writing from Home
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Maasai Giraffe 7 February 2017, Day 20 Afternoon, Amboseli National Park We set out at 4 for an afternoon game drive within the 392 square kilometers of Amboseli, which is Maasai for “salty soil”. This is certainly an apt name! We see common waterbuck, impalas, zebras, gazelles, more zebras, and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at Writing from Home
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7 February 2017, Day 20, near Amboseli National Park Maasai Chief Joseph We spend the entire morning in a Maasai village. This an extraordinary amount of time to take these people from the tasks of daily life, but they seem happy to entertain us. The chief and his people have... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at Writing from Home
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6 February 2017, Day 19 After a cold shower, breakfast, and checking the superbowl scores, we climb into Amos’s vehicle and depart at 7 a.m. It will be a very long travel day. We travel back to Nairobi, branching off on an alternate route over the mountain, where large trucks... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at Writing from Home
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5 February 2017, Day 19, Lake Nakuru, Kenya Which would you rather do – watch the superbowl or see rhinos. Oh, ok, I see. I chose the rhinos. This morning we regained the westward highway and hied us to Lake Nakuru National Park. The strips of shops along the road... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2017 at Writing from Home