Category Archives: Adventures

Empty Nest Alert: Imminent

The significance of what I’m sharing in this post is that our empty nest is imminent.  Last month started with Championships.  November 1st was the 2014 NWAPA Marching Band Championships in Hillsboro, Oregon, at which my wife and I were … Continue reading

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Perfect Late Summer Day on Scappoose Bay

Before I saw her, I heard her rustling in the tall grass on the bank above me.  I looked up, and then I saw her.  Her rump, back, neck, head, with ears standing tall and alert: a doe.  She stopped … Continue reading

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How much different are we from them?

Whether enjoying a flight in a helicopter, or sitting on the beach at sunset with a fire and a guitar serenade, this is the way life should be for a Baby Boomer. The flight was courtesy of Seaside Helicopters in … Continue reading

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Minimize to the least degree our level of captivity

What I meant by my question, “How much different are we from them?,” is this:  in our society, we as adult humans, likewise are trained in behaviors that are necessary for our survival.  In a sense, each of us lives … Continue reading

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Gigantic, global forces at play

It was only a glimpse of the gigantic, global forces at play.  I was being drawn out by the backflow of the surf – the great suction of the outgoing tide plus the strong downstream current of the river. Conflicting … Continue reading

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Moustache March Reprise

Am I Pancho?  Or a crab boat captain?  This is what I looked like at the end of Moustache March.  One Hispanic friend, a woman who prefers to speak Spanish with me, told me that she liked my “bigote” because … Continue reading

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Going Pancho

It’s an adventure because it’s something novel to do.  And it demonstrates yet again that our lives are not governed by the monotonous routine. You may not be aware that this is Moustache March.  And although I’ve grown facial hair … Continue reading

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Lives not governed by the monotonous routine

Every adventure demonstrates that our lives are not governed by the monotonous routine.  And every kayak trip is like a good cigar:  one of the most enjoyable parts is the memory of it. But I found my most recent kayak … Continue reading

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You expect to get wet

I embrace being exposed to the elements. That’s why, during our return paddle on the Tualatin River, I didn’t mind when a drenching rain cut loose from the clouds. What’s the difference? When you go kayaking, you expect to get … Continue reading

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