Posts Tagged "Mount Hood"

Cobalt Blue Beads

»Posted by on Sep 5, 2014 in Heartfelt Treasures | 7 comments

Cobalt Blue Beads

Inspired by The Dalles Mountain Ranch Road for the 2014 Plein Air Show. Cobalt Blue Beads She closed her eyes and turned her face to the west wind. It hit her hard, then slid across her cheek like a lover’s caress. Leaning back against the trunk of the oak tree, she sighed. Almost time. This was the old way. To come to the place of her beginning. To await the passing of her spirit from this world. The old way. Her way. The shrill cry of the eagle cut through the air, startling her. She looked up. Soaring high above her, the bright white of its head contrasted against the brilliant blue of the summer sky. Majestic. Powerful. This was her spirit guide. Come to help her finish her journey. She gazed across the golden yellow hills that rolled away towards the snow...

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Travel Walking Sticks, Trekking Poles and Canes: Pros and Cons

»Posted by on Jul 22, 2014 in Travel Treasures | 2 comments

Travel Walking Sticks, Trekking Poles and Canes: Pros and Cons

In the final countdown for our fall trip to Europe, I began to look at the pros and cons of purchasing a travel walking staff or cane. I wasn’t really sure which would best meet my needs and have the assistance and stabilization benefits I desired when walking on uneven ground and cobblestone streets. I started my research by looking at three options, all of which needed to have the prime features of being light weight and collapsible in order to fit in my suitcase: 1. Walking Stick: Walking sticks have been around for ages. First used by shepherds to assist with their job of protecting the flock from thieves and predators and also to help them traverse the steep craggy rocks of the grazing fields. Later walking sticks became a status symbol when brandished by...

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