|Male Blue Grouse. Photo taken July 2013 at Paradise on Mt. Rainier. Photo by ABennett|
Weather: Blue skies right now but it rained earlier this morning. This time of year there is always the threat of rain.
Adventure Day to Mt. Rainier: Don and I both had Friday off work, for different reasons. We had time to scrunch in an adventure day which didn't take us too far from home since we had commitments on Saturday. We decided a trip to Paradise on Mt. Rainier was in order. Don couldn't remember the last time he had been to the National Park at Paradise. I had gone with the girls two years ago. Surprisingly, we live only 70 miles from Mt. Rainier so it is shocking we don't go there more often to enjoy the spectacular view. The morning started with an awesome sunrise over the mountain but by the time we got to Paradise, it was completely covered by a cloud. We were on a mountain but couldn't see it. We hiked a bit and then it started to pour so we went in the lodge, watched the National Parks film about Mt. Rainier, shared a cup of coffee waiting for it to abate. It didn't. After an hour or more we decided to head home. No big deal we'll go back another day when it is sunny. This time we hope to visit the grove of old giant trees which is on the southeast slopes.
|This is what the steps to Rainier looked like on Friday, October 9, 2015. The mountain was obscured by clouds. Photo by ABennett|
|This is what Rainier looked like two years ago on a beautiful summer day. Photo by ABennett|
The Martian: After our favorite football team lost in double overtime, we went to see the new movie, The Martian, to cheer ourselves up. It worked. We got lost in the movie and cheered for Mark Watney as he tried to survive after being abandoned on Mars. The three of us had all listened to the audiobook and really enjoyed it. We recommend reading the book then going to the movie. there are a few differences, none of them vital to the story.
In honor of "The Martian", here is David Bowie singing "Starman." The movie was full of music from my era. Enjoy.
Book completed this week: Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gwande, MD. This should be required reading for anyone who has a family, especially aging parents.
- Shadowshaper by Daniel Perez Older. Consider YA Urban Fantasy, with a creepy aspect.
- The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz. This was the only book I had in the car to read while we were waiting for the rainstorm to pass. I like what I've read so far, set in the early 1900s, diary style.
- Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege on Leningrad by M.T. Anderson. Audiobook, nonfiction, included the history of the USSR under Lenin and Stalin up to WWII. Very well written. I am learning a lot. Even though I am only 1/3rd of the way, I can already highly recommend it.
|Here is Muffy in the leaves yesterday. The patch on her back was shaved for the spinal surgery four weeks ago.|
Thought for the day (this one is for me): Be grateful for what you have and stop complaining - it bores everybody else, does you no good, and doesn't solve any problems.- Zig Ziglar