Photo: D’Ornate

Theme: Ornate  (D’Or means “of gold” in French.)

St. Stephan’s Cathedral-Vienna, Austria

Photo: I Grid You a Merry Christmas

This week’s photo challenge: Grid

Trolls have booted Santa And Mrs. Claus from Iceland. Now they rest behind bars.Trolls

Photo: Rainbow Over Reykjavik

Today’s Photo Challenge: ROY G. BIV

Reykjavik, Iceland


Travel: Yachats, OR

My family kicked off summer vacation with a trip to the beach. Yachats is a tiny town on the coast of Oregon, which for us meant a twelve hour drive from Missoula. We stopped for gas in Burnt Woods where a woman was selling knit hats in the parking lot. It was 82 degrees.



We made many discoveries in Yachats. The most important was that despite its name, Yachats (pronounced Yah-hots), is not hot. Temperatures hovered around 57 degrees with a wind chill. The woman we mocked for selling knit hats had the last laugh on us. Stupid Montanans.

We concurred that the Oregon Coast is the child of Iceland and Hawaii, volcanic and freezing, but also lush with rainforest. It didn’t rain on us. We were lucky.


We loved scrambling along the rocks.




We hiked to the Whispering Spruce, a 500+ year old Sitka Spruce tree. The magic of the old growth rainforest filled us with tranquility.




The coast is lined with State Park beaches. We were the only people at this sandy beach.IMG_8696 (1)

A lighthouse guards the sea along the rocky coast. Its perch atop the greenery is worthy of a puzzle. IMG_8697


If I return to Yachats, I’d like to go crabbing-wrapped in my down jacket and a hat. When Montana is threatened with forest fires later this summer, I’ll remember this trip.


Photo: Orange You Glad

Today’s Photo Challenge: Orange    Knock knock. Who’s there? Banana. Banana who? Knock knock. Who’s there? Banana. Banana who? Knock knock. Who’s there? Orange. Orange who? Orange you glad I didn’t say banana.

You won’t find bananas in these photos.

Orange Balloon, Orange County CA
Orange Balloon, Orange County CA


I Heart Beer
I Heart Beer
ZiggoDome, Amsterdam
ZiggoDome, Amsterdam
Marché de Noël, Paris
Marché de Noël, Paris