Tag: Fall

Making Plans

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I know I recently made a blog post about places I wanted to go hiking, and I have gotten thinking about the places, that don’t necessarily include hikes, or are not hiking specific that I want to go visit, and see.

I have been interested in, and loved exploring the old ghost towns, and restored ghost towns of the American and Canadian West. This began the first time I had visited Barkerville, British Columba, in Canada. I would love to go back to Barkerville again, now that I am an adult.

I am fascinated by old places, as of yet, I am a die hard urban explorer, but I do love seeing these old places, that have a history, and at one time were living, breathing towns that were bustling with life. Then for whatever reason these places became abandoned, and go from bustling to nothing. I don’t believe in ghosts or paranormal, yet I do believe that the places still hold memories of the people who lived there, which is eerie in and of itself. I know buildings aren’t alive like humans are,  but there is just something about old, abandoned places, where human life has left an imprint.

Some old Ghost Towns I would love to visit include:
Bannock, Montana
Bodie, California
Tombstone, AZ
Virginia City, Nevada
Goldfield, Nevada
Barkerville, British Columbia

Idaho Silver Mining Towns such as:
Chesterfield Historic Town Site
Wallace Area
Bayhorse Ghost Town and Trails
Silver Valley Historical Area
Custer Historic Mining Town
Silver City Historical Area
Idaho City Historical Area
Sierra Silver Mine Tour

On a less creepy, old, scary note other places I want to go visit include:

Going back to New York City, two more times, once when the weather is decent and warm enough to go see all the sights, and the second time, being sometime between Thanksgiving and mid December. I want to see the skating rink and the tree in Rockefeller center, as well as everything decorated up for Christmas.

I want to visit Vermont, New Hampshire, or Maine in the fall and see what all the fuss about Autumn in New England is all about, especially since fall is my favorite season.

I also want to go to Disneyland in October to see it decorated all up for Halloween, as well as in December, to see it all decorated for Christmas. One of these trips (Probably the October Trip), I would love to go back to San Diego. I didn’t get to see as much as I wanted to the first time.

I would also love to be able to spend a Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in London. I would love to attend the Midnight Mass at Westminster Abbey, that begins Christmas Eve night and goes into Christmas Morning, as well as attend a Christmas Service on Christmas Morning. Then head up to Scotland, and stay through New Years (which would include my birthday), before coming back to the States.

I would also love to visit Yellowstone, Yosemite, Glacier National Park, Denali National Park, see the Great Smoky Mountains, as well as Nashville.

There is a lot I want I want to see, but nothing that can’t be done in my life time, yet still be able to put down roots somewhere, and have a home of my own. At worst be able to do some urban homesteading, at best have a bit of property and do a bit more intensive homesteading.


Adventuring in the Rain

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Today was my day off, and I have spent far too much time in the city lately. Being able to get out of the city and into the country, and not take forever to get there is. One of the many reasons I am thankful for the urban growth boundary. The urban growth boundary means that it doesn’t take as long to get out into the country and the middle of nowhere, which is one of the things that keeps me going, and keeps me functioning in my current day to day life. 

In the past few weeks, I have really realized that this part of the country, the Pacific Northwest (and I include Alaska in that too, and if you know me, you understand why), is my home and where my roots are. I have definitely put down roots in this part of the country. I also love that I can have roots and wings – that means I am free to go and explore this great big world we live in, yet I always know where home is. 

Today was one of those grey, rainy days we are known for out here. Many people find it to be gross, disgusting, nasty and miserable. I honestly love it. I was also feeling a bit cooped up with work and everything that I just needed to go,  drive and explore.having it pouring down rain made the woods look different than they do on a clear sunny day. 

I had pulled into a parking lot in Colton to get my bearings and to see what way I needed to go, to get back to the City, as if was getting later and I still had errands to run. As I was getting ready to leave said parking lot, I saw this little church across the street, and had to take a picture. 

Beach Trip

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I am finally getting around to getting this post written. It was like 10:15 pm by the time we got back. 

Yesterday my parents and I had gone to the beach. My dad had mentioned to my mom that I knew a good spot that wasn’t super crowded. So we went to my favorite place, and I drove out to the beach. 

We had hung out at the beach for a while before we went and got food. We then went back to the beach and hung out until the sunset. Around the time the sun set we spotted some whales. I don’t know what type they were but we saw them.   


My mom was hesitant because it was rainy most of the way there, but it cleared up right as we got there.  

Summer is Winding Down

This morning I woke up to a gray blanket covering the skies above me, and the air heavy with the smell of rain. I woke up to an amazing morning. The gray blanket the covers our skies is a comforting, light filtering blanket that calms my mind. I love the smell of impending rain on a summer’s day. 

I am enjoying this late summer/early fall day enjoying the gray skies, a cup of tea, and my knitting. 

Dairy Free Pumpkin Pie Filling

Here is the recipe for the dairy free Pumpkin Pie filling that I now use, I am still looking for a GF pie crust recipe that I like, so when I find one I’ll share it. 

For the Filling:

    • 1 15-ounce can canned pumpkin (NOT canned pumpkin pie filling)

    • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten

    • 1 cup coconut milk or other dairy-free milk alternative

    • 1/2 cup maple syrup

    • 1 t. ground cinnamon

    • 1/2 t. ground ginger

    • 1/4 t. ground nutmeg
    • 1/8 t. ground cloves

    • 1/8 t. salt

    • White granulated sugar, for sprinkling

    • Vegan Whipped Cream (optional)


Preheat the oven to 425 F.

Prepare the filling. In a medium-sized mixing bowl using an electric hand mixer or a standing mixer, mix the pumpkin, eggs, coconut milk, maple syrup, ground cinnamon, ground ginger, ground cloves, and salt until smooth and well combined. Pour the mixture into the prepared crust and sprinkle lightly with granulated sugar. Bake for 10 minutes, then turn down the oven to 350 F and bake for 35-40 minutes more or until a skin forms on top of the pumpkin and the crust is just lightly golden (gluten-free crusts do not brown quite like wheat-based ones.) Transfer the pie to a wire cooling rack to cool completely, then place in the refrigerator to chill completely. Serve cold with Vegan Whipped Cream if desired.


Adventure Day

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Yesterday, beings that it is my weekday off, I headed out of town for a few hours, beings that the last couple months have been really busy, and crazy, and to only get more so over the next month.

I had been thinking about heading home for a couple of days, since the clear weather had been holding, and I am glad I went with my gut and just did it, and went. I didn’t stay there super long, because I had to also think about the evening commute, so I headed back early enough to beat that, but I was there long enough to want to stay, and not come back to here.

I spent four years living in this area, and fell in love with it, and did not want to leave when I graduated from college. I left because of the state of the economy, and I had a place to live where I am now, and the city would have more job opportunities it seemed like. Now more than three years later, I miss this place a lot, and would love to move back, if I could find a job in the area. The area, and the church family I had there became my second family that I really bonded with.