Thursday, September 12, 2013

Devil's Loop - North Cascades

Hooked on the beauty!

This 44 mile trek takes you through beautiful old growth forest, up and up, until you reach Jakita Ridge. The trees thin out exposing the very impressive views of the North Cascade rugged mountain peaks. Traverse the ridge on the most pleasant of trails, with a slight grade, just enough to keep your breathe steady. Take a lunch break to take it all in... stay for a while...

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Loowit Trail - Mount St. Helens

Mt St Helens was bursting with vast and beautiful views. Much of the forested landscape has been washed away by the huge eruption of 1980, now slowly returning to its previous state. The transformation is coming in all forms; kooky wildflowers, fields of strawberries, small sproutings of brush in endless gravel fields, even healthy tree saplings filling the landscape. 
We walked around the mountain in 2 days, a 33 mile trek. It was one of the most physically challenging obstacles I have done, but totally worth it. The mountain watches over you every minute, edging you along with her immense beauty. 

boulder fields... on and on

plains of Abraham

view of the crater
climbing up one of the many washouts

walking along the sandy path
field full of delicious strawberries!

Sunday, August 18, 2013


Table-top complete. Built in April, freshly sanded and stained on a hot August day. Now in action and ready for use!

Sunday, February 24, 2013


public artworks in Mexico City, Guanajuato and Oaxaca ....

It has been a pleasure to wander in search of sculpture and murals. It has also been fascinating to happen upon the pasted up and unorganized works. People throw up stuff all over the place. These are some of the pieces I have altered, a reinterpretation of the artists intent with the scale of location in mind. 

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Mexico City Metro

The Metro is an experience. It is like getting into a sauna - the dirtiest, smelliest, most crowded sauna you can imagine. If you can walk - you should probably walk. BUT the metro is only 3 pesos and you can get all the way across the city. If you are traveling at rush hour, there is a women's only section that is quite roomy! The system is huge and built with the most durable materials - a heavy concrete structure with steel details. 

Friday, February 22, 2013

Jugo Verde

It will make you feel 100% better! Mexico City I love you!

3/4 de vaso de jugo de naranja   (fresh squeezed orange juice)

1 vara de apio   (celery)

4 ó 5 ramas de perejil   (parsley)

Una cucharada de nopal picado   (cactus)

1/4 de rebanada de piña   (pineapple)

1 Limon   (lemon)

Jengibre   (ginger)

Thursday, February 21, 2013


This city is a maze of winding streets and alleys that open onto public plazas. There is a School of Art & Theatre and the students practice all over the streets. There is always a show going on; lots and lots of people stop to watch. I am standing on top of the University steps in the picture below, you can't get into the school but they keep the steps open for the amazing view. 

old mining roads now serve as the main corridors for autos

amazing mercado 

beautiful Bougainvillea grows everywhere in Mexico

underneath the university steps