Musings & Meditations

Getting My Kicks

Posted in Travel by Pam Keesey on May 25, 2008

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Sunday morning started bright and early with a 5:30 a.m. departure for Sunset Crater Volcano and Wupatki National Monument. The sunrise over Flagstaff was lovely, and I was looking forward to getting back on the road.

Sunset Crater was fascinating, not so much for the dormant volcano itself as for the long petrified and still very present Bonito Lava Flow. One thousand years later, and it still looks like it happened only recently, which, in geological terms, I suppose it did.

Wupatki National Monument, the site of ruins of the Wupatki pueblos that arose in the area just after the eruption of Sunset Crater, is amazing, an experience made even more compelling by the early morning sun and the dearth of tourists at that hour. Wandering the monument on my own, taking in the red rock buildings and imagining what it must have been like all of those years ago to live there; I spent much longer at Wupatki than I had intended to, I was so taken with the site.

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Friends, Family, and the Open Road

Posted in Travel by Pam Keesey on May 24, 2008

Day 1: Photostream
When I first started telling friends and family of my plans to drive across two states not just once, but twice, in just under four days, travelling more than 2,000 miles in the process, their initial response was one of bemusement. “Are you sure you’re up for that?” and “Don’t push yourself too hard” were comments that I heard several times. But as I described my motivation, and more than that, my itinerary, the more interested and supportive people became. My mother shared her own adventure of driving Route 66 back in 1961 with two friends from nursing, beginning in Chicago and arriving in San Francisco. My father recalled a portion of his youth spent in Albuquerque, New Mexico, along Route 66 and his recollection of places like Meteor Crater.

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Whitewater in Leavenworth

Posted in Travel by Pam Keesey on June 20, 2005

Never one to pass up the opportunity to experience something new, I went white water rafting for the first time ever a few weeks ago. We drove to the Wenatchee River in Leavenworth, Washington, a lovely Bavarian-themed town (let me reiterate–an American-based Bavarian-themed town complete with mountain goats on the golf course) in the midst of the Cascade mountains. As odd as it may be to find a Bavarian town in Washington state, the area is really quite beautiful, with snow-fed rivers in the midst of alpine forests and soaring mountains.

And for those of you who can’t quite picture me cutting through the rushing white water, here’s the evidence. Yep, that’s me front and center. And yes, I got very wet.

10 Things to Love About Seattle

Posted in Travel by Pam Keesey on August 25, 2004

Ten things to love about Seattle (in no particular order):

1. Uwajimaya
2. Little Red Studio
3. Salumi
4. The horizon
5. Fresh seafood
6. Abundant produce, in season!
7. The Sound (Puget Sound, that is!)
8. The Indie Film scene
9. Cinerama
10. The Science Fiction Museum

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