The mountains are calling and I must go~John Muir Well…it wasn’t necessarily the mountains calling…we didn’t see Sean at Christmas so we thought a roadtrip to Bozeman would be fun and the mountains and the scenic beauty would be a bonus. In addition, after several long weeks in Bend with trips to the St. Charles… Continue reading #133~BZN

A Year In Review 2022

Wow-another year in the books. Time flies. Sitting in one of my favorite coffee shops reflecting on the year 2022 and importantly the year ahead 2023 I am reminded of David Bowie’s classic song Changes. In particular the line in the chorus, “time may change me but I can’t trace time” seems to play on… Continue reading A Year In Review 2022

Muerte y Viva la Vida

Basicmente no nadar para un mes es…muerte! The last two swim workouts in Bend have felt like death. Entonces, let me explain why…as part of our “next chapter” adventures we have spent the last month in Mexico studying Spanish and un poco swimming. Reader be aware you may get some Spanish phrases and palabras in… Continue reading Muerte y Viva la Vida

Fish Out Of Water

Well…all good things seem to come to an end, at least temporarily. After a fantastic summer of swimming outdoors at the Juniper Park Pool it was time for the annual maintenance and the bubble to go up. Every few years they drain the Olympic pool for extended maintenance and repair. This was the year and… Continue reading Fish Out Of Water

Buon Mare

Allora…Il mare, una volta che ha lanciato il suo incantesimo, ci tiene per sempre nella sua rete di meraviglia~Yves Jacques Cousteau The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever~Yves Jacques Cousteau Don’t worry this blog won’t all be in Italian (perhaps only a few newly learned words) however… Continue reading Buon Mare


Graduations and new beginnings abound… This past two weekends we celebrated Courtney’s graduations from the University of Washington’s and the Foster School of Business with a quick trip to Boston between the weekends. There was a lot that made these weekends special. First, Courtney is a fourth generation grad from the UW; great grandma, both… Continue reading Graduation(s)

Take The Waters

Unbelievably in the second week of April we woke up four mornings in a row with snow on the ground! We needed a plan and fast! That night we started googling frantically for warmer climes. Palm Springs, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara all were very enticing however with two days notice the flights were pretty… Continue reading Take The Waters


Milestone birthdays are celebrated in a variety of fashions. For my 50th birthday, nearly a decade ago, I celebrated mine by swimming in 50 different pools in the year. Much more challenging logistically than I would have thought. Shannon is celebrating her milestone birthday this year—sesenta (aka 60)! She doesn’t really have anything swim related… Continue reading Sesenta


Not sure where to start with this one. For years now body art has become common place and dare I say very much acceptable. In fact, you can’t go to a beach, a park, coffee shop or even an office or basically anywhere without seeing some cool tattoos on people young and old alike. Some… Continue reading Ouch