Friday, January 23, 2015

Three Lakes Trail, Colorado - Saturday Snapshots

I'm looking through old photo albums again and came across these pictures from Colorado. In August, 1989, my son and I spent a week camping with my parents near Crested Butte/Gunnison, CO, and one of our day trips was to Lost Lake Slough. Here are pictures from that excursion. (Click on photos to enlarge.)
"Easy" is a relative term.
(Note the switchbacks in red.)
Wildflowers blooming along the shores of
Lost Lake Slough
Aspen lined portions of the trail
Other areas were shaded by evergreens
Occasionally we'd come to a clearing and get a glimpse of
Lost Lake Slough below
We stopped for a rest at Dollar Lake,
then began our trek back to the slough
Someday I'll post about the time my mom and I got lost and encountered a bear on this trail. But that's another story!

To see a brochure (PDF file) about this trail from the U.S. Forest Service (including directions), click HERE.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Finding Southern Comfort - Book Beginnings on Friday and The Friday 56

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Harper Kirkpatrick, the heroine of FINDING SOUTHERN COMFORT, is one of those characters that I immediately liked. She plows ahead as if she knows what she's doing, even when she clearly doesn't, and I hoped she'd succeed as a nanny to a child with an eating disorder. There were times when I wanted to shake her and tell her to get her act together, but then I remembered that she's in her early twenties and is trying to be independent. I enjoyed the book's characters, plot, and humor, and loved the Savannah setting of this Southern romance. (I've been to that lovely city and seen the Forsyth Park Fountain pictured on the book's cover.)

FYI: FINDING SOUTHERN COMFORT is FREE on Amazon right now! 

Book Beginning:

[FYI: As the book opens, Harper works as an entertainer at children's parties, but her boss has scheduled her for something quite different. This is a sweet romance, so nothing naughty is going on with the whip. ]
Harper Kirkpatrick shoved her Catwoman mask into place and rang the doorbell. Hard to look casual with a whip under her arm. A late evening breeze ruffled the Spanish moss overhead. Didn't matter. She was sweating big time under the black spandex costume. Savannah in February was a lot warmer than Chicago.

Friday 56 (from 56% on my Kindle):
McKenna's eyebrows rose, but she didn't make a comment. Harper loved that about her sister. She took life as it came.

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Book Length: 316 Pages
Amazon Link:
FINDING SOUTHERN COMFORT: A Heartwarming Prequel (Windy City Romance Series)

                            

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Smart Girls Read Romance - And Play Dress-Up!


Just a note to let you know that I've been invited to join the wonderful writers on the Smart Girls Read Romance blog. In my first post (today!) I write about how much fun it is to "dress" characters when writing fiction. 

I hope you'll stop by and say "hi!" Here's the link: Playing Dress-Up




Friday, January 16, 2015

Yosemite National Park - Saturday Snapshots


Yosemite's 125th Anniversary LogoWhile looking through photo albums a couple of days ago, I came across pictures from our trip to Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park (California) in July, 1990. The area is breathtakingly beautiful, so I decided to scan a few Yosemite photos and share with you. These pictures were taken with a 35mm film camera. (FYI: The park will celebrate its 125th anniversary on October 1, 2015.)



Rising more than 3,000 feet above the
valley floor, El Capitan is the largest
monolith of granite in the world.

Half Dome is perhaps the most recognized
symbol of Yosemite, rising nearly 5,000 feet
above the valley floor.
Here's another view of Half Dome,
taken from the valley floor.
Yosemite Falls (2,425 ft) flows approximately from
November through July. Since we were there in July,
the water flow was lighter but still impressive.
At the base of the lower portion
of Yosemite Falls, just one of many
beautiful waterfalls in the park.
You'll find more information about this magnificent national park here: Yosemite National Park

You should be able to zoom in and out on this map.


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