Archive for June, 2014

Elephants Puzzle

Our latest “creation” was a challenging but satisfying one.  The reflections in the water were especially difficult. But you gotta love the pink flamingos, zebra and baby elephant.


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Palouse Ridge

Another course that I’ve repeatedly heard and read about is Palouse Ridge on the Washington State University campus in Pullman.  Thus after my two rounds at Wine Valley I drove to Pullman. Palouse Ridge is a very challenging course with lots of elevation changes and sloping lies.  It was a long course for me but I got around in a not embarrassing 93.

Palouse Ridge, 10th hole. 527 yard from the front tees.

Palouse Ridge, 10th hole.
527 yards from the front tees.

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Golf at Wine Valley

Wine Valley, 4th Green My ball is somewhere in that bunker.

Wine Valley, 4th Green
My ball is somewhere in that bunker.

I’ve been seeing advertisements for the Wine Valley Golf Course near Walla Walla, WA and decided to finally drive over the mountains to see it for myself.  It’s kind of a stark setting –not a single tree to be seen– but a fun, challenging golf course.  The greens were rated at 13 the day I played but I ended up with one of my best putting rounds ever with 27 putts on my second round after a mediocre 37 in the morning round.  I’ll definitely make another trip to Wine Valley next year.


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At the Gym

We’ve been working with a trainer for over a year now. It has definitely made our workouts more effective.  We began working with Kelly Mast about four months ago and have enjoyed her guidance very much.  Here we are with Kelly and her daughter, Stella.


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“Terrence” is Back

The lovely pileated woodpecker who we’ve named “Terrence” has become a regular visitor to the yard.  He stopped by this morning while I was having my morning coffee.


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Longwood Gardens

On the final day of our trip east, Trisha’s sister’s family took us to Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania, a magnificent garden estate developed principally by Pierre S. du Pont.  It’s a stunningly beautiful setting with acres and acres of trees, ornamental shrubs, fountains and an enormous conservatory.



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My nephew Ryan, not yet 21 and already a Marine vet, got married today to his sweetheart, Alexa.  It was a lovely ceremony held outside in rural Delaware.



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Desert Scene Puzzle

I liked this one a lot; it has all kinds of critters: butterflies, lizards, tortoises, etc.


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