Is your life an adventure? Yes? How? No? Why not? Anyone can have an adventure. Here are some of mine...

2023 Adventures
Alaska Railroad Trip

Alaska Railroad Trip from Fairbanks to Anchorage

Barn Quilt Tour

Barn Quilt Tour in Colorado

Class Reunion

Class Reunion in Branson, MO

Gold Dredge Tour

Gold Dredge Tour in Fairbanks, AK


Met John Wayne in Arizona

Winter Hiking

Winter hiking with my best pal

Mining Tour

Mining Tour in Southern Colorado

Quilt Auction

Quilt Auction at Mennonite Relief Sale in Kansas

Quilt Auction

Quilt Auction at Mennonite Relief Sale in Colorado

2022 Adventures
Iditarod Finish Line

Iditarod Finish Line under the arch, Nome, Alaska

Naomi at Iditarod Finish Line

Bucket List: End of the "Last Great Race" (Iditarod dogsled race) in Nome, Alaska

Iditarod Items

What every dog team needs to carry on the 1,000-mile Iditarod race to Nome

Gold Claims

Ah... roasting hotdogs at my brother's gold claims—always a pleasure and fascination.

Alaska Railroad

Alaska Railroad from Anchorage to Denali to Fairbanks. A clear view of Mt. McKinley was a bonus!

Riverboat Discovery

Riverboat Discovery tour on the Chena River (Fairbanks.) This same sternwheeler was used in the 1950s on the Yukon River when I was a little girl in the river village of Tanana.

Riverboat Discovery

It was a fine day to tour a model Athabascan Village, sled dog kennels, and more. And... free blueberry doughnuts on the riverboat!

Barn Quilt Tour

Barn quilt tour in rural Colorado.

Barn Quilt Tour

Such colorful surprises on barns, churches, houses, and businesses.

2020 Adventures
Hiking in Arizona

Hiking in Arizona

Kayaking in Colorado

Kayaking in Colorado

Four-Wheeling in Colorado

Four-Wheeling in Colorado

Cook Inlet Beach

Walking the Cook Inlet Beach in Alaska and picking up rocks and shells

Cranberry picking

Picking cranberries on the Gaede-80 homestead in Alaska

2018 Adventures

I’m a hiking addict. Here I am in Arizona.

2017 Adventures
My Therapy Dog

My Therapy Dog and I volunteer at three health facilities.


My Bucket List: hiking in Switzerland, and of course, seeing the Eiger.


Not such a thing as too much hiking, often with trailheads arrived at by train, gondola, bus, and of course, by foot.


Swiss Cheese at every meal.

Kenai Peninsula History Conference

I met many interesting people and heard informative presentations at the Kenai Peninsula History Conference, Kenai Peninsula College in Soldotna, Alaska.

Kenai Peninsula History Conference

Russian performers brought a lively balance to the lectures.

Mennonite Heritage Tour

I savored every minute of the Mennonite Heritage Tour around Hillsboro, Kansas - the area where my forefathers and mothers settled after immigrating from the Ukraine.

Homer, Alaska

We looked for sea life under the boat docks at Homer, Alaska and found starfish, sea anemones, barnacles, and more. What fun!

2016 Adventures
Hiking Buddy

My hiking buddy for a terrific trip to Death Valley with geographical and geological amazements, and plenty of hiking and scrambling.

Badwater Basin

Badwater Basin — lowest point. Salt crystals. Yes, they did taste like salt.

 Desolation Canyon

Desolation Canyon — lots of rock scrambling, but then great views. We wore gloves everywhere we hiked.

Borax 20-Mule Train

Borax 20-Mule Train — fascinating stories of those hauls.

4-point Crawl

Sometimes 4-point crawling/climbing — whatever got us up!

Ziplining Buddies

My buddies for adventure at Stoney Creek Ziplining in Seward, Alaska.

Swing Bridge

Ziplining wasn't all: a swinging bridge, too.


And, THAT wasn't all: rappelling off of several platforms. Once I realized I really was safe, and wouldn't plummet to the ground in one second, I thought it was fun.

2015 Adventures
Dutch Harbor

The Japanese bombed Dutch Harbor in WW II. There are many forts and bunkers on the island.

Dutch Harbor

The United States used Dutch Harbor as a refueling base to fight the Japanese army's occupation of Alaska's islands, Attu and Kiska.

Dutch Harbor

Great hiking on the treeless island.

Dutch Harbor

Fun tide pools!

Alaska Marine Highway ferry

The Alaska Marine Highway Ferry functions like a "city bus" between the remote villages along SE Alaska. I traveled on it from Bellingham, WA to Skagway, AK.

Ferry Deck

Some passengers ride without a berth. They sleep on plastic recliners on the deck, or pitch their tents.


At Wrangell, I toured Potlatch and learned the purpose of totem poles: the figures are oral history prompts.


The stop in Sitka was much too short. I wanted to learn more about the Russian influence.


Just like nearly every state and province in the U.S. and Canada, Colorado has a Mennonite Relief Sale. Standard features are a live auction with the sale of a vintage tractor.

Homemade Ice Cream

Bicycle riders churned the homemade ice cream.


The afternoon quilt auction brought in high bids with the newly integrated modern, geometric, and neon fabric quilts.

2014 Adventures

Landing with my brother Mark in his Super Cub on the Gaede-Private airstrip on our Gaede-80 Homestead.


Renovating the salvaged Gaede-80 homestead cabin, built in 1963, by the legendary Johnny Parks.

Silverthorne, CO

Great day to play in the tons of powder with snowshoes!

Castlewood Canyon

Between my micros-spikes and trekking poles, I can go about anywhere!

Quilt Tour

Fun Barn Quilt Tour in Ft. Morgan County, Colorado. Check out your own state for Barn Quilt Tours.


Taking in the spectacular fall foliage in Colorado.

Civil War History

Touring Civil War History in Charleston, South Carolina. Plantations, grits, first submarines, slave museum, forts, extreme wealth and extreme devastation. (This was my first trip with Road Scholar.)

MCC Sale

An annual event: Rocky Mountain Mennonite Relief Sale. I donate, I volunteer, and I bid. (Check out these sales in your state or province.)


Hiking with my grand boy. Teach kids the love of the outdoors, climbing dirt piles to mountains, snow angels to sledding hills, grand views, and wild life.