Not very successful…but not stressed

And I finished my third Colin Fletcher book, The Secret Worlds of Colin Fletcher. I am a bit sad that I can’t carry a 60 pound backpack and walk for 20 miles a day. Seriously. Anymore I can’t find a pair of shoes that work for me, and I’ve got a closet full of them!

At this point, despite my good intentions, I’d have to say I’ve not been very successful this summer with my lofty, well intentioned goals and ideas. It’s weird because I don’t really care.

For starters, I couldn’t resist reading the Fox and NYT apps on my cell phone almost every day despite my firm commitment not to do so. It’s such a bad habit. In some ways it was depressing to see that things weren’t changing for the better…but it was even more depressing to see change for the worse. I refer primarily to the free-for-all shootings, both here and in Ukraine. Not that I’m gun free. And hysteria and hatred were at an all time high, in the media anyway.

But I’ve read some great books! For starters, Stay off my Operating Table, written by heart surgeon Philip Ovadia, was most interesting, especially his steak diet – that won’t work for my budget. But perhaps even more interesting and helpful was A Statin free Life, by Dr. Aseem Malhotra, a highly respected cardiologist. I loved this guy’s diet advice. SOO DOABLE! And finally I read Live it not Diet, by Mike Sheridean. This book was a bit too restrictive for me for the long haul, but it was worthwhile reading. I tried his diet plan for a week, but I was sabotaged by my husband when he made his own recipe of coconut oatmeal cookies. I got into these books because the quack doctor I’ve seen twice now tried to insist I go on statins. I refused. I’m looking for a doctor now who agrees with me.

I also read the rivoting The Hidden Life of Trees, by Peter Wohlleben. If you think I’m being sarcastic, I’m not. I will admit, though, that I could only read one chapter at a time because I really found it necessary to actually go look at trees after each chapter to really see and experience what he was talking about. Fascinating! Trees are amazing when you know how smart they are!

Resting on a 5-mile hike

And I finished my third Colin Fletcher book, The Secret Worlds of Colin Fletcher. I am a bit sad that I can’t carry a 60 pound backpack and walk for 20 miles a day. Seriously. Anymore I can’t find a pair of shoes that work for me, and I’ve got a closet full of them!

And I read some great John Sandford books and some gory murder/detective books. That was fun.

But, I just can’t get into the meditation stuff. Every time I try to meditate I fall asleep.

As for the business…it’s languished. I have been giving out the Saving Our Oceans book, however. Sometimes I leave a copy in those swap boxes. I have had some book orders which is always a challenge when I’m on a boat.

As for the cruising world where I currently am…very very few boats out and about. In the 40 years we’ve been boating, I’ve never seen so few vessels. In some ways it was really nice…in other ways it was kind of eerie to travel all day and not see another boat! Fuel is the big issue obviously. Anyway, we’ll be going into drydock August 10th and will be back in Arizona in early September. I’ll be happy to be home, no matter how hot it is in Arizona.

The author of “the old lady” book assures me it’s almost finished. She says she has completely changed the plot, but is much happier with it. I’d just be happy to see it after waiting almost three years. I’m suspicious at this point.

No updates on orcas other than a few orca babies have been born this year. Salmon are still waiting in limbo for someone to get the kahunas to tear down dams so they don’t become extinct. No one believes in the rights of nature, I guess. And some very stupid people still think that whales belong in swimming pools.

Stay free…free from covid, monkey pox and things that scare you.

If you can’t say anything nice…Here are two book reviews you’ll love if you’re into hiking and adventure…or not.

I love rocks and am constantly stealing them, by the way. Although, in my defense I’ll just say that before I take one I always ask (silently) if the rock wants to go with me or not. Sometimes I get a strong feeling that the rock expresses NO.

It’s been difficult to blog lately. There is so much negativity floating around on television, talk radio, and on the web that it’s hard to remain “unpolitical.” I’m a small publisher -not a big politician.

So, we won’t talk about the “China Virus”, vaccines, boosters or mandates. We won’t talk about the government or any decisions that come out of Washington. We won’t talk about the rampant crime…or my extremely high cholesterol that I am ignoring. So the following should be uplifting…

I definitely enjoy promoting my authors and haven’t done so for a long spell. So over the course of the next few months I’ll be introducing readers to some amazing, interesting, unique people. I’m excited to start on this brag-a-thon!

However, before I launch my authors I do want to mention another author…one I didn’t publish, but one that I have found to be so inspiring that I’ve now read two of his books and have started a third.

Meet Colin Fletcher, author of many unbelievable adventures! The first book of his that I read was The Man Who Walked Through Time, and it was an incredible account of Colin’s walk from one end of the Grand Canyon Park to the other…279 miles…alone. He was the first person to do this, and for all I know the last to do so. I have to say that a big takeaway is that this book made me wish I had majored in Geology. I love rocks and am constantly stealing them, by the way. Although, in my defense I’ll just say that before I take one I always ask (silently) if the rock wants to go with me or not. Sometimes I get a strong feeling that the rock expresses NO. Other times it’s willing to go with me. Rocks actually are alive, by the way…they have cells. Slow moving ones. Anyway, Colin’s knowledge of the geography and the millions of years it took for the formation of the canyon is incredible. It was almost impossible for me to really grasp the time …we’re talking millions upon millions and more millions of years.

Hiking in windy Wickenburg Arizona

The last pages of the book brought it all together. He’d completed the journey, but what was the point of it all? What he said was absolutely perfect…that’s the best I can say. It was stunning.

The second book was The Thousand Mile Summer, and this journey actually took place before the canyon trek. Colin walked from Mexico to the Oregon border long before there was a Pacific Crest Trail, and long before that eastern part of California was developed the way it is today. His journey was fascinating and it was one that I felt was doable…that is if I wanted to carry a heavy pack and sleep on the ground. Which I don’t want to. I’d surely try it if someone would carry my pack and there were bed and breakfast places along the way. Nevertheless, the book was very inspiring and I do intend on doing much more hiking! Fletcher has a keen, artistic knack for describing everything, and it seems he is always in the NOW. He is incredibly observant and always PRESENT. I’m jealous of this! I need to get my brains to shut-up and stop wandering about.

I recently started The Secret Worlds of Colin Fletcher but left it in Arizona when we departed for Anacortes. I’ll get back to it when we return in two weeks. I hope to snowshoe a great deal of that distance…well, maybe a few miles.

Hiking in Anacortes, WA