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Camino Day 7: Logrono to Najera

September 7, 2016:  Scroll down for a short video of the day.115467

We stock up on water and food because for the next few hours of the journey we will not have much for shops until the town of Navarrete 13 km away.  camino-1010948eThis will be a thirty kilometer day, so we get an early start to beat some of the heat.camino-1010965eRandy finds a little store in Navarette with everything under the sun crammed inside and he needs a bandana to protect his ears and neck from the scorching sun. Hanging around the counter, he takes forever to make a decision… could it be the posters below the counter that distract him? (Click on the image for a larger viewing window.)
camino-1010969ePlump grapes are plentiful and tempting as we pass through numerous vineyards and hear recordings of birds in distress and canon explosions to keep  birds away from the ripened fruit. We have seen many small tractors with spray tanks behind heading out to the vineyards. No wonder there are no flies or bugs of any kind on the grapes. It’s not very healthy to be eating unwashed grapes that have been in contact with a pesticide besides the fact that it would be stealing. Enough said.camino-1010988eInteresting “bee hive” hut along the trail would provide shelter, if necessary. It appears to be of modern construction and quite messy inside from garbage left by people. The mom in me wants to lecture… Pick up after yourselves!camino-1020002eRandy and Joan are strategizing in the cute little Vino y Camino apartment that Joan found in Najera.  We are in heaven with kitchen facilities, washer/dryer provided, our own bathroom/shower and they even provided us with a bottle of delicious red wine. (Hence, the name.) All in all a good value.

Top three photo picks of the day:

camino-1010958ecr camino-1010974e camino-1010990eA-a-h-h! Buen Camino!

A Recipe for Escape

Escape…
In the deepest, darkest days of Minnesota winter, I feel the need to escape. It is often not practical to escape in the physical sense, but an escape inside the mind is possible anytime.

When you think about it, the sky is the limit whether reading a compelling novel, historical account of days gone by or fulfilling  love of travel with reading and exploring travel blogs.  Mix it together and winter isn’t so bad.

Below are some links to explore:

University of Minnesota Alumni Reading List

We Made it Through Winter   Memoir of Mr. O’Meara’s 9th year – 1906 – in the timber-logging town of Cloquet, Minnesota.

Minnesota Writers On the Map

Best Travel Blogs and Websites

Fashion and history buff?  Try FashionBackwards for a unique , quirky and historical take on fashion trends.

Read about the  Deadly Children’s Blizzard of 1887-1888

Does yoga sound appealing?  Try Yoga For Beginners at DoYogaWith Me.com

Netflix has some interesting documentaries involving cultures around the world, thought-provoking topics and history.  I especially enjoyed Living On One Dollar a Day, an inspiring film of life in Guatemala.

Cuba has been in the news lately with a lifting of travel restrictions and Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations, also on Netflix,  shows us life inside of Cuba, as well as delicious food choices.

Combine an interesting program with the treadmill or exercise bike and you have a double delightful day.

Yes… the sky is the limit.  Now, excuse me while I dream of faraway lands and exotic places.

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Blend by Joyce Meyer

 

In the rear view mirror ~ 2014

Where does the time go?  A few of my favorite images from 2014:

All images by Joyce Meyer (O.K., the spider web is Randy’s, but other than that…)

Hen House Wines make a “splash” on canvas (at least one did!)

We welcomed the makers of  Hen House Wines, along with their signature products, to explore  inner artistic qualities. What better activities to pair than painting and wine.
Step #1:  Open the wine.

openerI was impressed with the efficiency they demonstrated as the official bottle opener fired up the “power tool” style corkscrew.   The speed of this handy little device made by Oster meant the first step was a piece of cake. This group means business!

Step #2:  Lightly sketch the design outlines.

wine-0001Confidence increased with each stroke of the pencil… I can do this!

Step #3:  Fill in the background with the acrylic paints. Thin with water, as needed (or wine if it spills onto your canvas… it works).

wine-0005A seed customer pulled in during this step, but the crew just rolled with the flow as they painted and chatted away until their instructor returned.

Step 4:  Fill in the petals with paint  color of choice and use a darker hue to shadow and outline.  Accent with lighter hues.

wine-0011This step took a little longer, so there was ample time visit and discuss area current events and history.

Step 5:  Fill in the center and give it some texture by dabbing with the brush.

wine-0021Almost finished…

wine-0028Ta Daaaa!  All in a day’s work.

Thanks for the fun evening, especially since I was able to just sit back and drink your intellectually satisfying wines

A-a-a-a-h-h-h  ~ This is the life.