Mount Saint Helens 10K- June 20th

The Mt St Helens Volksmarch was day eight of our trip to the Northwest for the AVA Convention. We stopped at multiple overlooks on the way to take pictures.

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The walk registration was at Coldwater Lake Recreation Parking Lot but due to lack of parking we had us move our cars over to Hummocks Trailhead Parking lot and start from there. The first part of the walk was a loop out into the Hummocks and back.

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After a stop at the checkpoint we walked over the river and back to the Coldwater Recreation area to do an out-and-back along the lake.

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Salem, OR 10K- June 19th

The Salem Volksmarch was day seven of our trip to the Northwest for the AVA Convention. The walk started at The Grand Hotel.

We saw Ed Hainline  (Trailmaster for Oregon Trail State Volkssport Association) again.  Congratulations to him and all the people who created these nice Convention walks for all of us.

We saw Ed Hainline (Trailmaster for Oregon Trail State Volkssport Association) again. Congratulations to him and all the people who created these nice Convention walks for all of us.  Job well done!

This Italianate style bank building was constructed in 1868 to house the Ladd & Bush Bank. The bank opened on March 29, 1869.

This Italianate style bank building was constructed in 1868 to house the Ladd & Bush Bank. The bank opened on March 29, 1869.

Bronze Carousel horse sculpture located near the Riverfront Park Carousel.

Bronze Carousel horse sculpture located near the Riverfront Park Carousel.

In 1986 the City of Salem purchased the property that was to become Riverfront Park. Among the items remaining were a 25-foot stainless steel ball once filled with acid, used to turn wood into pulp. A citizens group proposed that instead of recycling the steel ball, it be used for an art project at the park. And so the globe was born.

In 1986 the City of Salem purchased the property that was to become Riverfront Park. Among the items remaining were a 25-foot stainless steel ball once filled with acid, used to turn wood into pulp. A citizens group proposed that instead of recycling the steel ball, it be used for an art project at the park. And so the globe was born.

Amphitheater in Riverfront Park.

Amphitheater in Riverfront Park.

Willamette Queen gives tours daily.

Willamette Queen gives tours daily.

Statue of Tom McCall, who served as Governor of Oregon from 1967-75.

Statue of Tom McCall, who served as Governor of Oregon from 1967-75.

Sculpture of young girl in front of the Gilbert House (children's museum).

Sculpture of young girl in front of the Gilbert House (children’s museum).

Fountain with capitol in background.

Fountain with capitol in background.

Oregon State Capitol building topped by a golden lumberjack.

Oregon State Capitol building topped by a golden lumberjack.

Walkers headed toward the State Library (circa 1939)

Walkers headed toward the State Library (circa 1939)

Carving of a pioneer family with their covered wagon to the right of the capitol entrance.

Carving of a pioneer family with their covered wagon to the right of the capitol entrance.

Carving of Lewis & Clark with Sacagawea to the left of the capitol entrance.

Carving of Lewis & Clark with Sacagawea to the left of the capitol entrance.

Looking up into the capitol dome.

Looking up into the capitol dome.

Mural inside the capitol.

Mural inside the capitol.

Mural inside the capitol.

Mural inside the capitol.

Mural inside the capitol.

Mural inside the capitol.

Mural inside the capitol.

Mural inside the capitol.

Oregon State seal on the capitol floor is also a compass rose.

Oregon State seal on the capitol floor is also a compass rose.

Waller Hall, oldest building on the campus of Willamette University

Waller Hall, oldest building on the campus of Willamette University

One of 5 Sequoia Trees on the Willamette University Campus.

One of 5 Sequoia Trees on the Willamette University Campus.

If you stand in the middle of the 5 trees and look up you see a star.

If you stand in the middle of the 5 trees and look up you see a star.

"Town and Gown" by Mark Sponenburgh created 1991.

“Town and Gown” by Mark Sponenburgh created 1991.

Built in 1908, Eaton Hall is  a late gothic revival style structure at Willamette University.

Built in 1908, Eaton Hall is a late gothic revival style structure at Willamette University.

Oregon State Supreme Court bldg., completed 1914.

Oregon State Supreme Court bldg., completed 1914.

Gatke Hall was built in 1903 as a post office.  In 1937 it was moved to Willamette University.

Gatke Hall was built in 1903 as a post office. In 1937 it was moved to Willamette University.

Elaine, Ed and Catherine.

Elaine, Ed and Catherine.

Sample of the roses we saw.

Sample of the roses we saw.

Mission Mill Museum.  Mill was built circa 1896.

Mill was built circa 1896.  Now it is a museum.

Busy bees in the flowers.

Busy bees in the flowers.

Volksmarchers coming along behind us.

Volksmarchers coming along behind us.

Flower garden at Deepwood Estates.

Flower garden at Deepwood Estates.

Ed in the garden.

Ed in the garden.

More pretty flowers.

More pretty flowers.

Volksmarchers approaching Deepwood Mansion.

Volksmarchers approaching Deepwood Mansion.

Deepwood Mansion is a fully restored Queen Anne style home from 1894.

Deepwood Mansion is a fully restored Queen Anne style home from 1894.

Gazabo in the Deepwood garden.

Gazebo in the Deepwood garden.

"Guidance of Youth" by Avard Fairbanks created 1958.

“Guidance of Youth” by Avard Fairbanks created 1958.

Seal on the back of the statue.

Seal on the back of the statue.

Bush Pasture Park.

Bush Pasture Park.

Cow and Cat sculpture at Bush Pasture Park.

Cow and Cat sculpture at Bush Pasture Park.

Bronze Rooster near the Bush House.

Bronze Rooster near the Bush House.

Asahel Bush House at Bush Pasture Park.

Asahel Bush House at Bush Pasture Park.

Italiante style house was built 1877-1878.

Italiante style house was built 1877-1878.

House is now a museum.

House is now a museum.

Moss covered bridge.

Moss covered bridge.

Great Blue Heron Sculpture in pool at Salem City Hall.

Great Blue Heron Sculpture in pool at Salem City Hall.

Waterfall near City Hall

Waterfall near City Hall

Magoo's across from the Convention Center.

Magoo’s across from the Convention Center.

Avenging Angel "Cien Años" by Devin Laurence Field at the Salem Convention Center.

Avenging Angel “Cien Años”
by Devin Laurence Field at the Salem Convention Center.

We passed these volksmarchers as we left the finish.

We passed these volksmarchers as we left the finish.

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Lincoln City, OR 10K- June 18th

The Lincoln City Volksmarch was day six of our trip to the Northwest for the AVA Convention. The walk started at Chinook Winds Casino. 

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We walked past the Gulf War Memorial.

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We headed out to the beach and turned  South along the beach.

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We arrived at “D” River. The sign says it is the shortest river in the world, but that is a disputed claim. From there we headed to the checkpoint at the Cultural Center.

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From there we headed back through town to the Chinook Winds Casino finish.

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Eugene Or 11K- June 17th

The Eugene Volksmarch was day five of our trip to the Northwest for the AVA Convention. The walk started at Alton Baker Park. We headed out along some ponds.

Geese feeding by the small lake.

Geese feeding by the pond.

Sculpture along the path.

Sculpture along the path.

Carol on the trail.

Carol on the trail.

University Stadium

University of Oregeon Stadium

View of the trail.

View of the trail.

Willamette River

Willamette River

A better view.

We crossed over via a nice footbridge.

Landscaping near the RR tracks.

Landscaping near the RR tracks.

Mura at the farmers garden.

Part of a mural at the farmers garden.

Other half of the mural.

Other half of the mural.

We entered University of Oregon campus.

This gargoyle like sculpture of Scottish physicist, James Clerk Maxwell, is located at the second story level on the south facing wall of Willamette Hall .

This gargoyle like sculpture of Scottish physicist, James Clerk Maxwell, is located at the second story level on the south facing wall of Willamette Hall .

Johnson Hall, erected in 1915, is located at the center of the University of Oregon campus.

Johnson Hall, erected in 1915, is located at the center of the University of Oregon campus.

The Pioneer - artist, Alex Proctor, donated to University in 1919.

“The Pioneer” – artist, Alex Proctor, donated to University in 1919.

 Museum of Art building on the campus.

Museum of Art building on the campus.

"The Family Group" by John Geise.

“The Family Group” by John Geise.

We left the campus and headed through residential over to the Rhododendron Gardens.

Interesting house.

Interesting house.

Walkers coming along behind us.

Walkers coming along behind us.

We've arrived at the Rhododendron Gardens.

We’ve arrived at the Rhododendron Gardens.

Volksmarchers climbing up to the Garden.

Volksmarchers climbing the hill up to the Garden.

More Volksmarchers climbing up to the Garden.

More Volksmarchers climbing up to the Garden.

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Bonnie and Helen

Bonnie and Helen

Ed pointed out this deer wandering in the garden.

Ed pointed out this deer wandering in the garden.

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We left the garden and headed back to the start in Alton Baker Park.

Old church is now an Art Center and Gallery.

Old church is now an Art Center and Gallery.

Wolf gargoyle is located at the entrance  to the University of Oregon Museum of Natural History.

Wolf gargoyle is located at the entrance to the University of Oregon Museum of Natural History.

This Salmon gargoyle is located in the court yard to the University of Oregon Museum of Natural History.

This Salmon gargoyle is located in the court yard.

Raven gargoyle is located in the court yard to the University of Oregon Museum of Natural History.

There is also a Raven gargoyle is located here.

This bear gargoyle is located in the court yard to the University of Oregon Museum of Natural History.

Also a bear gargoyle.

Replica meteorite  located in the court yard to the University of Oregon Museum of Natural History.

And a replica of the Willamette Meteorite.

This bird gargoyle is located in the court yard to the University of Oregon Museum of Natural History.

One final gargoyle which I think is an Eagle.

Pretty fountain.

A very large fountain.

Frank and Phyllis

Frank and Phyllis

Wildflowers

Wildflowers

Ed, Elaine and Ellen.

Ed, Elaine and Ellen.

Ed on the trail to the finish.

Ed on the trail to the finish.

 

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Fort Vancouver 10K – June 16th

Day four of our trip to the AVA Convention was an event at Fort Vancouver.  The walk started at the air museum. It was designed in two loops. The first loop went along the Columbia River and into the historic Fort Vancouver.

Early Aviation History of Vancouver.

Early Aviation History of Vancouver.

Carlton Foster Bond 1893-1980

Carlton Foster Bond 1893-1980

Start inside the airport hangar.

Start inside the airport hangar.

Ed, Carol and the Columbia River

Ed, Carol and the Columbia River.

The bronze statue of Princess Ilchee created by Eric Jensen in 1994.

The bronze statue of Princess Ilchee created by Eric Jensen in 1994.

Lift Bridge

Lift Bridge over the Columbia River.

Calla Lilies

Calla Lilies

Beach along the Columbia River.

Black Beach sand along the Columbia River.

Oars create arched entrance to walkway.

Oars create arched entrance to walkway.

Picture on the I-5 walkover.

Picture on the I-5 walkover.

First view of the fort.

First view of the fort.

Chief Factors house at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

Chief Factors house at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

Warehouse

Warehouse where trade goods and furs were stored.

The Bastian

The Bastian

Ed with one of the cannons.

Ed with one of the cannons.

Cannons on the upper story.

Cannons on the upper story.

Carol in the flower garden outside the old Ft. Vancouver.

Carol in the flower garden outside the old Ft. Vancouver.

Type of artichoke.

Type of artichoke.

Gate to the flower/vegetable garden.

Gate to the flower/vegetable garden.

Information board about old Fort Vancouver.

Information board about old Fort Vancouver.

Information about the first transpolar flight.

Information about the first transpolar flight.

Memorial to the first transpolar flight.

Memorial to the first transpolar flight.

We completed the first loop and did a short tour of the mureum before heading out on the second loop that included Officer’s Row and a part of downtown.

A World War I era plane on display at Pearson Air Museum.

A World War I era plane on display at Pearson Air Museum.

Another aircraft on display.

Another aircraft on display.

Display board in the museum.

Display board in the museum.

Part of the mural in the museum.

Part of the mural in the museum.

Bonnie welcomed us to the event.

Bonnie welcomed us to the event.

The anchor was dredged from the Columbia River in 1960 near Fort Vancouver wharf. It is a Rogers Patent Small-Palm anchor, manufactured in England between 1815 and 1850. The chain is wrought iron stud, used by the British Navy, and probably others, beginning in 1808. This size of anchor came from a ship of 1,000 tons or more, a large ship of the period. There are no records found of which ship lost this anchor.

The anchor was dredged from the Columbia River in 1960 near Fort Vancouver wharf. It is a Rogers Patent Small-Palm anchor, manufactured in England between 1815 and 1850. The chain is wrought iron stud, used by the British Navy, and probably others, beginning in 1808. This size of anchor came from a ship of 1,000 tons or more, a large ship of the period. There are no records found of which ship lost this anchor.

Established in 1825, Fort Vancouver was the administrative headquarters and main supply depot for the London-based Hudson's Bay Company's  fur trading operations.

Established in 1825, Fort Vancouver was the administrative headquarters and main supply depot for the London-based Hudson’s Bay Company’s fur trading operations.

The Marshall House is an examples of Victorian Homes found of Officers Row.

The Marshall House is an examples of Victorian Homes found of Officers Row.

Built as quarters for the post commander in 1886, the house was named for General George C. Marshall who served as commander of Vancouver Barracks from 1936-38.

Built as quarters for the post commander in 1886, the house was named for General George C. Marshall who served as commander of Vancouver Barracks from 1936-38.

The Grant House (after Ulysses S. Grant, who was stationed at the barracks as a Captain at that time but never lived in the house).

The Grant House (after Ulysses S. Grant, who was stationed at the barracks as a Captain at that time but never lived in the house).

 The Grant House, is the only remaining structure built during the initial years of army occupation at Fort Vancouver.

The Grant House, is the only remaining structure built during the initial years of army occupation at Fort Vancouver.

Fort Vancouver mural - 2014 by Michael Feliz

Fort Vancouver mural – 2014 by Michael Feliz

Giant hotdog at the Wiener Wagon.

Giant hotdog at the Wiener Wagon.

The Kiggins Theatre is a single-screen movie theater in Vancouver, Washington. Named for former Vancouver mayor and businessman John P. Kiggins, it opened in 1936.

The Kiggins Theatre is a single-screen movie theater in Vancouver, Washington. Named for former Vancouver mayor and businessman John P. Kiggins, it opened in 1936.

Umbrella art.

Umbrella art.

Art work for sale.

Art work for sale.

Chkalov’s Landing in Vancouver mural - 2008 by Guy Drennan and Lindia Stanton.

Chkalov’s Landing in Vancouver mural – 2008 by Guy Drennan and Lindia Stanton.

Sisters of Providence built this building in 1856.

Sisters of Providence built this building in 1856.

House of Providence, also known as Providence Academy

House of Providence, also known as Providence Academy

Historical Marker:  Civilization of Vancouver started in 1826.

Historical Marker: Civilization of Vancouver started in 1826.

Cannon

Cannon

Clay and Patricia

Clay and Patricia

Auditorium

Auditorium

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Silver Falls State Park 13K- June 15th

Silver Falls State Park was day three of our trip to the Northwest. Glad we did it first while I still had plenty of energy. It was a tough hike, but it was worth it.  I so enjoyed the waterfalls. The CCC did a great job of creating these trails.  I don’t have pictures of all the falls. 

Bonnie and Helen were working the registration table.

Bonnie and Helen were working the registration table.

Brooke was working the start table.

Brooke was working the start table.

WPA constructed South Falls Lodge.

WPA constructed South Falls Lodge.

Carol and Joanne at the top of the falls

Ed, Carol and Joanne at the top of the first falls

Debra took our picture by the first falls.

Debra took our picture by the first falls.

Dave and Debra

Dave and Debra under the falls.

Susan coming down the first of many set of steps.

Susan coming down the first of many set of steps.

First view of the 2nd falls.

First view of the Second Falls.

Heading under the falls.

Heading under the falls.

Walkers across the gorge climbing up a switchback.

Walkers across the gorge climbing up a switchback.

Clay catching up with us.

Clay catching up with us.

Just a view of the trail.

Just a view of the trail.

Carol

Carol

Walkers coming up behind us.

Walkers coming up behind us.

Third falls

Third Falls

Fourth Falls

Fourth Falls

Fifth Falls

Fifth Falls

Carol and Ed under a fern bank.

Carol and Ed under a fern bank.

Walking coming up behind us.

Walker coming up behind us.

Island in the stream.

Island in the stream.

Interesting tree.

Interesting tree.

Sixth Waterfall

Sixth Waterfall

Blooming rock.

Blooming rock.

Seventh Waterfall

Seventh Waterfall

Side view of the falls.

Side view of the falls.

Falls from underneath.

Falls from underneath.

Carol resting on the steps up.

Carol resting on the steps up.

Walkers coming up behind us.

Walkers coming up behind us.

Tenth and Last Waterfall

Last Waterfall was for additional distance.

Our only wildlife sighting was this small mouse on the trail.

Our only wildlife sighting was this small mouse on the trail.

View of the Trail

View of the Trail

Trail though the trees.

Trail though the trees.

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Walking Convention – June 13-20

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The 19th Bi-Annual American Volkssport Association (AVA) Convention will be in Salem, Oregon this June. The AVA is the premier noncompetitive sports organization in the United States. The deadline for registering for this Convention is May 18th. You can register online at: http://www.nationalavaconvention2015.com/registration.html

The AVA convention will feature nine (9) walking events in Oregon/Washington. There is also a 37K Bike event and a 300 meter swim event. You don’t have to pre-register for these events but you do for the other activities.

In addition to the walk/bike/swim events there will be daily workshops with topics like “Energy Healing”, “We are made for Walking” and “Dealing with Foot Pain”.  There will be opportunities to meet and share ideas with the AVA’s Executive Direct Henry Rosales. There will be State Association meetings to share successes, ideas on how to host picture perfect events, how to lay out trails, and many other topics.

There will be a Silent Auction to raise funds for the AVA and allows participants to get some really wonderful items. There will an Awards ceremony for volunteers who have earned Special Recognition, are Distinguished Achievers, or who have been inducted into the AVA Hall of Fame.  They will also be announcing the winners of the AVA publicity contests.  On Thursday evening there will be a buffet dinner so you can social with walkers from across the nation.  There will be a formal dinner on Friday.

Please come join us!

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