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26: Half Way

Updated: Feb 27

Dear Friend,

I’m genuinely sorry that this letter/blog is late, (I’m posting on Monday rather than Sunday). We’re not completely disconnected from the outside world, we just haven’t had cell phone signal where we’ve been camping so I wasn’t able to post on time. Thank you for your understanding!

This letter is the 26th letter of the year, half of 52 weeks, a middle point of 2023… I hope that you are finding time in your summer days to do that thing that you have waited to do (through the long, cold, wet winter and spring). Maybe it’s accomplishing an outdoor project or trying a new recipe, training your puppy to fetch, climbing a tree to visit a friend, (just kidding, no one does that anymore).

Before I forget to ask, did you decide to keep a Summer Journal or some other sort of Summer collection starting on June 21st, the first day of Summer? I have been drawing one natural element a day, a plant, an insect, an animal or bird – up until today, I’ve been able to do my drawing with a ‘live’ model but today, day 6, I’m planning to draw a crawdad from a photo I took of one this morning. (That is a little clue about where we spent a couple of nights after Hum Bug). I’ll share my collection of drawings at the end of the Summer.

Please let me know if you have been making your own collection or Summer Journal.


This past week the scenery has been very lush and the weather has been drizzly, with extra cool wind and just a hint of sunshine. Trips to the library and hiking have filled these long, newly-summer days. In weather like this, as you can imagine, we’re careful not to get too cold and damp because it is really difficult to get dry and warm. So, we stay on the move or in the truck when things are extremely soggy.

But what a beautiful thing, Green!

The old Highway 101 runs along the rim of Hum Bug Mountain Campground. During our stay, we walked up the hill on that old highway and stopped at a picnic table near the top for a view of the ocean and cell phone signal.



Vegetation grows in thick and lush all along the road. And there are waterfall places that Frank could not resist photographing.


We finished our stay at Hum Bug Mountain Campground. It was a wonderful place to be! We’re grateful to have met such knowledgeable campers and camp hosts. We learned about places to visit, Dutch oven cooking, complete with delicious homemade examples, (thanks, Mary), heard great live music, (thanks, Steve), and shared a campfire built in a portable steel fire-pit … always good to have a live demo of such gadgets.

Before I sign off, I want to let you know that the Dorland Mountain Arts Summer Newsletter is out! It’s one of my volunteer projects; in case you would like to read it, DORLAND MOUNTAIN ARTS

Thank you again for checking in to read Tracks by the Post. Please don’t hesitate to contact me to let me know how you are doing! If we have cell signal, I will reply post-haste, if not, I will contact you as soon as I can.

I hope that this week brings you extra energy and happiness as each day unfolds.

Gently Be,

Leslie (and Frank)

Thank you, Frank, for these beautiful photos!

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