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idea of a perfect day is hiking in
the Rocky Mountains listening to
John Denver music!
and I love the great outdoors. We
try to walk at least two miles every
day and we hike whenever we get a
chance. Normally, the only animals
we encounter are dogs, cats, deer,
and squirrels, however I once had a
close encounter with a black bear in
the Smoky Mountains.
and I enjoy hiking everywhere we
travel. In the summer of 1998 we
spent a few days in the deserts of
southern California and a week in
the mountains near Aspen. The
picture on the left was taken after
a rainstorm in the mountatins. We
found some shelter under a set of
evergreen trees. The photo on the
right shows our hike to a mountain
a 1997 trip to Yosemite, we
photographed wildflowers, animals,
insects, and waterfalls. We believe
in the saying, "take only pictures,
leave only footprints." We've
visited over 120 National Parks. We
have over 250 yet to explore and we
haven't even started on the World
you can tell, we love to travel.
I've visited every state, but
Alaska. Like many other US citizens,
I've been to Canada, Mexico, Puerto
Rico, and other Caribbean islands.
I've also been to Japan and the
our honeymoon, Larry and I went to
Australia and New Zealand. We're
looking forward to going back
1999, we left our university
positions for a life "on the road."
We spent the summer of 1999
traveling around Colorado, Utah,
Wyoming, Montana, and Oregon. We
spent 2000 in the desert southwest,
Asheville, NC, and Branson,
Missouri. Check out the
site for lots of
always been a sports fan. As a child, I played lots
of softball, basketball, and football. Just a couple
years ago, my sister and I beat my uncle and cousins
at basketball during a Thanksgiving get-together.
Labor Day 1998, the Johnsons had a basketball challenge
shown on the right.
the 1980s, I spent a lot of winters downhill skiing
with family and friends in Minnesota, Michigan,
always been a mini golf fan. I particularly like
unique courses. The Gatlinburg, TN Hillybilly mini
golf course has a farm equipment theme and claims
to be the steepest mini golf course in the world!
always loved to canoe and white water raft. We've
canoed the Buffalo and Current rivers in recent years.
80s I was a big Indy car fan. We attended lots of
races and even owned a Solo I autocross race car and
competed at the national level.
always enjoyed hiking and nature. When we took our
first vacation to Colorado in the early 1970s, I remember
listening to John Denver tapes and hiking at every
road side stop.
like rock climbing. However with short arms and legs,
I have a tendency to climb beyond my skills. Larry
enjoys taking pictures of me when I'm stuck in strange
position like the one on the left.
Music, and Books
I'm sitting in a comfy chair, waiting
for a plane, or lounging on a sunny
rock, I love to read. I like popular
fiction, science fiction, mysteries,
historical fiction, biographies, and
all kinds of science and history books.
Okay, I read everything including the
TV Guide and USA Today.
members of my family also enjoy music.
I took piano lessons as a child. In
school, I played the trumpet in
concert, marching, and jazz band. We
all enjoy sitting around the piano
singing songs. I'm one of those people
who can listen to Christmas music and
like movies, television, crafting,
gardening, computing, and lots of other
probably has at least one "odd" hobby.
Mine is coloring. When I'm stressed
out, I love a relaxing evening with my
coloring books. In the picture below,
Kelsey the Cat was helping me
Along with crayons,
I also enjoy sketching, color pencil drawing, nature
journaling, and rock painting.
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