Weekly Update for November 20, 2022

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Weekly Update at Introverted Reader

Welcome to my weekly update for November 20, 2022!

Well hello there! Long time, no see! My last update was on August 28. I wrote in that post that my husband and I were coming out of a quiet few weeks just hanging around Billings, Montana and we had a couple of busy weekends planned. I did not intend to disappear for almost three months!

We finished up our time in Billings on September 10 and took a couple of weeks to sightsee and get to my husband’s next work assignment in Lodi, California. (If you’re new here, he’s a traveling healthcare professional and works about three months at a time at different hospitals around the country) Lodi isn’t the most exciting location, though it is actually more beautiful than we expected with all the wineries and roses still blooming everywhere. But what drew us here is all the national parks and other scenic areas within about a three-hour drive. And you know we love our national parks!

Since I last posted, we visited these national parks: Glacier, Theodore Roosevelt, Yellowstone (yes, again), Grand Teton, Crater Lake, Lassen Volcanic, Yosemite, Sequoia & Kings Canyon. We also visited Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho, Lake Tahoe in California and Nevada, and just spent a weekend exploring Mendocino and Point Reyes National Seashore here in California. We’ve been super busy and super blessed to see so many amazing places!

Our internet connection is not good at our current location so it’s been hard for me to post and read blogs. I try to only indulge my blog habit while my husband is at work. At this job, his days off completely overlap with my usual days to visit your blogs. So here we are. I should be able to make the rounds this week, internet service gods willing, but I probably still won’t consistently be back until sometime in January.


  • Sunrise from Logan's Pass in Glacier National Park
  • Sunset at Wind Canyon in Theodore Roosevelt National Park
  • Mountains at Grand Teton National Park
  • Rainbow over the lake at Crater Lake National Park
  • Mount Lassen reflected in Manzanita Lake at Lassen Volcanic National Park
  • El Capitan and Half Dome from Tunnel View in Yosemite National Park
  • Cliffs and river near Zumwalt Meadow in Kings Canyon National Park
  • General Sherman Tree in Sequoia National Park

All images ยฉ Jennifer G. at Introverted Reader 2022

I could share literally hundreds of pictures from the past few months but I decided to limit myself to one photo from each new national park we visited (so no Yellowstone or national monuments). Tough choices!

  1. Sunrise from Logan’s Pass in Glacier National Park in Montana. We just lucked into this picture. We knew we needed to get to this parking area early for the hike we had planned and this view was waiting on us when we got there.
  2. Sunset over Wind Canyon in Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota
  3. Mountains rising behind a horse pasture in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming
  4. Bright rainbow over Crater Lake and Wizard Island at Crater Lake National Park in Oregon. My camera didn’t pick it up, but there was actually a very faint double rainbow too.
  5. Mount Lassen reflected in Manzanita Lake in Lassen Volcanic National Park in California. The road through the park was closed because of snow the day before we arrived. Luckily the road was open the day we visited and we still got the beauty of the snow on the mountaintops.
  6. El Capitan and Half Dome from Tunnel View Overlook in Yosemite National Park in California
  7. This was taken near Zumwalt Meadow in Kings Canyon National Park in California.
  8. The General Sherman tree in Sequoia National Park in California. It’s the largest tree by volume (calculations involving width and height) in the world. The second largest by volume is the General Grant tree in Kings Canyon.


I had a handful of posts scheduled before I disappeared.

Ten Books that Continued My Education

The Best-Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis, edited by Caroline Kennedy: Book Review ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ ยฝ

Other Birds by Sarah Addison Allen: Book Review ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison: Book Review ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs: Book Review ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

Wake: The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts by Rebecca Hall, illustrated by Hugo Martinez: Book Review ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ


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I finished 23 books on my break but I won’t make you wade through them here. I’ll just mention a few standouts. You can find the complete list on my “read” shelf on GoodReads if you’re interested.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

March: Book One by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

Lore Olympus: Volume One by Rachel Smythe ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

The Accidental Further Adventures of the Hundred-Year-Old Man by Jonas Jonasson, translated by Rachel Willson-Broyles, read by Peter Kenny ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

Dread Nation (Dread Nation #1) by Justina Ireland ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

Currently Reading:

The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis

The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie–Oh, boy, am I ever on the struggle bus with this one. I started it on September 1. It’s just so long and dense (to me)! I don’t even understand what’s happening. I’ll keep plugging along until I finish though.

Shadow Princess (Taj Mahal #3) by Indu Sundaresan, read by Sneha Mathan

The Yosemite by John Muir

Up Next:

I won’t even hazard a guess.

What did your week look like?


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  1. Welcome back! You sound like you’ve been having a fantastic time and the photos are stunning. I used to spend a couple weeks each summer in Point Reyes and love it up there.

    Your reading looks good too with lots of 4 and 5 stars. I hope you are doing well.

  2. Welcome back! And welcome to my coast again. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve been to Crater Lake, Lake Tahoe, and Mendocino, and enjoyed them. I’ve also been camping at Lassen and Yosemite, and loved those experiences. Your photos brought back some great memories.

    Happy reading! I’m glad to hear that the blog silence has to do with internet and scheduling issues, and that all is well with you.

    1. I’m happy to bring back some good memories for you! We seem to be slowly (and sometimes not-so-slowly) bouncing between the coasts. There are things we love about both of them. We are shamelessly neglecting the middle of the country though. I should probably read more about the Midwest and find things to get us excited to visit. Neither of us has spent any time in Kansas and Nebraska, for example.

      1. I have also mostly neglected the middle of the country when I plan vacations. I have a hard time imagining being so far away from the ocean. I’ve always lived within a reasonable driving distance of the Pacific, and so being landlocked doesn’t really appeal to me.

  3. Welcome back! Love the pictures. You remind me that I have Dread Nation on my Kindle and really should read it one of these days. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

    1. One of my best friends recommended Dread Nation to me. She said, “It’s like The Walking Dead. It’s not about the zombies; it’s about the people!” She was right. I hope you like it when/if you read it.

  4. Love your photos. It is great that your husband’s job takes you around the USA. Amazing opportunity really. I loved Sarah Addison Allen’s book and I see you did too.

  5. Welcome back! Thank you so much for sharing all your pictures…we weren’t able to take a big trip this year (where we planned to see many of these parks), so it was great to see these!

    1. I always read a lot of horror and Gothic novels in October. I expected The Silent Companions to only be an atmospheric Gothic novel but it was the creepiest book I read this season!

      I hope you get to visit and see our national parks one day. They truly are amazing.

  6. Those are all stunning scenes, but Crater Lake is close to my heart. I went there on a family vacation years ago. I love that you captured a rainbow over it! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. The first day we spent at Crater Lake, it was drizzly and cloudy but we saw a faint rainbow from the visitor’s center. The second day was mostly sunny and gorgeous but a shower passed through just in time to give us this spectacular rainbow. We were so excited! It’s a beautiful place, isn’t it?

  7. Welcome back! I’ve enjoyed seeing you on IG, but am glad you got a chance to share a blog post with us.

    Outstanding photos, as always. I especially love the sunrise at Logan Pass and am glad I got a chance to see it (not quite as early as you!) this year in our travels. I hope to get to the Tetons next year! You got a great shot of Crater Lake. Sadly, when we were there a few years ago, it was nearly impossible to see the water due to the smoke from nearby fires. We live close enough that we should be able to get back over there for another visit. Ah, and Lassen/Manzanita Lake. We froze our butts off camping there. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I hope you get internet access when you need it, but sometimes it’s nice to be unplugged, isn’t it? Have a good week and Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. We tried to do the Hidden Lake hike from Logan’s Pass (which I believe you did), but by the time we got back up there on our second day, there was no parking to be had. Everyone was just endlessly circling. I’m not an early riser by nature but that sunrise made it worth it for our Highline Trail hike!

      It was so cloudy when we first arrived in the Tetons! My husband had to laugh at my crestfallen face. We couldn’t see any mountains at all. But the skies slowly cleared throughout the day until we had unobstructed views. The next morning was clear for quite a while but then we got rained on for the last 5 or 6 miles of our 9-mile hike. Luckily, we’ve learned to always hike with our full raingear in our backpacks. Traveling in the fall can be dicey. Snow? Smoke? Rain? Glorious blue skies? You never know.

      1. The parking at Hidden Lake was terrible when I was there, but I had taken the shuttle, so I didn’t need to worry about finding a spot; just had to be careful not to miss the last shuttle back down to Apgar!

        I probably had the same crestfallen face when we arrived in Glacier. I had expected crystal blue skies, but instead we were greated with hazy, smoky views. I was happy it cleared up when we moved over to the east side of the park. Yep, traveling in the fall is very unpredictable, but that doesn’t stop us! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. I have been wondering where you have been, Jen. I’m glad that you have simply been busy with a bad Internet connection.

    All those fantastic pictures! That rainbow at Crater. Wow. And the photo from Kings Canyon. I envy your traveling. I’d love to go to all the national parks.

    You have been reading a lot. I’ve never tried The Satanic Verses, and I respect you for giving it a read. I’m eager to hear more.

    And I hope you will continue to share more photos and more books, even if it’s just a little each week.

    1. Since we travel so much, we rely on our jetpack for service. We’ve had an abysmal connection since we arrived in Lodi. But the past couple of weeks, things have mysteriously improved. Hopefully Verizon fixed something and our connectivity woes are behind us.

      We have vague hopes of seeing all the national parks but aren’t sure that we’ll make it to the very remote Alaskan parks or American Samoa. I don’t mind hopping on tiny planes to get around Alaska, but the cost sure adds up quickly. And that’s the only way to get to most of the Alaskan parks. Oh well. We will see what we can! We’re up to 36 visited parks out of 63!

  9. Yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy welcome back and thanks for treating us to more AMAZING pictures! Sunrise and rainbow photos are just stunning! Trying to imagine how even more beautiful they were in person.

  10. Jen!!! Halllooooo!! So good to see you around again. Although, I have also been a bit absent lately. Jeez, life can get hectic and the last thing on our minds is blogging. Sad, I know.

    Love your photos, especially the rainbow one! Wow!

    At least you were still reading and reviewing a lot. I’ve tried my best as well. I see a few on your list that I now want to take a closer look at for sure.

    Have a great week and I hope your internet is more stable!

    Elza Reads

  11. I will wave when I drive through Lodi on the way to my family. That’s actually where I turned onto Highway 12, although I will be taking I5 instead of I99 to drive up from Southern California this week. I have a friend who lives in Fresno I often visit with, but that won’t work out this time.

    1. So you know where we are very well! We’re bopping around on 12 and I-5 all the time. I swear this section of I-5 must have more truckers than any other section of interstate in the country. I feel insecure in my little car ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Oh wow! I like locations that end up being surprising and Lodi sounds lovely – especially with it’s proximity to parks. Gorgeous pictures and wonderful books! Have a great week!

  13. Hey welcome back! And thanks for the awesome pics! I love that fourth one- beautiful- and the last one too with the tree. It’s amazing. Hope you’re having a nice weekend. It’s snowing here ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. We do our best to avoid the white stuff in our travels ๐Ÿ™‚ Alaska caught us a couple of times and we barely missed it at a few other locations. I’m not a fan of cold weather and the longer I’m away from it, the less I like it. Stay warm!

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