The Anatomy of Panorama Hikes and Walks

Written by Panorama hiking guide, Steve Pogge. September 2014


With the exception of days with poor weather, Panorama hiking guide, Steve Pogge, can be found year-round leading an adventurous group of residents on a multitude of hikes and walks. Here is the breakdown of the variety of hikes and walks available.

How We Rate Hikes and Walks:

1.         Mileage: Basically, how far are we going?

2.         Elevation Change: What is the actual low to high elevation change?

3.         Base Elevation: Is the hike at sea level or is it at 5,000 feet?

4.         Surface Terrain: A rocky, uneven trail is much different than a paved trail like the Chehalis Western trail

5.         Slope: Descriptive terms are flat, rolling hills or a continuous hill; a hike with rolling hills may still be hard with very little total elevation change.

6.         Obstacles: Tree roots or down trees, crossing streams or bridge, mud or snow; drop offs or steep steps are also important.

7.         Weather: Below 40 degrees or above 85 degrees will make a huge difference in difficulty. This is usually a wild card.

8.         Optional Short Cuts: Many hikes and walks will have shorter options. Occasionally they don’t, which increases the rating.

Definition of Walks and Hikes:


• 1 to 2 miles in length

• Walks are on flat terrain, both paved and unpaved, sometimes with short hills

• Always kept under 1000 ft elevation

• Kept within 1/2 hour of Olympia


• 3 to 9 miles in length

• Hikes are as far away as 100 miles and 2 ½ hour drive time each way

• Hikes although can be at sea level, can go as high as 7000 ft.  Expect hills on all the hikes

• Always on unpaved trails, many times uneven surface.

 Rating System: 

Walks and Hikes are rated as easy, moderate or hard.  It is important that participants realize a moderate walk and moderate hike are much different. The best way to judge if a hike is right or wrong for you is to start easy and see if you are comfortable, then move up to the next level.  Many people will ask me directly if they are able to do a walk or hike listed.  If I have done a walk or hike with you, I will have a good idea of your capabilities and I am happy to email, talk in person or on the phone. With questions or comments, please contact me at:

 Clothing and Gear:

• Walkers need to have good walking shoes, one bottle of water, a jacket, sunglasses and lunch.

• Hikers need hiking shoes, two bottles of water, a back pack, sunscreen/bug spray, sunglasses, hat and lunch and snacks.

• I provide hiking poles, and have extra water, bug spray and sunscreen, but it helps that everyone brings their own.

– Steve Pogge

Food 2 B Fit – Arugula

Today’s Food 2 B Fit program in the Chambers House Restaurant focused on the leafy green, Arugula.

Loaded in Vitamin A, this “garden rocket” packs a punch for improved vision, skin and respiratory health. It also has anti-inflammatory and detoxifying powers! Panorama Fitness Coordinator, tells us all about it while Catering Manager, Meggin Turk cooks up this delicious recipe.

Arugula, Chicken and Walnut Couscous


3 tsp olive oil

1/4 cup chopped walnuts

1/2 lb shitake mushrooms, sliced

1/2 lb skinless, boneless chicken breast, cubed

3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

1 1/4 cups fat-free chicken broth

3 cups (lightly packed) baby arugula, very coarsely chopped

1 (5.9 ounce) package Parmesan-flavored couscous

1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped


1. Place a saucepan over medium heat for about 1 minute and pour 1 teaspoon olive oil into the hot pan. Cook and stir walnuts in hot oil until lightly browned and fragrant, 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer walnuts to a bowl.

2. Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in same pan; cook and stir shitake mushrooms until softened, about 5 minutes. Remove mushrooms from pan.

3. Add 1 more teaspoon olive oil to pan. Cook and stir chicken and garlic until chicken is browned and meat is no longer pink inside, about 10 minutes.

4. Pour chicken broth into chicken mixture, add arugula and stir contents of couscous seasoning packet into mixture. Bring to a boil and simmer for 1 minute. Stir couscous into mixture, cover pan, and remove from heat. Let stand until liquid has been absorbed and couscous is tender, about 5 minutes. Add walnuts and basil, lightly fluff couscous with a fork to combine and serve.

A Resident’s Perspective – Thoughts in February

Written by Panorama resident, Sandy Bush. February 2015

Recently, we bloggers were asked if we could perhaps write on grand parenting as September contains Grandparents Day. Many of our fellow residents ARE grand-and great-grandparents. We are not, so I thought I’d leave that to someone who knew what they were talking about. Many friends have asked how it will be being surrounded by aging folks (not that we aren’t aging) and no youngsters. Well, this is not something I ever worried about. I was essentially raised by my Grandma and spent much terrific time with her and her cronies. Now I find I am more comfortable with older folks than babies, kids and younger people, and I am comfortably fitting in here.

We have been in residence in our independent living home now for almost two years. We, like most everyone else, are trying to divest ourselves of all our boxes and get “keep-able” stuff stowed. In this process I unearthed a box of blankets and bed linens that we obviously have gone this long without needing. BUT, there in the middle was the 65+ year old summer weight quilt that my Grandma made for me (along with one for each of her 5 other grandchildren). Sadly, the side edges were starting to fray and it seemed a shame to recycle something with so many memories.

So, I got busy, not just organizing my spools of thread and bobbins that were clogging a useable drawer, but hand stitching on a seam binding of like color. A neighbor inspired me to put the spools on the wall and I found a spool frame at Joann’s, since my guy already has 5 projects in the works and no time to make one for me from dowels.


I am not really a quilter, but at the age of 7 or 8, I remember sitting on Grandma’s porch with a bag of remnants of her old blouses, dresses or Grandpa’s shirts and cutting out a gazillion leaf shapes from a template she made me. After school, or on weekends when she sat and quilted, there we would be. Now, 65+ years later, I see that she entirely hand-sewed the quilt and so I plied my not-so-perfect hand to hand stitching the edging on. Here we are, my faithful cat, Meela helping me.

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I have another funny story about my Grandma. She had ladies over often for “Sheephead,” or “Schafkopf” in her native German, a betting card game played mostly in the Fox RiverValley in Appleton, WI. They played penny a point and at 5 years old, I was the “banker.” I’d sit and listen to all their tales and I learned money values fast while making change!!! That was after Grandma found out that Grandpa had often taken me to his “local,” where I would dance on the bar in my fancy little shoes and dress when I was 3 and 4 years old. I got quarters from his buddies and he opened a savings account for me. She almost killed him when she heard from one of his guys what I had been doing!!! So banking for gambling ladies was my next venue!!! How different that was from dancing on the bar for money, I am not sure. But that was HER thing.

So, the quilt find chased me down memory lane, perhaps not enough to begin quilting myself in earnest, but a fun project nonetheless. Other linens got recycled, but I am keeping this special one with all the memories wrapped up in it.

Sandy Bio

Our Best Decision in Retirement – Rising Motivation

Written by Panorama resident, Mary Jo Shaw. February 2015

There goes that alarm again.  I’ve pushed the snooze button twice.  Why’s it so hard for me to get out of bed this morning?  I’ve had a good thirty minutes longer than my usual eight hours.  I’m just gonna turn it off, go back to sleep and get up when I’m ready.  Now I have to get the blankets adjusted.  This is what happens when I toss and turn–bed looks like it’s been through a giant mixer.

Nah, I’ll just leave the covers alone.  It’s too cold to get up to fix ‘em anyway.  Why can’t I get back to sleep?   I’d better go to the bathroom, so I don’t have to get up after I’ve fallen asleep.  That’s a good idea.

Back to bed.  Pillow’s bent outta shape, and now I’ve lost twenty minutes.  Come on, Mary Jo, get outta bed.  Go away, Christmas Past.  You’re pestering me.  I’m not ready ta get up.  I need ta fluff up this pillow.

Burying my head in the fluff, I made an effort to muffle the lawn mower growling at the window.  Now I’m really bent out shape!  Can’t a person get a decent sleep around here?  After all, that’s why I’m retired.

Or is it?  Re-wind.  Think.  Fast forward.

I remember.  I know what works every time.  What’d I write on my To-Do List last night?  I grabbed the little piece of paper on my bedside table.  Oh, yeah!  Today I get to play piano in Assisted Living.  I want to go to the Gift Shop to consign the birthday cards I made.

I scoot into my slippers, still pondering.

There’s Bible Study at ten.  Meet hubby, Chris, in Chambers Restaurant.  Play those new duets with Helen.  She just had her grand piano tuned, too!

And there’s that new chapter I wanna write for my book: let’s see, the one about losing our brakes coming down Pikes Peak in our new old car we bought from Grandpa just before our trip when I was a teen.

Wow, I can’t wait to get started.  Sounds like a lot I want to do today. What’s nice, if I don’t get to do it all, that’s no problem.  Some days, l like to just kick up my heels.  I love those days, too.

Oh, yeah, and little Hope comes after school today. She loves coming for sleep-overs with Granny and Pawpaw.

I grabbed my stack of laid-out clothes from the chest and headed to the bathroom to the tune of Chris’ snoring.  All of these fun things are for You today, Lord.  Thanks for this Panorama Paradise.

It works every time when I think of what I get to do for the day, and it’s working again this morning when I thought I’d never pry myself out of bed.

Now, if I can just get this toothpaste to come out a little faster.

Mary Jo Bio