Mountain Outin’ To Yellowstone

There’s no sensation like being rocked to sleep in a berth on AMTRAK as the miles fly by to put a relaxing end to a vacation. The fact that the trip featured snow, rain, icicles, and puddles made it all the more rewarding for moisture starved Californians. We may be stuck in a drought but […]

North To Alaska

After two weeks spent exploring the northlands I think the funniest thing I saw was a bumper sticker that said “I drove the Alaska Marine Highway!” Why funny? The Alaska Marine Highway is a ferry system and no novices were behind the operation of the vessel we were on.  A trip to Alaska for my […]

Lost & Found At Burning Man

While many writers take to print and electronic media to pooh-pooh Burning Man with pronouncements about false values and carbon footprints and financing I personally question whether they have ever actually attended the event.

Berry Picking

There’s nothing like indulging in the late summer pastime of roadside berry picking to renew your appreciation for the free bounty of edibles Mother Nature provides us with, coming from the invasive species Himalaya Blackberries. Stories vary about how this indestructible bearer of tasty fruit came to California. Originally from Armenia it was growing in […]

Fire In The Backyard

In Comptche there’s nothing like a wave of fire exploding across your neighbor’s fields headed for your home to instill a love for friends, CalFire, and your local volunteer fire department. At home alone, with my husband on jury duty in Ukiah and my daughter off visiting local friends, the Comptche Volunteer Fire Department (CVFD) […]

An Elder On The Playa

Why, a reader might ask, would a perfectly sensible woman old enough for Social Security allow herself to leave the peace and quiet of Comptche for a trip into the inhospitable middle of no place in Nevada for the Burning Man Festival? Simple answer? Curiosity. As a retired librarian I’ve always enjoyed watching the human […]

Canadian Panorama

Did you ever hear a folk song that stuck with you the rest of your life? A song full of beauty and wonder that spoke of an unknown world you’d like to see some day? In my starving college student days of the late 1960’s that song for me was Gordon Lightfoot’s “Canadian Railroad Trilogy.” […]

Mendo Arts…Living Treasures

“Living Treasures” are those elders in a community recognized as having special knowledge, learned over a lifetime, that they share with others. These folks usually aren’t rich or college educated but they possess a mental encyclopedia that would put a computer to shame. In Mendocino County we have two “Living Treasures” in the persons of […]

Train Trekking to the Great White Bears

It all started out because I’m married to a man who likes long train trips. Really long train trips. In the past five years we’ve traveled 17,000 miles criss-crossing the US seeing our nation from the window of a train. We enjoy the comfort of sitting back with books in our laps and drinks in our hands […]

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