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Feather River Canyon

In mid-March, Mountain Man decided that we should take a drive around the Feather River Canyon. I had actually never heard of it, even though it is a very well-known travel destination. The Feather River is one of the main tributaries of the Sacramento River. It was a rich source of gold mining in the […]

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Row. Row, Row Your Boat

New Year’s Eve weekend between 2015 and 2016.  The Mountain Man and I decided to take a trip up north along the coast.   Neither of us is particularly fond of the ocean…and we had only known each 8 weeks. Outside of traveling up to his home near Redding, we had not been on an overnight trip together. […]

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Taking a Chance

In spite of my best efforts avoid ever getting in a relationship again, I met a mountain man.  His home is up here. In the mountains.  He is one big guy.  He is younger than me. He has tools, he has guns, he has chainsaws.  As a matter of fact, this guy is so tough that he […]

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A Weekend in Duncans Mills

Last year I spent the weekend in Boonville at the Not-S0-Simple Living Fair.  One of the highlights of the event was the fact that at some point during the weekend, an anonymous camper came to my campsite and fixed and rebuilt the tent that I had so poorly constructed. I wrote about this episode – complete with […]

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Miss Daisy’s Magical Musical Wonderland

I recently spent the night in the big tipi at Miss Daisy’s Magical Musical Wonderland in Sebastopol, California. A friend of mine was having a sing-a-long and decided to hold it at Miss Daisy’s. Although Miss Daisy’s Magical Musical Wonderland is only a few miles from my house, the opportunity to sleep in a tipi and […]

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Getting the fire pit ready

The Not-So-Simple Life

A few years ago I went with my friends Alice (of the Tomales Flea Market and Street Fair) and Teresa (of countless road trips and crazy adventures) to the Not-So-Simple Living Fair in Boonville, California. I am not sure how this happened, but somehow we decided to be vendors because there was no vending fee and it also included free […]

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Pond Farm Tool Silhouette

Pond Farm, Guerneville, California

Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time. Thomas Merton I was first introduced to Bauhaus design when I was living in Tel Aviv in the 70’s and 80’s. I didn’t know what Bauhaus was, only that I was looking at crumbling architectural treasures that were stunning inside and out. No one else seemed […]

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Walking along the train tracks in dunsmuir

Getting Off-Track in Mossbrae Falls, Dunsmuir

The morning of our departure from Mount Shasta City, Teresa had run into someone who told her that the prettiest falls in the area were Mossbrae Falls in Dunsmuir. We had no idea where they were, but we knew that we would pass them on our way back down south, so we packed up the […]

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Mount Shasta Liquor Sotre

Getting Smashed in Mount Shasta

I decided that I was going to take a trip to the mountains about 10 days before the trip actually transpired. I was going to be facing a very messy situation the weekend before.  I didn’t know if the outcome would be good or bad, but whatever the outcome, all I knew was that when this […]

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The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy […]

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Point Arena and Anchor Bay

This excursion started with a magazine article about Point Arena depicting its many charms. It made sense to take a short road trip up there since a bunch of us were already in the beautiful community of Sea Ranch  (located on the northernmost tip of the Sonoma County coastline, along Highway 1). I’ve been to Sea Ranch several […]

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The Point Arena Lighthouse

The Point Arena Lighthouse – in Mendocino County – is located at the westernmost point of the continental USA.  It is a short drive out from the town of Point Arena.  I have been here twice, never getting any closer to the lighthouse than in this photo. The entry fees are stiff – and this last […]

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Beach with two people

A Day at the Beach

  I recently took this picture along the Sonoma County coast.  I don’t remember exactly where – but someone who saw it said “Jenner”, so I’ll go with that. We had pulled off of Highway 1 into a turnout where several other cars were parked. It was a typically overcast day. What you don’t see (or […]

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Today is World Cancer Day

Today is February 4th: World Cancer Day. It is also the 4th anniversary of my cancer diagnosis. I had gone into Kaiser in the morning with what I thought was hernia. By late that afternoon, after a physical exam and an MRI, I had a frightened doctor on the phone telling me that things were […]

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No smoking sign

Georgetown, California

During fits of misplaced ambition, I join meetup groups.  Right now I belong to nine of them.  This doesn’t count other meetup groups that I have joined over the years which have dissolved. Most of them are food related – vegan and raw food.  I watch the meeting announcements fly through my inbox and rarely engage with any of […]

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