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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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Tunnel to McWay Falls

Travels without Charlie: The Monterey Peninsula and Highway 1

I love road trips. I hadn’t been on one with my friend Paul since our Gold Country trip and so I asked him if he’d like to be my road trip buddy somewhere.  He said yes – and how about Monterey and Carmel? Done. Paul called me a few days later and told me he […]

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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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Tomales Flea Market Sign

In Tomales for the Flea Market

I love to sell things.  Just love it.  So from time to time, I go to craft fairs and sell stuff. This all started when I was on chemo.  I decided to take up beading. It ended up being one of the few things I could do during my catatonic states, which became more and more […]

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Point Reyes National Seashore Lifeboat Station at Chimney Rock

An opportunity had come up last fall to spend the weekend at Pt Reyes Lifeboat Station in the old Coast Guard Station on Drake’s Bay. It was for a writing workshop sponsored by the Point Reyes Field Institute, a nonprofit which helps preserve the seashore and also which provides educational opportunities for children and adults. Over […]

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Ferndale Cemetery

Ferndale: California’s Victorian Village

Although I have been up to the Lost Coast several times, I never took the time or had the opportunity to explore the Victorian Village of Ferndale. This last Mother’s Day, I went up north again, this time with my mother, and with Joshua who decided to come along, too. Ferndale was definitely going to […]

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Lolita Tavern

Loleta, California

Loleta is a small town in Northern California.  Its name, Lo Le Tah, came from three Wiyot Indian words meaning “a pleasant place at the end of the water.” Lolita Online We ended up in the tiny town of Loleta over Mother’s Day weekend because my mother likes cheese.  We had been in a few […]

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White Buddha Statuette at the Green Gulch Zen Center

Green Gulch Zen Center

“So the secret is just to say ‘Yes!’ and jump off from here. Then there is no problem. It means to be yourself, always yourself, without sticking to an old self.”  Shunryu Suzuki, Founder of the San Francisco Zen Center It was close to Joshua’s birthday in the middle of summer 2012 and I had wanted […]

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A Long Weekend in Mendocino and Fort Bragg

This post is about a long weekend spent on the Mendocino coast. Of course there is a cancer story that goes along with this. Lately there is a cancer story involved in everything I do. Perhaps one day I will go on a trip with no cancer story, but that is a different life and […]

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Bacon wrapped hot dog at farmers market

Tripping Down the I-5 and a visit to Huntington Beach

A few days after Thanksgiving, I rode down to Huntington Beach in a compact car with my daughter, her fiance, a small boudoir chair and a large Persian Rug. My daughter has had very odd luck with cars. Terrible things happen to them but fortunately she is always OK.  Here are some of her adventures. […]

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Sea Ranch, California

The Sea Ranch is a community of private homes, sited with careful attention to the natural landscape along a 10-mile stretch of the Sonoma County coast in Northern California.  (The Sea Ranch Association) It had been a long time since I had been to Sea Ranch.  Many years ago, a friend had access to a family house […]

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Point Reyes Birds

The Point Reyes Lighthouse

In the course of the last week, I have made two trips to  the historic lighthouse at Point Reyes National Seashore. This in spite of the fact that I have lived within 45 minutes of the lighthouse just about all of my life and had never been there until now. This is how it started.  […]

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San Francisco: The Ferry Building and Saturday Farmer’s Market

Saturday morning with mom and dad.  We headed out on the 9:40 Ferry from Larkspur Landing.  Plenty of free parking – my parents sprung for the round trip tickets and off we went.  On the way in, we sat on the top, facing the back of the boat.  It was cold and foggy on the […]

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