Category Archives: travel

Revisiting Amador-able

Last year around this time, Mike and I grabbed a handful of friends and hit up the California wine region of Amador County, a little pocket of gold country east of Sacramento.           This year, we weren’t planning … Continue reading

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The Real Tucson Gems: My Snow Angels

From the time I was six, I was fascinated with shiny rocks. My mom got me a rock tumbler for my birthday and I spent the days gathering rocks along the creek bed that I would take home and pour … Continue reading

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Magnificent Mt. Shasta

When I first caught sight of it I was 50 miles away and afoot, alone and weary. Yet all my blood turned to wine, and I have not been weary since. John Muir of Mt Shasta, 1874 View from Mount … Continue reading

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Rafting Life’s River

Comparing life to a river is a worn out cliche, I know. But on this day, the day following my oldest son’s 27th birthday and just a few days before my youngest son’s 16th, I can’t think of a better symbol … Continue reading

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Hidden Treasures in Trinity County

You can stack our summer up into a pile of swim meets, swim practices, and community service shift taxi rides that looks like a wobbly Jenga tower about to crash. We’re nearing the top of that tower as July wraps … Continue reading

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Fun with Friends in the Cave

In my 20s, I remember telling a counselor I really didn’t have any friends or any time to work friends in. I had been in an abusive marriage with a spouse that bullied me–what I did, who I did it … Continue reading

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