A couple weekends ago we went camping at a favorite spot, Mt. Abel, with a big group of my family members. We love it up there because it's generally uncrowded and, since it's at about 8,000 feet, always cooler than it is down below. My aunt bought this crystal ball on Amazon with the idea… Continue reading Bring Me the Orb!
On February 19th, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an executive order that allowed the U.S. military to relocate American citizens of Japanese descent to internment camps.
We're starting this year with a clean slate -- everything we took for granted, everything we expected to be in place at the start of 2018, has changed. It feels a bit like my life has been split into two sections: before the fire and after. There's a sense of disconnect between the two, as if the past few weeks have been a year all their own. But as I look back over 2017 it's undeniable that it wasn't a bad year, in fact, it was a great one, with abundant laughter and joy and adventure. 2018 will be, too. Not because anything is promised or guaranteed, but because we will make it that way, the same way we did 2017.
I love road trips. Flying is nice and saves time, but to me, nothing beats hitting the road. When I was young, my parents took us on a yearly road trip to Washington to visit my cousins. It was a 24-hour drive that we usually split into three 8-hour days. I've seen most of the western United States by car -- as far east as Wyoming. I consider myself a road trip veteran.
How fantastic is California? Sometimes I forget because I've lived here my whole life, but the diversity of landscapes and climates in this huge state is simply amazing. I've lived here almost 26 years and done a fair amount of traveling, and there are still parts I haven't seen. Montaña de Oro State Park was… Continue reading Montaña de Oro