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Hiking in Montano de Oro - California Coast
Tuesday, August 06, 2013      8 comments

This is where we started, down at the beach. It was perfect weather, a little foggy so we didn't get too hot, but clear up on the hills. ... Read more
Guess Who
Wednesday, May 29, 2013      5 comments

Can anyone guess who this buff Sparker is with the power tools? Woo hoo for girls with power tools!... Read more
Casie Dancing (video blog)
Friday, June 24, 2011      6 comments

This is my daughter dancing down in Chile.... Read more
Join me for a hike in my back country
Saturday, May 21, 2011      10 comments

A few steps from our house we enter the Burton Mesa Chaparral Ecological Reserve. We have a Mediteranean climate and amazingly enough, it holds 20% of plant diversity in t... Read more
Backpacking In California Sierras
Wednesday, July 28, 2010      19 comments

This is why we backpack! Since we're getting older, we decided we should embrace the "ultra-light" backpacking method. We've been replacing all our older gear with new, ... Read more
Night Backpacking
Tuesday, July 27, 2010      10 comments

This is a glimpse of Edison Lake (California sierras) at dusk. We pulled into the trail head and all the campsites were full. So we did the usual backpacking decision and ... Read more
Family Hiking is Wonderful!
Monday, May 17, 2010      8 comments

We did a hike up in Santa Cruz, California. It was originally going to be an eight mile hike...but like all good hikes...some times you just have to go a little further to see what's around the next bend. It was one of those kinds of hikes, we e... Read more
Around the World Flight?
Sunday, May 09, 2010      6 comments

I never knew there was such a thing as an around the world flight! That is pretty darn cool. I learned about it because my daughter is going to do her junior year at a college in Santiago, Chile. In order to get her visa, she has to have her fli... Read more
What 47 bpm buys you!
Tuesday, August 11, 2009      19 comments

My goal for this year was to drop my heart rate down under 60 beats per minute. When it hit 58 bpm in March I was thrilled. I pretty much forgot about it after that. I continued to work hard on other areas, but since I had attained that goal, I ... Read more
Hiking the Santa Monica Mountains
Tuesday, May 05, 2009      10 comments

The mountain in the background is Boney Mountain. That was our goal. Twenty-five miles with over 4,000 ft of elevation gains and losses, with 20 lb packs. We're planning a tw... Read more
We saw Condors!
Monday, April 06, 2009      13 comments

(Not taken by me) We went hiking on both Saturday and Sunday at West Pinnacles National Park, off Highway 101, central California. I heartily recommend a hike here. On Satu... Read more
An Exercise in Pure Bliss
Monday, January 12, 2009      9 comments

My husband and I did a Four day get away up in the Napa Valley (California) wine country. Cute little bed and breakfast with a jacuzzi tub, fireplace and within walking distan... Read more
What a ride!
Monday, August 11, 2008      4 comments

On Saturday I took my bike out at first light and decided to head for wine country. I rode out to Solvang, a little "Danish" tourist village about 30 miles from my house. If you get there early there's very little traffic and mostly just locals,... Read more
Backpacking with family
Tuesday, June 24, 2008      5 comments

We had a great time backpacking together. We went to the southern sierras in California. Backpacking is a different vacation then anything else I've ever done. I've been backpacking since I was five years old and I've always loved it. Everything... Read more
Just for me
Friday, April 25, 2008      2 comments

People say to me that they have to force themselves into the pool for swimming on a regular basis. They do it because they know they "should" and because it's "good for them". I'm always amazed at that. I feel so privileged and fortunate that I ... Read more

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