Author Archives: Caro

About Caro

I am a social worker by training and a peace officer by profession having worked with California’s delinquent youth and young adults for 28 years. I firmly believe that our development as humans depends on our environment and that sometimes we get stuck. As such, I write about those things we sometimes ignore or fail to see until we are forced to pay attention.

El Camino: Boots, Socks, Blisters, Oh My!

  All the articles I have read about walking the Camino have one thing in common.  Every article, blog, list etc says, “Take care of your feet.” I’m a runner, walker, hiker, and backpacker.  I am no stranger to blisters, … Continue reading

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El Camino: Decisions, Decisions.

A few years ago, on a ferry taking us out of the wilderness and back to our awaiting vehicle I engaged in conversation with a lovely woman named Susan who having been injured, was leaving her backpacking trip a little … Continue reading

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When the nest is (really, really) empty.

This weekend was wonderful albeit filled with all the anxiety and discomfort of a family milestone. We packed up the older sister and the three year old non stop talker (talkers are nothing new in our family) and headed to … Continue reading

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Out of the Mouths of Babes

Originally posted online on Tuesday, August 3, 2010, at 11:58pm This morning I sat, as usual, typing at the computer when our student walked into my office to file some papers….she bounced in like Tigger and said, “Hey Ms. Garcia … Continue reading

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Sensory Overload

Smell you later! Continue reading

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Backyard Camping

Avi and I finally did it.  We slept outside in the back yard in my Big Agnes tent. May 5 can still be a cold time in Sacramento, so I dragged out every blanket I could so we would stay … Continue reading

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In Sickness and In Health

I wonder if I have become immobilized by fear. I haven’t been able to run since mid August 2017. That is the first time I actually typed out that date and now it sits here on the page, staring me … Continue reading

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It’s His Lens

Blurry and mismatched Crystal clear and identical He is his mother’s child Nothing new to grandmothers but he is new to me He dances with abandon Sings with a full orchestra SOME PIG My heart swells when his eyes puddle … Continue reading

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How Wild is Your Wild?: What do you really need to backpack in the wilderness?

  Have you read the book WILD by Cheryl Strayed?  It’s interesting and thought-provoking read.  That book was published in March of 2012.  I took my first hike during that summer (the Mist Trail in Yosemite) and hiked up Half Dome … Continue reading

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Another year passes and while it seems we are retreating into a horrid past, indeed we are not. The Sleeping Giant awakes! We pull forward those in need of a hand up. We shout to those not willing to listen. We continue to march to show our presence. And we continue to feed the faith that hard work is rewarded, now and forever. Viva Chavez!

via Cesar Chavez Taught Me to Love Climbing Mountains

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Gracias. De Nada. You Welcome.

I took Avi to dinner tonight. We went to Vientos, the restaurant he has been going to since he was a tiny baby. We always purchased albóndiga soup for him because we could basically use a fork to baby-ize it. … Continue reading

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Effie Yeaw Nature Center

Sundays are days reserved for going outside.  If we can, I load up the car and take Avi out somewhere in nature.  Sometimes we explore the banks of the Sacramento River since it is a few blocks from home and … Continue reading

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Red Velvet Cake

Written on August 09, 2010 I made a red velvet bundt cake tonight. My daughter asked me if I would. The beanpole boyfriend was over, so I thought, “well at least it won’t tempt me tomorrow…they’ll eat it all at … Continue reading

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@AbuelaAfuera

I am so grateful to be able to share my voice about getting people of color outside, especially when they go with family, both young and old. Please listen… https://she-explores.com/podcast/abuela-afuera-grandmother-outside/

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Veni, Vidi, Vici, Vittles and Vino

Written on Saturday, August 7, 2010, at 1:25pm Many many months ago, perhaps even years ago, I befriended a rather opinionated young woman, who although small in stature is big on life. She has a bear trap of a brain … Continue reading

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