Category Archives: Backpacking

Bridges and Waterfalls. 

There’s something to be said about taking a chance on people and doing something new with them.  I have been very busy the past few weeks and particularly the last two. I have been coordinating a huge home project, helping … Continue reading

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Cesar Chavez Taught Me to Love Climbing Mountains

  A little late, but I was reminded to share this when I took my 78-year-old father, my 89-year-old father-in-law and my 22-month-old grandson to visit Helen and Cesar at the National Memorial. I mentioned to my mom as we … Continue reading

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Loch Leven Trail…Donde you are?

Every year, in an effort to introduce the children to the notion of hiking and backpacking, my sister Lenora organizes a “baby” (now “kid” trip).  When the two littlest ones were tiny, the hike involved a two mile roundtrip hike … Continue reading

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Impassable at High Tide? Wait, what?

This time of year is usually marked by a long backpacking trip with my fellow hiker chicks across some portion of the John Muir Trail.  We started this quest about three years ago and were progressing nicely through our goal … Continue reading

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Teach Your Children (and Friends) Well

  On Cesar Chavez Day we spent time in Yosemite. I spend as much time in YNP as I am able and this day was poised to be a great time and as per usual it was. The scenery is … Continue reading

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Cesar Chavez Taught Me to Love Climbing Mountains

I grew up in Arvin, California.   This small town sits at the foot of Bear Mountain, toward the south-eastern end of the Central Valley. I recall that if it were a good year, the snow level might reach down past the foothills to … Continue reading

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Moro Rock, I Come in Peace

All my life I have carried this crazy image of my poor mother whimpering, while hugging granite wall during a climb up the railed, stair stepped path to the summit of a great mountain. I don’t know exactly how old I am … Continue reading

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Is it Wrong to Sing Red River Valley Aloud in a Movie Theater?

We walked into the movie theater just before the start of the movie WILD. We sat behind a man, an elderly woman wearing headphones to help her hear the movie and a younger woman. I assumed the elderly woman was … Continue reading

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Day 7: Gratitude Moves

My friend asked to give voice to my gratitude for three things, once a day for a week. Today I got my sorry self out of bed at 5:30 in the morning and went on a hike at Montaña de … Continue reading

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Day 2: Gratitude is Seeing the Connection

Gratitude is Seeing the Connection
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