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El Camino: Santo Domingo to Belorado

Today’s trek: Santo Domingo to Belorado We’re sitting in a restaurant in Belorado amongst a large groups of peregrinos all talking about why they are walking the camino, how they feel, and how they are looking forward to the meal. … Continue reading

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El Camino: Najera to Santo Domingo

Todays trek: Najera to Santo Domingo After such long treks these past few days, walking 14 miles on mostly even trail seemed like a treat. We walked quietly through a two smaller towns and a number of grape fields. All … Continue reading

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El Camino: Departure

Last night I finally felt ready enough to load my pack, sans camera equipment that will be carried everywhere I go. As I packed with the goal of keeping under 20 lbs in mind I asked myself, “Do I really … Continue reading

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El Camino: Stuff just got real!

They say that El Camino de Santiago begins at your doorstep.  I beg to differ. I have been dreaming of doing this walk for at least 5 years.  I have watched movies about it, read about it, googled it until … Continue reading

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A Lonely Bird

I’ve been sitting in my home office researching and preparing for my trip to walk the Camino de Santiago. The past few days have been very mild and on the cooler side of August temperatures. I’ve left the sliding glass … Continue reading

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El Camino: Meet Sally and Sue Sawtooth!

    Just a quick update on whats going on. Last I wrote that my shoes, Sapphire Oboz gave me blisters on the very first day that I wore them.  So with head hanging low, and in complete awareness that … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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Techno Envy

Written on Friday, July 23, 2010, at 11:47pm I like to take pictures. I have lens envy. I like to text. I want the emoticons for the iPhone. I like to play games on the phone. I need the most … Continue reading

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Little Moments

Written on Wednesday, July 21, 2010, at 11:20pm   I have been writing quite a bit about my daughters impending departure to college. Sorry, its probably one of those things that I didn’t think mattered when I went away to … Continue reading

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The Planets Aligned

July 12, 2010 Sometimes I wonder about just how much truth there is in all that pure, untaught, “non inferential” knowledge stuff…. And then I wonder whether pheromones added to the mix can make for us co-workers, an unmitigated day … Continue reading

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End Alz: Neche Lets Go.

  *This essay was written many years ago. I still cry when I read it. My aunt was a tough cookie.   I grabbed my yellow Nike bag and tossed in underwear, shirts, a jacket and some mascara. Mascara. Why would … Continue reading

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Clearing is a Noun

I’ve been approaching my 56th birthday with the idea that I would like to get rid of some things in my life.  I carry a boatload of feelings with me every day that quite frankly I’m tired of carrying.  I say the … Continue reading

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It’s Official: The CIM That Isn’t For Me

Two days ago I officially requested a deferral of my CIM race entry until 2018.  It was a very difficult decision and one that took over two months to make.  I have been keeping my fingers crossed, praying, rehabilitating, denying, … Continue reading

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Running Has Taught Me…

On December 31, 2013 I conducted an inventory of my life during the previous year. In doing so, I decided that among other things, I would resolve to run 1500 miles during calendar year 2014. On August 26, 2014, while … Continue reading

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