The past few weeks have been very busy with work and travel – which included a visit to
in San Simeon, California. I’ll be sharing more about this beautiful and surprisingly accessible destination soon. Hearst Castle
In the meantime, here’s a “sneak-peak” photo of Carrieanna and our tour guide at one of the famous Hearst Castle pools. Enjoy!
In honor of West Virginia Day – 3-22-2020 – I am reposting this piece from October 2012. There are two new photos, and the web links have been updated. Enjoy!
Blue Ridge Mountains , Shenandoah River….
Continue reading “Almost Heaven”
If you know me, you know I love going to the California State Fair! This year I wanted to pay close attention to accessibility at the Fair. In particular, I wanted to find out what challenges wheelchair-users have encountered.
Continue reading “Accessibility at the California State Fair”
The sky in the northern Arizona desert is beautiful and ever changing.
By day, the clouds are pushed around by the wind, sometimes briefly bringing a rain shower or offering a respite from the sun. However, the sun soon regains dominance until it sets in brilliance.
Continue reading “Arizona Desert Spiritual Retreat”
My history-loving son recently moved to Austin, Texas, which gives me a new travel destination! As we discussed things to do during my recent visit, he suggested going to San Antonio to see The Alamo.
He told me of his first visit there, and how much it moved him. He described the battle and the loss of lives, and spoke of the bullet holes still visible in the chapel.
He remembered standing next to his buddy, a veteran who became so filled with emotion that he had to leave the building.
Continue reading “The Alamo | Remembering Texas History”
In the United States November is recognized as National Native American Heritage Month, and November 23rd is recognized as Native American Heritage Day.
It is a time to celebrate the rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories of Alaska Native and American Indian people.
Continue reading “Native American Heritage | Southeast Alaska”
I love the California State Fair!
In the 30 years I have lived in Sacramento – California’s capitol and the home of the California State Fair – I have faithfully attended nearly every year.
Twilight On The Midway On Opening Day
Continue reading “California State Fair 2018”
Water cascading down a rock wall, warm sun and beautiful flowers create a peaceful setting for meditation.
As part of a photography group, I recently visited the tulip gardens at
Crystal Hermitage, which is part of the Ananda community located about 15 miles northeast from Nevada City (California) in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Continue reading “Tulip Gardens at Crystal Hermitage”
Mural created by Franceska Gamez and Shaun Burner for Sacramento’s Wide Open Walls Mural Festival, 2017.
For the past two summers Sacramento has invited street artists, both local and international, to paint larger-than-life murals on buildings, walls and alleyways within the city.
Continue reading “Sacramento Street Art – Wide Open Walls”
“Situated along the rugged Mendocino County coastline adjacent to the town of Point Arena , is the 1,665-acre Point Arena-Stornetta unit of the California Coastal National Monument . The first shoreline unit of the Monument offers spectacular views of coastal bluffs, sea arches, the estuary of the Garcia River , and sandy beaches and dunes with eight miles of marked paths.”
(National Conservation Lands’ “Point Arena-Stornetta Unit” brochure)
Continue reading “Point Arena Lighthouse”