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Hearst Castle – Part 1

The past few weeks have been very busy with work and travel – which included a visit to Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California. I’ll be sharing more about this beautiful and surprisingly accessible destination soon.

In the meantime, here’s a “sneak-peak” photo of Carrieanna and our tour guide at one of the famous Hearst Castle pools. Enjoy!

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Accessibility at the California State Fair

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.

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Native American Heritage | Southeast Alaska

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.

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California travel Visit Sacramento

California State Fair 2018

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.

California State Fair | Don't Miss A Moment | Midway Rides | Butler Amusements | Sacramento | Images By RJM
Twilight On The Midway On Opening Day

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Tulip Gardens at Crystal Hermitage

Water cascading down a rock wall at Crystal Hermitage, with many colorful tulips in the foreground.
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.

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Sacramento Street Art – Wide Open Walls

Street Art | Sacramento | Wide Open Walls | Artists | Mural Festival | Visit Sacramento
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.

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Point Arena Lighthouse

Lighthouse, Point Arena, wheelchair accessible, Mendocino County, Northern California, Images by RJM“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)

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Sundial Bridge | Redding, California

“A bridge adds energy to the landscape.” ~ Santiago Calatrava, world-renowned Spanish architect and engineer who conceived the Sundial Bridge’s unusual design

Bridge | Sundial Bridge | Santiago Calatrava | Redding, California | Northern California | Turtle Bay Exploration Park | Sacramento River | accessible | sundial

I was in the Redding area (in Northern California) for a wedding last June. With a few unscheduled hours early in the day I decided to do a little exploring, and knowing that the Sundial Bridge was nearby I made that my destination.

And . . . Wow!

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Healing the Soul at Point Lobos

Multiple Sclerosis is a challenging and unpredictable disease. One week you may be able to get out of bed, transfer to the wheelchair, and take care of daily living activities – shower, dress, prepare meals – without too much stress.

And then you may be blindsided with an intense flare-up and need to spend some time in the hospital.

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Seven Years | A Tribute to Rich

(A personal tribute to my heart’s companion in travel and in love.)

Travel | love | photography | tribute | adventure | Olympus | Nikon | camera | Images by RJMIt’s been seven years since Rich died.

As I recently told a friend, in some ways it feels like an eternity ago; in other ways, just yesterday.