Sedona Surprises

The holidays had come and gone and although I had a general idea of what I wanted to do in January, I didn’t have a definite plan, so I waited for a “sign”.  Sure enough, on Christmas day I found out that my cousin, who lives in Sedona, had fallen early in December and broke her ankle and foot.  The injuries and resulting surgery put her in a rehab center for a few weeks, but by Christmas, she was eager to go home.   Since I was planning to go to Quartzsite later anyway, I offered to stay with her for a few days to help her get “on her feet”.  Suddenly the perfect plan was born (in more ways than I knew at the time)! Read More

California Dreamin’ (Part Two)

As you might recall from my last post, California Dreamin’ (Part One), I was “stranded” in Winnemucca, NV while a storm blew through.  I was on my way to Colorado for the holidays and fortunately, the snow was gone the next day so I could continue eastward.

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California Dreamin’ (Part One)

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All the leaves are brown and the sky is grey.  I’ve been for a walk on a winter’s day. I’d be safe and warm if I was in LA. California dreamin on such a winter’s day.

This 1960’s song by the Mamas and Papas flashed through my mind early this morning as I woke up in a Winnemucca, NV. KOA campground (picture above). Brrr…    Read More

From Pines to Palms and Pondering In-Between

Once upon a time, I sat at my desk and wondered what it would be like to have little responsibility, no deadlines, unlimited time, and vague directions.  Now that I am living that dream, I gotta tell you – it is a little daunting…and very fun! Read More


I felt like I was floating away from the mothership last week as I packed the van and headed out of the North Yellowstone Lodge and Hostel gate for the last time.  It has been a wonderful, golden summer and I was sad to see it end.  Read More

Expectations and the Unexpected

“Is that it?” the disgruntled-looking lady asked after watching Old Faithful’s show of hydraulics and vapors.  “Yes, mam.  Did it not meet your expectations?”  the park ranger patiently asked.  “If that’s all there is to it then yes, I am disappointed!!” she replied. Read More

In Honor of Mom

On August 29, 2014, at the age of 84, my mother peacefully slipped away from us.  She may have left quietly, but she lived the rest of her life with noisy vitality and delight.     Read More