Birds and squirrels

I really enjoy hiking alone, but I’m also aware that I need to pay attention to my surroundings and not make assumptions about safety. The places I tend to explore are generally quite safe — but it is the outdoors, and sometimes the unexpected happens. So I’m always alert and cautious about meeting up with potentially aggressive wildlife or humans. […]

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Suburban back trails

I wanted to get out fairly early this morning, so I decided to stick close to home and chose the bluffs near the Nimbus Dam in Fair Oaks for my hike. It’s been quite awhile since I used these trails — at least two years. Today I was pleased with my choice because I saw very few other hikers. The […]

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Valley Oak, reclining

I’m not sure of this oak tree’s age is or how long it’s been lying sideways, but despite its unusual position the tree seems to be alive and well. The first time I recall noticing it was around 2004, and it’s still surviving. I hope that it remains in this spot for many more years to come, an old familiar […]

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Memory Monday, Week 139

Summer 1973 — These photos are from a trip my parents took to Hearst Castle and Solvang on the Central California coast, leaving us kids home. But don’t worry! A few years later they returned and took me along with them. Sadly, I don’t recall too much about Hearst Castle except that it was beautiful and overwhelming; I’d love to […]

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