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On two legs and four

While in San Francisco last week I didn’t have time to visit the zoo or the natural history museum — and yet I seemed to notice animals almost everywhere I looked. Marina gull Justin Herman Plaza: I could be wrong, but when I looked at this building across the street from my hostel I saw three crabs: I didn’t even […]

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Ups and Downs

With all the hiking I do around Lake Natoma, I’ve gotten to be in pretty good physical condition, and climbing hills doesn’t bother me too much. In fact, I enjoy the challenge, and it’s always a healthy aerobic workout. But it never occurred to me last Monday when I decided to trek all the way down and then back up this steep hill along the Fair Oaks bluffs that I was in training for some of those crazy hills in San Francisco a couple of days later.

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Kindness of strangers

Thanks to this very nice man, who gave me a pair of his extra “eclipse glasses” so I could watch the special event for myself last Monday. This was the very first time in my life I had the chance to look directly at an eclipse — and it was awesome! Thank you, kind stranger. You made my day.

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