Thursday, January 5, 2017

Chabot Space and Science Center Visit

A fun visit, but K commented later that it should have been called the "Space and Mythology" center, as they mixed science in with Mayan myths in one of the shows. My complaint wasn't with the show's theme, but with the actual content, which seemed pretty dull compared to most cultural studies. But then, turn the lights off and I'm pretty much going to fall asleep no matter what's on, so I'm not the best judge....

Monday, January 2, 2017

New Year's Hike

I wanted to start the year in the redwoods, 'cause, well... what could be nicer?  Redwoods are not only majestic and beautiful, they remind me of my favorite parts of childhood: camping among them and playing endlessly day after day on our summer explorer trips.  We'd take off with no particular destination in mind, explore little-known parts of California, stay in favorite places as long as we wanted, wear the same clothes every day, and spend our best days under the redwoods.  In these wonderful forests we would climb on fallen logs that even laying down were taller than my Dad, pick blackberries, build clubhouses in burnt out caverns in the trees, catch snakes in the rivers, and have so much fun that returning to the fog and routine of a San Francisco school year was never appealing.

This made the lovely hike even nicer:  great company (thanks, Mom)

And this was a happy bonus:  stumbling upon the ladybug trail, where thousands of ladybugs congregate:

Happy 2017!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Reflection and Anticipation

(Photos by Aurore and taken a few months ago, but they seemed to match the mood of year-end reflection and new year anticipation as we think about the last year and make plans for the next.)

Friday, December 30, 2016

End of the Year Wandering and Giggling

I love this very isolated road and its gorgeous views.  We drove past a guy on the main highway who was walking across the United States with his dog before we veered off onto this quieter option.  I'd like to walk this road sometime, or maybe run it, if only to savor and revel in its beauty.

I kept pulling over for photos.  Everyone tolerated me until I stopped because a young cow had somehow gotten out of the fence and onto the road.  I didn't want to take a chance of hitting it.  Surprisingly, Ike - in the far back of the minivan - freaked out, jumping out of his seat (and he doesn't jump easily) and scrambling toward the door, whining.  Scared of cows?  We laughed about it all the way home, imagining what about it scared him.  ("Dude!  If that huge thing is a baby, the mom must be a dinosaur!")

And then there were the cows staring at me when I got out of the car at the end of the Meyers Grade Road.  Reminded me of travels in the mountains of Italy, while out running in northern Ireland, and while wandering the streets of Banaras in India where cows behaved aggressively toward me.  These stood at a fence and looked so intently at me that I started yelling, "leave me alone!  I'm a vegetarian!"  The girls joined in and we giggled all the way back down to Jenner and a final photo of the evening.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Science Girl

It's nice to have Christmas gifts that keep on giving:  carefully cracking geodes and growing crystals.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016


Exploring northern California.  This was near sunset, near Bodega Bay.  So beautiful I pulled over to admire the coastline and the colors from the setting sun.

A bit later, the Russian River as it hits the Pacific at Jenner.