Family, holidays, Opinion, Uncategorized, writing

Thanksgiving in All Seasons

The quiet of the Vltava River in the fall For us, like for many, 2021 has been an extraordinarily difficult year. There were times when it seemed that for as life-altering as 2020 was, 2021 somehow managed to top it in terms of the challenges that we faced. It didn't help that as we ushered… Continue reading Thanksgiving in All Seasons

Europe and the United Kingdom, Historical sites, holidays, Shopping, Style, Travel, Uncategorized, Vacation

The Cranky Camper’s Guide to Air Travel… sort of

Sami and her animal friends heading out of town The American holiday travel season is upon us, and it’s looking to be a busy one. According to NPR and other news outlets, travel in the United States has been steadily on the upswing as people are feeling more confident thanks to the Covid19 vaccines, and… Continue reading The Cranky Camper’s Guide to Air Travel… sort of

california, Camping, dogs, Hiking, outdoors, Pets, Travel, Uncategorized, writing

Adventures in the Angeles: Brown Mountain Dam, Paul Little, and Owen Parker

Just a couple weeks after Owen's last trek in the Angeles to Gould Mesa from Angeles Crest Highway, we returned for another adventure. This time, instead of hanging out at the Gould Mesa Trail Camp, Owen and I headed north on the trail to the Paul Little Picnic Site along the Gabrielino Trail. Just like… Continue reading Adventures in the Angeles: Brown Mountain Dam, Paul Little, and Owen Parker

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Beachy Trails: The Bluffs of San Clemente

As mentioned in previous posts, South Orange County is a place that I and my family tend to frequent. With my in-laws living in a spacious home across the tracks from the ocean, we often travel down to San Clemente for holidays and random long weekends. When there, my favorite downtime activity is to take… Continue reading Beachy Trails: The Bluffs of San Clemente

california, Dog, dogs, Food, Pets, Shopping, Style, Uncategorized, wine, wine and drink

Friday Fun Wine List: Gone to the Dogs

There's not much better on a Friday evening after a long week of work, than to enjoy a relaxed dinner and a nice glass of red with friends. Or in this case, man's best friend. So for your consideration are a list of wines that are either named after dogs or feature a dog on… Continue reading Friday Fun Wine List: Gone to the Dogs