The Adventures of Bandelier Dave

One of the things that a few of us wanted to do during our recent trip to New Mexico was spend a little time in the great outdoors. My brother Dave had never been to New Mexico before and we thought that Bandelier National Monument would be a great excursion. So one day, while others partook…

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A Little Heaven, A Little Hell

Last weekend, the Beloved had a business trip to the way north of California and we decided to make a long weekend of it and see a little more of the Golden State. Her business was up in Eureka, but we’d spent some time exploring there a few years ago and opted to make a…

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Seal Safari

During our getaway the other weekend to the coast near Año Nuevo State Reserve, we saw that there is a well-established elephant seal rookery at Año Nuevo Island and on the nearby beach. And better yet, we found that you can sign up for a guided nature tour and seal observation hike. That sounded like…

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Happy Año Nuevo

Each year, the Beloved runs a big scientific meeting during the first week in January. It’s the most time-consuming thing that she does all year. It’s a little bit of a bummer that it hangs there on the horizon during the holidays, but that’s the way things go sometimes. Because it’s a pretty big deal…

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Chaparral Time

One thing we’ve begun to notice over the past several months is that Penny isn’t quite as worn out by our morning walk to the top of Mt Miramar as she used to be, and that she is almost always ready to go-go-go when we get home from work in the afternoon. At 2 ½…

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Friday Drabble: The Bear

Remember, a drabble is a very short story of exactly 100 words. Feel free to join in and write your own drabbles on Fridays and tag them with “friday drabble” and on Twitter with the hashtag #fridaydrabble. The Bear There hadn’t been another person all day and that was fine with me. I hadn’t taken this long…

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Penny’s Mountain Adventures

One of the reasons we chose to go to the Eastern Sierra last week and not one of the region’s more well known “west-side” destinations (Yosemite or Sequoia) is that dog’s aren’t allowed in National Parks.  But it turns out they ARE allowed in National Forests – and the Eastern Sierra region seemed like it…

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