Happy New Year from Petaluma

At the start of the season I had mixed feelings about the holidays; looking forward to the idea of it all but lacking the energy to make it happen.  Maybe it is the persistent economic doldrums or some sort of cosmic dip in energy but it felt like a good year to keep things simple [...]

By | December 30th, 2010|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Monterey Meanderings

If any other place in Northern California could vie for my residency, other than Petaluma, it would probably be the Monterey Peninsula.  Monterey is a place of such beauty, serenity, and unique character; from the quintessential charm of Carmel to the hum of Cannery Row. It captured my heart many years ago and I’ve been [...]

By | October 14th, 2010|Family, Farther Afield|0 Comments

Petaluma Pumpkin Patches

Petaluma embraces the spirit of Halloween like no other place I have ever lived and it all starts with a visit to the pumpkin patch. It may be unseasonably warm but that didn’t keep me from taking my son to the Adobe Pumpkin patch last Friday. He had been asking for the “pumpins” [...]

By | September 30th, 2010|Family, Farms, Festivals & Events, Parks, Petaluma|1 Comment

Walking the Petaluma Wetlands

This beautiful fall weather is one of the reasons I enjoy this time of year, especially after a rather lackluster summer of fog and grey skies.  With the days getting shorter and last weekend’s rainy day reminder of what is to come I decided to ditch the gym yesterday and go exploring in the Petaluma [...]

By | September 23rd, 2010|Parks, Petaluma|0 Comments

Making Apple Pies at Two Rock Ranch

Autumn is my favorite time of year. I love the colors, the smells, and flavors of the season. As the air starts to chill, the leaves begin to fall, and the autumn harvest yields ingredients for warm, tasty comfort food, I decided to inaugurate the season by honing my pie baking skills at Olympia Apple [...]

By | September 14th, 2010|Dairies, Farms, Festivals & Events, Food, Petaluma, West County|2 Comments

Roaming the Redwoods

There is nothing quite like a grove of redwoods to make you feel your place in the world.  These towering giants have been witnesses to the world for centuries; their immense height and longevity make a person feel diminutive by comparison.  Redwoods are tucked in all around us in the North Bay, impressive even in [...]

By | August 31st, 2010|North County, Parks|1 Comment

Exploring Fort Ross

Heading up Highway One, about twelve miles north of Jenner, is an off-the-beaten-track piece of California history perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean; the Fort Ross State Historic Park.  This picturesque Russian fort from the early 19th century tells the story of Russia’s brief colonial expansion into early California.  With sweeping vistas and [...]

By | August 17th, 2010|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Riding the Skunk Train

It has been twenty years since I first rode the Skunk train out of Fort Bragg.  At the time I had limited train travel experience and found myself captivated by the romantic feel of the old steam train as we plied our way through the redwood forest.  Since then I’ve come to appreciate train travel [...]

By | August 9th, 2010|Mendocino, Planes, Trains & Automobiles|1 Comment

Doable Day Trips for Kids

Only a month left before summer is over! The kids will be going back to school and the days will start getting shorter.  Make the most of what’s left of the season by planning some excursions a bit farther from home.  If you’re looking for some new ideas here is a list of doable daytrips [...]

By | August 1st, 2010|Beaches, Family, Marin, North County, Parks, West County|0 Comments

Harpin’ Boont: The Lingo of Boonville

It has been a few weeks since I recounted my brief visit to Boonville in Mendocino’s Anderson Valley.  At the time I took an interest in the old local language, Boontling, and have been reading through "Boontling: An American Lingo" by Charles C. Adams.  It’s a language book with wonderful historical and anthropological context.  I [...]

By | July 28th, 2010|Mendocino|1 Comment