“The Life-Changing Magic of Losing Our Stuff” or “Six Months After the Camp Fire”

I'm going to qualify this post with the fact that we didn't lose "everything". We have friends who literally lost Everything. I know we are very lucky because the kids and I were able to grab a few things when evacuated from the Camp Fire: A pre-packed emergency bag with toothbrushes, one change of underwear … Continue reading “The Life-Changing Magic of Losing Our Stuff” or “Six Months After the Camp Fire”

Joshua Tree National Park

We visited Joshua Tree National Park 3 times in February & March while we were staying at Sam's Family Spa in Desert Hot Springs, CA. Do you know how Joshua trees got their name? I didn't. My google-research indicated that the name came from a group of Mormons who thought that the unique trees looked … Continue reading Joshua Tree National Park

Monterey Bay Aquarium

We really enjoyed our flexible field trip to Monterey Bay Aquarium yesterday (thanks again to South Sutter Charter School)! Here is our trip in photos: Moon jellies! Just like in the book, "Night of the Moonjellies", by Mark Shasha. Too cool! 😎 What was the best part? Why? S (age 9): "The Sevengill shark. Because … Continue reading Monterey Bay Aquarium

Pinnacles National Park

Yesterday we went to Pinnacles National Park for a Sabbath morning hike. Per the Ranger's suggestion, we hiked the Bear Gulch Cave loop (3 miles). There was water on the cave floor in some places and a small waterfall which sounded bigger than it looked. Talk about a hidden gem. It was amazing. I am … Continue reading Pinnacles National Park

Paradise Lost… & Found

It's been 5 months since we lost our home in Paradise, California to the Camp Fire. I said I'd write a blog about our RV adventure in the wake of the catastrophe. I have only recently felt up to the task. So here goes nothing... Let me try and sum up the past 5 months … Continue reading Paradise Lost… & Found