Park Swings begging for children

Our Leisure Heritage

The best intelligence test is what we do with our leisure. Laurence J. Peter Our Heritage of leisure, recreation and play has roots deep in our government infrastructure. Not just here in the US, but in most countries world-wide. This is not a post about a political statement (Heaven forbid!), but rather a reminder of the…

Duck reflections

Winter’s Reflections

Now that it is spring and heading into summer here in Northern California, I can reflect positively on our long, gray winter. It was a rough one for me as Seasonal Affective Disorder insidiously paid me a visit. Not one for sitting around feeling sorry for myself, I ventured outdoors with hubby on some of…

Middle School kids sporting their life jackets walk toward the river.

Danger Averted, Too!

While out on a bike ride this morning on the American River Biketrail, I caught a group of middle-schoolers sporting their life-jackets. Seeing this made me very happy as they began their walk toward the water. Bonus points for the bicyclist sitting with his bandaged knee, who apparently experienced a little Danger! of this own! He…

free life-jackets provided! Please use one!

Danger Averted?

If you have known me very long, you might remember that I was the Aquatics Director for a parks and rec in my former day job. I lived and breathed water safety and still staunchly promote the benefits of being safe in and around the water. Although people play in the water with the best…

Welcome to Waikiki

Lusting for Travel

Why did the traveler cross the road? To satisfy her wanderlust, of course! If that is even possible. I have barely been off the North American continent, the furthest travel spots being Mexico and Hawaii. But I am willing to pack for any kind of adventure! Referring to the “Polaroid” above, it has been over…

Yosemite Valley with Bridalveil Falls

I Feel the Earth Move

If you are a wilderness geek like me, you might know that today, April 21st is the 179th birthday of John Muir. If you didn’t know, let me tell you why he may have been considered (in my eyes) one of the most important men on Planet Earth. John Muir was a Scottish-American naturalist, author,…

A surprise face from this angle

Dragonfly Surprise!

The weekly photo challenge offers a Surprise in the guise of an ordinary dragonfly. Dragonflies are beautiful creatures. This one was near the end of its life and simply rested unmoving on our outdoor chair. I used last year’s, then new, digital camera and took a series of shots. In my next image, I photographed him from…