I’m goin’ up the country, baby don’t you wanna go?

Last weekend, Steve and I made our annual pilgrimage to the Sonoma County Fair. Until I moved to California, I went to the local county fair in Illinois with my dad every year for as long as I can remember, and my favorite thing was always the animal barns. My dad jokes about taking a …

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I Can Grudgingly Admit Marin Has a Few Perks

We should have spent last Saturday repairing and remodeling our foster care raccoon cage before the season hits us between the eyes. Instead, we took advantage of the absolutely gorgeous weather and the relatively rare lack of fog and low clouds in southern Marin to go on a hike. And I don’t regret it one bit. …

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An African Safari in Northern California

Last weekend, Steve and I went to Safari West for my birthday. Yes, my birthday was 5 months ago. But, for a variety of reasons (foster care raccoons; wanting to be sure it was warm September, not cold April; conference and vacation schedules of co-workers), we had planned it for this weekend. The whole Safari …

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Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Last weekend, Steve and I spent some time at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. For those unfamiliar with Bay Area geography, Santa Cruz is just south of our offices and then west to the ocean. Rather than drive home Friday night and then back right past our offices Saturday morning on a 2-hour drive to …

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It’s (Not) Gold, Boys!

A couple of weeks ago, Steve and a took a mini-break in Gold Country. We have a big, much-needed and deserved vacation planned for later this year, but we’re both tired and stressed and thought a quick 3-day weekend would help tide us over until the later trip. Besides, some friends had been recommending the …

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Family Vacation

Steve and I headed down to southern California last weekend for a long overdue visit with some friends and with my grandfather. We had been talking about taking this trip for several months but had never quite managed to plan it; trying to coordinate a visit with several parties can present logistical challenges. But my …

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