Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Point Reyes - Wildcat Camp Backpack Trip

We got lucky and got beautiful weather after 2 days of storms!    Susan (from Washington), Jim and Susan's friend from college, Liz, and I went for an overnighter at Wildcat Campground in Point Reyes National Seashore.  

It was a beautiful 5 and a half mile hike in to the campground.  It was about 70 degrees.

Susan and Liz

Reunited one year later!

Jim, me, Susan and Liz

We got to the campsite and immediately had some lunch because we never found a place to stop on the hike in.   Once we ate and set up camp, we walked down to the beach.

The waves were HUGE due to the storm we just had - we were lucky it was low tide because the beach buts right up against cliffs and if the tide was high, you couldn't have walked it.

We walked a mile down the beach to see Alamere Falls - a waterfall that lands right on the beach.   We all were greatly amused by the topless girl doing cartwheels! 

After our walk on the beach, it was time for our traditional trail tea time!  I brought banana and pumpkin bread (thanks Heather) to share!   We sat around and moved directly to happy hour (wine, dip, cheese and crackers!).  And then while we were at it, we moved right on to dinner!  The ladies and I tried a bunch of the Outdoor Herbivore foods I had ordered to try.  One was ok but one was a no go!

When having tea, a coyote walked thru camp!  And a little while later he started yipping with a bunch of his buddies!  We saw lots of wildlife: gophers, snakes, lizards and tons of birds.

After the sunset, we went down to the beach and had a bonfire!  That was such a treat for us because most places we go, fires are not allowed.

Our campsite!


Everything was really damp when we woke up in the morning.  But it warmed right up.

After breakfast, we took a morning walk to the bluff (about 300 yards from our campsite)!

This is where the campsites were - they are totally hidden

Susan is in the background rescuing her tent that had flown away!

We had a nice hike out until one of my shoe laces from my right boot caught on the hook of my left boot and I went down like a ton of bricks!  I landed on my knee, shoulder and hands.  I wasn't seriously hurt but I sure am sore.

Overall, it was a great trip and a place we will visit again!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Bark Beetles

 Unfortunately, we just had to have 5 dead trees removed due to bark beetles.  Jim went up for a couple days to remove our baby trees and manage the process.  The guys did a great job and were really quite remarkable in falling the trees right wher they wanted them to go.



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Derby and Maisy

Derby is on the left and Maisy is on the right.  They are 15 weeks old.  Maisy goes to her new home in the Los Angeles area on Saturday and Derby will be living in Palm Springs with a retired gentleman, so he will have a lot of time focused on him!  They are both super sweet and super smart.  Just like their mama!

Sunday, October 09, 2016

College Reunion

Kirsten, Jill and me

We were so busy chatting that we didn't even eat until 2 pm - but then we pigged out!

I spent a warm October weekend at the cabin with two dear friends from college.  We have each gone our separate ways and lived busy lives for the last 25 years, only being able to see each other a handful of times.  But we were able to make up for all the missed years in a marathon session of sharing and laughing.  It was good to celebrate our successes and joys and commiserate about some of our hardships.  Things like this are incredibly fulfilling and remind me of what life is about.

Hops was one of the girls!

Monday, October 03, 2016

Cathedral Lakes

We had a cousin weekend at the cabin with Bean, Richard, Eric and Susan.  The highlight of the wonderful weekend was a hike to Cathedral Lakes in the high country of Yosemite.

We hit the trail at 10:21 am and returned at 4:15 pm

We hit both Upper and Lower Cathedral Lake and hiked about 8 miles - starting at 8500 feet and ending at 9600 feet.   It was so beautiful and such a great day catching up with everyone!

Cousins - Jim, Bean, Eric

Susan and Eric

Lower Cathedral Lake

We looked over Tenaya Lake

Snack break

Upper Cathedral Lake

Tuesday, September 27, 2016


At Jim's family reunion, there was discussion about Jim's great grandfather and how he was not religious.   So when it came time to say grace at meal time, he was not very eloquent.  Here was his prayer:

God bless the meat
Damn the skin
Pin back your ears
And dig in!

That got me thinking about my Dad's prayer at meal time when I was little:

Rub a dub dub
Thanks for the grub
Yay God! 

I also learned this one when I was little, which is much more traditional:

Blessed Oh Lord
For these thy gifts
Which we are about the receive
From tho bounty 
Thru Christ the Lord

It would be interesting to hear what others said for grace at meal times when they were growing up.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

The Pups

Maisy - 11 weeks

Cash - 11 weeks

Cureton Family Reunion 2016

We spent the weekend with the Cureton clan at Seacliff in Aptos for the family reunion.  We had a wonderful time re-connecting with folks we don't get to see very often.

We celebrated Roy's 80th birthday on the first nite.  He is the oldest member of our clan!

We spent Saturday at the beach playing games, swimming and visiting.

Cousin Gary and Jim holding a parking spot for Karen who was bringing lunch!  It allowed them to talk about fishing.

Me and Cass - the shorties of the family!

Bronwyn, Jon, Cathy and Bean

Aunt Nancy

The shortest person in this pic is Bean and she is 5 foot 10 inches!

Kan Jam!

Hilary and Uncle Glen


Above were playing a giant game of rock paper scissors.  You found someone to play with, played one round, and if you won moved on to the next person who also won.  It was fun as everyone was running around looking for another winner to play against.  Grace ended up losing in the last round!  We followed this up with a talent show which included Aunt Nancy and Grace doing the broom stick trick. 

Jim's grandparents

Carl, Aunt Nancy, Bronwyn, Jim, Bean, Lisa and Cousin Karen

At the end of the reunion Aunt Nancy and Cousin Karen "passed the batons" (they literally had batons) to the next generation.  The reunion committee consists of Bronwyn, Jim, Bean and Lisa.  Unfortunately we have our concerns with Bronwyn as she lost her baton the first nite!  LOL!  Cousin Carl will be the official genealogy master to keep the family tree up to date.