california, Camping, Hiking, outdoors, Travel, Uncategorized, writing

Mt. Lowe

In the days before the Covid-19 pandemic closures- like way back three months ago in February- I would take whoever was home on a special adventure whenever the boys went on their camping trips. At the end of this past January, Sami and I drove up the Angeles Crest Highway, and arrived at Eaton Saddle, … Continue reading Mt. Lowe

traditions, Uncategorized, writing

Memorial Day 2020

As a kid, I remember going to a few Memorial Day ceremonies with my dad, who was himself a Vietnam veteran, and had served in the United States Army for over 20 years, both as a reservist and on active duty. The ceremonies had great meaning to me, for though I personally haven't lost any… Continue reading Memorial Day 2020

Brunch, Food, Lunch, Shopping, Style, Uncategorized, wine and drink

Five Things to do with White Claw

Thanks to the video sharing social media site, Tik Tok, along with clever marketing to millennials and Gen Z-ers, White Claw and other hard seltzers have been rapidly increasing in popularity. Being an older millennial, I have been a bit slow to jump on this bandwagon. Also, I haven't been too into sparkling waters even… Continue reading Five Things to do with White Claw

california, health, Hiking, Kids, outdoors, safety, Travel, Uncategorized

The Mountains Are Opening, So I Must Go

While the stay-at-home orders haven't exactly ended, the trails in Los Angeles County are starting to open up.  We were in the OC for the first few days of the trails reopening, which was probably a good thing. Because everyone has been getting cabin fever, I heard reports of the Pasadena-area trails being very busy.… Continue reading The Mountains Are Opening, So I Must Go

Beaches, california, Camping, Hiking, outdoors, Travel, Uncategorized, Vacation

California’s Electric Blue Waves

After weeks of staying within about a five-mile radius of home, this past weekend we headed down Interstate 5 to San Clemente in south Orange County, California. The main purpose was to celebrate Mother's Day with the Grammy and Grandpa Haas, who we haven't seen since the beginning of the stay at home orders. The… Continue reading California’s Electric Blue Waves