Feather Falls

Andrew and I hiked with our cousin and his wife to Feather Falls, which is located in the Plumas National Forest in the Sierra Nevada mountains. On the drive through the winding mountains, my husband remarked, “If we’re lucky we’ll see a deer in Oroville, but if we’re lucky we’ll see a meth lab explode.”…

The Avenue of Giants

We took a day to drive from Shasta Lake, California into Humboldt County, where we found ourselves amidst the Avenue of Giants. The Avenue of Giants is a 31 mile stretch of highway, winding up the precipitous mountainside, cutting through some of the largest Redwoods in the world. I have never felt as small and…

Whiskey Town

Whiskeytown was one of Shasta County, California’s first mining settlements. Men from all over flooded the West Coast in search of gold during the Gold Rush of ’49. The town was named after a barrel of whiskey fell from a mule into the creek and, by legend, that Whiskeytown’s miners could drink a barrel of…

A Pioneer’s Dream

On May 10, 2016, my husband, Andrew, finished his last working day in the Navy. By¬†3 PM, we had our Uhaul packed, said goodbye to our dear friends and neighbors, and hit the road. We made it to the edge of Virginia by the end of the night. It took us just under four days…

Brave New World

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley is a book I was supposed to read in High School. I’ve always been more of an Orwellian and failed to pick up the book until last week. My husband had insisted I read it, as Aldous Huxley is one of his favorite authors. Up until picking up the…

Cherry Blossoms in Bloom

During my husband, Andrew, and I’s trip to D.C. we took a quick tour of the cherry blossoms blooming along the Tidal Basin in West Potomac Park. The day was wet, and only half the trees were in bloom, but the sight was still breathtaking. Thousands of cherry trees lined the waterfront and roads. Despite…

Grains of Wrath LLC

On March 18, 2016, my husband, Andrew, and I went to the formal launch party of our friend John’s new tourism business; Grains of Wrath LLC. The party held at the Historic DACOR Bacon House, just blocks down from the White House in Washington D.C. We had been excited about attending the party for weeks…

Turtle Lit Turkish Gardens

It was the 18th century, and the tulip was all the rage. Unlike the drab pastels tulips of the 20th century, the 18th century had the privilege of planting the Semper Augustus (see photo), and other extravagant bulbs, which became the flower of Kings and Sultans alike. Although popular in Europe, tulips made their way…