Heidi (in front) - The Staff to Rylie

Heidi (in front) - The Staff to Rylie
Heidi (in front) - The Staff to Rylie

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Lazy Daze for Sale

I had a little lump in my throat today as I dropped off my Lazy Daze at Cordelia RV Center in Fairfield, California. They will be selling my beloved motorhome for me. I have barely used it in the past couple of years, since I've been back in the Bay Area. I want to focus my precious little vacation time on international travel, so it was time to say goodbye. I have such fond memories of my five years tooling around with Rylie, exploring.

I hope it goes to someone who loves and appreciates it as much as I did.

Rylie's Notes:

The Lazy Daze was fun for awhile, but a bit confining for me. Now I have more space. I have my choice of nap locations. I can choose under the end table, on the stairway landing, in The Staff's closet, in the office, by the front door, in the courtyard, and on the bed. When The Staff is away at work and can't chase me off, I can choose my favorite napping spot: the couch.

Sunday, October 28, 2012


 I'm back after a long absence from posting. My trip to Peru was fantastic. Unfortunately, I seem to have misplaced the flash drive with all of my photos. When I downloaded them initially from my camera, most of them saved in black and white, so I only have a few to post.

The Cathedral in Cusco:

Me and Judy with Cusco in the background.

The Plaza de Armas in Cusco:

My feet with Machu Picchu down below. This taken from the top of Huayna Picchu.

Llamas walking up the road:

Lunch in Pisac with Judy and Shay:

The market in Pisac:


Mt. Humantay:

Mt. Salkantay:

Our room in the Salkantay:

Sacsaywauman ruins:

Friday, May 11, 2012

Hooray for Burger King!

I'm not a big fan of fast food, but I have to stand up and give Burger King a round of applause. They have committed to 100% cage-free chicken and pork products by 2017. Hopefully, all of the other restaurants and food stores will follow their lead. We need to insist that animals raised for food are treated more humanely, and not kept in cages so small that they can barely move.

I have been spending more for quite some time now for cage-free eggs. I rarely buy pork or beef, but I'm going to research which companies treat their animals more humanely and buy it from them when I do. I find it very upsetting how we treat animals--especially those in the food production business. That's why I'm also happy that foie gras is being banned in California.

Rylie's Notes:

I think it's a good thing to let the chickens out of their cages. That way, they are much easier to herd.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

What the Heck Happened to Blogger???

I guess that's what I get for not posting for over a month. They have gone and changed Blogger, and I don't like the new format. I'm having a little trouble finding my way around the new dashboard.

Why haven't I posted for over a month, you ask? Well, for starters, I logged 26 miles on my MapMyHike app last week. That was up from 20 the week before. That's a combination of hiking, jogging, climbing up and down stairs, and walking Rylie. I'm training for my trek to Machu Picchu. 

The seed for my next adventure has been planted! I made my Peru trip reservation, and the trek will begin on September 1st. My friends and I will arrive in Cuzco two days before that to acclimate to the altitude. The trek will last 7 days, cover 32 miles, and cross Dead Woman's Pass in the Andes, which has an altitude of 15,000 feet! This will truly be a challenge, and I am really excited about it. This is the trip I wanted to do for my 50th birthday, but I couldn't make it happen last year. I guess I'll be celebrating 51 instead.

I won't be going to the Galapagos Islands this trip, because there just isn't enough time to do both in one trip.  However, I might be extending my Peru trip a few days so that I can add on a side trip to the Amazon.

Today I did a great hike in Mt. Diablo State Park. There weren't a whole lot of wildflowers, maybe because we had such a dry winter. I did manage to find a little bit of color, and some people out on horseback:

Last weekend I did a hike in Tilden Park:

In the photo below, you can see that famous San Francisco fog, with the skyscrapers of the city barely rising above that bay fog:
 I had a great view of Mt. Diablo from the Tilden Park hike:

My walk-in closet has apparently become Rylie's dog house. Maybe he likes being in there because it's dark and cooler. I had to start leaving the door open, because a couple of times I didn't realize he was in there and shut the door. He didn't make a peep, but luckily, I figured out he was in there before too long.

Rylie's Notes:

The Staff has been cluttering up my den with her clothes and shoes. It's a good thing I'm such a patient and tolerant dog, otherwise I would chew those clothes and shoes to bits to teach her a lesson.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

The Next Adventure: Machu Picchu

Recently I had a hike with some friends on the Ridge Trail in Shell Ridge Open Space, which is basically the foothills of Mt. Diablo. It's a great hike, and a bit of a climb. At the top you are treated to views of miles of open space, the city of Walnut Creek, and beyond. The only problem was a stinky one: Mike's dog, Penny, decided to roll around in some cow pies, and got completely covered. We spent the rest of the hike trying to avoid her. You'll see a photo of Mike below trying to do damage control with a flat rock--the only tool available.

The Ridge Trail
Judy and Cheryl Making it Up the Ridge

I'm hiking as much as I can, because I'm training for my next adventure. I have wanted to see Machu Picchu in Peru for years, and I'm planning a trip there with some friends. We might visit The Gallapagos Islands while we're there. I'm excited, and really ready for an international trip. It has been awhile. If anyone out there has been to Peru, Machu Picchu, or the Gallapagos Islands, I would love to hear about it.

Rylie's Notes:

Life is sweet. I get to see The Junior Staff at least twice a week when she comes over for dinner. The Staff has been giving me a little more variety in my meals, and the Metacam has me feeling frisky. There's even some cute Yorkies and Shitzus in the neighborhood.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Hanging with the Linemen and Hiking

For the past several weeks, I have been attending the pilot of the training course that I helped to write. It is training for apprentice electrical line workers, so I have been hanging out with linemen lately. I have to say, it has been fun. They work hard, but they know how to have a good time, and we have had a lot of laughs. I even got to go up in the bucket. No pole-climbing for me.

I thought that the photo below was appropriate for Valentine's Day. It looks like the two linemen are forming a heart:

Not only do they climb poles, but they climb towers, too. They don't use climbing belts when they climb the towers. Sometimes they climb up the laces, which are those crossbeams.

Enough about work. I have been hiking quite a bit lately. Sometimes I hike with a few friends, and sometimes with organized hiking groups. The photos below have a little of both.

Because we have had such a dry, mild, winter, the hills are very brown. The cherry trees near my place are blooming, and all of the trees are starting to bud. Mother Nature thinks it's Spring already.
Hiking with the group in the Moraga Hills

Julie, DeAnn and Cheryl Hiking Near Crockett

Julie, DeAnn and Me Hiking near Crockett

The Reservoir in the Moraga Hills

View of Mt. Diablo from a Hike in Briones Regional Park

Cheryl, Mari and Judy in the Diablo Foothills

The Hills Near Crockett
The Hiking Group on a Break

The weather has been great for hiking, but we really need some rain. I sure have been enjoying getting outside, though. It's supposed to get into the 70's this week. Yippee!

My friend DeAnn came to visit last weekend, and we had a great time. We have known each other since I was 17 years old in Minnesota. She moved to California before I did, and she lives in the Central Coast area of California. I don't get to see her as often now that Julie and Bob don't live in Cambria any more, so it was really good to see her. We went out to a comedy club, dancing, hiking, and out for brunch at The Dead Fish. We had a lot of laughs and packed a lot into the weekend.

Rylie is up to his usual tricks, trying to make the geese and the cats run. They are not impressed.

Rylie's Notes:

The cats around here need a lesson in proper feline behavior. The other day, I tried to fake-charge a cat, and it didn't budge. Not even a hiss. Don't they know they are supposed to run from dogs? How is a dog supposed to have fun around here???

Sunday, January 22, 2012

The Cliff House

I had dinner with my parents and Cammie at The Cliff House in San Francisco recently. We were treated to an absolutely stunning sunset. It was so nice to spend some time with my parents. They stopped in San Francisco on their way to Hawaii to visit Julie and Bob for six weeks. Six weeks! Now THAT's a vacation! This working stuff is for the birds and the border collies. How I wish I were retired...

Sunset at The Cliff House

Dinner at The Cliff House

Rylie sure has been frisky lately. He must be feeling so much better, because he often wants to play now. Maybe he is just as happy as I am in our townhouse, with lots of room for running around. He also likes to make the ducks and geese fly away on our walks. I don't take him jogging with me anymore, because I don't think he can handle that much running. He gets so mad when I go jogging without him.

Rylie's Notes:

The Staff has been breaking the rules lately. She knows it's my job to lead the outside drill. The next time she doesn't let me come with, she'll have to drop and give me 50.