Heidi (in front) - The Staff to Rylie

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

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Wine Walk, Hiking, and More

Whoooeeee, it was a busy week and lots of fun. I went with some friends to the Walnut Creek Wine Walk, which is an annual event and a great idea. Many of the shops and restaurants in Walnut Creek host wineries who provide tasting and very yummy appetizers. People wander the streets for blocks with their wine glasses in hand, popping in and out for a taste of this and a sample of that.

I also went on a hike with Nancy in the Shell Ridge Open Space, and we saw quite a bit of wildlife. Not only did we see a large rattlesnake in the middle of the trail, but we also saw a deer, and rabbits and ground squirrels were everywhere. I'm including the link to the article and photos:


I also went out to dinner with Nancy, saw the movie Please Give, and had dinner with Cammie and Doug. Cammie and I also watched Avatar. Oh, and I had a bike ride too. I don't know how I found time to work a 40 hour week, but I did. I'm having a really wonderful summer.

This week I hope to find out if I will be done with my contract work after July, or whether they will be extending me. I would be perfectly happy continuing to work from California, so keep your fingers crossed for me.

Rylie's Notes:

Meet my nemesis:

Monday, June 21, 2010

The River

I had so much fun on the river! We had a choice of going down the Cache Canyon River in either a two-person raft or an inflatable kayak, and everyone in my group chose the kayak. What a blast! There is only one Class III rapid in the one day trip, and both Simone and I managed to stay in the kayak, although I did have one close call. Other members of my group were not so lucky. Veronica got dumped into the river twice, and lost her sunglasses. Victoria went in once. There were a lot of people that ended up in the river that day. We got stuck on some rocks for a bit and I thought we might never get off, but eventually we managed to work our way free.

I couldn't photograph while I was on the river because I didn't want my camera to get wet, but I did buy the photos that the rafting company took. You can check them out in the article I wrote about it:


The river was moving pretty fast, because of all of the rain this year. It was only an eight mile trip, but we did stop for lunch along the way. We had a choice of bringing our own lunch or buying a barbecue lunch from the rafting company. I brought my own, and was amazed that it stayed dry with all of the water that we took on. Luckily the kayaks are self-bailing.

Rylie's Notes:

For once, I was glad I was not invited. No way would I get into one of those flimsy things and head into the rapids. The Staff has a strange idea of fun.

Friday, June 18, 2010


I'm excited -- I'm going rafting tomorrow! I've been wanting to go for awhile but just couldn't seem to make it happen. I forgot how many fun things there are to do around this area. There is no shortage of activities to choose from, that's for sure.

I haven't posted the links for my last few Examiner articles, so here they are:





Rylie's Notes:

I guess I will have to give The Staff a positive review. Yesterday we got a package from Dog.com that included liver treats, bully sticks, and chicken chips. My only complaint is that she didn't let me sample them all to make sure they were acceptable. Well, I guess I do have one other complaint: This morning on our daily trot she didn't let me chase the squirrel that darted right across our path, or the cat that was hanging out next to the trail. I could have had them both, they were so close! What's wrong with her? Doesn't she have any natural instincts?

Monday, June 14, 2010

More Hiking and Fun With Friends

I had a fun weekend! I met some friends for happy hour Friday night, then met up with my friend Nancy to hear all about her recent vacation. Saturday I met another friend for a trip to the farmers market and some conversation, then Cammie and I got pedicures together. I also had dinner and caught up with another friend I haven't seen for a long time.

Not only that, but I had a great hike on Mt. Diablo with Nancy. It's a nice hike with a good mixture of shade and sunshine, we crossed the creek several times, and the wildflowers were plentiful and colorful. The buckeye was blooming too. I saw a really unusual flower that I've never seen before. It almost looks like it was hand-painted with a design. Does anyone know what it is? I need to work on my flower photography, and I don't know my wildflowers, but you can see some of the photos below.

Rylie's Notes:

I had a good weekend too. The Junior Staff came over to see me, and The Staff let me eat some grass. Usually she is in such a hurry on our walks that I can only chomp on a few blades, but she let me do more grazing than usual. Moooooo.

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Yoga, Massage, Hiking, and More

My neck has been fussing and whining a bit lately, so I took it in for a nice, relaxing massage this week. The massage therapist did her best to work out the gremlin on my neck, but it will probably need more work. It was heavenly, and sooo relaxing. I always have a hard time coming back to the real world after a massage. It's almost like waking up from a too long nap. I feel a bit groggy and fuzzy.I also took a yoga class this week, and it felt really good to have a thorough stretch. It has been close to a year since I was in a yoga class, so it was long overdue. Time flies when you're having fun! There are so many fun and relaxing ways to fill up your spare time -- the choices are endless! If only I didn't have to work for a living...

I had a nice hike on the upper rim trail at the Lafayette Reservoir with some friends. There are two hikes at the Lafayette Reservoir. One is the lower trail, which circles the lake with small, abbreviated hills, and is close to three miles in length. I have done the lower trail many times. The upper rim trail is more challenging. It's about five miles, but there are some steep hills to maneuver, and you really need proper hiking shoes for this one. The nice thing about hiking at the reservoir is that it is so close to downtown Lafayette, but it's a convenient place to get some exercise and feel like you are out in nature. We saw a gaggle of wild turkeys while we were hiking, including babies.

Beau, Karen, Barbara and Me at the Lafayette Reservoir

Lafayette Reservoir

Lafayette Reservoir Dam

Ron, Karen and Beau

Rylie's Notes:

What?! There was a canine on this hike and I wasn't invited? The Staff has some 'splaining to do. I like chasing turkeys!

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Avila Beach Blues Festival

DeAnn, Me and Cammie at Winery

What a great weekend! Cammie and I took the motorhome down to the Pismo Beach area to visit my friend DeAnn. Dee just bought a house down in the area, so we parked out front and had a really fun time. We had a fire in her new fire pit with some friends, went wine tasting, attended an outdoor concert near Santa Barbara, and then went to the Avila Beach Blues Festival. I have attended this festival a number of times before. When my sister Julie lived in Cambria, we used to go to this annual event, and often met up with DeAnn at the concert. The weather was absolutely gorgeous over the weekend, although it did get a bit hot sitting outside in the sun all day. That's where the margaritas came in handy!

DeAnn, Me and Cammie at the Blues Festival

I wrote an article about the Blues Festival with a few more photos:


Rylie's Notes:

While The Staff and The Junior Staff were off partying with their friends, I was in the motorhome babysitting The Little Squirt. She hasn't been feeling well lately, but there was no puking on my watch. She's on a special chicken and rice diet lately, and what did I get? Dry cereal. I don't care if it is called chicken and rice formula, it's still dry cereal. Hmmph.