A blog dedicated to the musings of my 5 year old

..and other stuff

By Train to Santa Cruz

What I love about Roaring Camp Railroads, in the heart of the Santa Cruz Mountains, is the lush backdrop – their quaint depot (complete with a general store and restrooms) sits at the edge of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, and their trains trundle under the cooling canopies of elegant redwoods. Roaring Camp is about an hour and 15 minutes from the Tri-Valley, ... Read More »

By Train from Martinez to Sacramento

~ A relaxing travel option for drivers and families, and a unique experience for kids who’ve never traveled by train. Martinez is only a 30 minute drive from the Tri-Valley, and the train ride is one hour. Arrive in Sacramento, and it’s a short walk to the historic Old Town, or Old Sacramento. The Amtrak Station in Martinez ... Read More »

Tri-Valley: climate & weather

Checking the weather is one of the first things I do as I drink my morning coffee (it’s often more uplifting than the news). One of the reasons is our myriad Bay Area micro-climates, another reason is because of El Niño and La Niña influences on our weather, and, lastly, it’s because our nights and mornings are often very ... Read More »

Tri-Valley: Hiking with Kids

For some, hiking with kids is as easy as a trip to the beach – just jump in the car and everyone’s raring to go. And if you think about it, during any visit to a nearby park your kid will play, run, skip, jump, and climb for HOURS. Once, when my husband let our daughter wear ... Read More »

Tri-Valley: Things To Do, Monthly Events

When I meet someone new to the Tri-Valley, the question I’m asked most often is, “What’s there to do around here?” Things to do could be interpreted in many ways. Do you want to do something local? Would you prefer to explore the wider Bay Area? Are you aiming for something routine or a special event? ... Read More »

Tri-Valley: Camping at Del Valle

I love camping season! And in California we are blessed with so many climates to choose from. This past weekend we started our camping season with a trip to Del Valle Regional Park. The campgrounds are tucked into a picturesque valley just 1.5 hours from San Francisco or San Jose. And if you’re a resident of the ... Read More »

About This Book & Book Group Questions (What If)

How did this story come about? This novel evolved like many narratives do: from personal experience. I was in my late 30s and had been trying for months to conceive a second child when my physician recommended I see a fertility specialist. It was this specialist who gave me two pieces of news for which ... Read More »

My first half marathon!

Have you ever run a half marathon or wondered what it was like? If you’d have told me three years ago that I’d be running a half marathon this year I would’ve laughed you out the door. That, or I’d have offered you a beer so we could talk about how lovely it was to ... Read More »

Have You Ever Tried #BookADay Challenge?

Have you ever tried the #bookaday challenge? If so, do you have kids? If so, how did you do it? I’d heard about such challenges and often laughed it off, wondering what a person could possibly retain from any book in under a few hours. But right now I’m barely finishing one book per month, ... Read More »