That Big Open Sky

One of the distinct differences of Santa Fe, NM (besides the totally normal fossil hunting and petroglyphs sitings) is the big open (blue) sky. Plus the adobe-style architecture and ridiculous sunsets. Blue, rust and red dominate the color palette. It’s a change in landscape I embrace and look forward to seeing again.

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New Mexico Adventures – Fossil Hunting

It was my first time searching for fossils in New Mexico and it was surprisingly rewarding. I had always thought of fossils as being dug up and difficult to come across. Our hunt required no digging. We followed the advice of fossil enthusiasts towards high concentrations of limestone. We did not find dinosaur fossils but we did find a plethora of shell fossils in material that once was a part of the ocean floor millions of years ago. Pretty magical it was.

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New Mexico Adventures – Petroglyphs

I’ve returned from another enchanting trip to the Land of Enchantment. As soon as we stepped off of the plane we went straight to the Petroglyph National Monument to check out some early volcanic rock art. Just another typical day.

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Candle Making

I acquired a bunch of old ink canisters that happen to make perfect candle containers. You can pretty much take any ceramic or glass receptacle and transform it into a candle. My first batch was lavender scented but I’m excited to try other scents like citrus, sandalwood, and pine. Can’t wait to start a candle making factory soon!

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Japanese Tea Garden

I finally perused the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park after all these years in San Francisco. I imagine it’s best to visit on a week day morn while tourists are away. It’s free admission Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9-10am. Despite the crowds, it still made me yearn to someday go to Japan.

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The World of Arnold Lobel

The (wonderful) World of Arnold Lobel is on display at The Contemporary Jewish Museum now through March 23rd.  I grew up on his books, illustrations, his adventures portrayed by anthropomorphic characters, his world at the end of his pencil. Seeing his original drawings and peeking into his writing process was a much needed dose of inspiration. While I’ve always enjoyed the adventures of best friends Frog and Toad, my new favorite is The Ice Cream Cone Coot and Other Rare Birds featuring  part bird- part thing creatures such as the Gramophone Gullfinch.

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Bolinas Ridge Trail Bike Ride

I’m starting to learn the differences between riding on dirt trails and paved roads in traffic (besides the obvious). Both have their advantages and disadvantages of course. The 15 mile loop along the Bolinas Ridge Trail was a little bit of everything: an intense dirt trail climb, downhill through a wooded area, to the nicely paved highway 1 back through Olema, CA. There were times I felt like I was riding a bucking bronco of a bike, traversing through not-so-tightly-packed dirt but it was a ride I learned a lot from.

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Goat Cheese Making

My dream is to one day have a goat (or goats) and a small bit of land. Until then, it’s quite easy to make fresh goat cheese with pasteurized (not ultra-pasteurized) store bought goat’s milk. I started out with this Chevre Kit from The Beverage People but you could also buy the ingredients and make-shift your drying rack + draining containers. Here’s their recipe too. It was delicious on the bagels with cured fish. Happy home cheese making!

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Bagel Making Feast

It’s becoming a tradition of making bagels in the new year. We also made goat cheese, gravlax, and marinated herring to accompany them. Luckily some friends joined the feast to celebrate the start of the new year. Good things to come!

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The Ghost of Gram Parsons

I couldn’t help but feel the ghost of Gram Parsons while in Joshua Tree and listening to country rock at Pappy & Harriets. There is a make shift memorial where his body was left at Cap Rock in Joshua Tree. We ventured out to find it but there was nothing there expect a light scribble of his name on a rock. I brought imaginary flowers, and played his songs in my head. When returning home, I listened to my many Gram records and then watched Fallen Angel: Gram Parsons, the documentary about his life and tragic death. I couldn’t help but wonder where his music would have taken him if he was still alive today but took refuge in his songs of yesterday.

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