Moortens Botanical Gardens

  Moorten’s Botanical Gardens is one of my three favorite places to shop for new cactus every season; the other two being The Cactus Mart in Morongo Valley and the Living Desert nursery in Palm Desert. Moorten’s is by far the oldest, having first been […]

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Huntington Library & Gardens

  …and sometimes, Sundays are made for mansions, green lawns and roses. Wedgwood, and grand staircases and chandeliers…..gilded mirrors and silver candelabra.                         ***all photos taken with my trusty iPhone 4s The Huntington Library […]


Del Mar Dog Beach

A day trip to the coast is always a good idea, and we try to go as often as we can in the summer.  But the beach in winter has a special moodiness; a certain lonely beauty all it’s own.     These photos were […]

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Old North Church

On April 18, 1775, Paul Revere asked Robert Newman, the church sexton or caretaker, if he would send a back-up signal to warn the patriots that the British were coming, just in case Revere was captured on his ride before he could spread the alarm. […]



Sometimes, people come into your life for a short time, but they leave a tremendous inpact. This is Chuck, a cowboy from from Wyoming. The real deal. I can try to tell you what he was like, to describe his character. Instead, I’ll share his […]


Spring Showers

Loved the morning mist in the garden from the spring showers we had…wish it would really rain, though. Maybe tomorrow. The sun came out for a minute…and made misty, shimmering light.      

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water and a deep breath

I am forever coming across old photos in my archives that I have completely forgotten about. Does that happen to you? Here are some images of Lake Tahoe’s beautiful, clear waters. Stumbling across these photographs came at the perfect moment because I’ve been feeling overwhelmed […]

Bob Hope House

Bob Hope House Hike

  A short, conveniently located hike that that takes you to a flying-saucer like house overlooking Palm Springs? Yes, please. The first part of the trail takes you past a trailer park (off to the left) which feels a little odd as you are walking […]

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Sam’s Spa

OK, so I’ll let you in on a little local’s secret: Sam’s Spa in Sky Valley. It’s a great place to have a pool day with your besties and I think it would make a great place for a low-key bachelorette party. Definitely off-the-beaten-path, as […]

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Cold Spring Tavern

One of the most special places I’ve ever found is a former stagecoach stop tucked away in the forest, on the San Marcos pass. A winding, narrow road leads to this little out-of-the-way place, and when you arrive, it’s a little like time stood still. […]

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Fridays with Finley

Poor Finley. His very own blog series was created last year and yet he has not had the opportunity to share a single post. Until now. If you love history, are cooped up inside because of the bitter cold, and looking for a good read […]

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