Birding at Bosque Del Apache

New Mexico presents a whole new birding and habitat world- how exciting!  A friend and I spent a day at Bosque Del Apache, a wildlife refuge famous for its giant flocks of wintering sandhill cranes and snow geese.  Apparently they draw thousands of photographers to capture the sight of these flocks flying off at dawn and returning at dusk under brilliantly colored skies.  Well, we … Continue reading Birding at Bosque Del Apache

Moving to Santa Fe- The Motley Crew

Thanks to John and Evelyn, friends from Columbia Ecovillage, who helped me with the challenging task of moving with a 20 foot Uhaul truck, a camper van, and a scared cat, to Santa Fe.   John drove the truck.  Evelyn kept him awake and talking.  And Rosie the cat was a trooper, sleeping in her cat carrier all day and snuggling with me at night … Continue reading Moving to Santa Fe- The Motley Crew

oh my god- I leave for India in a month!

Don’t go away, dear readers.  I’ll be spending the next month preparing for three months in India and my projects there.  What do they consist of?  I”m going to: research and hang out with Indian policewomen, women who are survivors of violence, and feminists to find out whether Tamilnadu’s efforts to help women by staffing all-female police units is working.  This information will help me … Continue reading oh my god- I leave for India in a month!

How much did my 4,000 mile, 3 week camping journey cost?

Well, the approximate totals are in, in order of high to low costs:  purchases (groceries, vitamins, a new GPS, toilet articles, books, gifts, entertainment etc.)   $1450 gasoline  $922 camping fees $489 eating out $175 Total:  $3036 So my gas-guzzler van consumed 30%, camping fees 16%, eating out was a minimal cost, and my biggest cost was groceries and shopping at a whopping 48%.  I … Continue reading How much did my 4,000 mile, 3 week camping journey cost?

Must Return to Lower Klamath Lake Wildlife Refuge!

The last two days I’ve been exploring Lower Klamath Lake and Tule Lake Wildlife refuges. Oh my god! Not only is it a beautiful area in the gentle embrace of Mt Shasta to the southwest, but the birding is amazing, and there are tons of other interesting ways to explore. I’ll be back, baby, with a group of happy birders in tow, probably next spring. … Continue reading Must Return to Lower Klamath Lake Wildlife Refuge!

Following my Breath at Spirit Rock

I was happy to finally see and experience Spirit Rock Meditation Center, the West Coast home of Vippassana Meditation, with many well known teachers coming and going: folks like Jack Kornfield, well known teacher and author, and Joseph Goldstein and many others. Also wanted to attend this LGBT event to have that experience as well. But. It was too much like a Bay Area rich … Continue reading Following my Breath at Spirit Rock