Baptizing My Niece

Baptisms are beautiful events.  While never overtly religious, I was raised Catholic and do believe that there is a higher order that helps drive our lives.  Religion is a beautiful way to celebrate that higher order, and seeing a child welcomed into that religion is always a special event, where you see the innocent life…

Celebrating Independence Day in the South

Since my mom’s move to Virginia with her husband, I’ve been wanted to get down there the visit, and see the Richmond my mom experiences. During our recent trip out east, 4th of July weekend feel like the first time to explore our new Southern headquarters.    We arrive the day before the holiday, and…

Santa Monica Pier

The idyllic Route 66 that leads out to California ends in the most picturesque location, out on a pier that overlooks the grand Pacific Ocean. Here you can watch the sunset on the water, smell the sea salt in the air, see the surfers on the waves, and understand why so many come to settle…

Pool Side Kind of Day

The whole trip to LA actually came about because we got to know that one of our family members we love getting together with, was going to be spending a week in LA to visit relatives and attend a wedding. We really wanted to see them, and instead of a flight away, they were now…

Martinez Waterfront Park

After our visit to the John Muir National Historic Site, we intended to take the kids for a hike. But instead of the hills of the John Muir Site we opted for the relatively flat trails of the Martinez Waterfront Park.   A large swath of land near the Martinez Waterfront has been turned into…

The John Muir House

Living in the Bay Area, it’s hard to go anywhere without finding something with the name John Muir. John Muir, famous environmentalist who started the Sierra Club, and whose essays and books about the majestic wilderness are still popular reading, spent the last half of his life on the West Coast. He worked to preserve…