The Junco Nest

There is a Junco nest in the planter by our front door. Today the babies are nine days old and are very active, so they may fledge at any moment. It has been interesting and entertaining to watch the activity from start to finish. The activity began about three weeks ago when I noticed a…

York, England

The medieval city of York located in Northern England, is a fascinating place to explore. You will find cathedrals, museums, city walks, ghost tours, outdoor activities and The Shambles; York is a great location for families, couples, and solo travelers. York Minster, completed in 1472 after hundreds of years of construction, is one of the…

Silver and Gold

Kyoto, Japan is an amazing and historical place to visit. I have been there only once; in July when the weather was absolutely sweltering; not the best time of year to visit. There are many sites to see in Kyoto, but the highlight for me was Ginkakuji also known as the Silver Temple. This temple…

Big Gulch Trail

A hike in a serene, forested area is a great way to recharge when the stress of life builds up. And it’s an added bonus when the trail is in an urban area, preventing the need for a long drive to a distant trailhead. One such place is Big Gulch Trail, a hidden gem in…