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Sun, Jan 27th - 3:45AM

48 California State Parks at Risk of Closing - PLEASE READ

Rikki and Chris at Manchester State Park, May 2007

Please join us in protesting the potential closure of 48 California State Parks to help balance the state budget. Several of our favorite parks are set to close, including Manchester State Park in Mendocino County. It is our favorite rustic camping spot along the California coast.

We ordinarily keep our politics to ourselves; however, we hope you will join us in protecting the 48 state parks in California on the chopping block. Closing these parks would save nine million dollars, yet save only 0.1% of the state budget. The impact would be a loss of 20% of the state's parks.

Click the link below to learn more from Environment California about the proposed closures. At this link you can also sign a letter of protest to the governor.
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Tue, Jan 15th - 2:11AM

Olympic Peninsula, Washington State
My cousin Mary and her husband John took us on three days of incredible drives around the Olympic Peninsula, including its' namesake Olympic National Park, their town of Sequim, historic Port Angeles and Lake Crescent. We thoroughly enjoyed our days there and fell in love with this beautiful and unspoiled area. Most importantly, I had a long overdue reunion with my favorite cousin. Thank you Mary and John for a wonderful trip and opening your home to our 12 feet!

Olympic National Park. These are extraordinary mountains. We picked up a National Park 'passport' and our first park stamp here.

Can you imagine Julie Andrews and the Von Trapp children running across this mountain-top meadow? We didn't see the Von Trapps, but we did enjoy a yummy picnic of chicken, salad and home baked brownies. Thanks Mary - it was all so delicious!

Later that same day we hiked along the shore of the Strait of Juan de Fuca . The strait and the shoreline are so beautiful. There is so much variety in this area.

Oh my, did we make a turn through a wormhole? It seemed I blinked and we were in France. Nope, it's still the Olympic Peninsula - now becoming a major world producer of lavender. Ah, so fragrant, so beautiful.

Our gracious hosts . . .

. . . and their lovely home

Thanks John & Mary - we had a great time!

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