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New Resident of Kansas

As of October 8, 2021, my move halfway across the country, from Southern California to Central Kansas, is complete! What an undertaking that was; one I don’t wish to repeat. I spent weeks carefully packing my things, which includes a huge, heavy antique china cabinet plus lots of antique glassware left to me by my […]

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On the Road Again, part 2

I arrived in Pahrump late afternoon on a recent Saturday, with plans to head out on the road on Monday. So, Sunday was a day of checking out some scenes in the Pahrump area. We stumbled on rock climbers near Mt Potosi (the site of a TWA plane crash in 1942 that killed 22 people, […]

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Sights From Kansas – Cheyenne Bottoms

My son-in-law, Loren, toured me around the Great Bend, Kansas, area, starting with a visit to Cheyenne Bottoms. Per Wikipedia, “Cheyenne Bottoms is a wetland in the central Great Plains of North America. Occupying approximately 41,000 acres in central Kansas, it is the largest wetland in the interior United States. The Bottoms is a critical […]

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Sights From Kansas

I took my Nikon on the plane to Kansas, hoping for good weather and a chance to venture out and about. I had both. My son-in-law, Loren, drove me around the neighboring areas and naturally, I took several hundred pictures! It’s an interesting state with lots to see and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. ~SueBee

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A Walk at Yorba Regional Park

Using my recently purchased Annual Parking Pass for Orange County Regional Parks, I had a really nice, socially distanced walk at Yorba Regional Park in Anaheim. Being able to take walks in pretty surroundings without driving great distances easily justifies the cost of the pass to me. Included are 16 regional and/or wilderness parks, along […]

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Sundown at Irvine Park

A brief visit to Irvine Park in the late afternoon recently reminded me how fast it gets dark these days! ~SueBee

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Oak Glen After The El Dorado Fire, part 2

Here are a few more scenes from my recent visit to Oak Glen, as I checked out the results of the wildfires. You’ll notice pretty wildflowers growing alongside the road, a quintessential apple worm hole, red apples not picked in time, and other pictures that make us thankful the fires were stopped. It’s such a […]

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Oak Glen After The El Dorado Fire

Curious about the damage caused to Oak Glen from the El Dorado Fire, I decided to drive up there this morning. Before heading out, I made sure roads were open and visitors allowed. Side note to those not living in Southern California… this fire was started by humans setting off a smoke bomb in dry […]

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Picnic Near Mount Pinos

Yesterday I had the immense pleasure of joining my brother and his wife on a day trip to the area around Mount Pinos for a picnic. I left home in Orange by 8:30am, hopping on the freeway, and heading north past downtown Los Angeles, ending at their home in Burbank. That 44 mile part of […]

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Driving Past Lake Cachuma

On my return drive from Solvang, I followed Route 154, past Lake Cachuma, on my way to the historic Cold Springs Tavern (next post). As you can see from the pictures, the sky was smoke-filled, although much less so than back home in Orange. The drive was really nice, uncrowded, until I spotted a large […]

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A Glass of Rose

I took another drive up north earlier this past week, passing Los Angeles and eventually Santa Barbara, as well. I ended up in Solvang, an adorable Danish town set in green, rolling hills a bit inland from the coast. I was there for a one night get-away, and after checking in to the motel, headed […]

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Views at Santa Barbara

Today is a special day… it’s my first time sharing a guest picture! A fellow blogger who posts from Scotland (Tootlepedal) does so and I thought I’d follow suit. I’m therefore sharing a gorgeous picture of a night-blooming Epiphyllum (Cereus) taken by my brother, Glenn, in his backyard. He told me he held a flashlight […]

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Visit to Cal Poly Farm Store

I was in need of fresh produce so I took a drive recently to the Farm Store on the campus of California State Polytechnic University in nearby Pomona, arriving just before closing time. I always enjoy going there and supporting Kat’s alma mater. All produce is grown by the students, and workers in the store […]

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Day Trip to Big Bear Lake

Yesterday brought a nice change of pace, and a break from our unbearable heat and unusual high humidity. My friends, Aranka and George, who reside in Pahrump, Nevada (close to Death Valley, which reported a record-breaking 130 degrees a few days ago!), are staying at a Big Bear Lake timeshare this week and invited me […]

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Two Mile Walk at El Dorado Nature Center

I visited El Dorado Nature Center a few days ago for a change of pace from walks in my neighborhood. Located next to a freeway in the city of Long Beach, I have to say, you wouldn’t really know the freeway was there. A hum of traffic is constant in the background, but the noise […]

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Evening Nature Walk at Oak Canyon

Ending this past Thursday with another Adventure (first was Morning Walk Through My Town), I drove about seven miles to the Oak Canyon Nature Center in nearby Anaheim Hills. I waited until 6pm, hoping any throngs of visitors had left. Spotting less than half a dozen cars parked at the entrance, I donned my face […]

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Morning Walk Through My Town

I ventured out for a walk yesterday, early morning, by driving to the downtown circle here in Orange. Since I don’t often leave my home or immediate neighborhood, I considered it an Adventure. I was interested in seeing the new outdoor dining set-up the city approved for restaurants. Since the Covid-19 pandemic, businesses have closed, […]

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Beach Time

I took an early morning walk, pre 8am, on the local beach this past Saturday, before the crowds hit. Now that our beaches have re-opened, again, this time with more safety measures in place, I wanted to take a look. Had there been crowds, I would have turned around and gone home. As it was, […]

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Signs of Our Times, part 2

On March 31, I posted the first Signs of Our Times, showing Covid19 instructions displayed in local store windows. Today’s post is nearly a month later, and shows some changes since March (such as Face Masks Required for Entry, X marks the spot on sidewalk).  I wonder what might be new another month from now…. […]

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Signs of Our Times

I took an early morning walk, wandering past a nearby shopping center which was nearly empty of cars and people. That in itself was odd enough, but seeing the signs taped into the windows of the closed shops gave me such a feeling of melancholy. My walk was brightened once I was back in a […]

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