• Something to Bark About

    Owl Be Darned!

      Found this little guy in Nevada!  He is a Burrowing Owl, and is about the size of my hand! A little Burrowing Owl trivia: As adults, they have a body length that only ranges between 8.5 inches to 11 inches. They have a wingspan of 20-24 inches. They only weigh between 6 and 8 ounces. They live approximately 9 years. They can be found at elevations ranging from 200 feet below sea level, to 9000 feet above sea level. They nest in burrows made by other animals, such as gophers. Their primary diet consists of beetles and grasshoppers, but, they will eat reptiles, birds and bats.  Pretty amazing, given…

  • Adventures & Travel

    A Quick Trip To SLO And The Pacific Coast Highway – San Luis Obispo, California

    Let me just start by saying, this is NOT pronounced San Loo-ee.  If you pronounce it San Loo-ee, you WILL be corrected – by EVERYONE, even people who do not live there!  🙂  FYI, just say “SLO”. Now that the pronunciation is out of the way, let me also say, I am so behind on my blogging!  I am going to catch up!  Between traveling to spots where the internet connection pretty much does not exist, and then prepping for Thanksgiving, and then eating Thanksgiving (Tryptophan 🙂 ), and now with the start of everything Christmas, I am falling behind.  I did not even get a picture of Scout with…

  • Adventures & Travel

    A Perfect Stay In Monterey – Monterey, California

    “…There between the hills and sea, I looked down and saw a Monterey morning, sprinkled upon the surface of the earth like dim fireflies in a shifting fog.”   View From The Hill – A poem About John Steinbeck’s Monterey, California I have always said that if I ever went to California, there was really only one place I would want to see – Monterey.  I guess I first heard about Monterey when I was a teenager growing up on the east coast.  I had a reading assignment in my ninth grade English class to read John Steinbeck’s Of Mice And Men.  We were assigned a certain amount of chapters each day…

  • Adventures & Travel

    Uncork And Unwine At Hall Winery In Napa Valley, California

    This has been a busy week! With, unfortunately, a LOT of hit or miss wifi and internet!  You know the saying – “when life gives you lemons…” in this case, it would have been grapes – so we decided to start the week off with a visit to a winery and do a little wine tasting!  Both of these were a first for me, and Napa just happened to be the perfect place  – since Italy wasn’t available 😊 My grandfather is from Italy, and, even though I have never been there myself, I feel like I come by my love for  wine, naturally.  I am not a wine expert…