Camptivities: Pumpkin Carving

We've all been there: You've taken your kids camping, and already hiked every kid-friendly trail... twice. You floated down the shallow portion of the river with your small nieces and nephews umpteen times. Your godchildren have realized that not everything presented as a game is actually fun, e.g. "Let's have a contest to see who can collect the most trash!" The kids … Continue reading Camptivities: Pumpkin Carving

Sisters Are Doin’ It (For Each Other)

Isabella Lucy Bird (married Bishop) - a nineteenth century writer, humanitarian, and famed Victorian traveler, who became the first woman elected a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society (among other major accomplishments) - was born October 15, 1831. Happy Birthday, ILB! During her travels, Isabella wrote letters she would later compile, edit and publish into books (still in print … Continue reading Sisters Are Doin’ It (For Each Other)

Bumpass Hikers: The Foolish

A hike to the geothermal area in Lassen Volcanic National Park known as "Bumpass Hell" in 2015 revealed a smorgasbord of hiking styles: prepared, not prepared, polite, rude, curious, oblivious, observant, selfish, selfless, etc. So let's count down the winners (and losers)! THE FOOLISH 3. THE BOY WHO CRIED "OUCH!" = In a general sense, third place goes to the many, … Continue reading Bumpass Hikers: The Foolish