Fiona the Wonder Pug October 8, 2007 — September 9, 2019 “Unable are the loved to die, for love is immortality.” Emily Dickinson
I discovered the Fountain of Youth on my first extended road trip in the Avion. I’d celebrated New Year’s 2017 on the road, but it was just a weekend jaunt to an RV park near Lake Berryessa. I’d won a drawing at CamperWorld for a free stay and that seemed like an auspicious way to… Read More Hello Again, Fountain of Youth!
One of the highlights of my winter in Baja was riding my bike into town. I loved the freedom of hopping on the bike… but the downside was that I had to leave Fiona behind in the Avion where, my Playa Norte neighbors reported, she cried all day long. They said she was “singing” but… Read More Have Pug, Will Travel: Choosing a Dog Carrier
I’ll be the first to admit it: I seriously overpacked for my trip to Baja last winter. Anyone who’s ever taken an extended vacation to an unfamiliar (or even familiar!) place will totally understand this: “Oh, just one more pair of jeans. Oh, and that X, and that Y, and maybe both of those Zs….”… Read More Traveling Light: Downsizing for the Road
Fiona came into my life in 2008. I had just lost my two beloved cats, Maggie and Bebop, who had been with me for 18 years, through graduate school, marriage, divorce. Utterly bereft, I resisted the many well-meaning attempts to give me new cats. One of the biggest cat-pushers in my life was my veterinarian… Read More Fiona the Wonder Pug: Blinded But Not Broken
Each day parked outside the white picket fenced home of my dear friend and former colleague Kelly Brown has brought an interesting encounter with strangers drawn to the Avion…. Day One: the two skate punks who told me they “love it when white people get creative like this.” Yikes. Day Two: the charming musician, straight… Read More Curbside Encounters: Orange County, CA
A few days ago Fiona and I were taking a quick spin around Playa Norte, looking for a prime tinkle spot, when we ran into a woman aiming a camera with a huge telephoto lens into the treetop. “What are you finding up there?” I whispered, not wanting to ruin her concentration. She lowered her… Read More 100 Strangers. I’m #37.
Before we get any deeper into 2018, I want to say a deep and heartfelt thank you to all the people who supported me, digitally and in person, this past year – and there were a LOT of you. My motto for the longest time has been “leap and the net will appear” – but… Read More To My 2017 Support Crew: HUGE Love & Gratitude
In 1968, when I was six years old, my family joined the wave of American tourists flooding into Baja after the completion of the new highway. Newly relocated to Orange County from the heart of Illinois, my parents were in love with the sun and surf of California and charmed by a neighbor’s tales of… Read More Baja Bound: Heading Back After 50 Years
Phase One of the Really Big Road Trip has finally begun! After living fulltime in the Avion for more than a year and shivering through an extremely cold and wet winter in 2016, Fiona and I are doing a snowbird thing this year! Our winter in warmer climes started at the Fountain of Youth Spa… Read More Travels With Fiona