Started With a Desire to Read
I had a desire to read at a very young age. I wanted to soak up the words and explore the meaning behind the words. I was a very imaginative child and books let my imagaination go wild! I remember being so excited when the time came to transition from picture books to chaper books. Plus do not get me started on obtaining my very own library card for the 1st time!
I always have a book or two with me with my place marked ready to read when I have a free minute or two! I usually have a book or two in the waiting, so I am not without a book to read. Otherwise I will be reading just about anything and everything I can get my hands on. I am very much a book junkie!
I had my “ah-ha” moment reading Little Women! I wanted to be Jo so badly. First, she was a tomboy like me. Second, she was full of joy, spoke her mind and was not the most graceful. She had a bit of a wild streak that caused a little trouble in her trying to fight for her individuality, especially a girl growing into a woman in a man’s world. I could totally relate! Third, Jo loved literature, both reading and writing. Fourth, Jo pursued a literary career in New York City. I so wanted to head to the “big city” to find that studio apartment where I could spend my days reading and writing!
My desire to read turned into a passion to write creatively! If Jo could do both, so could I. I wanted more pencils and notebooks than I could use! I wanted to learn everything about writing, especially creative writing. I had a natural attraction to the written word!
Throughout the years my intensity to read has ebbed and flowed. Life was knocking the book out of my hand and hurting my nose in the process. My creative writing was put on simmer or reverted to the back burner. Life was telling my brain to engage in living life, so I could write and share about my many adventures.
Then I discovered blogging and talk about unleashing that passion to write creatively once again. I found my “big city” studio apartment where I could spend time reading and writing! I found an outlet that opened my world up. I found that place where I could let me creative imagination flow into words and posts and stories of adventure!
Living It One Word At a Time!!!
On the California Coast
I am going to take you on a tour of the Northern California Coast. Mendocino County to be exact. I am drawn to this place and its natural beauty. Enjoy!
(Photos by RSheridan)
I HEART the Northern California Coast & Mendocino County!!!
A Campfire Story . . .
Welcome to Beautiful Anderson Valley! You may have noticed crossing a river on your way to the entrance of the park. That is the Navarro River. You may also have noticed some wineries on your way here too.
These Woods are old growth redwood groves! There is Big Hendy grove and Little Hendy grove. You certainly know you are “In the Woods” when you arrive at the park! It has that woodsy, decaying funk to it.
The Big Giants have reached Great Age! These trees stand guard to those that visit the park. IMAGINE the stories these Big Giants could tell from generation to generation!
There was a man back in the day that called a fallen redwood stump home. That man was the Hendy Woods Hermit! The parks has hermit huts available for campers and backpackers.
Joshua P. Hendy laid claim to this beautiful area in the late-1800s and protected this area until his death. Then the need for lumber was growing. The Redwoods in Big Hendy grove and Little Hendy grove were left alone. Then in 1958 Hendy Woods became a California State Park.
Are you listening? Are you paying attention? Good! Listen Up!
There are two words that will NOT have you going off trail. POISION OAK! You will be sticking to the trails or be itching all the way home. It is Mother Nature’s way of saying the humans have made trails for a reason and the rest is ALL MINE!
Plus no one or no thing likes to be stepped on! The forest floor is a living ecosystem and would like to be treated as a living entity. The wildlife and insects as well as the fauna and flora call it HOME! The mosquitos are friendly and mean no harm. However, if you decide that you need to smell good then good luck to you in these woods!
Respect the woods and the wildness here and it will embrace you with open arms to share its beauty! The light here puts on quite a show throughout the day. Pop a squat and just soak in the natural beauty of this place. It will draw you in and leave you wanting more!
(Photos by RSheridan)
Remember What Goes On In the Woods is Shared ONLY Around the Campfire!!!
Let’s Go Camping!!!
Do you have a camper within you? Real or Imaginary! I believe that everyone should experience camping at least once. You will never know you like something until you try it and give it a go. Think of it as an ADVENTURE!
What Type of Camper Are You?
I am an active type of camper! I am all for exploring and discovering my surroundings. I love being near the action at times and camping is an inexpensive way to do just that!
Hitting the Trail (Photos by RSheridan)
I am an adventure type of camper! I am all for hitting the trail and getting my sweat on as long as there is a hot shower and a cold drink waiting for me. I love being in the Great Outdoors and becoming one with nature! I enjoy having my camera in hand because it helps me take my time and soak it all in.
My Home Away From Home (Photo by RSheridan)
I am pretty much up for anything when it comes to camping! However, I do have my limits too! I am not a fan of too much creepy crawly. I am not sure if I could make it as a backpack camper heading out into the back country.
Friendly Flyer (Photo by RSheridan)
I enjoy a bit of creature comforts at times! A flushable toliet as well as an indoor shower are nice, especially when you have been roughing it for a bit. There are times where the RV Park is best due to amenities galore and overall access to the surrounding area.
Creature Comforts (Photo by RSheridan)
I do enjoy kicking back to enjoy a great camp fire or star gaze! I do enjoy a little stillness and solitude when it comes to camping. I do not mind wandering and getting off the beaten trail. The ADVENTURE is so worth the EXPERIENCE!!!
SOLITUDE (Photo by RSheridan)
From Roughing It to Glamping It! There May Be A Camper Within You!
One Generation to the Next Generation
Camping is very much a part of me! My parents shared their tradition of camping with me and BroCraves. As a child I thought of camping as an adventure and a “weekend escape”! I started out tent camping and then transitioned to a tent trailer just like my parents did when I was growing up.
“The participants (known as campers) leave urban areas, their home region, or civilization
and enjoy nature while spending one or several nights outdoors, usually as a campsite.” ~ definition of camping
Mr. Craves and I moved out West and delved into camping once again. Camping on the West Coast is an ADVENTURE! The variety of experiences is endless as well as the landscapes for camping. The West Coast takes camping to a whole NEW level!
Desert to Mountains to Forests. Lakes to Rivers to Ocean. Events to Festivals to Fairs. Then you have the AMAZING wine regions in California and Oregon to explore. Trying to PICK one is hard let alone PICKING a favorite camping destination!
I enjoy hitting the open road, especially with the tent trailer on behind! I am on hyperdrive to adventure and explore as well as capture the action with my camera, which is usually right next to me. I love adventuring through life with my Greatest Someone! We have been on many adventures over the past ten years and for the most part enjoying every moment of it too.
When you have traveled as much as we do there can be some friction at times, but we deal with it and move on to the fun and adventure! I am navigationally challenged and do not really see that as a bad thing. Think of all the places you have seen when you are lost and trying to find your way! It is call an adventure for a reason.
(Photos by RSheridan)
Get Out There People & Find Your Adventures!!!
A Fitness Date
I love hanging with my greatest someone over dinner and a great bottle of wine. I also enjoy a fitness date with my greatest someone.
My Top 3 Fitness Dates
- Walking On the Beach
- Going for a Hike and Packing a Picnic Lunch
- Exploring Nature on Foot (i.e. green spaces, gardens, arborteums)
My greatest someone is a great partner to have in staying active and together we keep each other in check with our health and fitness. It is a Win, Win! Plus I usually get my sweetie’s undivided attention too. BONUS!
A fitness date has many benefits!
- Trying Something NEW
- Healthy Competition
There is the connection/reconnection with my partner. There is the discovery of a new way to communicate with each other. Sometimes talking is not an option, so you find other ways to communicate. There are times where trusting your partner comes into play to have your back and support you, especially when trying a new fitness activity or sport.
I am not a competitive person. I do enjoy a little healthy competition though (more “way to go” than “in your face”). You can add a little spark and flirt when it comes to being competitive together too. Makes it More FUN!
What Do You Think About Fitness Dates? Please Share, Love to Hear!
Walking on the Beach
Hitting the Trail Together
Exploring Nature (Photos by RSheridan)
Happy Anniversary Sweetie!
Boy What an Adventure We Have Been On Lately! It certainly has made the bond between us so much stronger. I know I can count on you to weather the good and the bad with me. Giving me a helping hand and holding the umbrella – ha!
Thank You for Adventuring through Life With Me! I am so grateful that I get to have my best friend with me every day to share the adventures and celebrations as well as the setbacks and struggles. Just makes life so much easier when you have someone to support you! I never try and take you for granted, so please know that. My LOVE shines brightly for YOU every day!
LOVE YA SWEETIE (Photo by RSheridan)
I know I can pretty much DO ANYTHING with you by my side! Love that! You know how to turn me around when I am down or just a chaotic mess. Love that even more that you want to be helpful when I am one scary mess of person!
Here’s to Adventuring through Life, Love & Everything in Between! Love You Oh So Much in So Many Ways!
Hoping, Dreaming, Imagining . . .
It is so important to stimulate the brain and keep the mind healthy and well!!!
I love hoping and being open to the possibilities in my life! It motivates me in so many ways and reminds me to be a better version of myself. There is always room for improvement and GROWTH. Never give up on yourself!
Growing . . .
I am a strong believer that dreaming is so worth my time and energy! It reenergizes me in so many ways. It allows my mind to wander and spark my creative energy. Never stop dreaming and find the dreamer in you!
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer.
Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion
to reach for the stars to change the world.” ~Harriet Tubman
Dreaming . . . (Photos by RSheridan)
I want my imagination to be active and not dormant just because I am no longer a child! It is essential to my being and living a full life. I love creative writing and photography and the imagery it evokes. Imagining is so inspiring to me!
What Do You Hope, Dream, Imagine About? Please Share, Love to Hear!
Snow Chains to Swim Suits
I joke, but it is TRUE that there are snow chains to swim suits packed when hitting I-80 and heading over the Sierras! Just traveling on I-80 is an ADVENTURE and at times ONE WILD RIDE too!
I DO NOT know how the pioneers DID IT when it came to crossing the Sierra Nevada! I-80 is a TEMPEST! You can and probably will experience 4 seasons of weather in one day. You can and probably will experience a rollercoaster of emotions too.
The Wonders of the Sierra Nevada
I recently read an article in Sunset magazine about “The 23 Wonders of the Sierra Nevada”. I was a little in awe of all the places CravesAdventure has traveled to as well as explored and adventured throughout the Sierra Nevada. I experienced 2 new things moving Out West; camping with bears and mountain hiking. I fell head over heels in love with living Out West!
The Sierra Nevada will draw you in, show you its beauty and have you coming back again! It will leave an imprint on your heart and soul and leave you wanting more. The BEST SIGHT TO SEE is its colors; blues, greens, browns to name a few! It has to be experienced in person and you only get a little taste here and there.
- Yosemite National Park and Hetch Hetchy
- Bridgeport, California
- Mono Lake
- Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon National Park – The Congress Trail and Moro Rock
- Mount Whitney
- Mammoth, California – Devils Postpile National Monument
- Calaveras Big Trees State Park and Ebbetts Pass
- Lake Tahoe
Other Places Experienced in the Sierra Nevada
- Truckee, California and Donner Lake State Park
- Grass Valley, California and Nevada City, California
- Murphys, California
- Bodie State Park
The Sierra Nevada or Snowy Range. The Sierra Nevada runs 400 miles north to south and about 70 miles east to west. I think of Ansel Adams and John Muir. Here are some facts:
- Mount Whitney (14,505 ft) is the highest point in the U.S.
- Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America.
- Yosemite Valley was carved out by glaciers out of 100 million year old granite.
- 3 National Parks – Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon.
- 2 National Monuments – Devils Postpile and Giant Sequoia.
In a way the Sierra Nevada is a TEMPEST too! The Sierra Nevada is unpredictable and ever changing!
Bodie Historic State Park
Calaveras Big Trees State Park & Ebbetts Pass
Marlette Lake (Tahoe Area)
Devils Postpile National Monument
Sequoia National Park & Kings Canyon National Park
Yosemite National Park
Donner Lake State Park
(Photos by RSheridan)
What Has Been Your Experience(s) with the Sierra Nevada? Love to Hear, Please Share!
I have not found that place yet that I call HOME! I am still very much a restless transplant and have been here close to 10 years. I love living Out West and the opportunities I have had to travel, adventure and explore this area! I am not sure if I could call home the West Coast, but I will for now until I find that place I call home.
HOME SWEET HOME
Sometimes HOME is where your HEART is! Plain & Simple! Being close to loved ones and friends. Being around the familiar.
HOME = HEART
I am amazed at the connections I have made worldwide through blogging! I find it fascinating to learn more about the United States, especially those States I have not experienced as well as other Countries. The history, the culture, the people, etc. It is good to get out of our little bubbles at times!
Please Share Where You Call Home! Love to Hear!