Catalina State Park

18 Mar 19
Coco's "Tails" from the road

Well that time sure went fast!  I can’t believe we are packed up and hitting the road tomorrow!  It’s been tons of fun, and we loved it here!  Can’t wait till we return for next season!  There is so much to do here, besides going to the many beaches. The weather is still about the […]

17 Mar 19
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17 Mar 19
Santa Cruz Sentinel
St. Francis High senior E.J. Kelly — winner of the Central Coast Section Scholar-Athlete Award for the Pacific Coast Athletic League last month — was named the section’s Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Kelly, along with Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year selection Laurel Wong of Santa Catalina, were chosen from a pool of 16 finalists on the merits of athletic participation and accolades, academic achievement and service to school and community. Each will receive a $1,500 scholarship at the upcoming CCS Scholar-Athlete Awards Breakfast. Kelly, who holds a 4.53 grade-point average, is still deciding on his future education, though he has already been accepted to Butler University in Indiana. He is a four-year letter winner in both cross country and basketball. He won the PCAL Santa Lucia Division cross country title at Toro Park in October and took 25th at the PCAL Championships. He was a four-time all-league runner, CCS medalist and state qualifier. He posted top-30 finishes in Division V at the state meet as a junior and senior. In basketball, Kelly was a first-team all-Mission Division pick and helped the Sharks win the Elgie Bellizio Team Sportsmanship Award. The Sharks (17-7) earned the No. 2 seed in the D-V playoffs and reached the semifinals. Kelly has helped the Sharks qualify for CCS for four seasons. His sophomore season, he helped the Sharks win CCS and NorCal titles and advance to the state final. The CCS also announced its 16 scholar-athlete scholarship winners. Among those honored were Aptos basketball standouts Hannah Hocom and Max Pepperdine, both of whom will receive $500 scholarships at the awards breakfast. Soquel’s Grace Bailey was one of two Joyce Ridgeway Memroial Scholarship winners, along with Salinas’ Christina Chagnon. Both will receive a $500 scholarship.
15 Mar 19
Natural History Wanderings

A collection of wildflower stories from a Goggle Alert Where to see California’s wildflower super blooms — from SLO County to San Diego San Luis Obispo Tribune Carpets of colorful wildflowers are beginning to blossom across California as hopes grow for a spring full of super blooms. From San Diego County to … Super bloom comes […]

15 Mar 19
Jennifer Ohman-Rodriguez

I touched your star today. Not light seen off our deck back home. To the left a bit. East, shining on clear nights. Near moon. Clouds floating by. Glow steady since second night without you. Night after night, light there with me. Staring off into an unknown world. Brightness constant. Unwavering. Abiding. A planet, perhaps. […]

14 Mar 19
Notes from the West

I started this blog two weeks ago.  Thought I just ought to post it, even if incomplete.  I didn’t even mention art or books or travel or bugs or gardening or bobcats and javelinas… A cousin (one of my favorites) emailed me after my last (downer) post: And yet, we must find the delights in […]

13 Mar 19

On the scale of “things that make me happy,” wildflowers are up there – hovering somewhere between waterfalls and golden autumn leaves. Apparently, I’m not the only one. I saw proof of the widespread flower mania during a recent visit to Scottsdale, Arizona’s Bartlett Lake – the veritable epicenter of the state’s 2019 “super bloom.” […]

10 Mar 19

When I was a boy the first day of trout fishing, fishing for that matter, opened on the third Saturday of April. By this time, the ice was, usually, off the ponds. I cannot remember an opening day of fishing in Massachusetts, at that time of my life, when it was not cold, rainy and […]