#AtoZChallenge — Outside

This post is part of the April A to Z Blogging Challenge, where I am challenging myself to reflect on other A to Z posts that I come across.


What did I do today? Well, the first thing I did was skim through some A to Z posts. Among them were a haiku titled Outdoors and a short article on conservation of our Oceans. The latter urged that, “Oceans have become garbage cans and it needs to be taken care of ASAP. Try and give a day to beach cleaning and you will realize what they are going thru.”

So, my partner and I went out into the great outdoors to visit the Sonoma Coast. It was a beautiful day — sunny and just enough wind to make the sea air feel extra fresh and crisp.

4ocean-bracelet-the-4ocean-bracelet-275460161554_grandeThe beach we visited was actually very clean, so instead I’ll share something I keep seeing ads and sponsored posts about on social media. 4Ocean is one of the groups out there helping clean up our oceans, and to raise money to do so they’re selling bracelets for $20 each. Every bracelet purchased represents the removal of one pound of trash from the ocean and coastlines.  It looks cute and it’s for a good cause, and the organization has a cool origin story.

And now, please enjoy this slow motion video of the ocean.

What’s your favorite outdoor space like?

#AtoZChallenge — Flood

This post is part of the April A to Z Blogging Challenge, where I am challenging myself to reflect on other A to Z posts that I come across. 


The flood anniversary, one year on

The flood anniversary, one year on
— Read on boneandsilver.com/2018/04/07/the-flood-anniversary-one-year-on/


It’s kind of funny that I saw this today (I mean floods are no laughing matter, but you know, a coincidence) because it’s pouring in Northern California today thanks to the Pineapple Express.

Which apparently gets its name for being a warm, wet stream of weather coming at us from the tropics/Hawaii. It mostly seems to be hitting Sonoma, Napa, and Marin counties in the north bay and along the Santa Cruz Mountains south of San Francisco.

There are three ways to get our place from town. Green Valley Rd floods annually, last year they got fish in the vineyards across the road it was so bad, so I’m not surprised that’s already the worst. The road that we’re on crosses a stream, and that’s gotten deep enough between us and the bridge that I can’t see the middle lines anymore. There’s one other road, and it’s starting to get covered. Still possible, and it’s not supposed to rain hard again until 10pm so we’ve ventured out to our friend’s moving away party. Maybe things will be a little down by then, or at least not any worse.

However! On the off chance that we are rained out of our house, we made sure the cats have enough food and water just in case, and we can probably crash at our friend’s place. The house itself will be fine, it’s on really high ground relative to the road, which in turn is higher by our place than where it’s flooded. So that’s good!

Other areas in Northern California that were affected by the wildfires in October have all been shores up in anticipation of winter flooding. Better late than never, I guess? (Not really.) But they really have good monitoring right now, just in case of rampant mudslides, so that’s good too.