Power of “AWE”

The Power of Awe. We all need it in our lives. It’s that one moment in time when you experience something so amazing it takes your breath away and you are in “awe” of what is before you. I experience the power of awe most of the time in nature but you can experience it in your living room, if you look for it.

In this part of the blog, I will post places to go and things to see that 50 somethings can experience, without killing yourself trying to get there.

Please feel free to let us know about somewhere you have been that you think other people might enjoy.

This picture was taken in February 2015, at one of my favorite places, Yosemite National Park, right inside the tunnel of the Arch Rock entrance. This sight truly took my breath away. Conditions have to be just right to experience these amazing icicles. If you go in the winter and you don’t see the icicles, keep on going the park is like a winter wonderland.

In search of wildflowers? My husband, Doug, and I found some at Coachella Valley Preserve last weekend. Easy two mile hike through palm tree oasis’ , Desert Sunflowers, Sand Verbena and Arrowweed, past a lake and up to a peak. The trail was a little steep going up to the peak. The weather was 77 degrees, sunny and a little windy. The bloom will last about another three weeks but with all the rain we have had , it may be longer.
Posted on March 4, 2019

Happy First Day of Spring!

I thought the cactus looked like a heart so I felt it represents the Love of Spring!

A great place for a spring hike is Torrey Pines Reserve and State Beach, located in San Diego just south of Del Mar and north of La Jolla. Like any state beach it will cost $20 to park but there is no fee if you have a state park pass. If you park on the top parking lot, you can get a map of the many hikes along the bluff area. One of the most popular trails is to Razor Rock Point. Beautiful views of the ocean and unusual rock formations makes this trail one you have to experience. You can also hike down to the beach and enjoy the shore and tide pools. The hike back up is steep at first but evens out further up the trail. When I went there last weekend , there were wild flowers in bloom and butterflies everywhere. It was truly an experience that only spring can bring. Go experience the “awe” for yourself. Posted on March 20, 2019

Spend a weekend in Morro Bay. Morro Bay is on the coast of central California between San Francisco and Los Angeles. It is a cute seaside town with lots of shops and restaurants with sea side dining. Rose’s Bar and Grill serves ” the best ever” clam chowder, according to my husband the clam chowder expert. You can rent kayaks and paddle out to see the sea lions lounging on the floating barge in the bay. Riding horses is permitted on the north beach or you can hike part way up the iconic Morro Rock.

In May of 2017, we were delighted to find hundreds of sand dollars all over the shore. The locals say it happens a few times a year. Also , you might get to see the sea otters floating in the harbor with their pups on their bellies, Every time we go, we find something new and amazing about Morro Bay. Check out Los Osos, Montana de Oro State Park and the tide pools. Hike the bluff trail. I could go on and on . Go explore it for yourself.