To state the obvious, much has been going wrong lately.  Much has been going right, too, of course, but still.  All the personal grief and loss, all the terror and despair in the news created a dark cloud that was hard to see through.  North California wildfires filled the air with smoke, making breathing dubious.  My body was going into the deep fall part of the cycle.  It was not going to be a good week.

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Arroyo Seco Dinner Grace

Over the Labor Day weekend, I went backpacking in the Arroyo Seco river.  I am not much into backpacking, hadn’t done that in over a decade in fact.  This one sounded easy enough though: about 10 miles in 3 days along the riverbed with nice pools to swim in, under the trees and other pretty nature.  Ten miles is nothing, right?  Various people from the same crowd have done this for years, we’ve heard.  Usually, in 2 days, we’ve heard. Continue reading “Arroyo Seco Dinner Grace”