micro burn

This past weekend I had a socially distant burn at a nudist resort in the Santa Cruz Mountains and I had a blast!

The better part of the weekend was spent laying out by the pool in the sun watching naked people frolic in the water.

Of particular interest to me was a beautiful African American woman who brought her pet snakes with her and was often seen with a large albino boa wrapped around her body.

Things you just don’t see in the default world.

That’s why I love Burning Man.

Mentally, I’m always having to check myself and see if I’m in reality or a dream.

The wildlife was out and about during my stay and I saw (among other things) wild turkeys, deer, raptors, jay birds, finches and raccoons.

Of course, at the real burn there would be no wildlife, other than the burners who attend.

Burning Man is held on a dry, flat, alkaline lake bed and as such is really incompatible with life.

No, it wasn’t the same as the 80,000 person burn in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, but it still held the mysticism of the Burn for me.

Because Burning Man is more than just an event in the desert.

It’s more than the Ten Principles used to guide it.

Burning Man lives in the hearts of the people it has touched and whenever two or more burners get together, there’s magic that happens.

Hugs are abundant as is authenticity and connection.

And I’d say my Micro Burn had that in spades.

Australia Quilt

My whole life I’ve dreamed of going to Australia.

I have a small obsession with it.

It’s a beautiful country with amazing wildlife and I can’t wait to see my first kangaroo out in the wild when I go there.

I can only imagine how breathtaking it would be to see something so foreign just out and about, like it’s no big deal.

It’s a kangaroo!

My friend Michelle and her husband took a trip to Australia and I was so envious of them making that trip.

They’re global adventurers to say the least.

I was right there after their trip, asking questions.

What did they do?

Where did they go?

What did they see?

Someday my sister and I will take a trip to Australia and I will get to experience firsthand what my friend and her husband got to enjoy.

All the diversity of life and the people of Australia.

In keeping with my passion for quilting, I’ve started to work on my Australia quilt.

Now, remember I make quilts for other people so making a quilt for myself is a rare occurrence.

The last time I made a quilt for myself was about 8 years ago – a beautiful pinwheel quilt very similar to this one:

I’ve decided I’m going to make myself an Australia quilt and I’ve selected the perfect wildlife fabrics from Spoonflower (naturally) to make this quilt:

I like this pattern for the quilt because it allows you to focus on the fabric design.

It’s called Craftsman by Amy Smart:

And because I want to surround my quilt with a beautiful border and binding, I’ve selected this wonderful ocean wildlife fabric for the border and geometric waves fabric for the binding:

Should make a GORGEOUS quilt no?

Almost as gorgeous as all the critters, small and large, who make up the fabrics I’m using!

Kayaking the Elkhorn Slough

I finally got to go kayak the Elkhorn Slough, after being rained out twice before in Stormageddon 1 and Stormageddon 2.  You can imagine my unbridled joy to wake up to a bright, sunny, calm day.  Perfect day to kayak.

Of course as a single, I had to get paired up with who ever else needed a partner, and so it was that I got paired up with Michael, a 13 year old boy who was kayaking with his family that day.

The thing about kayaking with a 13 year old boy is that they like to race a lot.  And they like to ram other boats a lot.  And when I say a lot, I mean A LOT.  It was a melee until I realized that sitting in the back of the boat gave me control of the steering and so I steered us away from the crowd where he couldn’t race or ram other kayaks.  Success!


The Elkhorn Slough is is a 7-mile-long tidal slough and estuary on Monterey Bay.  The Elkhorn Slough harbors the largest tract of tidal salt marsh in California outside of the San Francisco Bay and provides much-needed habitat for hundreds of species of plants and animals, including more than 340 species of birds.  But really, many people go there to see sea otters, who go to the sanctuary to pup.


Within 5 minutes of taking off, we got to see up close a mother sea otter with her baby floating by us.  It was a breathtaking experience to see that little ball of fur rolling around on its mother’s belly.  Too cute for words.

Our guide took us aside and told us point blank that we’d just seen the most amazing sight that the Elkhorn Slough has to offer and pretty much everything else wouldn’t be able to measure up.  We continued on anyway.

We got to see lots of wildlife – a raft of sea otters, snowy egrets, sea lions, harbor seals (one popped up right next to our kayak, scaring the daylights out of me), cormorants, and brown pelicans.  Some pics are below.

I had a FANTASTIC time and highly recommend the venture, for those of you thinking about kayaking the Elkhorn Slough.