Cecil and Glenda Wilber, 2018 Azalea Festival Pioneer Citizens

BROOKINGS, OREGON — The 2018 Azalea Festival Pioneer Citizens, Cecil and Glenda Wilber, can tell you plenty about Brookings area history. Glenda might prefer he not share some stories. As Cecil says with a laugh, “I’ve tried forever to make her a redneck, and I can’t do it!” Glenda moved to Harbor with her parents, Glenn and Clytie…

Smokey Bear and me

In October 1970, wildfires were much on the mind of people in California. From Sept. 22 to Oct. 4, 773 wildfires in Southern California burned 576,508 acres and destroyed 722 homes. Sixteen people lost their lives. The fires of 1970 included the Laguna Fire, the largest 20th Century fire in the state at the time….

When in Portland, look up!

You never know what you might be missing if you don’t look up! I learned that during my recent (first) trip to Portland, Oregon. I looked everywhere but up until I finally found the famed Portlandia statue. Back and forth I walked on the sidewalk, looking down at my navigator. I even crossed the street,…

Visiting Tombstone, Arizona? Bring your wallet!

(includes photo gallery – scroll to bottom of page) I came to appreciate the hustle of Tombstone. After all, it’s said to be the city that would not die. I knew only two things about Tombstone, Arizona, before our recent visit: It was the setting for the notorious Old West gunfight known as the “Shootout…

(Possibly) Tolmie’s Mariposa Lily, a tiny little darling

Fortunately, my husband is patient as I frequently stop to examine all the growing things. We had stopped at my favorite Botanic Area off Highway 199 east of Crescent City, California, and I almost didn’t notice this little treasure, barely peeking out from the protection of a rock alongside the trail. I snapped a few…

The best Blueberry Muffins you’ve ever tasted

If you’re OK with eggs and milk, this is really a great recipe! We’re able to get the very best, huge, organic blueberries in the summer, directly from the farming family that grows them. I buy as many as I can, then rinse them, dry gently (by rolling around on a few sheets of paper…

From the sea, for the sea: Is that your missing flip-flop?

The gallery is a “must-see” for visitors to the Oregon Coast. Don’t let the colorful and whimsical creations at the Washed Ashore Gallery in Bandon, Oregon, fool you. The volunteers who run the organization aren’t trying to amuse you – they’re hoping to shock you with the reality that all of the components of the…

Fresh crab and a great recipe (for Crab Cakes)

You want to crack crab on a nice day when you can sit outside or the house will smell like crab for a week. I’m a picky eater. I don’t like mayo (among other things). So I had to search and improvise to find a Crab Cake recipe that would work for me. These were…

A winter surprise: The awesome Coast Silk Tassel bush

The “flowers” are like strings of creamy pearls hanging from the bush. Among the joys of living along the southern Oregon Coast is that even in winter (between rains), the weather is mild enough to get out for a walk or hike. And a winter hike turns up surprises, like the beautiful Coast Silk Tassel…

The adventure continues…

Riding in the sidecar is a lot like being on an old-time carnival ride. This picture is of my husband (when we still lived in California) getting ready to take off on a trip with me in the sidecar.  The motorcycle is a Ural, made in Russia. It’s a lot of fun and riding in…