• Putting in near the Consumnes River

    Kayaking In The Dark

    Have you ever gone kayaking in the dark?  I am here to tell you that it is a fabulous experience, especially if you are on a river so you can’t really get lost. As many of you know I love sunsets. I take lots of photos of sunsets and sunrises. So when I learned of a trip through REI to go kayaking at dusk it sounded right up my alley. You probably also know, if you have been reading my…

  • Hiking Jenkinson Lake

    Hiking for me is nearly always a joy. Walking along the 8.5 mile trail that surrounds Jenkinson Lake in the Sierra Nevada Mountains is pure pleasure.  The drive from Sacramento is only 50 minutes and the trail has an easy rolling terrain, full of shade.  Lots of places to dip your toes in the water and relax along the way as well. A Brief History Jenkinson Lake was originally a wide, open meadow with a spring bubbling within. The Maidu…

  • Stay Calm and Drink Water!

    Stay calm, breathe! Drink water! Everyone tells us this is smart. But I have struggled to find an on-the-go tumbler that is earth-positive AND encourages me to drink, drink, drink.  The perfect no-spill bottle and straw by Contigo was my answer. Another gorgeous day working outside. I love summer; the breeze, the scent of gardenia and honeysuckle wafting by, the hummingbirds buzzing in to check me out. Working outside is the best. It also requires lots of water! But I…

  • Plastic Pollution Makes Roads

    Plastic pollution is clogging our oceans and seas.  Fishermen in India are making a dent in the problem and putting it to good use. India and Plastic Pollution Every one of India’s 1.3 billion people uses an average 11kg of plastic each year. After being used, much of this plastic finds its way to the Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean, where it can maim and kill fish, birds and other marine wildlife. Fisherman in India’s southern state of Kerala are…

  • Transitions of Summer

    Transitioning into summer has been very enjoyable this year in Sacramento.  The temperatures have risen but now seem to be staying mostly in the high 80s and low 90s.  Since school ended in early June I have spent much of my time working on re-creating curriculum for my 5th graders next year and teaching summer school.  But I am definitely going to get out into the Sierra’s this summer.  Plus I am heading to Mérida, Mexico in August – more…

  • A Fully Transparent Solar Cell

    This Could Make All Windows & Screens A Power Source Posted on March 26, 2015 by Gretchen M Fogelstrom. The age of solar power is here.  Every day I read something amazing.  Read this article on a new solar technology that only produces a 1% return, but imagine – if every piece of glass were involved…! Collective Evolution March 24, 2015 by Alanna Ketler Another incredible technology has been invented by researchers at Michigan State University: a fully transparent solar concentrator…