Monday, March 30, 2009

Path of the Padres Part 2

when you take this hike you cross a property line and go out of the State Park property
I thought the sign was interesting as it hung on a barb wire fence

The photo of our guide Richard he reminded my husband of his late grandfather. he has been with the park service since 1965!
The pontoon boat ride to where we will begin the hike this boat ride goes for about 3 mi my coworker sitting next to me with the visor on the other folks next to me were a nice couple

I will continue with a few more photos
in the week to come

Wednesday, March 25, 2009


" There can never be peace between nations until there is first known that true peace which is within the souls of men"
Black Elk

my daughter created this peace sign with some of the photos she has taken of her and her friends and when I saw it on her wall I just had to take a photo of it! her zest for life and her bohemian
spirit astounds me. I learn something from both my children everyday.

another saying that comes to mind when I saw this art was this:

No God, No Peace
Know God , Know Peace

Tuesday, March 24, 2009


" At the center of your being you have the answer
you know who you are and you know what you want"

Lao Tzu

Friday, March 20, 2009

Path of the Padres part 1

Yesterday I embarked on a bit of a time traveling journey
I have always wanted to take the hike known in my part of the woods
as "Path of the Padres"

it is called this because it was the path through the Diablo Range taken by the Padres
as they came from mission San Juan Bautista 35 miles along the Los Banos Creek and into the Central Valley in the early 1800's. My journey began with a pontoon boat ride for about 3 miles
to shore there we stopped and looked at the Tule that the Native Americans used to make skirts, boats, then we went to shore and began our 5 mile hike, along the path we saw beautiful wild flowers, eatable plants, came to a spot where the Native American tribe would crush acorns into a sandrock and continued our journey. Our lunch stop was located were the historic "baths" deep pools in the creek carved in bedrock which gave Los Banos it's town name. In 1805 the mission Padres and accompanying soldiers washed and rested here in Los Banos del Padre Arroyo simply known now as Los Banos Creek.

The canyon floor was is covered with 576 acres of old growth sycamore forest described by the Fish and Game biologists as the largest and most intact natural community left of it's kind in California.

I will continue more of this blog with photos later this week


" Calm is the morn without a sound
Calm as to suit a calmer grief and only through the faded leaf the chestnut pattering to the ground"

Alfred Lord Tennyson

Wednesday, March 18, 2009


" The sublime vision comes to the pure and simple
soul in a clean and chaste body"

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, March 13, 2009


" We experience ourselves, our thoughts and
feelings as something separate from the rest
A kind of optical delusion of consciousness.
This delusion is a kind of prison for us.
restricting us to our personal desires and to
affection for a few persons nearest to me"

Albert Einstein

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Another Zen Quote

" Zen does not confuse spirituality
with thinking about God while one is
peeling potatoes. Zen spirituality is
just to peel the potatoes"
Alan Watts

Sunday, March 8, 2009


" Now Today, moment by moment realize
that each person and event that happens is life for you
Life for you is not somewhere else, See how fully you can accept
the life that presents itself to you now"

Brenda Shoshanna

Tuesday, March 3, 2009


" In dwelling, live close to the ground.
In thinking, keep to the simple, In conflict,be fair
and generous. In governing, don't try to control.
In work, do what you enjoy, In family life, be completely present"

Tao Ti Ching