Sunday, August 31, 2014

All in the name of ALS research!

If you havent heard of the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS research, then here's the scoop:
Basically, the idea is that you dump a bucket of icy water on your head and encourage donations for it all in the name of ALS research (Amyotrphic Lateral Sclerosis). In many ways, this neurological disease is very similar to MS, but it always, always results in death. Politicians, movie stars, prominent figures in society have all jumped on board with the challenge and together, the world has raised $95 million within the last month!

So after you are nominated for the Ice Bucket Challenge (by way of another person who did it), the idea is to film it, post it on Social Media, and then nominate 3 other people.. kind of like a chain here's my entry. Enjoy!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

My First Major Earthquake

Well, this morning at about 3:30am, the Bay Area got the largest earthquake - a 6.0 - they've had since 1989. I found out about it through Geoff, who sent me an email to see if I was ok.
Needless to say, I think that hurricanes have de-sensitized me, as I slept through the whole affair. Napa and Sonoma have had a lot of destruction though - major property damage and two injuries but no deaths.

San Fran gets even more Crucians! (Cruzan?)

Look who stopped by in San Fran today and hand-delivered a big box of my possessions from St. Croix?
I was so happy and excited to see our good island friends, Donnie and Charleen, who were staying in Alameda (East Bay) and were here for a big birthday bash. 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Road trippin'.. on FOUR wheels!

Adding a couple of shots from Alpie's and my road trip yesterday out west to Inverness and Point Reyes. A simply magnificent day for putting the new wheels to a test with over 100 miles for the afternoon. New sights, new smells....ahhhh... this is just the beginning of MANY more road trips for our little family in our new home.. stay tuned!
Inverness, CA:

 For some reason, I could not draw myself away from this haunting, but beautiful, shipwreck in Inverness. I'd love to learn more about the story behind this perfect photo opp that I just happened to stumble upon.

 Point Reyes Station - note the ears in the back seat?? :)