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Long Beach Fun: Running and birding on our (second) honeymoon in California!

Running on the beach!

Running on the beach!

Our second Honeymoon was spent on Long Beach (California, not Tofino!) in the fall, one of our favorite places.  Sun, beaches, and birds!

 

 

 

 

    Allen's hummingbird - a new one for us. They look a lot like the rufous hummingbird, which summers with us on Vancouver Island and then migrates down to Mexico for the winter. But these guys are restricted to just a small part of southern California. A treat to see!

Allen’s hummingbird – a new one for us. They look a lot like the rufous hummingbird, which summers with us on Vancouver Island and then migrates down to Mexico for the winter. But these guys are restricted to just a small part of southern California. A treat to see!

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More tourism on foot: Hiking and jogging around Long Beach, California

LP1030005Dave and I couldn’t get a flight from LAX to Peru until five days after his holidays started. It was the first week of January – and we thought it would be much better to wait out our departure in Long Beach, CA, then home in chilly Port Alberni! So we hopped on down there, and had a wonderful low-budget vacation there for four days – not spending much money at all, and doing what we seem to do best: waking and jogging around to see the sights, and eating cheap Mexican food!

We went out every day – some days for long sight-seeing walks and birdwatching, and some days mixing up the Read the rest of this entry »

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Exploring California’s Berkeley hills by running (well, OK, hiking too)

LP1020083I had two days in San Francisco for my book launch – but then decided to add on two days to visit my old friend Donald, who now lives in Berkeley. Donald and I studied geology together at San Diego State University in 1985-86 (which means went on a lot of field trips, and crossed the border frequently to go down to Ensenada to eat fish tacos and lobster dinners, and drink margaritas and Coronas).  Lots of great memories from those days (but how did we get so old?) Unfortunately, Read the rest of this entry »

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What better way to do a tour of San Francisco than go running?

LP1020067Woohoo, I’m here in San Francisco for the launch of my most recent book (a collection of tales from the indigenous Yagán people of southern Patagonia, which I have translated to English). My presentation was on Friday night – so Saturday morning it was time to burn off a bit of physical energy, and go for a running tour of the city. Read the rest of this entry »

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