On 01.02.02, I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Too late for surgery, I had chemotherapy, which failed. In May the chemotherapy was changed and I was soon in remission which was celebrated and welcome and lasted nine years - until October 2011. There was progression in 2011 so more treatment was indicated and I am now back in partial remission. But I'm not only a cancer patient - I also enjoy my family, walk my dogs and am learning to draw and paint. Life is good!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Back at camp

I took Younger Daughter on a second camping trip this weekend. This time we were at Acorn Camp near Valley Springs, California. We had lots and lots of space to ourselves since it's off-season now.

There were oak trees everywhere. My daughter saw a fox, which made me insanely jealous - I missed it - but we saw three deer, a rabbit and a flock of geese in V-formation. We were on a knoll overlooking the Hogan Reservoir where swimmers, boaters, jet-skiers and fisherfolk were enjoying the end of summer.

I have the next place picked out and we hope to go soon, but the trip isn't on the calendar yet.

Tomorrow is the first day of autumn and the season is already revving up with more (too much) on the schedule. That's unfortunate because October is a wonderful month to camp!


  1. You made it out! This IS a great time of year to get out. We camped out last weekend and also love the smaller crowds. It's cooling down here in Kansas, too, which is great.

  2. Thanks for commenting, John. Yes, we are becoming passionate about this rediscovered venture! Only my daughter and I are interested, but we are VERY interested!


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