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!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

When three leaves you see....

....stay away from me!

That's the rhyme I remember growing up in southern Illinois during poison ivy season. It works just as well for California's poison oak.

Youngest Daughter and I have just returned from Hendy Woods State Park, a redwood coastal campground near Boonville and Ukiah in northern California.

Hendy is gorgeous! There was hardly anyone there because it's so far off season and had rained hard the previous week. We had most of the park to ourselves.

Here's our morning view from inside our tent.

And here are the gorgeous redwoods, some virgin growth nearly 1,000 years old.

I wish I could say I drew and drew, but the truth is, I slept and slept! We roasted marshmallows, built a large bonfire and played rounds of gin rummy. So entirely relaxing and fun.

Youngest Daughter is already asking when and where we're going next!


  1. Looks like a great spot. Looks a little warmer that my outing last weekend, which got to 28 degrees one night. Always great to get out, though.

  2. 28 degrees??? Call me a wimp, but that sounds cold! Our weekend was perfect - about 72 daytime, 50 at night.

  3. Your photos make me yearn for camping. I haven't gone in so long. I think I'm too spoiled by technology now to fully enjoy it.

    Your hand drawings are great. They're my weak area. I wish I hadn't been sick all week, I could have used the practice.

    I'll see you in class tomorrow...or, technically today since it's after midnight. Better get to bed.


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