Author: Lisa


So apparently, I lived in a cave during the 80s and 90s, because, until recently, I was the only person who knew next to nothing about the band U2. Oh, I knew there is a band named U2 and it was really big back then and I’d heard about Bono’s humanitarian work. But, if I had been threatened with a firing squad, I wouldn’t have been able to hum a single one of their songs. I don’t think I even knew the names of any of their songs. And I certainly couldn’t have picked Bono out of a line-up. U2 was just...

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Not the Super Bloom

Southern California’s deserts are in a super bloom. I just came from there. Ironically, we are having just the opposite experience in Northern California. It’s been so wet and so unseasonably cold that it’s looking like we are going to have a very disappointing wildflower experience up here. In a semi-arid environment, it’s never just about the rain. It’s about the rain coming at just the right time, with a gentle warming trend happening after the rain and before we get our scorching summers, which start just about April. So far, it’s been far colder than usual all winter...

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How to See a Super Bloom

For the past two years now — and for the first time in nearly thirty years — we’ve had Super Blooms in our California deserts. You see, it takes more than rain to make a Super Bloom. The rain has to fall at exactly the right time, in exactly the right amount and at exactly the right intervals. There has to be sufficient rain in the Fall to soften the hulls of the seeds so the flower inside can sprout. Then the temperature in the following months has to be just right — a sudden hot spell and the seeds are fried...

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I’ve Been Through the Desert…

So here I am at Anza Borrego’s Super Bloom, an event the locals say they haven’t seen in close to thirty years. In fact, here in tiny Borrego Springs, they are calling it Flowergeddon. Restaurants are running out of food, the traffic has been bumper to bumper and nobody was quite prepared for how many people would come to see the desert in bloom. So far, I’ve been able to work around the crowds by getting up early and by taking a tour that got me off-road. Let me pause here to recommend that, especially when you go to...

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Eastbound and Down

I’m headed to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. But first, I have to do some serious Kerouacing to get there. Although perhaps my first day’s agenda is more that of Neal Cassady, as I think I remember reading that, ironically, Kerouac never learned to drive. Anza-Borrego is more than 500 miles from San Jose, and 500 miles feels more like 1000 when you are driving an RV. At first, I thought I’d break the journey down into two parts. But I was having a hard time figuring out a logical stopping point. Midway puts me around Bakersfield and there was...

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Being the true-life adventures of two city kids and two spoiled terriers as they transition to a life of winemaking and organic farming in Sonoma. You know Green Acres? It's like that.

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