Celebrating Octoberfest in Squaw Valley

Octoberfest lady dancing, by Irene RowleyDid you know there was a Octoberfest festival in Squaw Valley, California, with snow?  I did not know…  I went to the Sierras for the autumn colors, and because I loved the mountains. If you have been following me, you know the Sierra Mountains are one of my favorite destinations. So I went to Squaw Valley this season.

Irene, First snow, Squaw Valley, photo by Irene Rowley

I loved the first snow in Squaw Valley …

I found Squaw Valley was a little village nestled under steep and beautiful granite mountains. They were untouched by snow, at least the day I arrived… continue reading

The Art of Getting Lost ~ in Sonoma

the view from the road.

My first view of Ledson Winery

I love living in Sonoma County. Yesterday, I was just driving to Safeway to get my mom some groceries, and I made one wrong turn. One minute later, I was driving through wine country, looking for a place to turn my car around. I saw this open gate.  It was a large enough place to turn my car and that’s all I saw, at first. I meant to just turn around.

But as I rolled through the gate, I saw this most incredible mansion, just beyond the many green grapevines (the Ledson Winery).  continue reading

Travel Sketchbooks Explained

Irene Rowley

Irene when in Rome, Italy … when I was young.

A travel sketchbook is one way of recording your journey in a very personal way. I like to keep travel journals and here is what it is like to draw in one:

I took a travel sketchbook on my tour of Italy when I was young and on my own. Let me heighten this story adventure by saying I sketched on the very first day in Italy, right after being robbed by a taxi driver. continue reading

My Body is Like a Boat

 

poetry-body-like-boatYesterday I moved my computer out of the kitchen, where I could not think with all the noise and the sizzling things on the stove,  and into a newly made home office. Today I went right into my new and sacred space!!

Day One in the office:  Here is what I am doing, I am  listening to music on Pandora. I was  studying, but I took a minute to write some poetry that just came to me. continue reading