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Donna
Los Angeles
Beyond smog and traffic, blue skies and green mountains. Let's meet there.
Interests: I love to dance, play piano and hike in the mountains. I read fiction like David Sedaris and nonfiction like William Greider's The Soul of Capitalism, Paul Hawken's The Ecology of Commerce, John Robbins (his book The Food Revolution had a lasting impact on my diet) and Jared Diamond. My in-progress adventure, seeking clean air, was reinforced by the book 2.0: How People Across America Are Transforming Their Lives by Finding The Where of their Happiness by Rich Karigaard.
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I needed a multi-season lightweight hiking boot with super-ankle-support for steep inclines and uneven terrain, great traction for Southern California's drought-driven dry gravel yet able to handle rainy-Pacific-Northwest-muddy trails while keeping my feet dry. Is that asking too much? Apparently,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2014 at Chasing Clean Air
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Stop the heat! I'm not talking baking under the California sun where trees beg for water under barren skies but rather that heat on your lap after hours typing on a laptop! Stop wondering if typing on a laptop MAY... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2014 at Chasing Clean Air
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Check out Three Rivers and Sequoia National Park! They are Up! UP! in my favorite getaways stratosphere. And the higher you go, the cleaner the air! IN the not too distant past, I was developing a Chasing Clean Air TV... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at Chasing Clean Air
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Do YOU have a favorite water bottle? IT keeps drinks cooler longer, is bpa-free, and according to HydraPak, the new Wooly sports bottle is their most technically advanced insulated product yet. Keeps refreshments hot or cold. Perfect for summer camping... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at Chasing Clean Air
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Wearing Sirrus backpack by Osprey About 10 miles north of San Francisco, I hiked with a local friend to West Point Inn - a 110 year old cabin maintained for public use by volunteer inn keepers. On the upper south... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2014 at Chasing Clean Air
Agreed, Dave! I hiked yesterday with friend who fell hard on trail (probably about mile up mountain) and somehow he fell over edge of path dangling holding onto a tree trunk. While he was okay to hoist self up thankfully, I was ready to call 911. Cell phones have a place but in my mind minimizing use is a good thing.
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In response to a girlfriend's questions comparing SteriPEN effectiveness to iodine tablets and pumping, I contacted the company and learned... - The Ultra purifies a half liter of water in 48 seconds and a full liter in 90 seconds. - The SteriPEN replaces iodine tablets. Rather than introducing a chemical that makes the water taste bad, the SteriPEN purifies using UV light that doesn't affect the taste of water. - SteriPEN also replaces filter pumps. The chart on this page shows the benefits of using SteriPEN over chemicals and filters: https://www.steripen.com/blog/activity/outdoor/steripen-vs-chemicals-filters/
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SteriPEN offers a lightweight portable device to zap water clean with ultraviolet (UV) light! Many cities worldwide have used UV light to keep their water safe. And now individuals have the "cleaning" power in a hand-held SteriPEN. Having the ability... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2014 at Chasing Clean Air
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I sat at the Santa Monica Apple Store's table, awaiting my latest purchase when a robust woman, spilling out all over, placed her chipped pink nail-polished fingers on my sleek iPhone. "I like her case!" she cackled, picking up my... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2014 at Chasing Clean Air
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"Just look right behind you! Sometimes that's where you'll find your best shot," he said. Advice I received from a photographer years ago that I apply to life. The results can be amazing! What if we were all content with... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2014 at Chasing Clean Air
Snaking through the Santa Monica Mountains on the Getty Museum tram, I met Victor (not his real name) from China. He was touring the United States, and telling me about his impressions, which included our clean blue skies! Compared to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2014 at Chasing Clean Air
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On a mission to find the lightest, most versatile gear for day hiking, I found, and highly recommend, the Osprey Tempest 20 Pack made specifically for the curves of a woman. And oh so versatile! This pack, available in sizes... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2014 at Chasing Clean Air
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I'm all for getting people out of their cars, and onto their feet, using strength not motors to get around. Clean air! Smell the flowers not exhaust! Plus an ability to flex work and social schedules to fit public transportation... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2014 at Chasing Clean Air
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Beavers are vegetarians with sharp teeth to fell hundreds of trees to make a dam, and eat through bark to get lunch. In the 1990s, scientists noticed the positive effects beavers had on the Nevada Suzie Creek landscape turning a... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2014 at Chasing Clean Air
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Walking Slovenia lakes and valleys guided tour is on my radar for future clean air hiking. Slovenia is situated two countries over from my family's equally beautiful native-Romania, so both countries are in my consideration because Slovenia, is, well, beautiful... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2014 at Chasing Clean Air
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How in the world did the West Highland Way - a classic scenic walk allowing for overnight glamping (glamour meets camping) in B & Bs - in the Scottish Highlands become a focus? Los Angeles cars, congestion, and let's face... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2014 at Chasing Clean Air
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My first backpacking trip traversed through lodgepole pines on the John Muir Trail heading to Cathedral Lakes, where you'll find some of Yosemite's prettiest and secluded lakes. That's where I learned about backpacking and hoisting food into the trees, and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2014 at Chasing Clean Air
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Today the High Sierra Jazz Band hosts the annual 2014 Jazz Affair where top-rated jazz bands from coast to coast will be heard all weekend in Three Rivers, California Friday April 11, 2014- Sunday April 13, 2014. Enjoy American jazz... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2014 at Chasing Clean Air
Thanks for sharing. I wonder if the radiation concern was a reason that satellite dish job is past-tense for you?
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As a travel writer, for many years I saw first-hand climate change devastation. Saw California wildfires' smoke (resulting from our long drought) drifting into Banff, Canada when I wrote a clean air review. What's that haze? Meanwhile Canadian locals talked... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at Chasing Clean Air
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I recently received a press release about the Tassajara Zen Mountain Center. Clean Air. Away from civilization in the hills near Big Sur -- about half way between Los Angeles and San Francisco. After writing about benefits of a wireless... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2014 at Chasing Clean Air
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What's in the air and how does it make you feel? Dirty diesel, aerial pesticide, car exhaust and... Four teenagers, laughing, flirting, snapping cell phone photos on the bus. I sat across from the happy travelers and felt happy, too.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2014 at Chasing Clean Air
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Ahnu Sugarpine Boot Review Life is better with the right gear! Finally! A functional hiking boot, light enough to upgrade to the go-to-all-around travel shoe! When you travel to hike, walk, and dance, not to mention the occasional night out... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2014 at Chasing Clean Air
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There is a healthy oak tree growing between office buildings. Protected. Appreciating the rarity that someone would give up building additional offices to rent and make more money in order to save a tree, (This is a commercial zone in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2014 at Chasing Clean Air
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Have you wondered what it would be like to be a National Geographic photographer? Me, too. What skills and creative insights make unique take-your-breath-away images? Enter... The Art of Travel Photography: Six Expert Lessons offered by The Great Courses, and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2014 at Chasing Clean Air