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anjahni
Interests: A born rebel, I don't like to be defined by location, educational degrees and work credentials. I view the most important thing about this life is to remember who we truly are. I use my love of the camera and the written word to capture the lives of my two most precious gifts (my ruby-Havana and my pearl-Amara) as well as the natural world as seen through my eyes. That said, for the curious (like me), I am a Miami born, New York raised, current Northern California resident who likes to travel the globe whenever possible. I have a M.A. in Counseling Psychology and am licensed as a Marriage & Family Therapist currently serving the underserved. I have spent my entire adult life on the path of the seeker; seeker of peace, seeker of truth, but mostly a seeker of healing. After all these years, I am not even close to being there. So I try to just be here.
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One of our baby foxes came for a visit recently. Well, s/he is more like a toddler now. The visit was short but sweet; s/he took a turn on the trampoline, grabbed a snack from the fruit tree, ran around the yard in circles like a ghost was chasing behind... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2016 at Rubies&Pearls
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We are two weeks into our 2016-2017 school year and I am still shaking my head that Amara is a 4th year and Havana a 2nd year. This life, this tricky, illusionary life, sure has my head spinning. Was it not yesterday that Amara started preschool at Children's Montessori House... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2016 at Rubies&Pearls
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' Somewhere along Highway 101, in far Northern California, live a very laid back herd of elk. During the last leg of our road trip, we were quite surprised to come upon this large group of Elk, just chillin in the grass of a campground. During a road stop to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2016 at Rubies&Pearls
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From multiple camps, to visits with family, to trips to the beach, Yellowstone and back. To celebrating birthdays (both girls and Don), sleep overs, movies and more; 2016 has been a full and rich summer. Sad to see summer making her way towards the exit......Here is a glimpse of some... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2016 at Rubies&Pearls
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You can't go to Yellowstone with seeing Old Faithful, right? Well, Havana was opting for skipping it the day we made over to see her. Things in nature are not predictable, so we had to wait a while for Ms. Faithful to do her thing. I had to do a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2016 at Rubies&Pearls
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Happy 60th Birthday Don! It has been a long, full month of celebrating this remarkable guy. From the surprise party earlier in the month to our long road trip to a quiet family dinner later tonight; the girls and I have been thoroughly enjoying honoring the man who has brought... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2016 at Rubies&Pearls
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We could have driven straight back to our home in Pinole from Idaho but I had my heart set on seeing the gigantic, sacred redwoods that grace the most northern part of California. And I wanted to share that with my family. There is nothing greater for a family than... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2016 at Rubies&Pearls
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On the Road Again We left Yellowstone knowing it would be a long drive. Days of driving, until we reached the Oregon Coast. At some point, Don and I agreed that the Central Oregon coast was too much driving and opted for Crescent City, on the border. That would allow... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2016 at Rubies&Pearls
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The Midway Geyser, or what I nicknamed the Mystical Geyser, was one of our last stops in Yellowstone. We were excited to not only see the rainbow geyser but we would meet up with our friends, Noy, Jeff, Apsara and Fabio, who met met and hung out with a for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2016 at Rubies&Pearls
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When we left California, there were several devastating fires burning in both SoCal and near our home in NorCal. And while I knew fires occurred in other places, I was not prepared for the reality of about six fires burning between Grand Teton and Yellowstone. The ranger at our first... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2016 at Rubies&Pearls
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Rivers; Cleansing; Mother Nature’s baptism. Yellowstone provided an abudance of opportunity for us to stick our feet in cool, healing waters. Sometimes during the heat of the day, the water was refreshing for our physical body. Other days, a stop alongside the river for some water time was soothing to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2016 at Rubies&Pearls
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While we were not fortunate to see any bear or wolf in Yellowstone, we were graced with seeing other wildlife in the park. Sometimes we were prepared for what we might see; specifically the bison who caused daily traffic jams, or rather bison jams, in all directions. Those mammoth, ancient... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2016 at Rubies&Pearls
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Yellowstone National Park. Our Destination, in honor of Don's milestone birthday and it turned out that this year is the National Parks 100 year birthday! How perfect! Our home base during our four days in Yellowstone would be the Fishing Bridge RV park. From there we would venture out to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2016 at Rubies&Pearls
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We spent a short but sweet day in Grand Teton National Park. We arrived a little on the late side but not that late that we couldn't unpack our bikes and go for ride down to Colter Bay, near to where we were RV'ing for the night. The awe inspiring... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2016 at Rubies&Pearls
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Part of the joy of travel is finding new places to explore. Thus, I love the pre-trip planning. Yes, it takes me out of the moment but it also allows me to sense into places and get an intuitive sense about it. That helps me decide where to go. One... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2016 at Rubies&Pearls
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That is approximately how many hours we drove on Day 2. If we were in the SUV that may have been brutal but in the RV, with big windows, the ability to walk around and the option of lying down in the loft to watch Rio, it made it very... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2016 at Rubies&Pearls
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We are officially on the road. We have set off on our 14 day journey in honor of Don's milestone 60th birthday. For years, I have heard tales of the Coughlin family trip to Yellowstone. Don's retelling of seeing Old Faithful, a bear being stuck under their tent and other... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2016 at Rubies&Pearls
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Late Winter and all into Spring, Amara spent Wed afternoons at a Tap/Jazz class. As always, I follow the kids lead. Amara had asked to join a dance class and so we signed up with a school in Hercules. Each week, she learned some moves in preparation for a dance... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2016 at Rubies&Pearls
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A whole heap of Coughlin and Millers (first cousins, aunts, great aunt, uncles, significant others), recently spent the weekend together at Cassini Ranch up on the Russian River. It was part bike trip (some of the family road from Vallejo up into Sonoma and back to Berkeley) and part celebration... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2016 at Rubies&Pearls
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When Amara turned eight she wanted a bike for her birthday. Amara was thrilled to wake up on her eighth birthday to find a new bicycle waiting. However when reality set in, and she had to learn how to ride it, well that was a different story. Amara tends to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2016 at Rubies&Pearls