Wednesday, June 30, 2010

this is love - to fly toward a secret sky

three years ago we got married under the full strawberry moon, the moon-of-making-fat, the last night of june.

we two who had loved each other for years had decided to create our own version of what it means to us to be wed, and we started out encircled by loved ones in our backyard.
and it was pure bliss.

and then we left on our road trip honeymoon down into baja.
our honeymoonshinejunkyard.
and the next year we were on a road trip through tiny historic gold mining towns like downieville, california where a great massive bear shook the dumpster outside our tiny inn at midnight:
and then last year we were in big sur in a tent cabin on the creek that runs to the ocean:

this year we have new destinations in mind.
i can't wait to show you all where we go.
he is soooo fun to travel with and hang out with that i can't sleep tonight, like a kid on christmas eve, i'm all aglow with excitement and anticipation!

wishing you all sweet, sweet love.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Tuesdays in my Town - Buck's Bar on the Cosumnes River

Okay, not to turn this into "my favorite river spots" or anything...but it just hit 100 degrees here and i had the pleasure on saturday of going with some of my favorite people to one of our...yes indeed i can't resist....favorite river spots.  since i talk about the river a lot, all summer long, i figured i'd go ahead and show you all this particular spot for this week's "Tuesdays in my Town."
so, my town placerville (aka p-ville, peevs, and infamously "old hangtown") is actually located between two beautiful rivers coming out of the sierra nevada mountains: the american river to our north and the cosumnes river to our south. my friends and i have spots we prefer on both rivers, depending on the day, the kind of hike you want to do, and the month of the year.
on saturday we drove out toward somerset down buck's bar road to the bridge and hiked out to the perfect june swimming hole in the cosumnes river, which, by the way, i read is the last undammed river on the western slope of the sierras.
it was carolann's birthday - a super exciting one - she turned 30! a fact that she is thrilled about.
she chose to spend it at buck's bar because it's the perfect spot to hang out on the rocks and jump in.
here's c.a. and her man ezra in the water.
the hang out: zack, carolann, ezra, and darin:
it's kind of a long hike but lovely, through giant manzanita bushes and oaks and dandelions and wild sweetpea and poison oak, down through the rocks (lots of folks come here to do rock climbing) and down to the perfect green clear fresh water. soooo worth it!

the spot!
the girl!
the birthday!
one last note: i've realized that swimming in the river (especially if it's kind of a secluded spot and you hike a while too, and the water is deliciously cold and there are trees and rocks all massive around you) is the perfect antidote to feeling gloomy, hungover, or unhealthy.
it makes you feel so alive and spritely and warm and somehow just loved in the world and happy to be exactly who and where you are.

all this talk reminds me of that little campfire song:
the river she is flowing,
flowing and growing,
the river she is flowing down to the sea.
mother carry me,
child i will always be.
mother carry me down to the sea.

Monday, June 28, 2010


it's crazy how fast everything happens and changes....i feel bad that i took off after that last post and embarked on a million fun adventures and haven't been back to tell the stories yet!

i'm in LA right now for my little brother Mikie's play Elevator. after work saturday was the most beautiful trip to a favorite swimming hole at the cosumnes river, then brewfest madness, then the dance party at got real crazy....then i left in the morning for this trip with my parents.

so here i am, at a hotel computer and i'll be back tonight with pictures and details.

oh and i'm soooo not grumpy with darin anymore! i actually miss him like crazy cause he couldn't come on this trip with me. thanks to all you sweet ladies for making me feel normal about it; i love lady communities and reassurance. love to you all!

Friday, June 25, 2010

bratty me and other joys

this week has been sort of weird. i've been working more than normal (waitressing, bleh) to save up money for upcoming trips. also, i am annoyed with my hub right now...i'm sure this happens to the best of us, and i forget all about it during the times when i am feeling great toward him which is most of the time. then for a little while i get irritable about him and things that he does and feel oddly disconnected. and call him selfish and decide at the last minute not to accompany him places. so...that's where i'm at today, just a little public announcement of my brattiness.

anyway, nice things have also happened this week. like....

these kids are here!
my sister-in-law amy is in town with my nephews and niece for almost three weeks.
sorry for the messy house (pile of thrifted clothes!)
when the kids are here, i don't think about anything else.
bella the artist. she is also prepared to be my newest etsy model.

also addie and i went to the wednesday night farmer's market and visited our friend farmer greg.
and got some of his delicious organic cherries.

and while joey and emily have been out of town, i've been taking care of their babies.
woody the fly-hunter:
and camilla, who loves to relax on bare skin:

today is cloudy and it's my one day off. so i'm bummed but i've still got a lot of special activities in store for the next three days, so check back in for a more upbeat accounting of heather's june life.

how are you all doing???

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Tuesdays in my Town - Lotus and the American River

Last night for Summer Solstice, my friends and I went to play at a park by the river and then dance at a roadhouse. I was telling them about my "Tuesdays in my Town" feature and they suggested I do this week's on the very place we were hanging out: Lotus!
So Lotus is a little town (hamlet?) neighboring Coloma where gold was first discovered in 1848. These are river towns; the South Fork of the American River runs right through on its wild and sprawling course. And a river place is a very special place. All summerlong, crazy stuff goes on in a river's like a big wild rumpus in the water and the sun. With lots of beer.
Lotus Park (its real name is Heningsen Park) is a big green recreational area along the river just south of the big bridge. It's an easy place to jump in the water, although it is waaaaayyyyy icy cold right now: pure snow run off. Our picnic last night was held on the rolling grass of Lotus Park, and Lesley and the boys played soccer. It got dark quickly so I didn't get many pictures, but here are a few (we were trying on these crazy yellow sunglasses)

But most importantly; the RIVER ITSELF!
Here are some of my favorite old photos of times spent enjoying the river.

Next, another favorite place in Lotus.
Just up the road, the Coloma Club is probably the best roadhouse bar I've ever seen. 
I mean, look at it:

It is totally old-timey, all wooden and rickety and full of displays of old mining tools and hardware.
Plus, all summer long the beer is cold, the jukebox is singing, and the river guides and summer campers come crowding in to make it a lively scene.
hanging out for solstice last night.
 and summers past:

So much goes on in Lotus and I feel lucky to live by such a wonderful section of river. I'll be honest, there are other tucked-away hidden river spots that are much more perfect for swimming holes, but around Lotus you get the total riverry vibe, with campgrounds, kayaks, old busses carrying river rafts, teenagers and dogs and beer, just the whole river crowd.

I haven't even mentioned Marco's, the best little cafe and pub right next to Coloma Club that TOTALLY hits the spot after a day at the river. Maybe I'll save that for another post.

And there you have it folks, the makings for a perfect summer day in my town.

Monday, June 21, 2010

all's fair at the county fair

the FAIR is back in town!

welp, like i said last year...nothing ever changes much at the good old El Dorado County Fair. the flimsy cups of beer, the face painting booths, the dude from Foreigner performing on the main stage, the smell of pigs and puke and cotton candy all squeamishly permeating the dense summer eve...check, check, and check again.
and i will admit to you guys, i actually love it.

this year was better cause i went earlier in the day to hang out with these cuties:
kim and i were best friends all through the teenage years, and the FAIR was our big summer adventure. don't tell, but we'd fake the stamp on our hands to get in free. oh and chug wine coolers in the carl's jr. bathroom before heading through the gates. that's danger right there folks.

now look at her! the sweetest little mama to the sweetest little baby.

addie came to meet us too. we had fun walking around checking everything out like in the old days.
addie was very concerned about which air brushed tee shirt to get for art. she ended up ordering him the "julyssa" design with the words "pollock pines" in glittery hot pink. awesome.

we each had a beer and played with this delightful little girl. she's learning to walk. everyone that sees her comments on how adorable she is. she really is the best baby, and she's making addie and i want one BAD.
by the way i got that little southwestern print skirt at the flea market and i'm loving it.

the fair is the perfect place for greasy snacks! we shared delicious sweet potato fries.

kim and sydney headed home around 7:30 p.m. and then we had a switcherroo.
a bunch of our other friends were waiting in line to come in right while we were walking kim to her car.

darin and phil enjoyed watching a crazy musician called Sourdough Slim:

while the girls imbibed a bit and sported their freebie corona necklaces:
i wish this one didn't come out and my sissies.

zack had to give poor little slyvan a pep talk. he REALLY wanted to ask addie to ride the ferris wheel but couldn't work up the nerve.

finally he did, and we headed off for our sunset ride.
how cute is rachel's outfit, by the way?!

finally up in the air!
so excited! but a teensy bit nervous too.

happy and content now!

soooo, things get a lot crazier at the county fair once the sun goes down.
gangstas and cops and skinheads, oh you name it.
i used to see a lot of people from high school but not so much now that i'm older; i think they come with their kids during the day instead.
but the friends and i were kind of digging the crazy night energy and there were about twelve of us together so we had some fun.
i got to pet a kookabura at the exotic animal area.
my mom always sang this haunting little song when i was little:
"kookabura sits in the old gum tree,
merry merry king of the bush is he...
laugh kookabura, laugh kookabura,
gay your life must be."
so i love them in a mysterious old way. we couldn't get him to laugh, but we did see him eat a mouse. isn't he gorgeous?

and of course, we went to see our beloved goats.
it was almost their bedtime. i like how these guys were making a pile, like in Where the Wild Things Are.
darin loves the chickens.

our beloved Gravitron was broken down, so we all rode a ride called the Himalaya together.
it had smoke and maniacal flashing lights and pumping techno music. PERFECT.
all four of those seats in front of us are our friends.
we were hooting and hollering like no tomorrow.


more late night greasy snacks, these were fried salted rings of potatoes darin and rachel shared.
darin under the half moon.
my classic fair shot; this year's update of my little etsy profile pic.
oh how i love fairs, carnivals, and the like!

and one last note: HAPPY SUMMER SOLSTICE!
what are you doing on the longest day of the year?