Birthplace of California

Birthplace of CaliforniaThe birthplace of California is at the Junipero Serra Museum in Presidio Park.  This is the site where California officially began—by European standards, high atop a bluff overlooking Highway 8 and Interstate 5.  The drone of traffic from the arterial thoroughfares below Presidio Hill precludes any type of quiet contemplation—it’s just plain noisy here.  Still, there is a reverence, a feeling of sacred discovery that at this exact location Padre Junipero Serra and his merry band of soldiers, led by Gaspar de Portolá, built the very first mission and Presidio, back in 1769.  

My Book Won An Award

Ingrid's BookJust when I thought my Valentine’s Day couldn’t be any sweeter (after all I did win a fancy bottle of vodka), I got some epic news about my book, it won a silver award from the North American Travel Journalists Association. Can anyone say “plop, plop, fizz, fizz, oh-what-a-relief-it-is.” Validation. Woot-woot! Thank you to all my  friends who have been so supportive of my work. In my heart I know that my book is a “love it or hate it” kinda thang…it’s not for everyone. It’s hugely personnel, raw, and exposes the protagonist’s vulnerability–that’s me, in a very public way. Aaarggghhh…me scared. Nevertheless, I’m willing! Divine gratitude for this blessing and gift.

Eureka…I’ve Found It!

Humboldt County 024The Times-Standard in Eureka posted a round-up of local author’s books.  They included “My Year In California.”  If you’ve never been to Eureka, it’s quite a lovely little place on Humboldt Bay.  Eureka is the largest west coast city between San Francisco and Portland.   Established in 1850 during the Gold Rush, this city’s got oodles of charm, including a vibrant downtown and enough activities to keep any tourist busy for a fun weekend.  Check out the Carson Mansion, considered the most grand Victorian home in America.

Carmel’s Best Ambassador

My Favorite Carmel AmbassadorLisa Budlong found her California home in Carmel nearly 20 years ago, along with her father.  They cinched the deal over a cocktail, sitting in front of an outdoor fire place at the Hog’s Breath Inn—actor Clint Eastwood’s former restaurant.  Lisa works at the Carmel Visitor Center. Her calling is to help people fall in love with Carmel, a job that sells itself.  Still, Lisa takes seriously her career as Carmel’s ambassador to the world. She once mailed sand from Carmel Beach to an elderly couple who spent their honeymoon here and could not afford to return for their 50th anniversary. 


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