San Jose Mercury News
Author’s journey of travel and liberation
By Jean Bartlett
Maya Angelou said, “Stepping onto a brand-new path is difficult, but not more difficult than remaining in a situation which is not nurturing to the whole woman.”
In August of 2010, award-winning travel writer Ingrid Hart set off on a one-year journey of California. She sold her home in Sacramento, packed up the long familiar tools of her trade — a laptop, cellphone (with a headset), a Canon camera — along with clothes and shoes to dig into the roots of each experience. She picked 12 cities to live in, each for a month — Tahoe City, Yountville, Bishop, San Francisco, Carmel, Palm Springs, San Diego, Venice, Mariposa, Arcata, Cedarville and Ojai. She navigated the stars through her Lexus coupe. She had three unshakable goals — to be gone for a year, to write a book about her expedition, and to take it all in deeply and spiritually and perhaps let go of that which needed to go. View full story (pdf)
Half Moon Bay Review
Crossing the state leads to renewal
By Stacy Trevenon
It took a year to plan, a year to travel and two years to write, but Moss Beach resident Ingrid Hart found rejuvenation at the end of creating her award-winning travel book “My Year In California.” Read full story (pdf).
Orange County Register
Year-long Tour of State brings Costa Mesa Native Home
By Antonie Boessenkool
Ingrid Hart strolled into Fairview Park one morning this week, the warm breeze bending the rim of her floppy hat.
“I love to show people new things,” Hart said as she led two visitors into the park and onto a mesa offering wide views – the Santa Ana River, houses, power lines, the man-made ponds of the park, and, in the distance, the snow-capped San Gabriel Mountains.
“There’s so much in California to explore, especially places that are off the beaten track,” Hart said. “So this is a place I just come. It’s a refuge. It’s such a joy to live near this park because it’s a way to connect with the land, but with very minimal effort.”
When Hart grew up in Costa Mesa in the 1960s and ’70s, Fairview Park was “the Gully.” Teenagers partied there and even rode motor bikes up and down the hills. The improvements there today – interpretive signs, a wetlands project and more – weren’t yet added.
“You can imagine what a cool place this was,” Hart said as she looked over the mesa where artifacts from an ancient American Indian village have been found. “Plus, the view. It’s a great place to watch the sunset. It’s just exquisite.”
Hart comes to the park for a walk about five times a week, at sunset, and hikes for miles.
“I like to walk at the beach, too. But there’s something more earthy about it up here. It’s a deeper connection to the land.