I wrote this right before the pandemic: https://helleren.blog/2020/02/12/california-week/ It's a 3 hour drive from my house to Mendocino. Places are opening up with masks and heavy duty hand sanitizers that leave you with dry, cracked hands by the end of a shopping trip. It's crowded too!! Downtown Mendocino is a cute, half day type of … Continue reading Finally, a Trip!
There were a few txt's letting me know the smoke is cleared in California. Las Cruces hasn't been as odd as Manhattan Beach was in terms of COVID and crowds. There's a hiking trail up to the top of a hill where NMSU has it's "A" for Aggies painted on, those parking lots were full. … Continue reading Braved the Airports
It's good to be back home, it's been strange every time I go someplace else and adjust to it. What's been the most shocking is how packed the beaches were?? More than ever!! Usually I throw a bike in my truck so I don't deal with parking closer to the beach, but since I didn't … Continue reading Escape from L.A.
Since 2020 is basically cancelled, trying to plan without any real plans. I had made plans with 2 other pilots to go to New Mexico for a few days and see my son, one had gone to New Mexico State (NMSU) and both are peers of my son. They are just too busy, one is … Continue reading Makeshift Summer
Empty Cannery Row pics & the fly by as profile pic Besides the crazy hotel night where my neighbors were continually knocking on my door, starting at 10p and scaring the crap out of me, this has been a nice mini-trip. Would I say it's safe to travel? I don't know about commercial airline travel … Continue reading Day 60: Putting my big toe in the water
That fire was enough excitement for one trip, we keep re-telling it and are all in total shock that only that one roof burned down with no other major damage. What causes that? Is it a culmination of knowledge or just plain old luck? Everything was slow, fast motion...me seeing it and yelling, "Fire!! Get … Continue reading Winding down my surf career 🙂
This was once my favorite place to go, La Salidita for surfing with Kristy Murphy Siren Surf Camps. I've had so much fun surfing with them throughout the years, until my body started saying FU. Never a great surfer, but since I grew up at a beach and am a total water woman I've always … Continue reading Whoa Mexico
Looks like I won't be making the Porsche racing squad anytime soon, even if I thought I was jamming down Hwy 1 from Mendocino to Jenner to get home. The time to do that drive is soon, I'm afraid a 2.0 earthquake or a good storm will be the end of Hwy 1. For now … Continue reading Porsche vs UPS Truck – Hwy 1, California
Spent more time flying last week than doing anything else, it was fun to go up just on a whim, also felt like I was pushing my luck a little on the flying side of things. I'm in a partnership plane, last week I was a passenger taking pictures with 2 of the partners and … Continue reading California Week
Perfect time of year to go down there, great rates with few people and pockets of sunny weather. Summer down there is pretty cold and foggy, the water is always freezing. There have been years I've dropped off everyone at the airport after Christmas and just gone down by myself for a few days. This … Continue reading After Holiday Detox – Monterey