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During this stay-at-home era in California, my homestead has truly become my heaven on earth. Nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains amidst the “Three Magical Miles”, our beloved Blanch Ranch is always buzzing with activity and life. The trail of bees around my home represents my daily stroll - from the labyrinth to the apiary, the Ranch is ripe with sunflower patches, vegetable gardens, log hives, and wild peacocks. On any given day, you are sure to see bikers on Mulholland Highway zipping down to the beach, or a zipliner dashing to and fro from the Adventure Haus. The view from the hilltop art studio inspires much creative joy, and reminds me to take one step and one day at a time.
This map introduces some of my favorite places in Morningside Heights, NY. I lived in this neighborhood for about two years when I was a student. There were a lot of hard times during my school times, but these amazing local businesses helped me to survive tough times. All of them are loved in the neighborhood and I really want to support them to survive this global pandemic. So, I drew this map to show my supports and appreciation.
Who knew Tulsa has the third highest concentration of Art Deco architecture in the U.S. behind NYC and Miami? I didn't until I asked a friend to tell me about Tulsa. She moved there to attend college and stayed. The 3-mile walk from the Center Of The Universe passed the "Artificial Cloud" sculpture to Boston Ave United Methodist Church will take about an hour to complete. South of the city center you'll find "God Mod" architecture on Oral Roberts University campus, an architectural style unique Tulsa. Seriously, Tulsa is an unsung architectural mecca. Road trip!
Alaska is beautiful. Mix urban Anchorage, the largest city, with lots of nature, and you will have memories of a lifetime! Rent a bicycle and collect blueberries, watch moose eat crabapples or see the tallest mountain of North America - Mt. Denali.
This hiking map is a collage of hand-drawn illustrations in pencil, watercolor, and acrylic marker, plus my photographed textures. Please enjoy!
The TART Trail* is a network of trails for wonderful walking, biking, rollerblading, etc. David Kirby, a local artist and high school physics teacher, led a project to install the planets in our solar system along a paved portion of the trail, to scale. The sun is located at the main library, while Pluto is near Bunker Hill Road, approximately six miles away. It really puts things in perspective when you walk that distance! Of course, a little ice cream never hurts.
*Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trail, or “TART” because Traverse City is a huge producer of cherries.
The San Pedro River flows north out of Mexico until it hits the Gila River, then heads west dumping into the Colorado River, ultimately draining into the Pacific Ocean.
Via the Bureau of Land Management:
The San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area (NCA) contains almost 57,000 acres of public land in Cochise County, Arizona, between the international border and St. David, Arizona. Congress designated the riparian area as a Riparian National Conservation Area on November 18, 1988. Some 40 miles of the upper San Pedro River meanders through the area.
The primary purpose for the special designation is to protect and enhance the desert riparian ecosystem, a rare remnant of what was once an extensive network of similar riparian systems throughout the American Southwest.
The San Pedro River runs through the Chihuahuan Desert and Sonoran Desert in southeastern Arizona. It contains one of the most important riparian areas in the United States.
More than 80 species of mammals, two native species and several introduced species of fish, more than 40 species of amphibians and reptiles, and 100 species of breeding birds call the river home. It also provides invaluable habitat for 250 species of migrant and wintering birds and contains archaeological sites showing remnants of human occupation from 13,000 years ago.
This is one of our favorites because it’s never the same walk twice! There are soooo many ways to get from the Mission to the beach & each one is prettier than the next. You can wander til your heart’s content & I promise each time you take the walk you’ll always see something new😀
Instead of going to the gym, we get our exercise from long walks around the city. This is a route that we usually take on bikes in warm weather. The most challenging part of this route is planning out the beverage and bathroom breaks!