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All that running around in the boatyard is exhausting, can someone else take the helm for a bit?

Back in the water again

Well, not much has changed in the life of this sea dawg in the past week, but there has been a flurry of activity for the humans and I have a new boat on which I keep watch. Lady and Man have been spending endless time in the back of the boatyard, but this is […]

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Ulysses supervises the improvements.

Doing It “Yourself”

In May, after a year and half of searching, I finally found the boat of my dreams. The 1978 Cal 39 Far Niente was an incredible price, and I quickly made an offer. Within a week, and two days after my Masters graduation, I had purchased the boat. Since then, I have had Far hauled […]

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Dust storm in Ivanpah Valley, California, now the site of the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating Station.

Ivanpah is My Backyard

Thanks to the recent dedication of the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (ISEGS), the corresponding scathing article in the Wall Street Journal, and Dan Kammen and Tonio Buonassisi’s appearance on NPR’s On Point, Ivanpah and solar energy in general has been back in the news. Juvenile tortoise at Ivanpah (J. Reilly photo) ISEGS is a […]

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Walking strong with Kansas.

Do You Know the Heart of the U.S.?

So far, I have written about things coastal. But my passion in life is for exploration, adventure, and learning, and unexpectedly I found that in the center of the U.S. a few years ago. When I landed in Kansas in 2009 as part of a Visioning committee for the Kansas Scenic Byways, I was brought […]

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Berkeley marina.

The five-gallon bucket

I was thrilled to move onto a sailboat in February 2013. Every time I walked down the metal ramp to the dock, I felt a chill of excitement–I could barely believe that I lived on the ocean. The tight quarters appealed to me, since as a field biologist I had lived in the back of […]

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