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    Outdoorsy Roots

    A few weeks ago I hopped on a bike and soon found myself pedaling across the Golden Gate Bridge, up in the Marin Headlands and down into Sausalito. 20 miles total. And it was glorious. I feel like I’ve been rediscovering some of my outdoor loves this summer. Between canoeing, camping and bike riding, I’ve been happily basking in sunshine and stretching my legs, smelling of campfire and waking to the birds chirping.

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    Bethy’s Day Off

    Well, hello, there! This summer has been full of weekend adventures and escapades and I LOVE IT. (Even better, it’s not stopping any time soon.) First there was a delightful day trip with the girls, then the hubs and I took a tour of the farm where they make the tastiest sheep cheese, next Mom came to visit SF, I enjoyed a day on the Russian River with a girlfriend, and finally I hopped a plane to Chicago to see my college roommate. Oh, and we took the opportunity to check out the Justin Timberlake & Jay Z concert, too. A-MAH-zing.

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    Russian River Reflections

    Last Saturday my friend Sarah and I joined a group from Unfolding Adventures for Women on a canoeing trip down the Russian River. The point of the trip–and Unfolding Adventures–is to get out and enjoy God’s creation while taking time to stop and reflect. That’s what this canoeing trip was all about, aside from the rowing (and rowing and rowing). Toward the end of our trip the waters became calm and we all stopped rowing and just floated.

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    Travel: Barinaga Ranch Tour

    Since the beginning of the year, I’ve received a monthly shipment of a couple pounds of sheep’s milk cheese. This cheese comes from Barinaga Ranch, which is just an hour and a half north of San Francisco (actually in the same town as our last stop on this trip). Saturday, June1, the hubs and I got to tour the ranch. (You can, too, by the way. Just go here.) The ranch overlooks Tamales Bay and is on 800 (!!) acres, though not all of the acreage is needed for the sheep and creamery. The ranch owner, Marcia, and her husband also built their home on the property and they lease…

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    How to do a staycation in San Francisco

    First, grab a couple of friends. They’d better be fun friends. Kick off the weekend with an afternoon at Zeitgeist. If you’re lucky, a Belgian brewmaster will let you have a bottle of his beer for free, along with a souvenir glass. (Yes, that happened.) Then take your friends to dinner at Emmy’s Spaghetti Shack before hitting up a musician friend’s house concert.

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    Big Rock Ranch Hike

    I grew up hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North and South Carolina. Then, in college, I spent two summers in Brevard, North Carolina working at a camp and living and breathing the great outdoors. The Carolina mountain trails are deep green and brown and usually damp. Pine trees and creeks abound as do giant rocks climbing to the sky in the middle of a forest or nestled in the side of a mountain. Trails wind and twist upon themselves, ascending to sweeping views of pastureland and forests that look like tufts of dark green. It’s like looking down upon a toy train set–the kind with the town-and-country accessories.