Monarchs el Rosario, Mexico



It’s about a 3 hour drive from San Miguel de allende to el Rosario monarch sanctuary in Michoacán . The sanctuary is located at a high altitude of about 10,000 feet.The viewing area is at around 10,000 to 11000 feet. When you arrive you are taken about half way up on horseback. Each is owned and cared for by private individuals and are all very healthy and well kept. They do this ride because of the altitude and to keep the group together , however you can not go all the way by horse as it would disturb the monarchs. When we got off the horses we still had half hour walk uphill. We were told to be silent so as not to disturb the monarchs . There are millions of monarchs in this area. The trees are thick with them and every now and then when the rays of sun shine down it puts hundreds of them into flight. What a sight and what a sound. Like a loud buzzing and humming.



Adult butterflies live for only around a month so and no one butterfly ever makes the entire circular migration from North America to Mexico and back again. Instead, it takes three generations of spring-born butterflies to complete the northern leg of the migration from Mexico back to the US-Canada border. The fourth generation though is a ‘super-generation’, which lives eight to ten times longer than normal. It’s these butterflies which, each autumn, leave the Great Lakes area and fly south to Mexico.

Although monarchs aren’t a threatened species, the future of the migration is in serious doubt. In recent years the numbers arriving in Mexico have fallen dramatically. Most scientists blame pesticide use in the US and the destruction of milkweed, the food plant of monarch caterpillars, for this decline.07F255EC-532F-4968-A4D2-F65F9CA53E15

One of the biggest mysteries of the migration is why every year the butterflies choose to hibernate in the exact same trees. Scientists remain unsure as to why they do this and, more importantly, how the butterflies know which trees to use because no one butterfly ever makes the migration twice.733F416E-C371-4F9B-B08A-F30DCD92D409




Sometimes the monarchs land on you. We must be quiet to not disturb them to much.





This is something I highly recommend if you ever get the chance as the monarchs population is dwindling due to our lack of care for Mother Earth and her inhabitants.






San Miguel de Allende ,Mexico

I am currently doing a two/month house sit in SMA  Watching these two cuties. Enrique and Miguel. This is the view from the house I am house sitting at. Not bad. Lovely spot./Lovely house.


SMA is full of expats.. Why? The 4 C,s I was told by an American local. Climate,cuisine,cost,and culture. Climate is mild year round. SMA is at 6200 to 6800 feet high and is known for lovely weather. Cuisine, yes, many restaurants with great food and not just Mexican food. Italian, Lebanese, vegetarian, Indian, and many more with lots of wonderful coffee shops to pass the day at. One thing I have noticed is that this is a very social town. Culture in the form of the arts, music, plays, art shows, more music.   And of course being a Mexican town it is very cost effective.

I have barely been here a week so am posting a few photos of a lovely walk about that I had yesterday and many more posts to come about this lovely town.


Carson City , Nevada

I am staying in a cute little Air BNB in Carson city for a few nights on my way to the Reno airport to fly out to San Miguel de Allende , Mexico which is where my next house sit is . It will be for 2 months and taking care of 2 dogs. I am excited. Have never been to SMA although have been to other parts of Mexico many times.

So, just wanted to post about Carson city. Another one of those towns that was not that far from my hometown of Truckee, California.

I have come to Carson city before for a day here and there but have to say I really enjoyed my 3 night stay. It is winter so kind of quite however I do know there are a lot of events and music going on here in the summer months.

Carson city is the capitol of Nevada. Here is a little something from the Carson city visitor site.

“Carson City, Nevada boasts an array of outdoor adventures, fine restaurants, challenging golf courses, historical attractions, museums, gaming opportunities and a plethora of events and entertainment. Visitors will find plenty of exciting activities and experiences to choose from. The heart of the action–Carson City is nestled just minutes from world famous Lake Tahoe, electrifying Reno, historic Virginia City and the majestic Sierra Nevada mountain range.”

I stayed in the nicest little AirBNB for a super reasonable price and just around the corner from the downtown. Very comfy little place. Photo Editor-20180120_160730one of my favorite things about Carson city, besides the mountainous views, is the Carson Hot springs. Wow ! I love this place. You can  soak outside in a large pool and 2 jacuzzi tubs or you can get a private room. The think I like about the rooms is that you get super hot water !! The temps in the rooms range from 102 to 109. I chose 107 for the last two nights. I have been fighting off a cold or flu bug so wanted to sweat it out of me. You can also wander outside to use the Hammer ( a very strong fast moving jet of hot water that comes out of a pipe above the pool and pounds your achy muscles). All this for only $15 for a room for 2 hours (senior price ! Yup, I am a senior !) or $20 for younger folks. If you only want to use the outside it is $10 or $15. The place was packed on the weekend. They have a fire pit outside and families come and bring all kinds of food and hang out all day. But, today , Monday was very quite. Photo Editor-20180121_191431.jpg

Carson is a cute little town with some nice restaurants , breweries, wine shops, antique stores, coffee shops,  funky bars and even a couple casinos. Lake Tahoe is not far away with hiking trails all around .  A bit laid back this time of year. But, fun stuff happening here in summer. Free outdoor music once a week, Bluegrass festival,   Mountain man event, and much more.

I plan to spend a couple nights again on my way back from Mexico in the same AirBNB cause it was such a bargain !!! And I love the Hot springs.

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Meanwhile , Adios and see you in Mexico !!pexels-photo-745271.jpeg

New Years ,walking the dog in Truckee, California, and some New Year reflections.

Photo Editor-20171231_145541This photo is of New Years eve day . I am currently house and pet sitting with Cody the Husky. Isn’t he pretty ?? He is sweet to. A fairly easy dog to take care of. I am here in my hometown Truckee for another 2 weeks. Then I leave for San Miguel De Allende, Mexico for a 2 month house sit. Woohoo. Looking forward to that.  Back to this photo. These are some of my dear friends in Truckee who I spent the NYEve day with . What a nice day. Walking the dogs with  lunch and a Bloody Mary after to celebrate the new year !! No better way to spend the end of the year then with friends in a beautiful location.

Some friends may wonder and think that I am looking for a new place to live. Like last summer when I was up in Washington and  Montana all summer and saying I like this place or that. One friend would say. I see re location in store ? Actually, I Love Truckee, California. It is one of the most beautiful areas in the world with Lake Tahoe, mountains, lakes, rivers.  And of course great people !! It is not a matter of wanting to move. It is a matter of loving to travel and see new places ! Truckee will most likely always be my home base and always be the place I come back to and spend a lot of time at. Of course my friends in Truckee make it home as well !

I moved to Truckee in 1975 with my friend Sandy (seen in this photo holding the little dog). I came from L.A and she from San Diego. We met while working at Sequoia National park. Thus the wandering started. I always knew I wanted to get out of L.A. Doesn’t seem at all like home to me especially now since I left there 42 years ago. So , after a few summers in Sequoia  Sandy and I ended up in Truckee, Ca.

In 1989 I moved to Santa Cruz , Ca. Lovely beach town. Lived there for 6 years . I did enjoy it. Whats not to enjoy. The beach, the weather, the music. However, I got restless and then moved into an RV for 2 years and wandered the country as a traveling vendor. Fun times for sure !!! Would have kept doing that longer had I not been struck down by Cancer. yes, the big C . Had to stop my wandering ways for awhile and take care of myself. I then ended up back in Truckee. I think for me it was because I had friends there  who I had known for quite some time. Once back in Truckee, I got settled in, started a cleaning business, acquired pets, had another round of cancer  and yada yada. I have always wanted to wander but its hard to do at some times in our lives. So, a little over a year ago my pets all got old and died one by one. Here are photos of the last group of pets I had. I miss them so much !!!


However, I have decided to not get any pets at this time so as to fulfill the need to wander. Had thought about getting an RV and just taking off. But, then I started this house sitting thing and realized there is a true need for it. So, for now just getting around in my Subaru and house sitting. Still thinking about a small RV , class B or even a camper van.  I do like the house sitting but also want a bit of my own free time as well.

in any case I am feeling pretty happy with my current situation. it may not be for everyone to wander from house to house with no real base of your own but I am enjoying it ! And if I get a small RV then that will be my home. The Subaru is kind of small. But, I house sit so much, it seems to suffice for now.

Anyways, my New Year is a New Year in many ways!

Happy New Year to all of you and may you live the life you want and dream about.



Technically challenged?

I wish I were not so technically challenged. Or Maybe it is something else really. I am not great at reading instructions. I like to play around with things to figure out how they work , thus getting frustrated in the process. Never been a great learner because of this . However I have a lot of knowledge in the things I enjoy. So, maybe I have not decided yet if I really enjoy writing a blog. Ha Ha. Why do it? Well, I am traveling a bit now and leading  an alternative lifestyle which I thought might be fun to write about. One reason is to keep a  diary of sorts and another reason is  to share with people who may want to keep track of me. I’m not a great writer but learning by reading other blogs. I guess it is kind of fun.

So, as to this blog. I am not so sure I like the way it is laid out and may have to spend some time playing around with it to set it up differently . Only problem is that I seem to have a hard time sitting down for to long to do that. I get distracted easily and end up doing something else, like reading the latest article about what our distracted President Trump is up to  ( Ha Ha) , or reading other peoples blogs, or just looking at cute kitty videos on facebook. pexels-photo-374631.jpeg

In any case I will try to keep it going and am going to try to post more often . There are so many things that happened last summer while I was traveling up in the Northwest that I still have not posted about . So, maybe will go back and bring some of that into the blog.

Nevada city , California.

I had the pleasure of doing a 2 week house sit in Nevada city , Ca. in Oct.  taking care of a sweet kitty named Mala .

House in Nevada city that I house sat at was in a nice country setting.
Mala was an adorable 1 year old kitty.

I really enjoyed that house sit. So much to see and do in and around Nevada city .

Nevada City is among the most interesting of California Gold Rush towns, attracting visitors from far and wide. The entire downtown district is a national historic landmark where guests enjoy quality dining, lodging, and shops, all flavored with old-fashioned Nevada City hospitality. And there is the Yuba River !

The Beautiful Yuba River. Originating in a bowl-shaped valley in Moscove Meadow, the 55.4-mile-long (89.2 km) Middle Yuba River flows north into Jackson Meadows Reservoir, then turns west, descending steeply into a gorge, defining over almost its entire length the boundary of Sierra County in the north and Nevada County in the south. I did quite a few walks along the Yuba while I was there. Here are a few shots.

I also went to Malakoff Diggings state park which is not far from Nevada city.  Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park is the site of California’s largest “hydraulic” mine. Visitors can see huge cliffs carved by mighty streams of water, results of the gold mining technique of washing away entire mountains to find the precious metal. Legal battles between mine owners and downstream farmers ended this method. The park also contains a 7,847 foot bedrock tunnel that served as a drain. The visitor center offers a short video on hydraulic mining and exhibits on life in the old mining town of North Bloomfield. North Bloomfield experienced its heyday from the late 1860’s to 1884, with nearly 1,500 inhabitants. Here are some photos.



Some scenes from driving around in the hills of Nevada city area below.

Nevada city is a town for music lovers too !! There is live music every night of the week in one of the many bars or restaurants. Coopers ale works, Crazy Horse saloon, The Golden Era , Friar Tucks, Mateos public, Crazy how much music there is in such a small town. One of the other reasons I loved it so much. I am a huge music lover . Saw Reggae one night. Bluegrass one night. Old Jazz Harlem style one night. 70’s one night. yes, I went out a bit for music while there. Why not? It was all in the small town and easy to walk from place to place.  I did happen to be there on Halloween weekend too which was quite an event in Nevada city. Here are some photos of that.

Another thing I did which was a highlight was going to the  Pickers get together at the Grange Hall in Rough and Ready. Rough and Ready is another small town a few miles from Nevada city and every Sunday the pickers get together at the grange hall to do a little socializing and picking. Here is what that looks like. So fun. Nice folks too.

Another stop I made while driving the country roads around Nevada city was in a speck of a town called North San Juan. North San Juan is a town of about 300 people and I would say most of them are involved in the growing and distribution of Marijuana. It was a super hot day when I was passing thru North San Juan and I saw this bar. I thought how nice a cold beer would taste and might be fun to meet some of the locals. I was right about both. Great icy cold beer and colorful locals . I even had my future read by the local phsycic fortune teller. 20171025_19472620171025_15155820171025_16423420171025_16435820171025_150811

Nevada city is only about 60 miles from my hometown Truckee, CA. But I never really got to know it till I did this 2 week house sit. I sure enjoyed it and would go back again to house sit if the opportunity arrises.


Trip to Palm Springs, Joshua Tree National park, Indian Canyons and Coachella preserve.

Friends on the way to Palm Springs

A couple of weeks ago I made a trip to San Diego to visit friends.  During my stay , 3 of us went for a few days to Indio and Palm Springs , Ca.. I had picked up a few days at a timeshare place by doing one of the dreaded timeshare presentations awhile back in Seattle , Washington. So, we stayed at Indian palms intervals in Indio, Ca. A little aways from Palm Springs . Indio is an area where the workers of Palm desert live. Not so glitzy as Palm springs . However we enjoyed it. We had a nice place with 2 bedrooms , clean, abundant grapefruit trees on the property (Yummy!!) , hot tub out our back door and some good food nearby.

We went to a great deli, bakery called TKB on our first morning to pick up sandwiches.  Looked like a working man’s deli as it was located in a warehouse district and was very crowded when we went in about 11 a.m for sandwiches . Wow! Fabulous baked goods and sandwiches. I had the veggie delight. Super !!

We ate that night at an Italian restaurant called Mario’s Italian Cafe in Indio .

20171212_185543 Sorry to say that this was a disappointment. Started out good with the waiter brought us our wine in huge glasses filled to the brim !! Ha ha. But the food was a letdown. I had the pasta with Mushrooms and marinara sauce which was ok. But, Pam’s eggplant pasta was terrible. Marla’s scampi was pretty good. The salad we shared was great and huge ! This is the kind of place that you go for the size of the servings rather then the quality of the food.

Another place we ate which was next door to Marios and looked like a little dive restaurant was great !! Mexican food, filled with people the first night so we settled for Mario’s . Went back there for breakfast and had great Mexican breakfast. Very traditional style Mexican food.


On to the fun stuff we did !!!

First day , we visited Joshua tree National park,  2nd day went to Indian canyons, and 3rd day to Coachella preserve. Wow! I didn’t realize there was all this beauty so near to Palm Springs!

I’m not a desert person so to say. I mean I like the desert in the winter but it is not my favored place . I prefer the mountains and the ocean. However, I will say the desert does have its appeal at the right time of year.

Palm Springs itself is a town of shops, good restaurants, golf courses and golf course communities.  Lots of glitter and glamour abound. Not really my type of place but enjoyed our excursions around the area.

We had pretty nice weather. Mostly in the low 80’s which to me is hot. But , when you get into these palm oasis areas like Indian Canyons and Coachella preserve you don’t even feel the heat .

Joshua Tree National park was beautiful and we did a hike up to top of Mt. Ryan. About 3 miles round trip with 1000 ft. elevation gain. Great , sweeping views of the area ! I think Joshua tree would be a fabulous place to camp for a few nights as the sunsets and sunrises on all the beautiful rock formations would be spectacular! I hope to go back one day to do just that. is an amazing palm oasis in the middle of the desert, just outside of Palm Springs. It is the ancestral land of the agua caliente band of Cahullia Indians. It is a beautiful area with many trails going  into a few different canyons . A beautiful oasis to stroll thru on a hot day.

Coachella preserve was another beautiful oasis that I would recommend going to if you are in the Palm Springs area . Nice hikes as well and we did the 3 mile round trip hike to the oasis with spring water pond. This trail also runs along the San Andreas fault. Just another gorgeous spot to spend a hot desert day.

Overall, I realy enjoyed seeing this whole area. Maybe go back sometime in the winter, do some camping and more exploring.


San Diego , California . Long overdue trip.


Can not believe that it had been 30 years or maybe even more since I was in San Diego. Being a California girl even! And having numerous friends in S. D. I would say that is to long.

Well, I decided it was finally time to make the trip down there.

Beautiful weather, lovely area, and so much fun with my friends.

Went to Balboa park, Coronado island, Poway lake, La Jolla and saw the parade of lights. This is when the boats dress up with lights and the people on the boats wear costumes and they parade up the harbor. We got so busy watching the amazing sunset at Coronado  beach and then grabbing some dinner that we only saw the last part of the parade but it was fun .

Here are some photos of out and about in San Diego

20171209_182301Beaches ,views and sunsets.

ice skating
sunset at Coronado beach


parade of lights


Coronado beach sunset


Coming next  post……. Joshua Tree National park .

House sitting

When I started this journey in June I had thought about getting an RV and traveling that way. Then I got on  Trusted house  Sorry, But I am trying to learn to add links with no success. If you want info on this site message me. I can send you a link. In fact if you want to sign up then please do let me send you a link as I get some free months if you sign up.

I had already been taking care of people’s pets in my own hometown and I added these references onto my profile on Trusted housesitters and immediately  I secured 2 house sits in Washington. While there I picked up 2 more. Most of the house sits I do here in my local community are paid sits. But, to travel and house sit there are several websites with listings that are based on trade. The listings on some are worldwide so nice way to find a house sit in a new local.  You watch the house and you get to travel to a new area and have a place to stay for free. Of course the price for that is usually watching some pets.

I must say I enjoyed all the house sits I got from Trusted House sitters.  And , now I am back in Truckee for awhile doing some house sits here. You see, I need to also make some money so can not do all year round free sits. But, it is a nice way to see a new area once in awhile.

My first sit was in Edmonds , Washington for 3 weeks. Lovely family , beautiful location and sweet pets. I took care of 2 cats, 2 rabbits, and 9 chickens.  Realy enjoyed it there. Edmonds although a suburb  of Seattle is quite quaint and lovely. Walking along the shoreline and watching the boats and ferries is great. From there , after a week camping at Olympic National park Olympic National park. Washington I had a week long sit in Monroe , Washington. This was with Shift the 4 month old cat who looked like an adult cat. Maine coon. This sit was interesting in that it was in an RV . Very nice RV about 40 feet in length. Parked in a nice park along a river with pool and hot tub. Not bad at all.

From there I took a bit over 3 weeks off and went camping in Montana Glacier National park. Loved it ! Also went to Polson Montana is my kind of town. Loved that area as well. The problem I had a lot  this last summer was that so many places where smokey due to the terrible amount of forest fires in the Western United States.

So, after getting tired of camping in smokey areas I decided to see if I could pick up a short sit on my way to a 5 week house sit in Vancouver , Washington with Hermione. I got a 4 night sit in Portland with 2 dogs, a cat and 2 chickens.

From there I went to my longest sit of the summer which was 5 weeks in Vancouver , Washington with Hermione , a little Corgi dog. I loved it here. Close to Portland which is a fantastic city , yet far enough away to be a bit quieter. The house was an old , large house with a fantastic garden !!! So much food in the garden. A perk of that job. Hermione was little corgi girl and such a doll.  Really enjoyed taking care of her.

All in all it was a great summer. I saw a lot . I stayed in some lovely homes. Took care of some awesome pets. All of which I become attached to !! At the end of each house sit I would feel kind of sad to be leaving my new little furry friends.

Now I am in Truckee, California  ( my hometown !) doing various house and pet sitting jobs . Have been here since mid October and will stay till January 24th.

I did go to Nevada city , California for a 2 week sit. Another lovely area !! Realy liked it , the house and the kitty !  In fact I may do my next post about it.

January 24th  I take off  to do a 2 month house sit in San Miguel De Allende, Mexico ! Yea!!! I got this one thru a friend. So, excited to see that part of the world.

Over all , I really like this house sitting business. I do still think about getting a small RV or camper van so that when I just want time on my own I have a home. Tenting is okay but a camper would be preferable. And allthough house sitting is a nice way to travel , you are taking care of pets and so it is not all free time. I want the camper or RV so that I can take free time when I want . Overall , I think it would be a great mix to house sit some and RV travel some.

Below are some photos of my various pets I took care of  and places I stayed from this last year . Hover your mouse  on any photo for a description. If you want to see any photo larger then click on it.


Keep on moving and grooving !!!

Thanksgiving in Truckee, California

Truckee , California is my Hometown. I moved here in 1975 with my dear friend Sandy Radamacher.

Thanksgiving to me is spending time with those you love. I dont have to much family so I usually spend it at Sandys house. We have had many losses this year. Sandys husband Steve passed last Jan. So, it was not the same without him but Sandy still had her traditional Thanksgiving dinner and a nice time was had by all.

I have been traveling since June but was nice to be back in Truckee for the holidays.

Truckee , California will always be my home even though I wander.