Playing catch-up (& Monday Links)

That weekend came and went all too quickly! We were down in Palm Springs for most of it, and so I didn’t get a chance to log on and share the links I’d collected last week. We got home late last night, and today I’m unpacking and getting ready to volunteer in Hudson’s class for the first time this year—I can’t wait to get a peek at what’s going on in there. (I get very few details.) And tonight we’re riding our bikes to the Mondavi Center to see Hillary Clinton speak!

Because I’m still playing catch-up, here they are… a few days late. Hope your week is off to a great start!

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Lake Tahoe: Taylor Creek in the Fall

Last weekend, we revisited Taylor Creek Basin in South Lake Tahoe, a meadow and wetlands complex formed where a stream flows northward between Fallen Leaf Lake and Lake Tahoe.

In the fall, from late September through mid-October, the Aspens along the creek trails turn gold and one can see Kokanee salmon spawning and running up the creek. We’d hoped we might also get to see some of the wildlife that comes to feed on them—in particular, black bears and bald eagles—but no such luck. Still, it’s a special time to visit.

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Family Travel: Podcasts for the Road

We have a few road trips in the works for the coming year, beginning with a drive to Palm Springs tomorrow afternoon. Cue: “I found out long ago-o-o, It’s a long way down the Holiday Road. Holiday Ro-o-o-o-o…”

I’ll pack the usual road trip arsenal of toys and snacks, gear up for rounds of eye-spy (where the object seems to change a lot, those little cheats), prep for some Moana sing-alongs and Disney read-along CD books, and be ready to pull out the old iPhones for a movie when the time comes. But the other day, on the way home from Lake Tahoe, we added a couple of podcasts to the mix.

To start…

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