Summer Vacation Plans Gone Astray

[Note: Part 1 of a 3-part series.  Part 2 = My worst summer vacation ever:

Part 3 = The health benefits of vacations. Still working on this one…]

If I were Empress of the Universe, I would go on holiday every week. I love to get out of the house. I love to see different places, things, and people. But I’m not nuts about the entire “travel experience”—trying new food, living out of a suitcase, and dealing with airports and airplane rules. Also, I don’t like anybody’s bed but my own—which is why I end up eventually going home. That and work and life in general, and now, blogging!

Last weekend Ye Ol’ Hubby Man and I were supposed to be on vakay. I had planned a wacky excursion to Nevada City, CA to attend the Sierra Storytelling Festival: 25 Years of Heartfelt Tales. I had purchased tickets for the event and made reservations at the Deer Creek Inn (for a big room like the Honeymoon Suite—as I can’t sleep in cloistered places).

But neither of us could get off the hamster wheel so the vakay was scuttled. Drat.

Since I consider myself a storyteller, I’m very curious about what a storytelling get-together is like. (One time I went to a poetry slam in Big Sur, CA. I found it strange. Plus you had to sit on the ground to hear the poets. I don’t sit on the ground for anyone.)

As far as the Sierra Festival was concerned, I think I would have found some of the tales “heartfelt” and entertaining. I also figured some of the stories would even be flat out weird. (I looked forward to those!)

I really wanted to go and see for myself what “professional” storytellers are like. How they parlay their craft. And more importantly, how good are their stories? And why do they feel compelled to stand up before a group of people and tell them?

Plus I know I could have gotten a good blog or two out of attending this shindig. Double drat.

I will just have to settle for the remaining activities I have planned for the rest of the summer:

In August:

+*+ Lunch and a tour at the John Steinbeck House in Salinas, CA.

+*+ An exhibit at the De Young Museum in San Francisco called the “Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay”

+*+ Menopause: The Musical at the California Theatre in San Jose, CA.

+*+ Garrison Keillor and the Prairie Home Companion Summer of Love Tour: Love song duets and stories of passion and marriage – at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga, CA.

+*+ Summer School in Berkeley, CA – A class called “Beloved of the Soul” – part of a course on Mythic Stories in Depth Psychology; taught by the Center for Story and Symbol (out of Santa Barbara, CA).

+*+ Last but NOT least – on Labor Day week-end, GREEN DAY at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA. The PERFECT end to any summer!

If you have an interest in any of these events, check back next month, as I will be blogging about them.

Hope you’re having a delightful summer. Stay cool…



Here’s the Steinbeck blog:

Here’s the Garrison Keillor review:

Here’s the Menopause the Musical blog:

(It’s a 3-part series.)

Here’s my review of the stellar Green Day concert:


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