Trail Clean Up


Posted by Annie in Activities, Outdoors, Twain Harte News on April 30, 2010

Volunteers  will meet at the Eproson Park playground in Twain Harte at 9:00 a.m., Saturday, May 8, 2010 for the Annual Community Trail Clean Up Day.

The trails surrounding Golf Club Drive and Twain Harte Drive are the target of the clean up efforts.

So, bring a grass rake, bring some water and meet the crew at the park. You can be a part of keeping our community beautiful.

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Spring Renewal


Posted by Annie in Opinion, Outdoors on April 22, 2010

I just stepped outside the door and felt like I had walked onto the set of “Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Diane Fossey.” The air is as thick as pea soup; visibility is low and traffic is light.

Twain Harte - Highway 108 Fog

The fog mixed in with the trees gives Twain Harte, the eerie feeling of being on a Hollywood film set. I just remember the luscious green forest and heavy fog rolling over the trees in that amazing movie with Sigourney Weaver, Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Diane Fossey. Weaver gave a wonderful portrayal of Diane Fossey who devoted her life to the study of primates.

This is perfect walking weather, believe it or not. The air is crisp and fresh, not to mention heavy with moisture — but it’s good for the lungs. I don’t think I’ve ever really appreciated spring as much as I have this year. The flowers began blooming a couple weeks ago. I don’t know who is responsible for the lovely daffodils, growing near the entrance to Twain Harte on Highway 108, but when I see them, I know I am home and it gives me a warm feeling each time I pass them by.

This spring with all the hard rain and extended snowy weather, has made me see the earth healing and renewing itself daily. For the past five or six years the area has been especially dry. I’m no mathematician but if I had to hazard a guess, I’d say we’ve received about four times as much rain and snow as has been the norm in recent years. The whole town feels washed, the air is crisp and clean.

If you are waiting until summer to visit, you are missing out on some fantastic days of solitude, with plenty of time to reflect on your life, meet with friends and family and enjoy the rebirth that happens each spring.

You won’t find a gorilla in the mist (we hope) but you just might glimpse a bear in the fog.  🙂

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Expecting the Unexpected


Posted by Annie in Outdoors on April 20, 2010

Snow Again!

When I was a child growing up in the Great Lakes State, the weather was very unpredictable. Michiganders such as myself were fond of saying, “If you don’t like the weather, just wait five minutes, It’ll change,” and it was true. We never knew what kind of weather we would see during the day.

Michiganders grow up expecting the unexpected, the trouble is I do not live in Michigan any more but I am still learning to expect the unexpected.

I woke up early this morning to the sound of a hard pounding rain. We were way past “raining cats and dogs,” I think Lake Michigan opened up on us and poured out of the sky. I worked a little while and decided that I could use a nap and went back to bed. I’ve always enjoyed sleeping through a nice rain storm or even a thunderstorm.

Then around 9 or 10 a.m. it began to snow – hard, it was really coming down. I woke up to more snow on the ground. I cannot believe I am saying this, but we have at least three inches of snow on the ground. It snowed all the way down to East Sonora.

I feel a little like Alice in Wonderland. Each time I open the front door, I am never sure what I will find on the other side.

Skechers Shape Ups

The sky was really dark, overcast and heavy this morning. Now, the sun is shining, the sky is clear and everywhere you look, snow is falling off the trees in huge clumps. Don’t forget the sunglasses today. You will need them.

Normally, I am all for the snow but I have to say that I am a little discouraged today. We made a trip to Kohl’s on Saturday (I can’t wait until our new Kohl’s Department store finally opens.) and picked up a pair of Skechers Shape Ups and I am really looking forward to getting outside and walking more. I guess it won’t be today. I love my new shoes and I’m certainly now wearing them out in the rain and snow.

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