was lucky enough to run across Mike Higgens, one of the bad
boys of BASK,
Area Sea Kayakers, a title earned from getting into
trouble in the water too many times.
Mike answered all my questions. He shared not only his journal,
but pictures of a trip he took along the Mendocino coastline.
[This is where Abigail goes looking for caves.] His
help and advice was invaluable. I can't thank him enough for
To visit his website, which includes journals of his travels
and wonderful pictures, click
Click here to see pictures
taken by Mike on his kayaking journey to the Mendocino coast.
They are a rare find!
With a mission to be the world’s "pre-eminent
police organisation" and a vision to "optimise
the international effort to combat crime",
Interpol is a very interesting organization.
Click here to
read about Interpol.
Caspar Inn is the oldest, continuously run roadhouse and
bar dating to 1906. This historic bar and inn is located
in Mendocino, California. The history of the surrounding
area is intriguing to say the least. Jerome Ford came to
Mendocino looking for the shipwrecked Frolic, but found
beautiful redwoods instead. Henry Meiggs followed soon there
after and established a saw-mill and town. The location
of the Frolic was discovered in 1980. The Caspar Inn itself
boasts 10 rooms above the bar. Live music is played nightly
and is a big attraction for the area.
learn more about Caspar or Caspar Inn please visit the following
~REVERING THE EARTH~
In the Drake Sisters series there are many references to magic
or mystic. It is a common and long reaching tradition to celebrate
seasons and moons and revere the earth by using its natural
elements such as gemstones and herbs for healing and rituals.
moon has a strong impact on our planet. The tides, the seasons,
and the temperature, all are affected by the moon. The equinox
on March 21st and September 21st are two days when the day
and the night both are 12 hours. On these days many gather
in celebration. There are also two solstices on December
21st (when the night is the longest) and June 21st (when
the night is the shortest.). In numerous cultures and countries
people celebrate these powerful times when the moon is most
gemstones are worn by virtually all cultures and in all
countries. Their primary use is traditionally for healing
and spiritual rituals. For instance the gemstone tanzanite
is believed to assist the user in articulating the content
of Psychic insight, facilitates communication between third
dimension and others. Physically it helps the body absorb
zinc, restores consciousness, and clears toxins that can
cause skin disorders.
learn more about gemstones and their meanings please visit: http://www.annemeplon.com/meaning.htm.
many people who believe in the power of the earth for healing
and strength also turn to herbs. Throughout history and
even in present times herbs have been used for healing and
rituals. Herbs such as Turmeric, Marigold, and Wild Yam
can be used as anti-inflammatory, and Thyme, Licorice and
Wild Cherry can be used as expectorants to relieve coughing.
This article was just a brief overview of the many ways
in which people revere in the Earth.
you would like to read more extensively on any of the subjects
contained in this article please visit:
are mammals belonging to the scientific order ‘Cetacea’. There
are approximately fifty seven identified species of dolphins
swimming the earth’s many bodies of water. Like all mammals,
dolphins give live birth to their young, have hair (very little,
though), breathe air and are warm-blooded. Dolphins are amazing
animals that have adapted to many different habitats. They
can be found in almost all of the oceans, deep and shallow
as well as in fresh water rivers.
Interesting Facts About Dolphins:
- Dolphins emit pulses or clicks that bounce off an object
and return to the animal allowing the dolphin to judge
the distance and location of prey as small as shrimp.
largest of all dolphins is the Orca (Killer Whale).
smallest is the tucuxi, living in the Amazon River, this
dolphin is less than 4 feet in length dolphins can sustain
speeds of up to 19 mph (30 km/h) with bursts of 25 mph
flippers that the dolphin uses for stabilization contain
vestigial bones that are very similar to the bones in
the human hand!
further reading on these wondrous animals, please check
out the following links: