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Horizons – A Photo Gallery for #FriFotos

Thumbnail image for Horizons – A Photo Gallery for #FriFotos by Gina "SuuperG" Stark May 10, 2013 Hiking

ShareHorizons are both visual and representational, drawing our attention in a mesmerizing fashion.  For this week’s theme for photo sharing on Twitter, I selected several images…especially because I live both coastal-y and mountain-ly.   And with my hiking, I’m often gazing out over gorgeous horizons and snapping photos to both share and try – sometimes […]

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Romancing Nature. A Photo Gallery Tribute

Thumbnail image for Romancing Nature. A Photo Gallery Tribute by Gina "SuuperG" Stark April 16, 2013 Hiking

ShareI’m having an affair.  I thought you should be the first to know.  You’ve likely surmised as much if you follow my social media updates. But I thought I should come clean with my confession here, in a more intimate setting: I’m passionately in love with nature. “Earth laughs in flowers.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson […]

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Oh My Gaudi! Being Broadsided by Casa Batllo in Barcelona

Thumbnail image for Oh My Gaudi! Being Broadsided by Casa Batllo in Barcelona by Gina "SuuperG" Stark October 18, 2012 Travel and Adventures

Share    I didn’t think I would like Gaudi.  In fact, from what I had seen, I thought his creations were flamboyant, showy and, well…gaudy.  Thank goodness it rained that fateful day in Spain. I was in Barcelona and, being the dutiful tourist, I of course was going to mark off having visited the obligatory […]

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Bologna, Italy – A Traveler’s Triathalon

Thumbnail image for Bologna, Italy – A Traveler’s Triathalon by Gina "SuuperG" Stark July 5, 2012 Interactive Travel

ShareIf you worry that your fitness regimen may be challenged when you travel, fear not.  On one beautiful day in Italy, my girlfriends Helene, Sara and I managed to create and conquer our own Bologna Triathalon. First we climbed the 500 steps of the ancient Asinelli tower (barefoot) and monkeyed around on top while taking […]

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Phabulous Phoenix – Changing my Rustic Perceptions of Arizona

Thumbnail image for Phabulous Phoenix – Changing my Rustic Perceptions of Arizona by Gina "SuuperG" Stark May 3, 2012 Travel and Adventures

ShareWe all have long-held biases of places. Opinions we formed when we were less open-minded or on family road trips driving through desert territory without air conditioning.  Most of my ignorant perceptions of my neighboring state of Arizona were forged under these conditions.  I’m old enough to have experienced a family car (a Ford Pinto, […]

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The Italian Dolomites: Local Flavor, Spellbinding Witches and Thrilling Thunder

Thumbnail image for The Italian Dolomites: Local Flavor, Spellbinding Witches and Thrilling Thunder by Gina "SuuperG" Stark August 29, 2011 Travel and Adventures

ShareOne of the special perks of touring with an experienced guide is the introduction to local people who are more than happy to share their grappa or limoncello as well as the more secret and intimate treasures of their home region. Which Witch? Petra was one such gem that our guide Gary Scott arranged for […]

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Italian Dolomites: Foxes, Fox Holes, Foot Paths, and Fabulous Food

Thumbnail image for Italian Dolomites: Foxes, Fox Holes, Foot Paths, and Fabulous Food by Gina "SuuperG" Stark July 15, 2011 Hiking

ShareToday was another mixed bag of awesome in the Italian Dolomites.  In the morning, some of the group enjoyed an international horse-jumping event, one (not me!) went on a vigorous bike ride and we all reconvened for a lovely lunch on a covered patio of a local restaurant.  I’m becoming hooked on these grande salads […]

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Washington DC, Fireflies …and Irreverent Me

Thumbnail image for Washington DC, Fireflies …and Irreverent Me by Gina "SuuperG" Stark June 26, 2011 Interactive Travel

ShareHave you ever seen the U.S. capitol? Toured the monuments? Visited the hallowed halls of the founding fathers and their documents of “We’re mad as hell and we’re not going to take this any more!”-ness ? But….have you ever seen fireflies? I am patriotic, really! (said with perhaps too much doth protesting) And I find […]

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Drip Drip…a Few Drops in the Bucket

Thumbnail image for Drip Drip…a Few Drops in the Bucket by Gina "SuuperG" Stark October 31, 2010 Random Ponderings

ShareA while back I wrote about my Charitable Drip System, where I pledged a penny per (paid) word of my blogging to charity.  Well, I am happy to announce – albeit belatedly! – that I sent a check in the amount of $73.98 to The Nature Conservancy.  One could snicker at this tawdry amount; but […]

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Getting High: Mt. Whitney Madness Part II: Impressions (Emo Girly Version)

Thumbnail image for Getting High: Mt. Whitney Madness Part II: Impressions (Emo Girly Version) by Gina "SuuperG" Stark August 17, 2010 Hiking

ShareDoes that scare you? heehee Well, it should…for as structured as Part I was, this will be a complete disjointed rambling of  silly thoughts and meanderings of my mind as my feet took me to new heights.  Who wants to hear about the emotional facets of this climb?  Well, my mom and sis will read […]

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Hiking Stats: A Walk in the Park (State Park!)

Thumbnail image for Hiking Stats: A Walk in the Park (State Park!) by Gina "SuuperG" Stark June 10, 2010 Hiking

ShareOK, so, I considered not mentioning my recent hikes because they have all been about 5 miles each, about 1500 feet elevation gain and no real progress towards my Twitter Team Mera goals (except I do think my fitness is increasing!) I have been carrying 20 plus pounds in my pack each time and it […]

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On the Road Again – with Belly Dancers !?!

Thumbnail image for On the Road Again – with Belly Dancers !?! by Gina "SuuperG" Stark May 31, 2010 Belly Dance

ShareRoad trips are always an adventure.  But gather five friends who belly dance together and you get a whole new synergy.  Here we all were, up in Sebastopol, California for a belly dance convention, and we decided to take a side jaunt in our little trusty rental car to the coast.  Several of us were […]

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