Writing Prompt: Traveling The World – Start In California

Writing Prompt:

Not everyone wants to travel the world, but most people can identify at least one place in the world they’d like to visit before they die. Where is that place for you, and what will you do to make sure you get there?

Writing Response

Who on earth DOESN’T want to travel the world? I’d argue that we all want to explore and experience new things. This was the case for me when I travelled cross country to plant my roots in the dry desert dirt. And this was the case when I left for two weeks for a California adventure.

For much of my life, California was one of the places I needed to visit before perishing.

To start, much of California looks like Arizona — a desert. But this may have been due to where we were driving in from. Maybe. Possibly.

Then I came to know the rushing waterfalls of Yosemite, the clammy (in smell and in temperature) air of San Francisco that is key to their mouth-watering sourdough, the majestic towering red woods in Big Sur, the eclectic hotel of Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo, swam with the garibaldi as they took food directly from my hand on the romantic island of Catalina and then visited the magical kingdom that is Disneyland.

There are so many stories (and pictures!) that I would like to share with you in the coming days of that whirlwind trip. And I will. I just urge that you be a little patient as I get acclimated back to life and this delicious 115-degree weather.

Photographic Response

pea soup

golden gate bridge

sneaky beer




los osos

los osos too

los osos shore

madonna inn


food market


rum punch


Quick Post: Rugby Tackling Technique

What’s a rugger to do when she should be getting sleep but instead finds herself putzing around on YouTube? Hmmm … I wonder …

Snapshot: Rugby Tackling Technique

I recognize that this is a long video and that the majority of you who stumble here will not watch it. Pity. Nonetheless, here are the highlights:

When tackling you should:

  • Focus on the core
  • Get low and stay balanced
  • Keep your head up — watch where you’re going and protect your spine
  • Drive through the tackle and quickly recover the ball
  • Keep your elbows in to stay strong
  • Get your lead foot out (think “lead” as in “leader” not like the way I drive — heavy foot)
  • “Dance” or short, fast steps

Not discussed, but I’d like to mention is that if you are being tackled do NOT stick out your hand to break your fall. What will break is your wrist.

The Correct Way To Fall

The correct way to fall is in this order:

  1. Legs/hips
  2. Core
  3. Shoulder

Other key points are that you should present the ball towards your team, not the opposing team as you must release the ball.
And if you find yourself in a scrum, and you’ve presented the ball, cover your face. At least, that’s what I do.

Do You Have Rugby Questions?

If you ever a rugby/tackling question, hit me up and I’ll research or ferret out the answer if I don’t already know it.