One of the best things my mother did was get all of her six girls intimately acquainted with the outdoors. Mom took us camping for weeks on end at the beautiful Yosemite National Park, taking walks through Tuolemne meadows, hiking Bridalveil falls, roasting marshmellows around the campfires. A native Californian I’ve traveled throughout the country currently residing in Beaufort North Carolina the lovely Crystal Coast where my husband and I are stationed in the US Coast Guard. Still I have an affinity for getting out in nature. It reminds me that no matter what’s going on in my life I can get outside and feel the ground under my feet, wind on my skin and clear my mind and just engage.