As we drove through Sonoma today, we saw some of the devastation. Entire houses were burned to the ground. Cars were demolished. Now more than ever, wine country needs support. Show them love!! #sonomastrong#sonomafire
::LIFE AFTER DEATH:: I worked on a trail crew @sugarloafpark this morning, my first time back since the fires. They are still closed to the public but hope to reopen in February. Driving up the mountain was intense, seeing the burn for the first time. Yet my sense of the oak woodlands I walked through was not one of shock or dismay but more a “Phew! Glad that’s over.”, and even a little bit of a satisfied “Aaaah”. Many of the oaks, manzanita, coyote brush and toyon are re-sprouting, there were many Ant People under rocks we were hauling, also spider webs, soap root, hummingbird and hawk. It felt so good to be back. But god damn my ass is tired from moving boulders. Check out that 2nd pic especially, the sweet little sprouts around a badly burned madrone. #rebirth#sonomafire#sugarloafstrong
Got to spend a week in North Bay with some of my closest friends discussing where SEED is headed and all the fun new jobs we get to add to our calendar. In the middle of the weekend we took a humbling walk around the neighborhood of one of our oldest friends. Really puts things into perspective for you walking through these houses. Some burnt to the ground and others completely untouched. •
Life lesson #1 of 2018: Life isn’t fair. It’s what YOU make it. •
While the skies are blazing blue and the grass such a vibrant green it almost feels like a movie set here at Belden Barns, it still pains us a little to walk down the rows of smoke-damaged Syrah grapes, and think about what might have been. But with all of the environmental disasters going on in the world these days, we also feel beyond grateful that we only lost a third of this year’s crop to the fires and still have our business. Many of our friends were not nearly as lucky as we were, and we are hoping to raise $100,000 for the Redwood Credit Union to help Sonoma recover from all the loss. Our Fire Relief raffle tickets have already raised $91,000, so if you’ve yet to buy a few, now’s the time. We will pick winners on February 14th, and there are 6 fabulous vacation packages to be won (not to mention an opportunity to have double the impact for your donation thanks to our generous dollar-for-dollar matching sponsor). Link to the fundraiser in our profile...#firerelieffundraiser#sonomastrong#wishbig
My in-laws gifted me a generous credit to @kitazawa_seed last year. Finally purchased #seeds for the #2018#garden . @diane_herrera surprised me with this #botanical#quilt 🌱(swipe right). When evacuating from the #sonomafire it was one of the first things she retrieved. One square will never be complete because it was ripped from her #embroidery machine before fires came close. We agreed it stays as a reminder of the event that changed so many lives. 💚 her and this #handmade gift. #winecountrystrong#sonomastrong
CDCR’s Peace Officer Selection and Educational Development (POSED) Branch is dedicated to giving back each year and selects a charity or association that could use help in difficult times. .
This year it was the first responders in #Sonoma and #Napa Counties who risked their lives to save towns and homes even as some of their own homes were burning.
More than 160 first responder lost their homes just in Sonoma County. One firefighter died in the line of duty and several first responders were injured.
Through the donation of the units in POSED, two truckloads of furniture, household appliances, linens, kitchen wares, clothes, coats, shoes, blankets, toys and bikes were loaded onto the trucks to be taken to a warehouse in Sonoma that the Sonoma County Sheriff’s office has organized to distribute to the first responders and their families.
POSED includes the Richard A. McGee Correctional Training Center, the Northern Office of Peace Officer Selection, and the Adult Learning Institute #peaceofficer#peaceofficers#sonomacounty#napacounty#sonomafire#napafire#CDCR
Thanks to all who supported our fundraiser to help those impacted by the NorCal fires. Because of all of you, we were able to make a great donation to the North Bay Fire Relief @redwoodcreditunion . Our hearts go out to all those whose lives have changed because of this horrible disaster! #californiafires#sonomafire#napafire
INTERSECTION: a place or point where two or more things come together. •+•
Tomorrow! Saturday 1/6 from 10am-3pm @ The Proxy in Hayes Valley, join my friends @lululemonsf and @dannipomplun for a day of community and sweat to find the intersection of courage, mindfulness + gratitude. All proceeds will go to those affected by the fires in Sonoma County: bit.ly/intersectionsf #intersectionSF
I've had a lot of amazing opportunities this year, that I am very thankful for. Especially given the unrest and hatred we've seen in the world this year.
Not pictured...turning 30 in Mexico City with 15 of my closest friends, starting an amazing new job where I actually care about the company's success (a first since leaving the non profit sector), and most importantly spending time with my friends and family.
Happy New Year everyone!
Pictured...A thursday throwback from #skiing at Verbier, #Switzerland from 3 years ago, flowers in #GlacierNP , the view from my parent's home, skiing in #Whistler BC, the #sunset during the #sonomafire /#napafire , run in with a #bear in #grandtetons NP, store in an airstream at #squaw Wonderlust, #littledude in #yellowstone NP, and watching @mikaelashiffrin win gold at #squawvalley .
Hood Mountain UPDATE: We're hoping to reopen the Los Alamos Road side of the park in mid to late January. But the Pythian Road entrance will stay closed for some time because the landslide threat is so great. We're working to repair burned retaining walls, culverts and bridges before we can consider opening that side of the park. We appreciate your patience, and in the meantime, North Sonoma Mountain, Taylor Mountain and Shiloh are some great options for Hood-like hiking on these sunny winter days.