Announcements and Happenings

Caroline Sanchez Goes to Washington, D.C.!

In appreciation for her dedicated support and leadership in AAUW, branch member Caroline Sanchez has been invited to attend an exclusive VIP event in conjunction with the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) and the Women of Distinction Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C. this summer.  During this tour, Caroline will tour the nation’s capital and spend time with AAUW executive leaders and fellow VIPs.  Congratulations on this honor, Caroline, we can’t wait to hear all about the conference and your experiences!

2014 Devil Mountain Walk

DevilWalkers

The Devil Mt. 5K and 10K run/walk, a 30 plus years community tradition with proceeds going directly to the Discovery Counseling Center in Danville, took place on May 4th and was enjoyed by walkers Marian Bliss, Anna Freitas, Lyn Griffith, Kerry Montalvo, Susan Terzuoli, and Kathie Hixon. It was a beautiful morning for walking and talking.

Cindy Cassady’s Travels

“Last summer on June 13, I retired after 21 years as a Technical Writer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The next day, Bob and I left on a 5-month journey across the US in his 35-foot motor home. Several of you have expressed interest in hearing about the trip, so here is a brief description of our route, favorite spots and general impressions.

We headed north through Oregon & Washington, went up into Canada to Banff and Lake Louise, down through Waterton and Glacier National Parks, across Montana, then south to Mt. Rushmore, over through Wisconsin, Ohio, up through Vermont and New Hampshire, down the coast of Maine, then zigzagged along the east coast to Savannah, from there west to New Orleans, up the Natchez Trace (old frontier road now a national park) to Nashville, then on to Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and back up through California to home.

It’s very hard to pick favorite places, but some of the most memorable were Canada and Glacier, Mt. Rushmore did not fail to impress, loved the wonderful cheese and dairy farming country of Wisconsin, the charming Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, the beautiful fishing villages on the coast of Maine, the many parks or squares of Savannah with moss-draped trees, the music and food of New Orleans, the wonderful River Walk of San Antonio, and the amazing Anza-Borrego desert in southern California.

We loved getting reacquainted with our nation’s history in Philadelphia and Boston, a river tour of the amazing architecture of Chicago, and were so impressed with seeing the Gettysburg battlefield. If you’re ever in Pennsylvania, do not miss the Longwood Gardens, created by the DuPont family, so gorgeous (also saw my first real big, fuzzy groundhog there!), and we loved seeing Reynolda House, the R.J. Reynolds home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, not to mention the Vanderbilt mansions in New port, Rhode Island, and the many antebellum mansions in Natchez, Mississippi.

We loved the densely forested mountains of Oregon and Washington and immediately were impressed by and had to learn about the many different varieties of conifers. We also loved the Shenandoah and Blue Ridge mountains that run down Virginia into Georgia. The eastern third of this country is carpeted in green – grass grows everywhere that isn’t paved and tractor mowers are ubiquitous. We wondered if we would be disappointed when we arrived in the dry southwest, but to our surprise, were amazed at its own unique beauty of rocky canyons, enchanting vistas and myriad types of cactus, which we were compelled to learn about as much as the different conifers of the northwest.

What an amazing country we live in! We were impressed with the vast differences in terrain, weather, and accents, but at the same time, there was a familiarity everywhere in shopping centers, radio stations, and dress. RV travel isn’t for e veryone, but we felt at home and safe in our little cocoon. Some camp sites were better than others (the state parks were always wonderful), but people everywhere were friendly and respectful, mostly retired or families. The book, “1000 Places to See before You Die” (thanks for the recommendation, Holly) and the Good Sam RV camping guide were our bibles.

As many of you know, on our way through Prescott, AZ, we found a house we loved and moved there in January. We will miss California and especially AAUW (there is a chapter here that I will join), but now we are ready to embark on a new adventure exploring a new state.

Bye for now to all, Cindy