Articles By: Catherine Nichols

Originally from the East Coast, staff writer Cathie Nichols has spent the last 25 years in San Diego, and stays in the area because of its extraordinary beauty and a lovely lack of humidity. Accused by her three children of looking at too many rocks while visiting Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon and the deserts of Nevada, she continues to marvel at the ever-changing southwest landscape. With her upcoming trips to Palm Springs, San Francisco, Turkey and Greece, Cathie hopes to reawaken her desire to see the world, and leave no stone unturned. Cathie tweets as @bloggoneit.

The green therapy of Wildwood Recreation Site, Welches, Oregon

The green therapy of Wildwood Recreation Site, Welches, Oregon
Text & photos © Catherine Nichols “Where’s a good place to hike around here?” I asked the local waitress. “Just up the street about a mile at Wildwood Recreation Site,” she replied with a huge smile. How can you tell you’re in a great place where the majority of the people are happy?...
October 7th, 2016 | MIND&HEART, STAFF, GARDENS & PARKS, WALKING/HIKING | Read More

Muir Woods: Hiking Under the Mighty Coastal Redwoods

Muir Woods: Hiking Under the Mighty Coastal Redwoods
Text & photos © Catherine Nichols and Sam Nichols I BELIEVE THERE ARE no coincidences. Let me explain my assertion. On a recent trip to San Francisco, I stayed at an AirBnb with my girls in the quaint, small town of Fairfax in Marin. The hostess sent me a text wanting to know when I was going...
August 13th, 2016 | MIND&HEART, STAFF, WALKING/HIKING | Read More

Chanticleer: A pleasure garden 30 minutes from Philadelphia

Chanticleer: A pleasure garden 30 minutes from Philadelphia
Text & photos © Catherine Nichols HEADING OFF INTO THE SUNSET on Route 76 after leaving the Main Line suburbs of Philadelphia in the rear-view mirror, I never imagined I would go back. I closed the door on Philly and thought I had thrown the key so far into the weeds that I would never see it...
July 7th, 2016 | MIND&HEART, GARDENS & PARKS | Read More

The Birch Aquarium, San Diego: A Window on What’s Under There

The Birch Aquarium, San Diego: A Window on What’s Under There
By staff writer Cathie Nichols. Photos Copyright © Cathie Nichols. Spending a few hours at the Birch Aquarium in La Jolla, Southern California is as soothing as it is beautiful—unless you bring your three small daughters like I used to do, and then it’s just an elementary school-level lesson in...
September 18th, 2014 | STAFF, USA MAINLAND | Read More

Cabrillo National Monument, Point Loma, California

Cabrillo National Monument, Point Loma, California
By staff writer Cathie Nichols. Photos Copyright © Cathie Nichols. LIVING IN A tourist destination is not always a good thing. In fact, it sometimes borders on being a major inconvenience. For example, during the summer, my family and I do not go to the beach. We live about three miles from the white,...
May 8th, 2014 | STAFF, USA MAINLAND, Scenic Wonders | Read More

Postcard-Perfect Santorini

Postcard-Perfect Santorini
By staff writer Cathie Nichols. Photos Copyright © Cathie Nichols. IMAGINE POSSESSING THE ability to step inside a postcard whenever you wanted.  Which postcard would you step into? I recommend any postcard from Santorini, a Greek island in the middle of the Aegean Sea. Visiting Santorini was never...
March 17th, 2013 | STAFF, EUROPE, Scenic Wonders | Read More

From Church to Mosque to Museum: A Visit to the Hagia Sophia

From Church to Mosque to Museum:  A Visit to the Hagia Sophia
By staff writer Cathie Nichols. Photos Copyright © Cathie Nichols. “How did you end up in Turkey?” you might ask. Turkey was never on my short list (or even the long list) of places I wanted to visit before I die. It all began one day last September when my daughter brought a flyer home...
August 24th, 2012 | STAFF, Historic/Museums, EURASIA | Read More