Nancy Brown

Nancy D. Brown is a travel writer whose work has appeared online and in newspapers and magazines nationwide. An equestrian expert, she publishes writinghorseback.com and the What a Trip blog, Nancydbrown.com. When not traveling, she lives with her family near San Francisco, California. Follow her on Twitter @Nancydbrown. Come find me on Google+.

Grandeur of Ethiopia well worth the effort

World traveler and Moraga resident Margaret Stithem entertained her fellow Planned Parenthood Auxiliary members at a meeting sharing slides from a recent trip to Ethiopia. This African adventure composed of 17 travelers was an Elder Hostel trip planned by Destination Horizons. They took the historic route to the Land of Queen of Sheba, visiting many …

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Mission Trips in Mexico, the Dominican Republic, New Orleans and South Africa

  While Lafayette's Sivesind and Brown family sipped margarita's beachside at Cabo's Royal Solaris, Walnut Lane youth could also be found in Mexico over Spring Break. Among our neighbor's pouring cement and putting up drywall on behalf of Moraga Valley Presbyterian Church (MVPC) were Campolindo's Matt Keeble, Sophia McCarthy, Christine Moore and Wilita Sanguma. Moraga's …

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California Beach Options in Pajaro Dunes, Capitola, Aptos and Monterey

I walk on the Pajaro Dunes beach as pelicans glide silently overhead. Delighted, I spy sand dollars. These aren't the broken, bleached white ones. These are brown and fuzzy. They are alive. I methodically reach down to "save" each sand dollar and heave it back into the blue abyss. Such is the life of a …

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Exchange Students from Sweden, Caribbean, Denmark, Barcelona and the Dominican Republic- What a Trip

The students were on the plane, headed for New York, when Robin Album got the e-mail asking for help. Seems a volunteer had dropped the ball and some teens, including Sweden’s Denise Larsson, needed homes. Robin and Jeff had considered hosting an exchange student and now the opportunity was knocking at the front door. “It’s …

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