Archive of Laura Pitchford

Laura has written 4 article(s) for InMenlo.


Daschbach sisters at Lair of the Bear

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Women’s Wellness Weekend (actually a long weekend, Wednesday through Sunday) was held this past weekend at the University of California, Berkeley’s Lair of the Golden Bear. While Cal blue and gold could be seen everywhere in camp, one need not be a graduate to attend.

Sisters verticalThe camp is located in the Stanislaus National Forest, just minutes from the tranquil Pinecrest Lake and is operated by Cal’s Alumni Association. The weekend, run with expertise by the Lair of the Bear summer staff, includes yoga, hiking, kayaking, art, swimming, chorale, Pilates, fabulous guest speakers, but most importantly, wonderful, relaxing sisterhood.

Solo campers, large groups of old friends, mothers and daughters, sisters, sisters-in-laws, first time campers and campers who started attending the camp as children, all came to camp for a common reason — to spend time with wonderful women in a beautiful setting.

Although a Cal grad, I had never been to the Lair before this weekend. I attended the camp with my sisters [pictured top], and over the weekend we discovered that camping with your sisters is a wonderful experience. We spotted other sisters, young and old, all enjoying precious time spent together. There were even sisters on staff.

The three of us left the camp feeling “well” with many new friends. And we definitely plan on going again — same time next year.

Pasadena sisters

Author of this post and photographer, Laura Pitchford, grew up in the Atherton home that her mother was raised in and lives not far down the street today.

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Michele Daschbach Fast is remembered at second annual memorial swim

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The Second Annual Michele Daschbach Fast Memorial Swim was held on Saturday, August 10th. Two Olympic gold medalists were among the 106 swimmers and paddlers who took part in the tribute to Michele Daschbach Fast who died October 12, 2011 in the Salon Meritage shootings in Seal Beach, California. The swim, organized by Michele’s older […]

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Remembering downtown Menlo Park “back in the day”

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Recently, I was lying awake in the middle of the night trying to remember the name of the record store in downtown Menlo Park I went to with my younger sister Shell to buy Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (the 1978 movie version featuring The BeeGees and Peter Frampton). I could remember the day like […]

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Michele Daschbach Fast remembered in open water swim organized by family members

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On a fateful day in October 2011, Rooney Daschbach got a frantic call from his mom, Atherton resident Leonore Daschbach. She asked him to drive a mile north from his Southern California home in Sunset Beach to Seal Beach where a shooting had taken place at a local hair salon. Leonore told him that his youngest […]

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