Archive of Laura Pitchford

Laura has written 6 article(s) for InMenlo.


Editor’s note: With summer winding down, we’re highlighting some adventures enjoyed by local residents over the past few months, starting with this post by Atherton resident — and InMenlo contributing photographer — Laura Pitchford.

This is a big year for my husband, Pitch, and me. Being born in 1959, we both turn 60 at some point during the year.

As a gift to him, we rented a beautiful home in the small town of Camp, County Kerry, Ireland, for the entire month of June. Camp is in the nNorthern part of the Dingle Peninsula and has a total of four businesses in the town three pubs and a gas station.

Pitch, being a golf addict, chose the location because of its proximity to many world famous golf courses, and he was not disappointed. He played golf 22 times in the month, most often at Ballybunion, but also at Tralee, Dingle, Castlegregory, Dooks, Glenbeigh, Waterville and Old Head.

While he golfed, I enjoyed the beautiful countryside, walking many miles every day and getting to know the full feeling of living Irish!

During the month we visited beautiful places in Kerry County, including Dingle, Killarney National Park, Muckross House, Kinsale, Kenmare, Inch Beach, Ardfert, just to name a few and all along the way we were taken by the beautiful green countryside.

Ironically, also in 1959 Johnny Cash visited Ireland for the first time and was so in awe the he wrote a song in its honor, 40 Shades of Green. I think he was probably off by a factor of 10. 400 Shades of Green might have been more accurate.

Ireland is a beautiful, welcoming country with delicious food, plenty of beer, quaint towns, and plenty of sheep! We have been in many parts of Ireland, but we have both fallen in love with Camp and the Dingle peninsula and the color green!

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Sister Nancy Morris celebrates her 90th birthday surrounded by her multiple-generation “fan club”

Editor’s note: On the occasion of her 90th birthday, Sister Nancy Morris, profiled on InMenlo in 2011, was feted today with a Mass followed by a luncheon on the Sacred Heart Prep campus. A presence at both Sacred Heart Schools and St. Raymond School, Sister Nancy is much beloved by multiple generations of children, teens and parents, whose […]

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Women’s Wellness Weekend at Lair of the Golden Bear is hit with local sisters

Editor’s note: Did you have a new summer adventure or experience? Send your ideas to [email protected] 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 […]

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Michele Daschbach Fast is remembered at second annual memorial swim

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”

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

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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