I am originally from San Diego but grew up in Ventura County. I returned to San Diego as a young adult after residing in Shasta and Santa Barbara counties for several years. I remained in San Diego County until 1995, which is when I relocated to Portland, Oregon. I moved to the East Coast in 1997 and lived there for 19 years. I returned to my hometown of San Diego in 2016 with my Pembroke Welsh Corgi, while my daughter attends college in Virginia.
After decades of heavy lifting, several horseback riding accidents, and an automobile accident, my body has more than its fair share of aches and pains. I also suffer with Fibromyalgia and Arthritis. Despite these "nuisances" I still enjoy sightseeing and camping, although they must be done cautiously and leisurely. ;)
I share personal updates, photos, and videos with trusted friends and family on Facebook. (There are nearly six thousand photos, documents, and videos at Flickr and numerous videos on YouTube.)
Schools (60's - 70's)
Simi Valley, CA
Organizations (60's - 70's)
Girl Scout Troop #297
California Cavalry Command
At the age of eleven I got my first horse. By the next year, my grandmother, Rose Kennedy, bought our first Arabian; from there my life progressed to nearly full time caretaker and trainer status. I was particularly passionate about Arabian horse research, visiting farms, and attending shows. At the most we had 13 horses. I took hundreds of hours of riding instruction for Stock Seat, Saddle Seat, and Dressage disciplines.
We boarded our horses at the old Barbara Worth Stables in Simi Valley, which was across the street from the Simi Valley Drive-In Theater. We were there when it was called the Rockin' S Ranch (1970-73) and Livingston Ranch (1975-77). We also kept the horses at Rocken (Rockin') S Ranch (1973-75) on Happy Camp Road in Moorpark.
I took riding/driving lessons from Nicki (Oppegard) McGinnis in Moorpark (1973-74), Claudia Thompson in Moorpark and Simi Valley (1974-76), and Arlene Benschoff (1976-77) in Malibu.
In 1979 I went to work at Pereira Arabians in Santa Ynez, California, with the title of Mare Manager. However, my job consisted of many different things, including, but not limited to: halter training the foals, grooming all of the horses, assisting the veterinarian and farrier, exercising and showing the stallions, communicating with mare owners, and giving tours of the ranch. In 1981 I took a full-time position at Wheeler's Arabians in Red Bluff, California, where I was involved in all horse-related areas, including: feeding, cleaning, grooming, foaling detail, training, and showing. Later I worked part-time for Stallion Oaks Arabians and lastly for North Arabians. In 1982 I left the business of Arabian horses to enjoy spending time with my own mare. I may have sold my last horse in 1997, but my heartfelt devotion to them all remains.
- Arabian Horses (My Flickr Photo Collection)
- The Horses of My Youth
- Faria Loa and Her Foals
- Flamoniatar and Her Foals
- Gypsy Mellodee and Her Foals
Spanning my adolescent and teen years, I had goldfish, tropical fish, reptiles, hamsters, chinchillas, guinea pigs, a rabbit, cats, dogs, and horses. Even though most were labeled as mine, I ended up having little say in their remaining so. To earn money to care for my companions, I babysat and took care of other peoples' horses.
I began a 15-year career with a national animal supply retailer in 1982. During my employment I attended a vast assortment of animal care classes, seminars and trade shows. I trained new employees and assisted with product development and merchandising. I regularly hosted adoption and education events for several animal welfare organizations. In addition, I fostered dozens of animals of numerous species for different rescue groups. Throughout this time I had my own horses, dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, birds, and fish.
Since retiring, I can no longer care for the numbers of animals I once did, but I am blessed with the companionship of one adorably timid Corgi.
animal welfare, genealogy, homemaking, photography, reading, sightseeing, veganism
most sub-genres of romance, mysteries, thrillers, historical fiction, maritime history, biographies
alternative rock, classic rock, hard rock, indie rock, adult pop, and rhythm & blues
adventure, English period dramas, romantic dramas and comedies
Favorite Television Shows:
crime dramas, forensic dramas, legal dramas, police procedurals
"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away." — Maya Angelou
"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." — Maya Angelou
"A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song." — Maya Angelou
"The thinking man must oppose all cruel customs no matter how deeply rooted in tradition and surrounded by a halo. When we have a choice, we must avoid bringing torment and injury into the life of another, even the lowliest creature; to do so is to renounce our manhood and shoulder a guilt which nothing justifies." - Albert Schweitzer
"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." - Mohandas Gandhi
"To be a vegetarian is to disagree---to disagree with the course of things today. Starvation, world hunger, cruelty, waste, wars--we must make a statement against these things. Vegetarianism is my statement. And I think it's a strong one." - Isaac Bashevis Singer
"Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole." - Roger Caras
"We all grow up with the weight of history on us. Our ancestors dwell in the attics of our brains as they do in the spiraling chains of knowledge hidden in every cell of our bodies." - Shirley Abbott
"I trace my family history so I will know who to blame." - unknown
"A family tree can wither if nobody tends its roots." - unknown
"Any family tree produces some lemons, some nuts and a few bad apples." - unknown
My Life in Tweets
I follow people whose Tweets I wanna read because I actually TRY to read them all! :) Auto-generated or sloppy Tweets? Me no likey. :(
— Virginia Travis (@valeehill) September 12, 2013
I'm thinking if someone buys you a #Kindle book as a gift, you should be considerate enough to redeem it. Even if you NEVER read it. #TRTTD
— Virginia Travis (@valeehill) August 23, 2013
It's an August afternoon in VIRGINIA, and it's a rainy 68°. Excuse me, but where AM I, REALLY?! SIXTY-EIGHT DEGREES! That is SO...COOL! :)
— Virginia Travis (@valeehill) August 18, 2013
Being SO not famous I could say something totally NOT nice and hugely out of character for me and absolutely NO one would notice. Hmm. }:-)
— Virginia Travis (@valeehill) August 3, 2013
My DH ALWAYS wants Italian Bread. So, today I MADE Italian Bread. It's good to give him what he wants. At least where bread's concerned. ;)
— Virginia Travis (@valeehill) August 2, 2013
Sometimes it's best NOT to know too much about those we hold in high regard, for it may taint our opinions of their talents. #wouldbeashame
— Virginia Travis (@valeehill) July 28, 2013
Difficult NOT to feel inept when you can't locate the start of a toilet paper roll. #SMH #FirstWorldProblems
— Virginia Travis (@valeehill) July 19, 2013
Gah! Clicking laptop mouse will NOT advance eBook page on iPod. *facepalm*
— Virginia Travis (@valeehill) April 16, 2012
It *really* displeases my inner sense of harmony that my coffeemaker must make 4 cups for me to enjoy 2.
— Virginia Travis (@valeehill) January 4, 2012
Pringles. The man eats Pringles for breakfast. *sigh*
— Virginia Travis (@valeehill) December 13, 2011
My day so far. Breakfasts. Washed dishes. Lunches. Washed dishes. Baked cookies. Washed dishes. Made icing. Ignoring the damn dishes.
— Virginia Travis (@valeehill) November 19, 2011
My husband is eating steamed vegetables for dinner!!! I. Am. Going. Into. Shock:::::::::::::::::::
— Virginia Travis (@valeehill) May 16, 2011
Very upset by a "falling out" with a longtime friend. Up until now the loss of a friend has always been a "fade out." I prefer the latter.
— Virginia Travis (@valeehill) March 31, 2011
Upgraded to Firefox 4 mostly for speed & security improvements. Certainly not because they moved everything. :~/ http://goo.gl/ZjoZC
— Virginia Travis (@valeehill) March 25, 2011
Husband is assembling two 5-shelf book cases for Daughter's library. Hope reading SOME eBooks keeps space adequate until they fall apart ;)
— Virginia Travis (@valeehill) January 4, 2011
Feel like we're living in Forks for all this rain. Only there Bella's class goes on their field trips, where here, my daughter's isn't. :(Page updated: 13 Feb 2017
— Virginia Travis (@valeehill) November 4, 2010