Two incurable gadabouts, Al & Holly, World Travelers, live in the Northern California Gold Country not far from Lake Tahoe, USA. We speak English, Spanish, Italian (parlo certo italiano) and some French (Je parle du français). My wife Holly and I are into adventure, travel, art, history, culture, opera, fine dining, meeting new and interesting travelers, visiting exciting new places and enjoy Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. Wherever the wind blows, we go!
It is the everlasting memories and friendship of the people we have met that is most precious to us. Meeting and communicating with the people is what travel is all about.
Remember the words of Mark Twain “"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness."P.S., We are open to reciprocal hospitality exchanges - we host you; you host us. If you would like to host us; or be hosted by us, please contact us using the Contact Cool Travelers link just below. Or, if you have SKYPE, you can SKYPE us. Our SKYPE Name is: Cooltravelers.
September 9th 2006
Czesc!, we heard on the telly this morning of a Polish Festival in Roseville, with camera in hand and drooling at the mouth at the thought of grilled Kielbasa with Kapusta, Perogies, Paczki, Placki Kartoflane and Okocim Polish Beer we headed straight for Roseville and the 17th Annual Greater Sacramento Polish Festival. Now, we have yet to visit Poland, our planned visit to Poland, Czech Republic and Hungary in 2007 was re-scheduled for 2009 so, this is as good as it gets till 2009. In any event, we visited Poland vicariously though the Polish American Club of Greater Sacramento. The event was put on to celebrate, preserve and share Polish food, customs and traditions with the community. We met and chatted with many friendly people as is our custom and enjoyed the food, beer and outside ... read more
August 11th 2006
After spending a few days relaxing and using Lake Summit Lodge as our home base, we headed out to Oceanside to spend a week-end of sailing. This may very well have been the best and most relaxed week-end we've had in a long time. We spent two nights and three days on Hugh (Hollys brother) and Nickis new 42 foot Catalina sailboat, "Island Girl". Hugh and Nicki are our in-laws and devout Jimmy Buffet Parrot Heads finally living out their dream of living on a sailboat. Island Girl can accommodate and sleep up to eight persons in her spacious quarters below deck. Hugh Morgan (Hollys nephew) and his fiance Angie will join us for the sail on day three. Day One, we just hung out on-board relaxing, swimming and taking in as much Vitamin C sunshine ... read more
August 10th 2006
On this day we visited the seaside City of Laguna Beach, it also happen to be Donnas' Birthday, so after spending the day taking in the sights around Laguna Beach we celebrated Donnas' Birthday at "Las Brisas" Foods of Mexico Restaurant overlooking the Pacific on Cliff Drive. The food was excellent and the Mariache Band played Happy Birthday to their Birthday Guest, we had a wonderful time. Laguna Beach is a well known beach community and artists colony only about 9 miles square. With a resident population of approximately 23,000 it draws about 3 million visitors each year to its beaches, art festivals and the Pageant of the Masters. Laguna Beach is a great stop if you're in Southern California, but be warned though, it's very congested and prepare to deal with almost non-existing parking particularly ... read more
August 9th 2006
After arriving at Long Beach Airport we headed to Costa Mesa to visit and spend a day with Donna and Larry (Donna being Holly's long time friend) and we all decided to spend the day taking a look around Fountain Valley, Costa Mesa, Balboa Island, Huntington Beach and Newport Beach. We lived in Costa Mesa till the Autumn of 1993 before moving north to Cool and the Sacramento area, many things have changed in the OC, and many things have not. As can be expected, many friends we knew then; are no longer there. We were glad to meet and have some friendly chat with some of our friends. Steve has not changed much, still friendly, warm and welcoming and always with a genuine smile that is more contagious than the common cold. Also present were ... read more
June 30th 2006
Hello again family, friends and everyone: We spent our 4th of July week-end in the Mendocino - Fort Bragg area on California’s Northern Coast. We stayed at Grandma Edna’s home in Willits, CA as she was vacationing in Edmonton, Canada visiting Irwin and other family members. Holly and I had the place to ourselves, thanks for the free lodging Edna, we watered the plants and left the place in good repair. We loaded our new truck (our old truck was stolen from the local K-Mart Shopping Center and recovered three months later) with our cross-over bikes and headed out to Mendocino County and three California State Parks. Our bikes are designed for moderate mountain terrain and street use. On our first day out, Saturday, we headed for the Russian Gulch State Park (cost $6 per vehicle ... read more
April 5th 2006
We hosted another fine couple, Art and Kira at our home in Cool, California USA. They are from Portugals' west coast town of Cascais, just west of Lisboa on the Atlantic coast. Art works as a graphic designer and part time movie maker with several short comic movie clips and one major film to his credit “Bad to the Bone” - a slapstick comedy about a wanna be rock & roll star and social misfit who goes around pushing small children off their bicycles and throwing his pet cat around after swinging the poor creature by the tail (animal lovers, please do not send me e-mail messages about cruelty to animals, stuffed toy cats and cinematic editing was used to create the scene. We also have a cat and we love animals). Kira, who works for ... read more
March 27th 2006
On this particular occasion it was Stacys' 21st Birthday (Monday) and Hollys' birthday the very next Wednesday. It all started a couple weeks before, when the phone rang. It was Hugh, Hollys brother. Hugh thought it would be a good idea if we could get together as one big happy family and celebrate Stacys 21st and Hollys birthdays at Luigi's - a good local Italian restaurant which we both had visited before. We decided to keep it all under wraps and put together a surpise party/family get-together. Hugh and Nicolette would invite Aunt Florence, Jared & Carly while keeping both Stacy and Holly in the dark. "Bloody-good idea" I thought. I asked Stacy and Holly to reserve the particular evening so that just the three of us could have a small bite together and have a ... read more
March 17th 2006
Well, it being St. Patrick's Day here in the States, Holly and I decided we would go out for some good ol' Corned Beef and Cabbage for dinner. There being two Streets of London Public Houses (not Irish, we know, but close enough) within a short drive from our home we went to check out the St. Patrick's Day party action at the Folsom location (there is also a SOLP in mid-town Sacramento). For all die-hard Anglophiles/Europhiles like Holly and I, or if you're a Limey (please take no offense, none intended) living in the States and are somewhat homesick, Streets of London Pub is the place to be. Having lived in England myself and experiencing first hand a real English pub ambiance, the old Coca-Cola advertising jingle "There's nothing like the real thing, Baby" holds ... read more
February 12th 2006
Today we hiked the West side of the South Yuba Independence Trail, just North of Nevada City off of Highway 49. The Independence Trail is built on the original water course of the 1856 Excelsior Ditch. This canal carried water from the South Yuba River to the hydraulic gold mines in Smartville about 25 miles away. The Excelsior Ditch is an ingeniously designed and constructed facility made up of a combination of earthen and rock walled ditches and wooden flumes. Because the Ditch was designed to transport water, its nominal gradient makes it well suited for an easily accessible trail. From the beginning of the Independence Trail in 1978, Sequoya Challenge (a non-profit corporation) has constructed trail and facilities suitable for accommodating individuals with a broad range of physical challenges. In recent years, a partnership between ... read more
November 15th 2005
My human captors (Al, Holly and Stacy) are gone, this will have to be short as they will be back soon. Allow me to introduce myself, my full name is Monticello Gato Grande - you can just call me Monti, for short. I sometimes study French as a Second Language. My stats are: I'm an 18 month old Ragdoll, approx. 42 inches in length and weigh 21.5 lbs. I'm still growing and can weigh as much as 24 lbs. when I'm all grown up! The pictures were taken by my captors during a recent modeling session, I may escape to Hollywood some day to seek my freedom, fame and fortune. Stay tuned, I'll report again when I escape to Hollywood. Oh my! they're home, must go now - email me if you like, A tout a ... read more