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North America » United States » South Dakota » Sturgis August 7th 2013

Perhaps the name is an omen of things to happen in this dirty little town in southwestern South Dakota. A broken spoke on any two wheeled vehicle is generally quite unwelcoming. Most of us are thousands of miles from home. And I doubt we carry an extra wheel in our chase vehicle, assuming we have one. The famous Sturgis Bike Rally and Broken Spoke began as a small event twenty years ago. It was geared for riders who loved the open road, looking for an adventure, and enjoying several days with their motorcycling brethren or sisterhood. That sounds like a car part for an auto owned by a female. The famous Black Crowes will perform on Sunday, August 4th. But the Broken Spoke campground is located eleven miles outside of town. The "town" resides on 600 ... read more
Orgy pool at The Chip
You must go to Sturgis!

North America » United States » California » Kingsburg July 16th 2013

I grew up in Little Sweden, known formally as the little town of Kingsburg. With about 3000 Swedes, I just thought everyone was a blonde, blue eyed person, with a name that ended in "son." Located twenty miles south of Fresno, Kingsburg made its way onto the world map by an African American, who happened to have a "Swedish" last name of Johnson. It was Rafer Johnson, who won the 1960 Olympic gold medal in the decathlon. img= High school mascot We often remarked that this oddity was a remarkable occurrence, for the only African American family in town, at that time. In fact, they were taken care of by good family friends, the Fishels, who owned a dog food manufacturing company. But perhaps most remarkably, his coach in high school was later my history teacher. ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Evry July 11th 2013

I really meant "Tour de France", the world's most famous bicycle race. Now that I am a bit of a cyclist, the race has taken new meaning. This means I can actually watch a rather boring event like this, though the last mile or two are generally the best or most action-packed. I know I will never wear the famous yellow jersey, given to the winner of each stage, and worn by the leader of the race. Most people do not know the race started in 1903, as a means to increase paper sales for the magazine L'Auto. It was stopped twice for both World Wars. This year's race is the 100th year of racing. Though the route changes each year, the format stays the same. The Tour is so popular in Europe that over a ... read more

North America » United States » California July 5th 2013

This has proven to be a very popular email amongst all of you. I appreciate the fact that you embrace these as much as I do. And for some, I know that you live your lives with some of these quotations in mind. You are the fortunate ones. So, here we go again. “Please be a traveler, not a tourist. Try new things, meet new people, and look beyond what’s right in front of you. Those are the keys to understanding this amazing world we live in.” Andrew Zimmern, Bizarre Foods on the Travel Channel. "I was born with the feeling that if time and hurry were forgotten, something quiet and wonderful would happen in their place." Eudora Welty, 1942. "There's nothing American tourists like more than the things they can get at home." -- Stephen ... read more

Today is a special day for someone very dear. This lady grew up in San Francisco, in the Mission to be exact. But she has never been to the famous City Lights Bookstore. Today is the day! We also had dim sum at City View in Chinatown, and topped it off with some Blue Bottle Coffee at the Ferry Building. This is from a previous email written a few years ago. I probably stepped into City Lights back in the 60's for the first time thanks to a high school classmate, Bob O., who is no longer with us. He had the insight, foresight, or craziness to have all of us enter this hallowed ground at a tender age of 13 or 14. We really thought we were on a bold adventure, much like today. Maybe ... read more
City Lights bookshelves
City Lights tribute to Mr. Kerouac
City Lights creed

I love our National Parks. Glacier is one such park that will never be the same, as the glaciers are melting, never to be seen again. I just found out that the famous "Going to the Sun Road" through Glacier is closed to motor vehicles in the spring and fall. That leaves the road to us bikers, hikers, and basket weavers. Fifty two miles of this famous road stretch over sheer cliffs! We may settle for one of the park's famous Red Jammer buses. Sidebar: The Going to the Sun Road is as spectacular as it is treacherous. But you must see and drive it at least once in your life. Glacier National Park is located in the U.S. state of Montana, bordering the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia to the North and the ... read more

I heard a voice beckoning me to Olympic National Park. Many years ago, my Mom moved to the area, in nearby Bremerton, after she remarried (after my Father passed away in 1971). I visited several times, with my son, but never made it over to Olympic, though I could see its beauty on a clear day. She always told me that I should go. After a soft landing at Sea-Tac, we drove about two hours over to the Olympic National Park. The best way to get there? To reach U.S. 101 from Sea-Tac, the options are three: 1) the great Washington Ferry System car ferry, 2) Route 16 and the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, and 3) south to Olympia, catching 101 there. The ferry should be the prettiest route in the summer. Again, it was President Theodore ... read more

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle » Bell Town February 22nd 2013

Did you know that both Bruce Lee and Jimi Hendrix are buried in Seattle graves? Seattle's Lakeview Cemetery, on Capitol Hill, just east of downtown is the grave site of many famous Seattle icons. Bruce Lee and his son, Brandon Lee are buried there. Jimi Hendrix is buried at Greenwood Cemetery in nearby Renton. Though he was put to rest in 1970, his grave was moved by his father, Al, to a more lavish memorial in the southwest corner of the cemetery. The memorial has a 30 foot high granite dome, supported by three columns trimmed in rainbow marble. img= img=https://encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.... read more

Having run the Bay to Breakers Race so many times, I cannot imagine this year's "rules" prohibiting alcohol, nudity, and floats. Talk about ruining an institution, a living testament to all of us who have ever run in this great race. OK, I will dismiss the floats. But nudity and alcohol go together like Laurel and Hardy! Since I have never been a real spectator, I was planning to take BART into the City and observe the festivities for the first time. But the cold and rain has forced me to stay home and watch the Giants and Cubs game of YV. When running the race, the biggest problem is to avoid falling or running into someone. It is rather difficult to catch a glimpse at interesting costumes, or lack thereof. As far as alcohol, I ... read more
Ban on Nudity?
I Want to Take It Off!!!!!!
Not Real But They Are Spectacular!

North America » United States » Arizona » Page March 9th 2011

I said slot canyon, not slot machines! A slot canyon is formed by the wear of water rushing through rock. A slot canyon is significantly deeper than it is wide. Some slot canyons measure less than 3 meters across at the top, but drop more than 30 meters (100 feet) to the canyon floor. Most slot canyons are formed by sandstone and limestone rock, although granite and basalt canyons are also found. But only a small number of creeks will form slot canyons due to the combination of the characteristics of the rock and the regional rainfall. The largest known slot canyons are in Australia, in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney. The majority are in the Wollemi Wilderness and are difficult to access. In the United States, the largest concentration of slot canyons are in ... read more
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