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North America » United States » California » Lone Pine February 6th 2014

Thursday, 6 February, 2014 We left Furnace Creek and drove to Stovepipe Wells, where we stopped for gas at $4.459/gallon. Outrageous, but it was 60 cents a gallon cheaper than in Furnace Creek. But if you saw those steep, winding mountain roads the tankers have to traverse to deliver gas to the park, you might understand the high prices. It was more overcast today than any other day of our trip. As, we headed west we saw more and more clouds. The haze and dreary skies washed the color and distance out of the vistas, making photography almost a waste of time. Kerry had forgotten how steep and winding the road is on the west end of the valley, and he didn’t like it one bit. Once we left the park and started down the west ... read more
Sand Dunes
Death Valley NP
Panamint Valley in the haze

North America » United States » California » San Rafael February 5th 2014

There's no place like home for me. I missed my dog, my California life and friends! M continuing on in Europe in Asia. See you soon buddy.... read more
Sleeping beauty
Big boy

North America » United States » California » Chula Vista February 5th 2014

Week 1 – Jan 26 to Feb 3 An uneventful first week to our “February Find the Warmth Trip”. We left late on Monday and stayed in Bellingham (thanks Trevor & Jodi) overnight. Our start on Tuesday was rainy and we drove to Fabric Depot in Portland, found a campsite and then headed off to the Portland Trailblazers basketball game. We had pretty good seats but it was a very uninspiring game. Portland seemed very sloppy with passing and just didn’t have any drive – meanwhile the Memphis Grizzlies looked very good – way better than when they were the Vancouver Grizzlies. Wed, Thur and Fri were I-5 driving days. At a truck stop I bought an audio book and we listened to 6 CD’s of Phillipa Gregory’s novel The White Queen. At last we arrived ... read more

North America » United States » California » San Francisco February 5th 2014

We are on our way to Guadalajara tonight.... We will spend a week or so there and then head clockwise around Lake Chapala and down to Colima for some volcanos and hiking and finally to the coast around Puerto Vallarta before flying home from Guadalajara... We've had beautiful weather at home, but a cold air mass has seeped down the Frasier River Valley from the Yukon and temperatures are going to be in the teens tonight...we even had a snow flurry on the way to the airport... Betty is safely ensconced at Vicki and Geoff's place...her vacation spa....We got to see both our sons briefly today: Jason stopped by Geoff's and Luke drove us to the airport. The flight that arrived while we were waiting in Seattle was full of returning Seahawks fans...tired, dressed in regalia ... read more
Garden before the freeze
Got Pre!!!!
Seatac Sunset

North America » United States » California February 5th 2014

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North America » United States » California » Bakersfield February 5th 2014

Just when I started planning our Europe trip, again, I was called away but fortunately for claims nearby. Finally I’m done and back to our lives as they were months ago, at least for today. We’ve been planning a trip to Europe for this summer, specifically to Poland and South Russia to visit the lands of Dale’s great-grandparents. We were planning to meet up with some friends in both Poland and South Russia during this trip. Alas, as life goes, our friends’ plans changed and they will not be in Europe during our dates. I went back to our plans and we found that we’d lost interest in Poland, it doesn’t seem to be an easy country to visit and transportation isn’t easy. As for Russia, we are not thrilled with the government, visas are expensive ... read more


Wednesday, 5 February, 2014 We had a new kind of alarm clock this morning, a shiny black one with feathers. A raven hopping around on the roof of the camper makes a surprising amount of noise. After moving to a different campsite (we were lucky to reserve 2 consecutive days, forget about one site,) we got on the road to head north in Death Valley to the famous Scotty’s Castle. There are two lies in that one title; it didn’t belong to Scotty and it isn’t a castle. Scotty was an entertainer/con-man who liked to tell people that the gold from his mine in Death Valley paid for his castle. But in reality it belonged to a rich friend who found Scotty amusing. The house is pretty fancy for the desert and has ambitions of castleness, ... read more
Death Valley NP
Death Valley NP
Death Valley NP


Tuesday, 4 February, 2014 I was going to wait until tomorrow or the next day to post another blog, but I took so many pictures today in Death Valley that I thought I’d go ahead and post tonight. First let me say that Death Valley is a beautiful place in spite of its name. This afternoon we drove to a couple of places we had not been before. In the past, we had only driven through, hitting the high spots on the way. Since we are staying here for two nights, we have more time to explore. We did the usual drive from the south end up through the valley along the Badwater Road, stopping at Ashford Mill ruins, which used to be where they processed gold from the Golden Treasure Mine. We stopped at Badwater, ... read more
Death Valley NP
Ashford Mill ruins
Death Valley NP

North America » United States » California » San Diego January 31st 2014

Thursday, 30 January, 2014 We drove through downtown San Diego to the waterfront, specifically to the USS Midway, a retired aircraft carrier built in the 1940’s. We first visited the statues honoring Bob Hope and his many years of entertaining our troops in war zones. Next is a huge statue of the iconic photo taken in Times Square of a sailor kissing a nurse on VE Day. Then we boarded the Midway, my first step aboard a US Navy vessel. Kerry spent some time aboard ship (LSD Ashland) and it was interesting to see the size of the bunks (berths) assigned to enlisted personnel. It’s hard to see how he fit in the bunk, much less how he ever was able to turn over once in it. While the Midway seems small compared to carriers of ... read more
Bob Hope
Bob Hope and his happily receptive audience
The sailor and the nurse




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