Gerry Kataoka


Gerry Kataoka

Travels to all continents except Antarctica. Preference for do it yourself trips, meeting locals, and learning local customs and food. I have been doing a daily travel diary through email for the last several years(mostly Asia), and received many compliments from friends. I plan to visit the following in the years to come: Turkey, eastern Canada, and Bolivia. I drove most of the length of Chile with my golf buddy in September 2009. Several African countries and safaris in 2012. The Trans Siberian Railway was completed in May, 2014, from Vladivostok to Moscow, and on to St. Petersburg. I have played golf all over the planet as well. I have been to Wimbledon and rank it behind only the Masters golf as the best sporting event in the world. I have also become more interested in our great national parks, like Zion, Bryce, Arches, Canyonlands, Glacier, Teton, Yellowstone and Yosemite here in the U.S. I have completed my quest to visit all fifty states, with Michigan as number 50. I also enjoy train travel, having crossed the US three times, as well as taken the Trans Siberian, Cuzco to Machu, Canadian Pacific, and the Aurora Winter Train (Alaska). I may start on the eastern Canadian provinces, and all of the countries in South America. I am also looking for volunteer opportunities overseas now that I am semi-retired. I enjoy writing about my travels, and sharing with others who cannot travel. I also take tons of photos, which I publish.

Recent trip to Antelope Canyon, near Page, AZ was a revelation. The Navajo guide actually had me taking Ansel Adams like photos for a couple of hours. You must go!!!! South Africa and Tanzania just completed in 2012, followed by the Trans Siberian Railway in May 2014.

I also completed my "sports-fecta" with events like the Kentucky Derby, Olympics, Super Bowl, Wimbledon, Masters, Indy 500, NCAA Final Four, World Series, and NBA Finals. I also follow my favorite sports teams around the country. What is next?

In order to beat the Valley heat, we are once again driving over to Pismo Beach on the central coast of California. So, not only do we love the cooler weather, our little Labradoodle, Lexi loves it too. And we get to eat at some of our favorite places, like Ember in Arroyo Grande, since they have an outdoor patio dining area where Lexi is welcome!!! The mostly boring drive of about three hours is tolerable. But summer lodging rates on the beach are somewhat inflated, though not as bad as the Monterey Peninsula or further south in Santa Barbara. I guess we should not complain! And most all of them charge extra for having even a small dog in the room. But once we get here, we enjoy ourselves immensely. While the cooler weather draws ... read more
A quartet from Firestone Walker Brewery
Laetitia Vineyards in Arroyo Grande
Lexi digging on the beach

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle » Bell Town July 14th 2019

Now, this is just astounding: Every man, woman, and child in the nation eats an average of 23 pounds of pizza annually -- that translates to around 46 slices -- adding up to a total of about 3 billion pies. To break the pie chart down another way, about 350 slices get consumed every second of the day. So, assuming I can eat three slices of pizza at one sitting, this means that we order a pizza at least 15 times a year, or better than once a month. For us, that is probably a little high. We probably order a pizza for delivery once a month, and have one pizza at Serious Pie in Seattle on our annual June trek. I think the stats might be somewhat skewed by events like Super Bowl Sunday, and ... read more
Pizza eating contest
They must be crazy???

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London July 8th 2019

From my trip to Wimbledon in 2009. Today is day one of the tournament. It might be a little too warm for me there, right now! I had a very refreshing and intoxicating drink at Wimbledon last week, and again today. Here is more about it. I may start drinking it when I get back home. With Wimbledon kicking off this week it seems like the whole world has tennis fever. Even if you don't know your backhands from your forehands, the tournament is a good reason to sample one of Britain's tastiest exports: the Pimm's Cup. Traditionally made from Pimm's Cup No. 1, lemon juice, a soda like ginger ale or 7-Up (or sometimes lemonade and soda) and garnished with a cucumber, the cocktail first made its mark in the mid-19th century as a British ... read more
American teen sensation, Amanda Anisimova
Me at Wimbledon!

North America » United States » California » Clovis July 7th 2019

As we begin a new year, I want to focus a little more on reflection than solely on travel. To broaden the quotes is to broaden one's horizons, so to speak. So, any quote is open for saving, discussing, or discarding. Trying something new is always a great adventure, right? This might be a great way to start the new year. And there is always room for some good lyrics: Simply, "R-E-S-P-E-C-T" by Aretha Franklin “Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing at all” – Helen Keller “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”--- Martin Luther King, Jr. “Life is meant for good friends and great adventures” – Anonymous (I like this one) ... read more
UC Berkeley is the best!!!!
Groucho knows!

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Brasov » Brasov July 6th 2019

Is there such a thing? With a little effort, even you can be invited back for another visit. From the great great granddaughter, Lizzie Post of Emily Post: Having a free place to stay is the ultimate money-saving dream scenario for travelers, whether it’s a pied-à-terre in Paris, a house in the Hamptons, or a tiny flat in Tokyo. How do you handle yourself in the wonderful scenarios when no money changes hands? Here is a good rule: leave the house in as good or better condition than you found it. Also, do not snoop around, and don't go in rooms that you do not need. Closing off rooms and leaving them untouched is a great idea. Make sure you ask about interne... read more
Don't be him or her!

North America » United States » California » Monterey July 5th 2019

I often wondered how much food Americans eat on this greatest of American holidays. I know the Super Bowl probably means we eat more total food. But the 4th tends to focus on the regular meats and sides that are so very American and traditional. According to one recent survey, pizza is our favorite thing to eat, followed by steak. Be that as it may, the definitive American foods – those that virtually define our national cuisine, and that are indelibly associated with summer – are hot dogs and hamburgers. (Both, incidentally, are among the url= foods you probably didn’t know were named after places – at least if we give dogs t... read more
Add some beer and wine
July 4 cake
More bbq

Few things are as memorable as our wonderful Sunday family dinners when we were growing up. We spent almost every Sunday, after church, with our relatives from Sanger. These were on my Mom's side, her Mom (our Grandmother), her younger brother's, and older sister's families, who lived next door to each other. They visited us, or we visited them, EVERY Sunday, for family time, great meals, an afternoon of playing the seasonal sport. “The family that eats together thrives together,” says Dr. Vanessa Lapointe, a registered psychologist and parenting expert. “Mealtime has historically been a time of family togetherness. Plus, if you’re getting multiple generations together, then there is tapestry of diversity in terms of ages and interests and that is just so good for kids.” I believe this. In fact, the best example ... read more
Our SoCal family

North America » United States » Utah » Moab July 3rd 2019

The Top 10 Road Trips in America, According to Geotab Southwest routes dominated the top 10. Monument Valley Trails 2. Yellowstone and the Tetons 3. Mesa Verde and San Juan 4. Along the Missouri River 5. Blue Ridge Parkway 6. Oregon’s Pacific Coast 7. Colorado’s Rockies 8. Grand Canyon Road Trip 9. Hells Canyon Scenic Byway 10. Bryce & Zion National Parks How many have you done? I will bet some of my dear friends, like the Bergs and Barnes families have done these. More about Numero Uno: "Awe-inspiring views of the rock formations of Monument Valley, Valley of the Gods and the Natural Bridges National Monument are enough to make this road trip an all-time classic," the Monument Valley Trails entry reads. "The route heads out on Highway 163 ... read more
Delicate Arch
Dead Horse State Park
Canyonlands, N.P.

Here is a good question: how many of you have been to the U.S. Open? By that, I mean both the tennis in Flushing Meadow, and the golf at rotating venues around the country. I was able to attend the tennis Open in 1982, courtesy of the Northern California Tennis Association. They gave me both a day pass to all venues, and box seats to the stadium for the evening matches. I have attended the golf Open at both Pebble Beach (3 times), and the Olympic Club in San Francisco. Great venues! Which one is better? Well, both have changed considerably since I last attended. Both have become major marketing, media, and merchandise phantasmagorias. If I had to choose which one to attend once more, I think I would choose the tennis. Why? The excitement of ... read more
Naomi Osaka, US Open and Australian Champ
Amanda Anisimova, teenage sensation!

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