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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!

North America » United States » California » Clovis January 1st 2019

Each year, I seem to travel a little less. Some is attributed to getting older. But I am convinced it is our little Labradoodle, Lexi, who keeps me home more. And we will try to travel (road trips) more with her, as she is a good traveler, and seems to enjoy the places we visit. I am also taking classes at the local college. That said, I do have a few nice trips planned, and, I am certain, a few that are unplanned. The biggest was a return to SE Asia in October, a VIA Canadian Railway trip, and a long anticipated trip to the famous 4th of July concert with the Boston Pops. January A little local travel, and one that I missed this past year, is the opportunity to see my alma mater, the ... read more
Uncle Ranni's Organic Chicken Farm outside of KL
Foodie tour on motos with Minh
Me, with Mike, and his son Matt on the moto foodie tour

North America » United States » California » Clovis August 15th 2017

We made it to Smithers, BC on July 30th and stayed at the Fort Telkwa RV Park which was a little bit outside the city limits of Smithers. It was a very nice RV park that sat right on the river with every amenity that you would need PLUS they had FREE RV washing (which we were in dire need of). We ended up staying here 2 nights to get ourselves a plan as to how to proceed from here since the roads we needed to take were still closed due to the wildfires. We ended up having to go about 300 miles out of our way to get back to the States which took an extra day. It wasn't a big deal considering the devastation that the Canadians were facing. As we were traveling through ... read more
Never a good sign.😬
We were the entertainment that night. 😝

North America » United States » California » Clovis July 27th 2017

If not for my good fortune in life, I might be one of those, a traveler who lies about their trips. But I have been on many trips, including many so-called "trips of a lifetime" that people always seek. But since I am no longer in search of the perfect meal, or perfect hotel, much less the perfect trip, I am as honest and practical as I can be. Certainly, I hear many glowing comments from fellow travelers. Once in a while, their advice pays off, such as my trips to see Angkor Wat in Cambodia, or to traverse the Trans Siberian Railway across Russia. Once in a decade, some bad advice places me in less than ideal places and situations, but those are rare. I am fortunate that most of my trips have worked out ... read more
Is it really the BEST?
And you got this for $59.99???
5 star service for pennies???

North America » United States » California » Clovis May 31st 2017

Save all to OneDrive - Personal I know the Nifty Fifty Club has only a few members among my readers. The Barnes couple have done all fifty, and many of you have achieved well into the forties, like Denise, Susie, Sandy, Denny, Maria, and others. I saw this story today, and thought it would be interesting to get someone else's take on the idea. From reporter, Trevor Hughes: "The rules of my visits were pretty simple: I couldn’t count a simple drive through or airport stop. Instead, I had to either sleep there, visit some sort of monument or point or interest, and, if possible, eat and drink something local. From cheese curds to Navajo tacos and lobster... read more
Michigan was my number 50!!!
Many of my friends have made 50!

North America » United States » California » Clovis May 23rd 2017

How many times have you been told a certain place or tourist site is the "best" you will ever experience? Unfortunately, more times than not, these sites can be a big letdown, like Machu Picchu, or The Alamo in San Antonio. But let it be known that travel, though often motivated by famous landmarks, is about making some kind of connection, either to people or experiences. Here are mine: Stonehenge, after a long bus ride out there, I thought to myself, "Is that it?" After everything I saw and read, it is quite a sad little place, with rather shabby souvenir stands, and a single rope blocking tourists from touching the rocks. Why did I waste my time? I consider it one of the biggest disappointments of my travels!! Equator, was interesting, but now I find ... read more
Cabbages and Condoms
Floating Market

North America » United States » California » Clovis May 23rd 2017

One of my favorite readers suggested I do an email about funny or unusual airline stories. Unfortunately, most fall into the unusual or sad, rather than funny or happy, that being the nature of airline travel these days. But here is a feeble attempt at it, with an open invitation to each of you for adding your own true stories. One of the worst things that can happen is when a nearby passengers has gas, by that, I mean flatus, farts, stinky, and sickening. We were on our way back from Costa Rica, sitting in First Class no less. The lady in front of us, and I use the term lady quite loosely, is farting up a storm. So, I grab a newspaper or magazine and starting fanning the air. The couple next to her has ... read more
Difficult: coloring book
Big Al is the best!

North America » United States » California » Clovis January 2nd 2017

Here are some more, along with some of your favorites. This has been my best travel quote, which I have used often with my best travel friend, Mike, as we have traveled around the world. He is also a small town guy, from Los Banos, CA. I grew up in Kingsburg, CA, then a small mostly Swedish-American hamlet of 3,000 people. Here is the quote: "Not too bad for a couple of simple farm boys from the country......." But this is a close second, in one of my favorite songs, "The Boxer' by Paul Simon: Now the years are rolling by me They are rocking evenly And I am older than I once was And younger than I'll be But that's not unusual No, it isn't strange After changes upon changes We are more or less ... read more
Love the big hats at the kentucky Derby
Tour de France on my radar for 2017

North America » United States » California » Clovis April 11th 2014

Just starting to pack up the Coach for our trip to the Carolina's. Planning on being gone 3-4 months. Time will fly by like it did when we took the last long trip to the East Coast. We are looking forward to breaking in "our new to us" Coach on this trip. Stay tuned!... read more

North America » United States » California » Clovis November 16th 2010

Update 1 I haven't left for Berlin. I leave in just over four weeks. here's what's been happening so far.... I'm going to Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Umwelt Nürtingen-Geislingen (http://www.hfwu.de) from March 14th to July 29th. If you are American, you've noticed that semesters in the US just before Christmas. That leaves me three months of free time to plan something. In the last frantic and well planned for three months, I've been trying to find an internship in Germany. The following has happened: Plan A - I get accepted by a company i applied to. This will not work i've applied to over 20 firms and i've been rejected by 15. i don't speak german and i want to work around the holidays. :-( this took forever and i had most of my german friends ... read more
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