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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

Well, I thought that Death Valley has its name because nothing is living there, I was obviously wrong. Death Valley is one of the hottest places on the planet. It is a place of the temperature world record: 56.7 °C in the shade! It was also one of our road trip stops around the west coast of the United States. When we arrived, I didn’t have high expectations about this national park. Our friend Peter nearly advised us to skip it. However, we didn’t regret this visit. Interesting sand formations, hills, and dunes are very nice for pictures. The heat was extreme, so we truly appreciated that our car had an air-conditioning. And it was already the end of September, imagine the temperature in July! I have never seen more spectacular night sky than in Death ... read more
Badwater Basin

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!

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 » 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

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!

Minus day 1............ The beginning of what is to be our trip of a lifetime begins tomorrow as we board the 4:30 flight to San Francisco. We have left no stone unturned as we have scrutinized every detail for this trip. Tickets for popular tourist attractions have been purchased and carefully tucked into our travel folder. Cars rented, train tickets waiting and boat tours ready for us to join. You can stick a fork in's done and just waiting for the day to be upon us. We Travel to Europe for an unprecedented 2 month adventure beginning in London England and ending, of course in the South of France. This trip will have 3 major junctures beginning with the 10 day London/Paris part we are thrilled to share with our family. We are so excited ... read more

More catching up. We are now near June Lake, we departed from Petaluma yesterday. Our last two days in Petaluma we explored Point Reyes Sea Shore, drove to the top of Mount Tam, eat seafood in Sausalito. Today from here near June Lake we spent the day in the great ghost town of Bodie. Tomorrow we are heading home completing our West Coast Trip. See you on the next trip.... read more

North America » United States » California » Petaluma June 25th 2019

Well I have catching up to do. A few days since my last entry. Since then we had another day in the redwoods, which included driving the truck through a redwood tree. Our last day in Lincoln City we explored along the coast south of Lincoln City. More beautiful giants and some hiking along the coast. We did take in some tourist type things. We did a drive through a redwood tree and took pictures with Paul Bunyan and Babe. We couldn’t resist. Sunday we drove the beautiful coast to Petaluma and are set up here for a few days. Yesterday we did some wine tasting in Sonoma and Napa valley. Tasted some great wines and had lunch at The Sattui winery. Joanne and I use to visit this winery often when we lived in San ... read more
One of the great giants
A great sign

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