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North America » United States » California » Clovis September 24th 2020

Just for the record, I never had or wanted a proverbial "bucket list" that has become so popular with travelers. I rarely compiled a list of places I wanted to go. Visiting all fifty of our states was almost by accident, until the total reached the low forties or thereabouts. Trips to places around the world were never planned more than eight to nine months ahead. Much of this I owe to my travel buddy Mike. He rarely wants to commit to a location, too far in advance. When we drove Chile from top to bottom, it all came together just a few months before. Same for our trek to Africa for the safaris and visiting Barry the V. I have seen other people's bucket list, and thought I would give you my "water pail" **list, ... read more
With Mr. Willie at his Ngorongoro lodge
Doing the tango in Buenos Aires
In front of St. Basil's in Moscow

North America » United States » California » Newport Beach September 13th 2020

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North America » United States » California » Clovis September 4th 2020

I think I covered this before on one of my "Twelve Days of Christmas" series of emails. But, perhaps with Covid, we should revisit your needs when traveling afar. Here is a basic list from Travel and Leisure:url= sanitizer (lots of it)url= read more
Even better?
My kit

North America » United States » California September 3rd 2020

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North America » United States » California September 3rd 2020

Washington, California 2020 8 Olympic National Park, Washington 2020 8 Bainbridge island Ferry 2020- 8 Seattle Looters 8-24-2020 Olympic National Park, Washington Tieu bang Washington duoc dat ten vi Tong Thong dau tien cua Hoa Ky la George Washington de tro thanh tieu bang thu 42 cua Hoa Ky vao hiep chung quoc. Toi di vao park va di thanh den Hurricane Ridge hill de do hiking. Toi di hiking den dinh nui cai khoang 7,000ft. canh tri o day rat dep. Toi di den ding doi mat khoang 1hr, noi dayb co nhieu nai rung. Sau do toi di xuong doi lay xe di ve Seattle. Tren duong den Seattle toi di den dai Bainbridge va tu Bainbridge toi di qua pha. Toi rat thich thu vi su... read more

North America » United States » California » Santa Cruz August 15th 2020

Remember when John Belushi called, "Road trip, road trip!" in Animal House? Freedom of the road calls, louder than ever: According to a AAA forecast from late June, Americans will take 683 million road trips between July 1 and Sept. 30. The number is down 3 percent from the previous year, a fraction of the nearly 75 percent decline the association projected for air travel. For once, there might be some rules to follow: AAA says: Check state government websites, such as the ones run by their health departments and tourism offices. The states have created covid-19-specific pages that include rules about quarantining and masks, plus details about their reopening plans. North Carolina’s tourism office, for instance, has links to destinations with restrictions, such as... read more
Some vacation!
Love those road trips.

North America » United States » California » Santa Ana August 15th 2020

On 27 Jan 2020 stories were coming out of Wuhan, China about a new virus that had locked down the city. We have friends Tom and Wendy; Wendy was the first Consul General after the U.S. opened the Consulate in Wuhan following its closure during the Communist revolution in 1949. I read that the U.S. government was evacuating the U.S. consulate staff so wrote to them "I bet you are happy not to be in Wuhan now! I hear the consulate is evacuating U.S. employees. When you were stationed in Guangzhou during the SARS epidemic in 2003, you were quarantined there for months. Times are changing." Little did I know at the time how much times were a changing! The world shut down, travel between countries was banned, and my plans for international travel in 2020 ... read more
Mesa Arch in Canyonlands NP
Bryce Canyon NP
Zion NP

Amidst all the rhetoric, and political campaign BS, let's try to stick to the facts. I appreciate the Dr. Fauci and Dr. Gupta insights, along with Bill Gates with a more anthropological view. My writing professor firmly believes in starting every correspondence with an appropriate quotation. Since we are all trapped in "Ground Hog Day" mode, I shortened the period for quotes to 3 months, instead of the usual six! It will give us all something to think about and dream. "Never stop doing things for the first time" “Do not follow where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson “If you think adventure is dangerous try routine, it’s lethal.”– Paulo Coelho "I'm in love with places I have never been to" "Traveling — ... read more
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

North America » United States » California » Paso Robles August 3rd 2020

Speaking of alcohol consumption, here is something we are proud of here in California. As interest in craft beer has risen, so have the number of successful small breweries. In 2019, there were more than 8,000 craft breweries in the United States. California has the most with 907 breweries, more than doubling second place Colorado, which has 425. Runners-up like New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania better hop to it if they want to challenge California’s craft brewery numbers. Last year, California produced 3.6 million barrels of craft beer — roughly 4 gallons per every Californian of legal drinking age. The top craft beer seller in the U.S. is Yuengling, followed by Boston Beer and Sierra Nevada. My personal favorite is the 805 by Firestone-Walker over in Paso Robles, CA. They have a great ... read more
So many choices.
My favorite, the 805

In a desperate move to get their share of the dwindling sports entertainment dollar, baseball begins tonight without fans in the stands. With substantial numbers of players testing positive for Covid-19, I wonder how long the season will progress. Then, looking at the NBA bubble approach, also without fans, hockey, auto racing, and limited schedule college football, we will finally have something to watch on TV besides old movies, and cornhole and dart tournaments. From the WSJ: "To reach opening day, Major League Baseball devised more than 100 pages of health and safety protocols, navigated an ugly labor dispute and survived an abbreviated 'summer camp' without a coronavirus outbreak,""Now, after a four-month delay, America’s pastime is finally back. But starting was the easy part. The real challenge begins now, as MLB tries ... read more
My brother Bob, and I at the Giants game
Two greats:  The Babe and Lou

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