April 4 – 15 After breakfast we drove the short distance into downtown Sacramento for our anticipated visit to the State Capital.  Imagine our surprise when we found a number of the streets surrounding the grounds closed to traffic and all of the nearby street parking spots shut down as well.  Dozens of canopies surrounding […]

April 4 – 15 With an afternoon to kill that Saturday we made our way to the 4th Street shopping district in Berkeley so that Kris could pick up glasses he’d ordered at Warby Parker and while the girls went off to take care of some shopping, Kris and I repaired to the Sierra Nevada […]

April 4 – 15 A little over a month elapsed between our return from Florida and the start of our next trip which would include ten days on the west coast following a pattern now long familiar to us, two four-night stretches in Oakland with Jessica and Kris and three days in Sacramento exploring California’s […]

February 6 – 20 Our first choice was a German restaurant with inconsistent, but generally positive reviews not far from us.  We drove there and located it after parking, but it appeared closed, not unanticipated given the reviews it had received.  So, we decided to head next door to Tap 79 Gastropub, but it too […]

February 6 – 20 With just the trip out to the Everglades planned for that last day we had a little time to kill in the morning and just before leaving town, stopped in at Cream Parlor for coffee and a snack.  It’s a cute place, decorated in a kitschy fashion and offering a varied […]

February 6 – 20 I awoke the next morning with my back having returned to spasm mode, which meant we weren’t going to do a lot of walking.  We decided to take a combined bus and boat tour with the Miami Double Decker tour outfit.  Deciding to forgo navigating and parking the Highlander, we took […]

February 6 – 20 We broke camp in the morning, Joanna doing much of the lifting and bending and then without much ado, took off north for Miami, a journey of less than four hours which would give us time to do a couple of tourist-like activities on the way. About ten miles into the […]