Monthly Archives: February 2015

Holiday 2014 – Oakland – City Lights at Night, Part Two

January 16-18, 2015 Given the whirlwind of activity we engaged in during our prior stay in Oakland, we decided to keep this visit a bit lower key. That meant a relaxing morning in the apartment, catching up on reading and other small chores and then a short trek up to Berkeley in the afternoon to […]

Holiday 2014 – Oakland – City Lights at Night

January 16-18, 2015 We packed up for an early start the morning of Friday the 16th, preparing for the anticipated nine hours of driving it would take us to get to Oakland and any troublesome road conditions we might encounter. I’d washed the car the day before at a self-service establishment as its prior condition, […]

Holiday 2014 – Bend Again

January 13-15, 2015 Our destination for the day was my brother Chuck’s house in Bend, Oregon. He moved there from Southern California in 2009, purchasing a house and getting a part time job with a veteran’s outreach organization, COVO. Both of these factors have had a positive impact on his life and we were looking […]

Holiday 2014 – The Last House on the Dirt Road off the County Road – Part 2

January 8-12, 2015 On Saturday, with a visit to Grants Pass for dinner scheduled for the evening, Joanna and I took our bikes out for a ride down to Selma and back. It was cold, but not uncomfortably so, and the work of cycling warmed us up after a time. We’d originally thought about taking […]

Holiday 2014 – The Last House on the Dirt Road off the County Road

January 8-12, 2015 Before we drove out of Fort Bragg we made two stops, the first at Headlands Coffee House (recommended by Norm) and then at the North Coast Brewery Store. Many years ago Joanna and I established a comfortable rhythm during our long driving days, where I usually start for a couple of hours […]

Holiday 2014 – Lost in the Lost Coast

January 5-8, 2015 With the kids off to work, I took the Toyota to a nearby dealer for service, finished up and then Joanna and I departed for Mary and Norm’s house in Lower Lake, Ca. We’ve visited this beautiful location a number of times and always look forward to a few peaceful days on […]

Holiday 2014 – A Closer Look at Downtown Oakland

January 1-4, 2015 After dinner at Rivoli we returned to the apartment for a quiet New Year’s Eve, watching a movie and waiting for midnight and the start of what should be another great year for our family. The next day, after a relaxing morning, Kris and I made our way over to Walter’s to […]