Monthly Archives: August 2018

West Coast Spring 2018 – Seattle, Part Three

July 10 – 13 We arrived at Lonnie and Steve’s house and while seated on their backyard patio Uncle Chuck and Aunt Chong made their appearance.  This was our first-time meeting Steve and afterwards found ourselves sorry that we’d not had the chance to do so earlier in he and Lonnie’s long marriage. As for […]

West Coast Spring 2018 – Seattle, Part Two

July 10 – 13 Our second day in Seattle was well thought out and if properly executed would see us knocking out 2-3 tourist attractions before heading to Steilacoom (just outside Tacoma) to meet up with my Uncle Chuck, his wife Chong, cousin Lonnie and her husband Steve. Our first stop was Safeco Field, where […]

West Coast Spring 2018 – Seattle, Part One

July 10 – 13 Our drive to Seattle went smoothly until we got to the metropolitan area, right around Tacoma, where traffic backed up.  This would be the underpinning of our stay, congested freeways (often due to construction) and heavy use of the arteries that feed them.  We were scheduled to meet with our friend […]

West Coast Spring 2018 – Bend

July 7 – 9 A hearty breakfast of bacon and eggs sent us on our way to the next stop in the itinerary, my Brother’s place in Bend.  We cruised into Grants Pass to get gas and ice, not stopping as usual at Cary’s for toffee as they had unexpectedly closed earlier in the year. […]

West Coast Spring 2018 – Kamp Angst

July 3 – 6 Feeling a bit better the next morning we broke camp and with a short drive ahead of us, I considered duplicating Joanna’s hike and bike of the day before but once contemplated, realized I really wasn’t up for the exercise.  So, we began our drive thinking we’d stop in Crescent City […]

West Coast Spring 2018 – Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park

June 30 – July 2 We broke camp the next morning and with a nice four-hour drive ahead of us stopped in Fort Bragg for a breakfast at the coffee joint we’d visited in prior trips, Headlands Coffeehouse.  It was crowded when we arrived with just one small table open, which we grabbed while ordering […]

West Coast Spring 2018 – Russian Gulch State Park, Part Two

June 27 – 29 Joanna had a 1:00pm appointment at one of her favorite stables, Ricochet Ridge Ranch, the next day, just north of the Fort Bragg city limits.  She has ridden here a number of times before and likes the general sense of freedom they give you on the horse (you don’t have to […]

West Coast Spring 2018 – Russian Gulch State Park

June 27 – 29 After a pretty good breakfast at the Best Western, we loaded up the car and headed out, for what we’d originally anticipated would be a short drive, but turned out to be longer as we opted to head to Highway 1 instead of Highway 101 for the journey to Russian Gulch […]

West Coast Spring 2018 – Petaluma

June 26 As we were meeting Joanna’s Uncle Matt and Aunt Shana in Napa at 10am, we got a move on early Tuesday morning, saying goodbye to Jessica and Kris as they went off to work, retrieving the car from the same garage we used before for $18, loading up, and hitting the road. Usually […]

West Coast Spring 2018 – Yosemite, Part Two

June 18 – 20 Our plan for the day was to hike out of Happy Isles and take the Muir Trail towards Vernal Falls.  Some folks in the group were either recovering from knee surgery or on their way towards it and so it was agreed that those who felt like it would go as […]