Author Archives: 3jmann

North Carolina Spring 2021, Part Three

June 3 – 14, 2021 With another full day ahead of us, we lit out from the condo around 8am to stop for donuts and coffee at a Dunkin’ on Sugar Creek before arriving at George’s place at 9am.  We’d spend the next hour with him, remembering times past, catching up on the present, the […]

North Carolina Spring 2021, Part Two

June 3 – 14, 2021 Heading out of the airport was like returning home; hard to believe that just 11 years in a place can make it seem like somewhere you spent most of your life.  This trip for us would be different than the many we usually we take, in that we’d be doing […]

North Carolina Spring 2021, Part One

June 3 – 14, 2021 Ten days after our return from Henderson we climbed aboard an American Airlines flight to Charlotte for another 11-day trip.  Our first time on a plane since March of 2020 (when we cut a trip short to return home due to the pandemic), we were curious to see how Covid […]

Hot Springs 2021, Part Five

May 13 – 24, 2021 Our next day in Henderson would be a full one, starting with dropping off the BMW at the dealer to replace a burned-out driving light.  Leaving it until later in the day, we all made our way to one of the highlights of the weekend, Meow Wolf’s Omega Mart. It […]

Hot Springs 2021, Part Four

May 13 – 24, 2021 It was much cooler the next day and after lingering on the front porch for a good stretch of the morning we donned swimsuits and walked over to the large pool, nicely warmed due to ambient temperature and its adjacent small pools that were a touch warmer.  Sufficiently cooled down […]

Hot Springs 2021, Part Three

May 13 – 24, 2021 We left Manzanar and drove the 13 miles or so back to Lone Pine to grab a bite to eat at the McDonalds there, making sure we would be full until we reached Tecopa, our destination for the day.  We’d be driving through Death Valley which has limited dining options […]

Hot Springs 2021, Part Two

May 13 – 24, 2021 With a long drive before us we hit the road not long after Little G went off to day care and made our way east to the foothills of the Sierras with the plan to take Highway 108 over Sonora Pass to Highway 395 and south to Lone Pine.  It […]

Hot Springs 2021, Part One

May 13 – 24, 2021 May arrived with rapidly declining Covid rates and Joanna and I fully vaccinated, began to plan for a return to our routine of the last seven years of abundant travel.  This next trip would mirror those we did last year during the height of the crisis, indeed much of what […]

Europe – Why Do We Love It So 1977, Part Two

And so, I arrived in Calais, bidding my German acquaintances a fond auf Wiedersehen and wondering what opportunities I might have passed up in doing so.  The road taken though doesn’t allow for much looking back or regrets as I purchased my passage across the channel and prepared to wait for the next ferry.  It […]

Europe – Why Do We Love It So 1977, Part One

As we begin to return to traveling at the rate we managed since I started this blog back in 2013, there will still be some gaps between trips that I will need to fill from time to time.  So, much like I did with the Why Do We Love Yosemite series I recently posted, I’ll […]