Category California

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 […]

Buellton Bike Weekend Spring 2021, Part Two

We met Tony over at Ellen’s Pancake House again for breakfast and although the oatmeal the day before was really good (with plenty of raisins, brown sugar, and walnuts to mix in) I went for two slices of French Toast and Joanna attempted to finish the Monte Cristo, a special of the day.  Her sandwich […]

Buellton Bike Weekend Spring 2021, Part One

April 16 – 19 As the pandemic begins to subside (as of this writing both Joanna and I are fully vaccinated) we can begin to pursue a more aggressive travel agenda, one that will fill the second half of 2021 much as we did in 2019 after our move back to Los Angeles.  We did […]

Yosemite – Why Do We Love It So? – Part Four

A year later starting in the summer, of 1998 we’d visit twice as we celebrated my graduation from grad school at Loyola Marymount University.  We camped with Irene, Ric, Debra and others at a campground just off Tioga Road over the 4th of July weekend.  We’d L.A. late in the day and it being pre-cell […]

Yosemite – Why Do We Love It So? – Part Three

As reported in the last post, a couple of years would pass before we would return to Yosemite, but once we started again our visits would become a habit, a good one to have.  In 1985 Rendy and I would backpack from Tuolumne Meadows to the Valley floor, hiking the 27 miles in four days, […]

Yosemite – Why Do We Love It So? – Part Two

My next encounter with Yosemite would come in June 1975 just after my graduation from Cal State Northridge.  I accompanied three woman I knew at the time (Sue, Coach Paula, and Julie) to Camp 4, the legendary walk-in campground known as the home for many of the world class rock climbers at that time. We […]

Yosemite – Why Do We Love It So? – Part One

The latest two posts featured our most recent trip to Yosemite, a place we return to time after time.  What is it about the park that has such a strong hold on us?  The next couple of posts will attempt to shed a little light on the enduring attraction this magical place has for us. […]