Category California

Central Coast Wine Weekend, Part Two

October 10-13 Finished with breakfast, we all took off to meet Ann and Doug at our first stop of the day, Andrew Murray Vineyards.  Founded in 1990 when Jim and Fran Murray purchased 200 acres of fertile soil in the Santa Ynez Valley.  With their son and winemaker Andrew Murray at the helm, this Los […]

Central Coast Wine Weekend, Part One

October 10-13 A couple of weeks after our Bay Area trip we kicked off the start of what would be almost two solid months of travel by meeting friends from Charlotte, Ann and Doug and Diane and Keith, in the Central California wine region near Santa Maria. But first we drove out to Sheila and […]

Amtrak – Flix Bus Weekend, Part Two

September 26 – 30 Arriving so late Thursday night meant we did nothing more than hop into bed for a good night’s rest.  The next day we killed time until Kim and Marty arrived from the airport and checked into their hotel on Broadway, where we met them and walked together to one of our […]

Amtrak – Flix Bus Weekend, Part One

September 26 – 30 Camping at Jalama Beach State Park earlier in the month whetted our appetite for a trip we’d long thought about taking, that is to ride the train to or from Oakland to see Jessica and Kris.  After examining our options, we decided that going to the Bay Area would be the […]

On the Road Again, Part Six

August 24 – September 6 As planned, we left late in the morning for the drive up to Tioga Pass and Tuolumne Meadows.  The road is only open for a limited time each year due to heavy snow and is generally not accessible until late June or early July.  We’ve driven this way a few […]

On the Road Again, Part Five

August 24 – September 6 We bade Jessica and Kris farewell Monday morning and hit the road for Yosemite on a now familiar route through the Central Valley onto Hwy. 120 and then uphill at Don Pedro Reservoir to the town of Priest. With over one hundred curves and hairpin turns, this stretch of the […]

On the Road Again, Part Four

August 24 – September 6 Thus, we made it to Oakland later than anticipated but glad to have finally made it, knowing a good night’s sleep can fix a lot of the ill effects of arriving late.  We unloaded the car and through some sort of cosmic intervention, perhaps a payback for the day we’d […]