February 6 – 20 We’d be camping the next three nights at Pine Island outside of Fort Meyers, a drive of less than three hours and so, with some time to kill we decided to check out Ybor City, a historic neighborhood located just northeast of downtown Tampa.  Founded in the 1880s by Vicente Martinez-Ybor […]

February 6 – 20 Our last day in the Tampa area would be a full one starting with the 60-minute drive to the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg.  Located on the downtown waterfront near 5th Avenue Southeast, Bayshore Drive, and Dan Wheldon Way, it houses the largest collection of Dalí’s works outside Europe. The […]

February 6 – 20 We’ve made a number of trips to Florida in the past, but all have been primarily to the northern part of the state (Tallahassee and Fernandina Beach).  Deciding to follow the path of snowbirds, we thought it might be fun to spend a month traveling throughout the state and enjoy its […]

December 20 – January 7 The next day, Saturday, Joanna and Mary went into San Francisco for the last day of an exhibit at the de Yong Museum on Contemporary Muslim Fashions, and I bade farewell to Norm to head back to Oakland.  By early afternoon Jessica, Kris and I were ready for some refreshments […]

December 20 – January 7 We regrouped after parking the car at the apartment and then set out on BART for San Francisco and our dinner destination, Zero Zero.  This is the restaurant we used the morning after Jessica and Kris’ wedding, and we were looking forward to the meal as we recalled how good […]

December 20 – January 7 We left the condo late in the morning and not sure about what we’d be doing later in the day food wise, made a stop at, yes, Juanitas to get that Carnitas burrito that had been eluding us.  We would split it, providing just the right amount of ballast in […]

December 20 – January 7 Christmas day passed in a blur, Taylor’s incredibly good cinnamon rolls and strong coffee fueling a frenzy of gift opening that concluded with a wild and hilarious white elephant exchange that seems to get better each year.  It had rained overnight and into the morning, but by the afternoon the […]