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California, Here We Come

USA | Sunday, 7 Jul 2019 | Views [105]

COMPARED TO TRAVEL TICKETING SITES like kayak and orbitz, Amtrak is woefully lacking.  There are only a handful of trains but there are few routing options.  They don’t provide a map or even list the intermediate stops.  Which explains ... Read more >

California Zephyr

USA | Thursday, 4 Jul 2019 | Views [144]

IT SEEMS LIKE BOBBY BURNS WAS THINKING of us the past few days when he wrote  “The best laid schemes o' mice an' men / Gang aft a-gley.”  After driving 400 miles from Denver to Rapid City to renew our drivers licenses — they ... Read more >

Unencumbered Once More

USA | Monday, 1 Jul 2019 | Views [144]

WE GOT PLENTY OF NUTHIN’  And nuthin’s plenty for us!  We sold the truck on Wednesday and Jim collected the RV this morning.  We watched as our home for the last 3 ½ years drove away.  We have eaten — ... Read more >

Caveat Emptor X 2!

USA | Thursday, 27 Jun 2019 | Views [150]

WE STRUCK A GOOD DEAL ON THE RV AND TRUCK — I traded them for five magic beans.  Only kidding!  And we hope there isn’t going to be a giant in our future.  Like Jack, we are setting off on another adventure, one without a ... Read more >

Feliz Cumpleaños to Me!

USA | Monday, 17 Jun 2019 | Views [147]

WITH ALL THE GOOD RESTAURANTS IN THE DENVER AREA, we still chose the Morrison Inn for John’s birthday meal.   For years the Inn was a dive well-known to the Sunday Harley crowd for its over-sized margaritas.  As the town became more ... Read more >

Sex, Drugs and Rock-n-Roll

USA | Sunday, 9 Jun 2019 | Views [136]

I SAW ELTON JOHN LIVE AT MADISON Square Garden in the summer of ’82.  I can’t imagine what my host paid the scalper but our seats were only 50 feet from his piano.  Sure, I liked his music — Daniel, Your Song, Honky Cat ... Read more >

One Step Closer

USA | Friday, 7 Jun 2019 | Views [149]

WE’RE ONE STEP NEARER TO LEAVING.  Jim from Colorado Springs gave us a deposit on the RV, we can live in it until 30 June — and the check cleared — so that’s a burden lifted.  We still have the F-150 but we have offers ... Read more >

A New Chapter

USA | Wednesday, 22 May 2019 | Views [162]

THE LATE MAY SNOW SHOULDN’T HAVE SURPRISED US.  We’ve lived in Colorado long enough to know not to count winter out until June.  But the cold and dreary weather did catch us unawares — we were wearing shorts last week —... Read more >

Magnolia Table

USA | Friday, 10 May 2019 | Views [178]

AIR ALASKA'S FLIGHT TO LOVE FIELD was OK despite some rough air over Dallas and a 45-minute delay getting to the gate.  We were staying overnight at the Baymont where we left the truck, so it hardly mattered.  And thanks to the onboard self-... Read more >

Photos: American Reprise

USA | Friday, 10 May 2019 | Photo Gallery

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All Ashore That's Going Ashore: San Francisco

USA | Tuesday, 7 May 2019 | Views [154]

DAYS AT SEA MELDED TOGETHER as we cruised towards San Francisco, the slowly (but steadily) dropping temperature and the every-other-day time change were the only indicators we were heading northeast.  We scanned the night skies looking for the ... Read more >

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Crossing the Equator

FRENCH POLYNESIA | Thursday, 2 May 2019 | Views [110]

POLYWOGS NO LONGER, WE ARE FULL-FLEDGED SHELLBACKS.  And we have the certificate to prove it.  Somewhere last night we sailed across the Equator — 0° Latitude — neither North or South.  Sailors have a ritual ceremony presided ... Read more >

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Nuku Hiva, Marquessa Islands

FRENCH POLYNESIA | Monday, 29 Apr 2019 | Views [110]

NUKU HIVA WAS A DELIGHTFUL RESPITE AFTER 36 HOURS at sea.  No wave-swept atoll this, Nuku Hiva is an honest-to-betsey island with volcanic cliffs falling to the sea, mile-high peaks and sheltered coves.  The people were welcoming without being ... Read more >

Fakarava, Tuamotu Archipelago

FRENCH POLYNESIA | Saturday, 27 Apr 2019 | Views [111]

FAKARAVA IS YET A SMALLER ATOLL than Rangiroa in the Tuamotu Archipelago, 429 square miles overall but only 5% of it above water! It's almost nothing atoll.  Couldn't resist it.  It is hard to imagine life on an island isolated in the Pacific ... Read more >

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Rangiroa, Tuamotu Archipelago

FRENCH POLYNESIA | Friday, 26 Apr 2019 | Views [119]

THIS IS THE FIRST DAY I’VE FELT WE WERE REALLY in Polynesia.  Rangiroa is an atoll, a lagoon encircled by coral reefs.  But not just any atoll — Rangiroa is one of the largest atolls in the world.  The sun is shining, ... Read more >

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