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Archive for March, 2009

Desert driving and touring

Saturday, March 28th, 2009

The drive from Lake Havasu to Palm Springs was uneventful.   I enjoyed the desolation for a while, but was really glad when I saw signs of the approaching freeway.  The drop into the Coachella Valley is spectacular.  I’m staying with my friends Norm and Ron, and joined them for their Friday ritual of catching up […]

The Tao of Travel #6

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

Airlines do a ‘destination check’ – e.g. “This is flight 131 to San Diego”; we need to do ‘trip checks’ to remind ourselves what we’re doing.

A Bridge to Nowhere

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

I’m on a driving trip this weekend.  Today I drove to Lake Havasu City.  Yes, to the the London Bridge – I like bridges, and it is on my “want to see” list. The route here took me to Barstow, where I stopped to see the Harvey House, “Casa del Desierto”.  This is one of […]

Heavenly wine and the Gates of Hell

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

I bought  a package of “VIP Tours” for two Napa wineries at a charity auction in San Francisco last year.  With our current budget, I was tempted to let them expire, but I am SO glad we decided to visit our friends Cal & Richard and make the jaunt to Napa.  In both cases, our […]

(Another) Home (Again)

Friday, March 20th, 2009

As we left the plane at SFO it occurred to me that, without really planning it, John and I are doing a retrospective of our journey together.  In a 1 month period, we will be visiting all the cities where we have lived together in our 20 years. – Denver was earlier this month, San […]

Calling the Kettle Black

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

There’s nothing like publishing to turn the mirror on oneself.  When I started writing a fitness column for a bear club’s newsletter, I realized that I had missed going to the gym several weeks myself.  I’m no gym rat (i.e. I don’t go to the gym every day), but I have been diligent about not […]

The Tao of Travel #5

Saturday, March 14th, 2009

It takes longer to get there than you planned, but that’s OK The driving directions to our desert weekend said it should take about 2 hours even starting in  Friday rush hour.  A few traffic jams later, the highway signs indicated our destination was still about a hundred miles distant, or roughly 2 hours.  After […]

A weekend in the desert

Saturday, March 14th, 2009

John is working, so he’s treating me to a weekend at Anza Borrego state park.  We’re staying in a very 50’s hotel, complete with pictures of movie stars that have graced the grounds.  The desert is beautiful, with the ocotillos covered with leaves and tipped with red flowers. We did a four mile hike today, […]

The Tao of Travel #4

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

I’ve even been one of those San Francisco tourists who, only when caught in a fog induced chill forgot Mark Twain’s line about the coldest winter he spent was a summer in San Francisco. And let’s not talk about the number of times I found an empty toothpaste tube in my dop kit.

Busy… or not

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

I’m still amazed at how much I have to do when I’m not actively working.  This week I have been discussing the work situation with other friends to see how we can help each other through this period, taking classes, following up on resumes I’ve sent out, photographing the marriage rally for a website and […]