Category Archives: Trip across the US – 2013

Traveling in style, sure, but to camp?

We drove along the Pacific Ocean on Highway 101.  The deep blue water sparkled in the sun, and we could hear the crashing waves below us.  On the other side of the road a deep forest covered hills.  To our … Continue reading

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Pacific Views

The views of the Pacific Ocean from little Brookings, Oregon change on the hour, by the ups and downs of tides and with the force of winds. We descended many wooden steps from our AirBnB, “3 Otter Terrace,” down to … Continue reading

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There’s a bear in this story…

…I promise.  Our tale began with a search to see the largest trees in California: the redwoods. We camped near the redwood forests driving many miles down a side road to Albee Creek Campground.  Signs were posted that bear lived … Continue reading

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Just Like the Song

“Talk to me of Mendocino.  Closing my eyes I hear the sea …” sing the McGarrigle Sisters about one of our favorite places. Our third visit to Mendocino (CA) was wonderful, and we plan to return.  You might wonder what … Continue reading

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Follow the leader

What direction should we take?  Let’s follow those two men, and we did.  One had a very large camera hanging around his neck, and they were keeping up a brisk pace — walking with a purpose.  We followed them past … Continue reading

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Being creative, on your own, in the woods

Carolyn is not like us. Her chosen work environment is a home studio and she works alone…really alone…10 miles outside of a small town, near the end of a long and winding forested road.  She is a highly creative artist … Continue reading

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Enough with this hot weather!

We coped with temperatures in the low 100’s in Sacramento, CA. When the next day was predicted to rise to a sizzling 111 degrees, we packed the car in the morning and headed out.  Our destination was Healdsburg, CA, home … Continue reading

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Our names have been changed…

When we left Washington, DC in December, we were Beth and Joe.  When we arrived in California, suddenly our names changed. We underwent a temporary identity change for two months in California.  We became Nona and Papa. With our grandkids, … Continue reading

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Do it right

If you’re going to have a 4th of July parade – do it right!  The little town of Mendocino, CA did -with humor, creativity, plenty of color, and many participating groups.  Isn’t that what we want in an Independence Day … Continue reading

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“Apologize like you mean it… And like you want a marshmallow tonight.”

…said an annoyed mom to a misbehaving 6 yr old, midway through our camping trip. Four children and four adults. Everyone had a good time, but there were moments with the children.  Reason usually prevailed, occasionally bribes. However, the story … Continue reading

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