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Epilogue Part 1…Driving Across the United States 2017

We are home.  After 14 days of driving across 11 states…mostly western and mid-western states…we have many thoughts of who the United States is and changed in the past eight years when we took the same drive.  Our experiences are about simple things that we observed.. 

Infrastructure improvement is exploding across the West especially the upper mid-west.  Roads, hospitals, airports, colleges, and bridges.  North Dakota looks to using their windfall of taxes from their oil/gas bonanza to rebuild their state from scratch.  Montana seems to be right behind them.  The rest of the country should thank North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Texas and Oklahoma for all of the wealth they are providing the rest of the country.

The gas prices were an eye opener, $1.99 in Minnesota to $3.51 in California.  Looks like the far west state governments are taxing the heck out of their residents who use gasoline.

By the way, if you can, never drive through Denver or Las Vegas.  Horrible traffic any time of the day.  Matches Los Angeles or San Diego. 

The good news is that gas mileage on cars have improved dramatically in the past eight years.  We averaged over over 33 miles per gallon with the Honda CRV driving the speed limited.  One thing I noticed this trip was the impact driving into a 20 mph head wind has on your gas mileage.  Drops it from 33 to 25 mpg.  When are the car company engineers going to improve the aerodynamics of our vehicles?

Part 2 tomorrow on the food, service, hotels and family.



Great Fishing and Baseball…Terrible Public Transport Experience, Day 3, San Diego


May 20, 2017, Saturday

The weather was spectacular out on the pier in the morning.  Ten MPH breeze with a clear blue skies and 75 temperature.  No fish but what a great two hours surrounded by ocean and perfect weather.  PS. Not a fish to be had. 


Had a quiet mid day and even a nap.  We then had a uneventful ride on the San Diego Transportation System to the the Padres stadium for $1.50 each way for seniors($2.50 for the rest of the riders).  The Padres are a terrible team, worst in all of baseball but the stadium and food are good. 

Where things went wrong was the ride home. 

20170520_200417Someone forgot there was a Padres game with 25,000 people many who rode the public transportation to the game.  The train came 40 minutes late to pick up the riders. The crush of riders was so great that even handicapped people had no seats.  The worst was the drunks and stoners who were so loud and used obscene language that people were not feeling safe and the many children on the train were wide-eyed.  That was two straight occurrences of this kind of activity I have experiences on the public transportation in San Diego. 

I must say that it is as bad or worse than New York City underground. European public transport much better.  One of the few complaints I have about San Diego. 

Overall a great day and as often happen, traveling reminds you how nice your home is.



Austria 2016 Day 2, 3

As I write this, I am sitting out on our balcony as the sun slowly sinks in the west.  Lets start with Day 2, Wednesday an then on to Day 3,

September 14, 2016 DAY 2, Wednesday

We landed at the Frankfurt Airport on time…1130…and started through a miserable 90 minutes of security lines.  The security was horrendous.  We nearly missed our flight because of it.  I am not saying they shouldn’t have security as they let over a million middle eastern people in their country in the past year..  Germany knows they have let in at least a 1000 or more vicious terrorists who want to blow up as many planes and people as possible so guess who play the price?

Our contact from Untours, Vera, was waiting for us when we landed in the tiny Salzburg airport after our 40 minute flight.  The weather was hot 82 and humid, 80% and she drove the 30 minutes to our apartment in Golling.

We had 3 hours of sleep total in the 24 hours of travel from home to Golling so you can imagine that we had jet lag when we arrived at 3 p.m..  We stay up till 6 p.m. after we walked to small grocery store to get some dinner(supper) and we knockwurst, potatoes and a fresh apple strudel cooked for us by our landlady who baked it for.  Then to bed.  Slept 11 hours till 5 a.m.. In and out of course.  Typical travel day to Europe.

September 15, 2016, Day 3,  Thursday

The weather was clear and windy when we got up.  We had leisurely breakfast of cereal and cheese/cold cuts and apples.  We were picked up by Vera again and we went to her house  where she gave us coffee and a about 90 minutes things to do while we were in Austria;  Very helpful.

We then walked to the train station about 1/3 of a mile from our apartment and missed a couple of trains because we didn’t quite understand which track we should be on.  We finally asked a young fellow who helped us out.  25 minutes later we were in Salzburg.  We grabbed a sandwich to eat for lunch and explored the train station and did some more grocery shopping.


The train back to Golling, 85 degrees, packed away groceries and took a well deserved 2 hours nap.  I made a pasta dinner with fresh bread and mushrooms and finished up the Apple Strudel.  Cleaned up  and are getting sleepy.  Rain expected the next 7 days.  Clouds coming in. 

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Posted by on September 15, 2016 in Austria, Train, weather



Treasure, Food and Explorers

Day two of the family 40th started a cool down of the weather.  The mosquitos got hungrier, with the light clouds overhead so we all headed out.  The kids/grand kids headed out to explore a cave and with Libby’s dislike of dark under ground spaces, we headed to Jackson to grocery shop for enough food for a a few days.

We all met back at the house and worked hard to get all the food into the refrigerator and gathered together to eat.  Teachers, police officers, managers, ex-military, nurses and good cooks.


After a nap, we all gathered around to watch the grandkids do a self organized treasure hunt.  I think the ghosts of the gold mining past got into their heads about gold!


Our only grand daughter is the explorer of the group out in the forest.


Time for a two hour drive to 6300 high Lake Tahoe tomorrow. 

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Posted by on June 9, 2016 in California, Driving, food, weather



First Trip of 2016, San Diego

imageIt wasn’t far, it wasn’t long but but our trip to San Diego to celebrate Alex our oldest grandson’s 10th birthday was great.  We arrived at 11 am on Sunday, February 14, 2016.  Great weather up to low 80’s. 

Lots of eating out, long walks and even some shopping. 



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Posted by on February 16, 2016 in California, Photos, weather



France…Day3 Monday

Our first night sleeping in Paris and the dreaded jet lag.  On Sunday night our group took over “God Save the Kitchen“ restaurant for dinner.  A five course dinner was consumed with wine over nearly three hours.  One waitress handled all us all…35…without a hitch.  What a professional.  We had a choice between sea bream or chicken.  Everyone was happy with their choice. 

paris hotelOff we went to our room by 10 pm we crashed!  A long day. We both woke up at 3 am, the dreaded jet lag!  It didn’t last long and by 4 am we were back in La La Land.  Our alarm told us it was 7 am and a quick shower we were off to our buffet breakfast.  Those French know how to cook.  Fresh croissants with eggs and everyparis eiffel mel imaginable breakfast meats, cereals etc. 

It was raining out most of the morning including when we boarded the bus heading for our four hour “drive by” tour of Paris.  It was a great overview of what is available to see.  It would take us about a year to see half if it.  Here are some photo’s we took on the tour. 

We arrived back to our hotel and headed to the bank, to the bakery, and to the grocery store in that order.  We brought back a wonderful hot ham and cheese pannini for lunch.  Then yep you guessed it, a two hour nap. 

We cooked a delicious dinner in our minni-kitchen in our room and now are relaxing as we will be head out early in the morning to Versailles and in the late afternoon a walking tour of Monte Marte which is a hill that gives one of the best views of Paris.  Great first real day in Paris.

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Posted by on September 29, 2014 in food, France, weather



Getting Excited About France

With exactly 14 days till we head off to Paris, I have been digging around the net trying to minimize all of the possible places we could see to a number that we have a chance to see.  Not an easy job. 

Also noting that the temperatures are 20-30 degrees cooler in Paris than here in the desert, we are having trouble imagining wearing long pants, sweaters and of course rain jackets.  They are expecting 5 days of rain next week. 

Should be fun. 

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Posted by on September 13, 2014 in France, weather