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lead image for this date7 November 2011 : Home Again

On a sunny Sunday afternoon In Palermo, I went out seeking water and yogurt for Rochelle. After more than an hour backtracking people carrying shopping bags, dodging raucous motor scooters, stumbling on uneven payment, and stepping around piles of trash and dog shit, I found myself at the end of my string...


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lead image for this date30 March 2013 : Home as Destination

For inveterate travelers like us, it's never long before the next trip starts hatching itself. Often, even before the last trip has ended! Planning for this trip began at least eight years ago, when the foundations of our world were altered (for the better) by three nights at the Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo, Hawaii...


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lead image for this date10 August 2014 : Home: Hard to Leave

So little time, so many changes! The pre-departure countdown is ticking in the background, and the list of Undones still seems endless, but we know that Thursday morning will find us bidding cats and dog Goodbye and heading north on the Next Adventure...


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lead image for this date3 September 2014 :

Home again, home again, jiggedy jig. Pi the Cat recognizes us, and all's well in our world. Now, about Trip Planning and Prius Driving. As I have gotten older (and, arguably, more experienced as a traveler) I have come to the conclusion that there are two styles of travel: spontaneous, and well-planned...


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lead image for this date17 August 2015 : 2 Days Before Launch

Excitement is building. Most all the client fires are out, the homestead is looking tucked, and we're putting our traveling tools together.  This trip covers a lot of familiar and beloved territory...


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lead image for this date13 September 2015 : Home Again

Rochelle drove us home, through the back roads north of Colusa, and across to Williams for a to-go sandwich from Granzella's. As we headed into the Coast Range's foothills, we saw smoke from the Valley Fire that wiped out Harbin Hot Springs and a goodly part of Middletown...


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lead image for this date28 June 2016 : Home Again, Home Again, Jigetty-Jig

Our internal clocks are catty-wampus. We awoke this morning before sunrise in Montréal, wide-eyed and as rested as we were going to get. The hotel offered breakfast starting at 5, so why not go see? It was lamentable, as expected, and our flight promised breakfast, but by then we'd be four hours into our travel day...


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lead image for this date13 May 2018 : Mother’s Day

I'm really just working on upgrading the display characteristics of this hoary old travel-log software. Look, it's responsive ...but it doesn't really work if you try to look in with a phone. Tough noogies!


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lead image for this date4 May 2019 : Ready to Travel

Having our sister-in-law Sharon Elkan visit turns us back into the travel mode, and the trips to fetch her from STS (Sonoma County Airport) and return her there offers us an opportunity to indulge during one of California's most beautiful seasons: when the grasses are at its tallest but still green, the fruit trees and Buckeyes in bloom, and the inland heat has yet to escalate...


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lead image for this date5 August 2019 : : Living in a tourist destination

As always, the month before we travel is a time of particular attention to our surroundings – widely agreed to be nicest place in the world. While the world around us appears to be spiraling downward, here nothing much has changed since we arrived 50 years ago!   The reason we are here, have been here for this amazingly change-full half century, is the unspoiled, unadulterated nature...


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lead image for this date21 August 2019 : Favorite Walks

One week before our trip, and I'm still enthralled by this place where we live. This has been a curiously warm and fog-free August ...not that I'm complaining! Global Weirding is definitely changing the climatic regime: big rains in May, followed by super-abundant understory and meadow growth, especially where a history of grazed cattle has broadcast European weed seeds, as on our Headlands, where the grass tops human height...


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lead image for this date23 August 2019 : Mendocino Farmer’s Market

Every Friday, April through October: Mendocino Farmers Market. Our friend Sakina is the market manager, and most of the farmer-vendors (after half a dozen years) are friends too...


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lead image for this date24 August 2019 : Happy Birthday, Rochelle

Rochelle celebrated her 74th natal day today ...or, rather, we celebrated HER. For me, pretty much the whole day was spent in the kitchen (and at the computer devising the card below) doing what she mostly does every day...


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lead image for this date20 September 2019 :

While we were away, the wave action pumped some sand into the Caspar Beach lagoon's mouth, and so there's a bunch of water there. That's going to make getting to the beach a shoes off affair...


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lead image for this date28 September 2019 :

Autumn is upon us – began this week, and the usual pre-Winter hustle has begun amidst luscious Fall weather. Lila's Maples are making glorious colors (as is the Poison Oak on the Headlands...


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lead image for this date3 September 2020 : Ready for the High Sierra?

As ever, the days before a trip become the yardstick by which our next adventure is measured. If we live in the best place in the world (and we think we do) why would we travel? This question is particularly notable in this time of Sheltering in Place while the spectre of SARS-CoV-2 peers over everyone's shoulder...


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