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Mon
15
Aug '22

Home Report: Lots Of Visitors!

It must be summer in Seattle – everyone is showing up! Well, the first isn’t a guest, I was the guests – but these are dear friends from the wine shop that invited me for cocktails! Not the best picture but shows the joy in the evening. Then, my “nephew” from Nagoya, Japan and his […]

Sat
13
Aug '22

Trip Memories: Guest Post From Julian Honeycutt

Gods & Penises by Julian Honeycutt   In Japan, they say you are born Shinto, marry Christian, and die Buddhist. That is, as a new baby you will go to the Shinto shrine for purification, when the time comes, you’ll likely get married in a big building fashioned to look like a chapel and say […]

Thu
11
Aug '22

Trip Report: Boise 2X

Normally I don’t do mileage runs in summer. Too many crazy clueless travelers – and pissed off angry, entitled, travelers this Summer of Revenge Traveler…but here I am. And here I am a few minutes before opening: That is my carry-on for the day. Reading material and room for snacks. That is a Virgin Mary […]

Sat
6
Aug '22

Home Report: Guests Coming!

Time to finish the rehabilitation of the guest bedroom and bathroom (and clean up my own bedroom). Have company coming in from Nagoya (Japan) and then Athens (Greece, not Georgia). First up, finish the guest bedroom from its previous life as an office. First up, stiffening the bed for TWO guests: The front section has […]

Sun
24
Jul '22

Trip Report: Portland For A Couple Of Days

Another week, another train? I should be so lucky. Just a little mid-week getaway. Had some Amtrak points, so splurged on the Roomette for the 4 hour trip: Was surprised when there was actually a MENU in my room. Those haven’t been available for YEARS. Printed time schedules still aren’t available. The view are always […]

Fri
15
Jul '22

Home Report: Relatives In Town!

This week it’s relatives in town from Santa Fe. Three nights close by at the airport, and I’m lending them my Escapé to avoid a $1200 car rental for 10 days. Ouch! Even picked them up at the airport and fed them dinner. The next day found us at the Museum of Flight with Jonathan […]

Sat
9
Jul '22

Trip Report: Rialto Beach

Travel time again! This week is Rialto Beach on the Washington Coast outside of Forks, Washington where friends have the Quillayute River Resort with my old housemate Greg. Taking my serger and a bunch of fabric to Linda, who, with Chip, own the lodge. First a stop in Sequim to have lunch with MariJo and […]

Mon
4
Jul '22

Home Report: Deck Faeries Appeared And Redid My Deck

I built it over a decade ago; well, my maid at the time, MoonSong, built it from my design. It had seen better times… Yep, time for a rebuild! Not that I needed an ADA ramp when I designed this, nor do I now, it just seemed silly to step down two steps, and then […]

Sat
2
Jul '22

Trip Report: Grand Canadian Adventure – Vancouver To Whistler To Seattle

Starting to wind up the Grand Canadian Adventure. Another night in Vancouver before heading north. But first we have to retrieve the car: And back downtown to the Ramada on Granville: We were SERIOUSLY early to check-in since our train was on time, so Dan went to explore, and I took to a chair in […]

Sun
26
Jun '22

Trip Report: Grand Canadian Adventure – Saskatoon To Vancouver

Breakfast at a reasonable hour at the hotel: And then we were off to the train station! This is our route for the next couple of days… And after a couple of hour delay….the train: And a thank you our train car attendant Tyler, who happily snapped my picture. Actually, we have two attendants. Tyler […]

Thu
23
Jun '22

Trip Report: Grand Canadian Adventure – Seattle To Saskatoon

Well, after a week of work around the house, it’s time to hit the road! First, we have to get over the border: Might as well play the license plate game on the way: With a stop at Burger Master… Sadly, Dan doesn’t have NEXUS, so, here we are in line… First stop is the […]

Wed
22
Jun '22

Home Report: Projects Around The House

Random home projects between travels… The shop got broken into a couple of weeks ago – broke the door glass, and they grabbed the cash, and the change drawer – not a bottle of wine missing or broken, and we got a free brick out of it. Couldn’t find a replacement change divider online, so […]

Sun
12
Jun '22

Trip Report: A Couple Of Nights In The Woods – Headed Home In The Sun

After a night of rain, the sun came out in the morning, mostly. After breakfast on the deck we headed across the road for a .7 mile “hike”. They said half an hour, for me it was a stroll, more like an hour. When the area was originally settled, these were touted as “healing waters”. […]

Sat
11
Jun '22

Trip Report: A Couple Of Nights In The Woods – Sun Turned To Rain

Hello atmospheric river! Today is all rain, but we are still headed up to Paradise… And here is what is hiding behind all that snow: Unlike The National Park Inn, Paradise is more what people think of when they hear National Park Lodge…. It was a lovely place to check email with its 5-bars of […]

Fri
10
Jun '22

Trip Report: A Couple Of Nights In The Woods – Getting There

I needed some time out of the house, even though it is summer and nothing is cheap, assuming you can even book it. More atmospheric rivers expected for the Northwest, so it was the Escapé not the Miata… Even did a little modification to the Escapé to make an extra drink holder! It’s the stand […]

Mon
30
May '22

Home Report: Company In Town

Odd that I have a Sunday off, and I’m actually in town. Couple of weeks of working full time give me the excuse – and a friend returning from three weeks in Italy. Where do we start our day, why at the transfer station dumping 150# of empty wine bottles! But then we had some […]

Fri
27
May '22

Trip Report: Whistler First Time Since Pandemic

Before the pandemic, I would visit Whistler 3-4 times a summer – getting the summer lift pass and just riding around the mountains. I almost cried as I approached Whistler this time. Was an overcast day a little on the cool side, so the heater was on full blast. I was shocked that there was […]

Wed
4
May '22

Home Report: Mental Health Day Trip To The Museum Of Flight

Was feeling blue today so decided to do a Mental Health Day Trip to the Museum of Flight. Many thanks to Jonathan who got the family membership and added me. Didn’t spend much time in the Main Gallery: Headed over to the B-52 Pavilion since it was a lovely warmish spring day. I always have […]

Wed
20
Apr '22

Trip Report: Discovery Bay To See A Grave

A little domestic travel this time. Been a while since I’ve been on a ferry! The Miata gets a discounted rate since it’s under 14 feet. WooHoo. Four nights at the WorldMark Discovery Bay…nice view! No shots of the 2-bedroom unit, just the bar: Hopefully we have enough to drink – though the boys will […]

Wed
6
Apr '22

Trip Report: Spain, Part Eight, The Seriously Long Way Home

Well, it all started good…. Nice lounge, and then onto the plane: And more food: Quick hop from Barcelona to Madrid. After my arrival, things went south, quickly. Got tested at the airport for the flight the next day and tested positive for COVID. I probably sat on the airport floor for half an hour […]