Monday, October 7, 2013

A Little Furthur

A Little Furthur
                There’s nothing like live music to refresh the spirit, especially rock and roll (a loose term). This year started our tour by attending four shows performed by a band called Furthur. This group is a remnant of the Grateful Dead and has quite a following, going strong after all these years. They are excellent musicians, no doubt.  

                The first show was in Washington State at Marymoor Park near Redmond.  It was an evening show, and miraculously we didn’t get rained on and managed to get back to our vehicle without getting soaked.   Berkeley was next. We flew down to stay with Ari’s sister Debbie. The weather during our visit was perfect, warm & sunny. The shows there were held at the Greek Theatre which is an excellent venue. There was a timeless quality about this experience, most refreshing and renewing. Music is a universal language and when the songs are geared towards peace, happiness, and love, what more could you ask?

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Night Out

June 19, 2013

Our first night  officially out and about here in Cloverdale. Love the Mexican Food.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

In Cloverdale

                We’ve been taking walks around the neighborhood before Ari goes to the office.  It’s been so lovely in the cooler part of the day before the world wakes up. The birds sing and this morning we saw the sunrise and a couple of big jackrabbits in a nearby park. I wasn’t quick enough on the camera to capture the rabbits but I did get these:

Monday, June 17, 2013

On To Cloverdale

June 15, 3013
                This was the last day of Ari’s training, and was a shorter class.  We went to lunch with Bruce and his wife Sharon. They are really down home, nice folks.  I am glad for the connection. Mr. Johnson has been in the business for a long time. 
                Today was laundry day & while it was washing we did a bit of shopping at a nearby store in preparation for tomorrow’s drive. We found a fun taco place Chipoltes for dinner.  Life on the road.
Tomorrow we head towards Cloverdale and have yet to determine whether or not to visit with Ari’s sister on our way there. I am mostly packed.

June 16, 2013

                We rescheduled our visit to the bay area to visit my sister in law, so our chosen route to Cloverdale was California State Highway 29, a relatively short drive from Sacramento. The scenery on this route always fascinates me. There are so many different varieties of vegetation down here including palm trees, lemon trees, vineyards, and fields of sunflowers.  There were two lakes along the way as well, Lake Berryesa and Clear Lake.

                We checked in at 2:30, did a little food shopping and ended our day with burritos at the nearby restaurant, El Molcajete.

Clear Lake

Route 29

Friday, June 14, 2013

Ashland to Sacramento

June 10, left China Bend around 6:00 am, that night at the Dalles, OR

June 11, drove from The Dalles to Ashland

We arrived in Ashland Tuesday night after a long day of driving. Our room wasn’t quite ready yet but when it was a shower and a nap was definitely in order, then off to the pub (The Black Sheep) for some food and libations before the play, Cymbeline It was a great play and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The theatre troupes at the Shakespeare Festival do such a wonderful job. It was a bit chilly, though, colder than I had expected. I was glad I had worn my jacket, neck scarf and socks.
                The next day’s drive was not quite as long and I had my turn at driving the California freeways. I took the first shift from Ashland. We got an early start so the traffic was not bad so I actually enjoyed the experience. Driving the freeway is one of the things in life that I have wanted to accomplish and now I have. I still don’t like city driving though, as it makes me anxious.
                We found the Crown Plaza Hotel in Sacramento & checked in early. The problem was that in our room the internet was not working which simply would not do, so we got moved to a different room…..and here we are. It is a suite, actually, with two rooms so that Ari and Mr. Johnson can do the class.
                Sacramento is so big and the area we are at is not that appealing; too much traffic and not much beauty but it is what it is and all part of the job. I am thankful.  Here in this room it is clean, cool, and comfortable. I can read and write freely and it is a great opportunity to get caught up on some writing projects.


Monday, June 10, 2013

First Day...China Bend to The Dalles, OR

                We left China Bend  around 6:00 this morning.  Had lunch in  Kennewick Wa around 1:30 at the Ice Harbor Brew Pub. Great sunny day, I drove for a little bit. So far the trip has been fun. Lovely views of the river along the way. Awesome rock formations along the road the further south we got, past the tri cities area. Not used to being in the city. There is so much hustle and bustle. I am just a country mouse at heart. A travel blog is harder to keep than I thought, mainly because I am so tired at the end of the day and by the time we are settled in for the evening I can hardly think straight. We are both hungry and tired but don’t have the heart to go driving again to eat. The cost of being here out in the world is always surprising although it shouldn’t be. But this is part of our job, so be it, and it must be done. All is well for the first day of travel. We’ll both feel better after showers and a good night's rest.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Upcoming Travels

Basic map of our upcoming journey to Oregon and California. There may be slight differences in the routes on the way down if we decide to visit the Redwoods again. Dates of travel from June 10 to June 25.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

I have been remiss in recording our travels. Stay tune, as spring has sprung and we go out and about, both on our land here and points west of the Cascades and south to Oregon and California.

In the meantime, enjoying the spring right here at home.

tiny wildflowers among the pincones:

campfire circle:

all the snow has melted:

Rattlesnake Creek: