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How Not To Mess Up A Road Trip

A road trip is an excellent way to travel, explore and see the world around you. Here are a few tips you should stick to when planning a road trip

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One more thing about the bears of Lake Tahoe

   For the second day in a row, we started Happy Hour early, at a cozy lakeside café nestled among the pines and close to our cabin. Carol wimped in with an order for iced tea, which did have the salutary effect of eliciting from our waiter the only live bear story we were to […]

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Setting free the bears

   Almost nothing has worked out for our Lake Tahoe getaway the way we were expecting. The fires threatening the entire lake area have diminished, and evacuation orders have been rescinded. Air quality has been good since our arrival, the skies are cobalt blue and the lake itself is pristine emerald green and there’s no […]

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Sequoia National Park

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Fire talk to me

   Between Los Angeles and Bakersfield on our way north to Napa last week, we passed no less than two wide swaths of fire-damaged hills. Later on that same drive, we passed a number of fire trucks addressing a fire that had recently licked its way to the edge of CA 4 near Martinez. Traveling […]

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The null of travel

   This past week marks the third anniversary of Carol and my first trip to Europe together, and Facebook is flooding our feeds with photographic memories. I’m happy to see them, because they are in sharp contrast to the memories my mind carries around with me. It’s clear from the photos that we’ve seen a […]

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The sandpiper and the sea urchin

      You would think a beach getaway would be the occasion when Carol’s active energy would more closely match my own low wattage level of output. At home, you could attach some wires to Carol as she goes about a typical day, and generate enough power to run a dishwasher or washer/dryer combo – machines […]

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katla iceland

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Fire and ice day 13:”How ya gonna keep em down on the farm”

Photo Credit: Carol Madigan    Carolyn told me about a trip she made to the Soviet Union in the 1980s. She traveled with a tour, but she went alone. On the flight home, she told me she said to herself, “I can do anything.”    As Carol and I were flying home from a bucket […]

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Fire and ice day 12:”The road taken”

Photo credit: Carol Madigan    As I write this, a month has already passed since Carol and I spent those two weeks in Iceland. I’m still trying to process it all. The trip originally fell into the category of impulse or pipe dream. From the moment we read that Iceland had opened up to vaccinated […]

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bridge spanning two continents

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Fire and ice day 11: “Stop and go”

Photo credit: Carol Madigan    I once interviewed a museum renovation architect. (And if you think these blogs can be narcoleptic, you should have read that piece!) During the course of my interview, he mentioned a phenomenon of museum-going that I’d certainly experienced, but never realized there was a name for it: museum fatigue. Basically, […]

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town of Vic, Iceland

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Fire and ice day 10:”Never on Sunday”

Photo credit: Carol Madigan    Today marked our first week in the camper. Thanks to Carol’s housekeeping skills, the van still looked as pristine as the day we picked it up. No partially made bed, strewn laundry, empty potato chip bags and wine bottles lying around like a homeless encampment, mad searches for cell phones […]

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