THE LAKE MERRITT LODGE IN OAKLAND, CA.

Lake Merritt Lodge

                           THE LAKE MERRITT LODGE IN OAKLAND, CA.  The Lake Merritt Lodge in Oakland, CA., overlooking Lake Merritt, is now the Historic Lake Merritt Lodge. For over a hundred years, it has housed thousands, from all walks of life, and from all over the world. It was once a dormitory for the Y.W.C.A., and is…

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ROSCOE – RIP

                                               ROSCOE – RIP  Roscoe, my wife Shino’s best friend and devotee (I’m not jealous), and my co-pilot for fourteen years, has gone to Heaven. He was healthy, fit and trim, eager to please, and always ready to chase the squirrels in the park. It was “his thing”.  Up until his last few weeks.  One…

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TRAINS, TREES, AND ARROWS

Trains Trees and Arrows

  TRAINS, TREES, AND ARROWS  I would save my broken arrows if they were still long enough to get a decent draw on my bow. Then I’d carve my name along the shaft and put on another point. I’d save them for when I went up to visit my grandmother. No, not for my grandmother,…

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MONTANA RANCHER ELLEN COTTON

  We were on a van trip from Cape Cod to California via Yellowstone, back the southern route to Louisiana, and north through the Appalachians returning to the Cape. Along the way, we met Montana rancher Ellen Cotton.  West of Chicago, we picked up three hitchhikers going to St. Paul, Minnesota. One of them told…

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4 CORNERS OF THE AMERICAN SOUTHWEST -part 3

4 corners - virgin river

                     4 CORNERS OF THE AMERICAN SOUTHWEST – part 3  At the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, the lush forest stops abruptly giving way to the eroded canyons with pinyon pine and juniper, and a multitude of vistas as it descends to the Colorado. It is unlike the South Rim with its steep cliff…

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4 CORNERS OF THE AMERICAN SOUTHWEST – part 2

                         4 CORNERS OF THE AMERICAN SOUTHWEST – part 2  Comes the morning, and after taking advantage of the truckstop’s facilities, coffee, and food, we made our way to Hwy 191 and turned south to The Canyonlands and The Arches.   In The Canyonlands, more high desert mesas fall away to a landscape of colorful…

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4 CORNERS OF THE AMERICAN SOUTHWEST

4 Corners of the American Southwest

                            4 CORNERS OF THE AMERICAN SOUTHWEST  My wife to be, Shino (pronounced She-no, short for Shinobu,) and I, left Oakland on my 500cc Honda motorcycle, for the 4 Corners of the American Southwest. The 4 Corners consist of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona, where their borders intersect. It is the only such place…

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55 RIDES TO CROSS THE COUNTRY – part 2

55 rides to cross the country

                                                  55 RIDES – part 2  It was an easy walk getting back to the freeway from where we stayed over. I got rides to Indianapolis, on Interstate 70, then a good ride past Columbus Ohio, to Zanesville, almost to Interstate 77, where I planned to go south. I was pretty close to my grandparent’s…

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55 RIDES TO CROSS THE COUNTRY

55 rides

It took me 55 rides to cross the country from the San Fernando Valley, just north of L.A., to Chatham, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod, a peninsula reaching into the Atlantic Ocean.  Going to the Cape wasn’t my goal. I was just headed east. The New England area sounded good, and if it happened that I…

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THE TRAIN TO MARRAKESH

Departing from Algeciras on the train, we took the train-ferry to Ceuta, a Spanish colony on the Moroccan coast of Africa, where I would board another train to Marrakesh. It took just over an hour, past the Strait of Gibraltar and across the meeting of the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea.  BTW, the trains…

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