Happy New Year 2018

Well, another year has come and gone. And it’s been one of the best! Tira and I have have had so many great experiences this year: Melanie and Rodney’s Wedding, our fabulous summer trip, seeing so many family members at the reunion, being able to spend time with Tim and Barb and our parents through the holidays, and with Nicholas and Kylie throughout the year.

This year I am turning a new page and will not be quoting Col Potter. Instead, a poem:

“May Light always surround you;
Hope kindle and rebound you.
May your Hurts turn to Healing;
Your Heart embrace Feeling.
May Wounds become Wisdom;
Every Kindness a Prism.
May Laughter infect you;
Your Passion resurrect you.
May Goodness inspire
your Deepest Desires.
Through all that you Reach For,
May your arms Never Tire.”

    -D. Simone

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Summer Vacation Route

Our route this summer:   ROUTE

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Our Summer Vacation, 2017

Day -0.

I thought I’d revive this old blog to record our summer vacation trip.  Tira and I are driving north through NV into Idaho, and then cutting across to OR around Boise.  Then we’ll travel north to the Columbia River and follow it towards the coast before heading north to Olympia on I-5.

In Olympia we’ll visit family…. parents, children and siblings…. and then after the 4th of July we drive to the coast proper, and get on 101 which we stay on all the way in to CA.  In California we make it down to Redwood Valley, just north of Sacramento, and head east across I-5 and up/over to Reno NV.  From there, it’s a straight shot south and home, to Vegas.

So it’s day -zero.  We’re packed (mostly) and ready to go.  In the morning we just need to grab tooth brushes, the dog, some pillows off the bed and a cup of coffee before we hit the road.  The target for this day is Ely NV.  It’s 250 miles or so, and some 6 or 7 hours.  I plan to stay SW of Ely at Cave Lake State Park.  It looks like a beautiful area but unfortunately it’s at 7,000′ up, and they’re calling for snow.

Yup.   Snow.

The temperature will drop from 100+ two days ago, to 28 tomorrow night.   WoW!!

Here are my goals for the journey:
1) Relax and have fun
2) Sight-see
3) Arrive save and sound in WA, and then home to NV.
4) Take at least one picture every day, and post here.

Along the way we plan to visit covered bridges and other scenic and historical sights, the Pacific Ocean, and numerous geocaches.  I hope to find quiet, solitude, and yes… numerous geocaches.



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Happy Birthday Tira!  And goodbye to your 40’s!!!!!

Yes, this is Tira’s last year in her 40’s, (but I’m not telling you how old she is).  Pretty soon she’ll be well, you know…. the big “Five” “O”….  and I don’t mean Hawaii….

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Happy New Year 2017!!

Yes, as you can see it’s another year and yeah, sorry….   once again the classic “we’re standing on the front porch at midnight picture”.

This year Nicholas and Kylie came by for the classic nachos but Nic had to work so Tira and I bored Kylie silly playing games and making fun of Nicholas until he got home.  But don’t tell him.  😉

We’re looking forward to a great New Year and want to wish all of you the same.
Hope to see everyone soon!













And in the immortal words of Col Potter: “Here’s to the new year. May she be a damn sight better than the old one and may we all be home before she’s over.”

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