It was wrenching to leave beautiful Santa Barbara this morning. The weather was perfect, and you just can’t fault any of the scenery. But it was time to move on and see more of this massive state.
Could there be a more lovely setting, and a greater feeling of material comfort? Guess we’ll find out as we see more of the coastal paradise cities along the Pacific. But Santa Barbara must rate right up there. Our view of the town started with its humble beginnings as a mission. The Mission of SantaContinue reading “The splendors of Santa Barbara”
Today was all about visiting our old friends, Allon and Mary, who live in LA. Allon was kind enough to show us the town – mostly parts we would have not seen without his guidance. We drove around the Arts District, which is a very familiar concept – factories and warehouses being converted into loftsContinue reading “A whiff of LA”
We always said we would do it one day. Well, Sunday was the day that we went onboard the Queen Mary, thoughtfully dry-docked in nearby Long Beach. It was another gorgeous day in southern California, though if one dared to have a tiny quibble, it was that it seemed just a bit brisk when one stepped outContinue reading “Spending time with the Queen”
And now for something entirely different. We left Death Valley on a blessedly overcast Friday, and made our way to the coast. At one point, we had to travel several miles on an unpaved gravel road. So, it was a bit disconcerting to finally find ourselves on a seven-lane freeway where we were definitely notContinue reading “We reach Land’s End”
Today was a day of some superlatives. We are in Death Valley, the hottest point in the world, but thankfully we are not here in the summer. We also got to stand at the lowest elevation in the world, in contrast to our trip to the highest city in America, Leadville CO, a few weeks ago.
Yep, right in the heart of Death Valley. We stopped on our way in this afternoon from Las Vegas, and were really smacked by the heat. It was very cool in Vegas today, but not here – and this is only April. In the summer, it seems one is constantly reminded that they don’t callContinue reading “There really is a Zabriskie Point”
They come in many packages. Some rewards are about beauty or nature or unexpected views of humanity with a different accent. And sometimes, it’s just about sheer indulgence.
What a glorious Sunday it is in southern Utah! We drove from the cold mountains of Bryce Canyon to a hot day in crowded Zion National Park. But before we even got there, we happened upon a herd of buffalo. You know how that works – you are driving along, minding your own business, and thereContinue reading “Easter in the Land of Zion”
More on Hoodoos in a moment. As we left the Boulder Mountain Lodge this morning, they were preparing for an Easter egg hunt, with children from all over being grouped by age for the big event. One young man caught our eye, as he was no Eastern dude wearing brand-new cowboy boots. No, this young manContinue reading “Who knew about Hoodoos?”