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Jul 31, 2018 - California, Part 4

I can’t say I left my heart in San Francisco, but we did enjoy the day in the city by the bay. Thank goodness Vivian checked the weather before we drove to the Bay area. It was pushing 90 degrees at 9 a.m. when we left the motor home. When we got to San Francisco it was barely 60 degrees with a strong wind coming in off the ocean, making it feel a lot colder. Since Vivian had checked the weather, we wore long pants and took along sweatshirts that were certainly needed. We played the role of tourists and took a 2½-hour bus tour of the...

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Feb 17, 2018 - The weekend at Greg’s

Greg, Anne, Chuck, and Tom all have birthdays in February. When we visit in that month, we celebrate. On Friday, we went to the Waterbar at the Embarcadero. We had a fabulous view of the Bay Bridge which is all decked out in moving lights. On Saturday, Greg and Tom did a buddy project on the new room Greg is building in a part of his condo that was “going to waste.” They fished electrical wire through the ceiling and walls to set up the lighting fixtures. Of course, they had to go to Home Depot to get supplies first. Greg made dinner that...

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Feb 16, 2018 - Visiting San Francisco

On Thursday, Linda Casey, our friend who lived in Rochester 15 years ago and now lives in the East Bay area took us for wine tasting in Lodi. We tasted at 3 different places and had lunch. We had a wonderful time with our friend. On Friday, a classmate of Tom’s from McQuaid High School came to visit. Nick Iuppa is an author like Tom and has worked on the West Coast for many companies before retiring. His wife, Ginny and Anne hit it off wonderfully as the two guys talked about their careers. We found that we had a lot in common including...

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Dec 15, 2017 - San Francisco

Beautiful weather welcomed us into SF, sunny and fresh and lasted throughout our five day visit. No time was wasted. Cable cars and trolley buses received a good work-out as did our feet from the usual investigative work around the shops. Bloomingdales, Macy's etc.etc. Our hotel was well placed right next to Union Square, the focal point of the city's Christmas decorations. Lights, people, street music, ice skating and more lights …. extremely colourful. Fisherman's Wharf and the Embarcadero area were a lot of fun to explore but sadly, like...

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cool down time

Oct 6, 2017 - Riding along on my push bike

Yes, I can say I've actually cycled across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. (Thanks for the advice, Evan and Rachel, it was a great experience). We left home early yesterday morning (we always leave early, this was just earlier than usual), caught the tram down to Fishermans Wharf, picked up a couple of clumsy, heavy hire bikes with lousy gears and headed off in beautiful sunshine with not a breath of wind to hinder us. We cycled through the Aquatic Park and all along the waterfront on a cycle path which was pretty, up and onto the...

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Oct 6, 2017 - Flying to Boston

The trip did not start off very well. We were on the train headed to the San Francisco Airport when Rich realized that he had left his passport at home. So, I continued on to the airport with all the luggage and Rich headed home. Rich does not have a cell phone, so I had no way to communicate with him. The plane was fully boarded and the staff were about to give his seat to someone else. I was begging them to give Rich a few more minutes when he came running onto the plane, all sweaty and tired. The steward gave him a couple of alcoholic...

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Oct 6, 2017 - I support the President, God bless the USA

Ahh yes, there are still many President supporters around, car stickers, people you talk to etc. and then of course you get the other supporters, who support Madonna, Hilary etc. and I might just leave it there. We had a slow start to our final day in San Francisco and the United States of America. Packed up this morning and then headed into the city where we did a self guided city walk around Union Square and South Market. But the highlight of the day for me was time spent in the Haight Ashbury area, known as the hippie world during the...

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Oct 5, 2017 - San Francisco - 40 years on

I can't believe we were here as backpackers 40 years ago! I recognise very little most certainly Fishermans Wharf and the old trams, many hills but not much else. Apart from in the downtown CBD area, I'm surprised at how run down the suburbs are, so many homeless around in really dire circumstances (very dirty as there are no communal bathrooms for them, many mental cases probably from drug use, many druggies and drunks, and of course many homeless who are just down on their luck). Having said that, I believe the government have set aside...

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Oct 3, 2017 - Tired of Travel - Never ...

Whooee, another big travel day, left hotel in Boston at 5 am, flight to New York, 3 hours hanging around airport then 6 hour flight to San Francisco, however local time here is only 8.30 but Boston time is currently 11.30 pm. I think I'm tired. And yet when I'm frequently asked the question, 'Don't I ever get tired of travel or roaming the globe?', the answer has to be 'As If'! I never tire of reading articles on travel, researching destinations not yet visited and adventures still to be experienced. I want to travel everywhere, to see and...

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Oct 2, 2017 - San Francisco

We arrived in San Francisco in style by crossing the Golden Gate Bridge. After checking into our 5 star hotel we decided to explore the city. Started in Union Square, then headed to Chinatown for dim sum. That was really fun, crazy Chinese women basically shoving different plates at us all at the same time! Then we headed to Lombard Street, famous for being very crooked, before walking through North Point (Little Italy) and ending up in Fisherman’s Wharf. It was fleet week so we saw a lot of the Navy and Naval ships. We got the old school...

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Sep 14, 2017 - All You Need Is Love

The traffic I encountered from the California state line, up over the Sierras, and all the way home today is certainly a different scene than when I was here the first time in 1967. Yikes! So many changes in that half century. We BBB's bemoaned some of the changes in ourselves as well, but we agreed that we are still young in spirit, 50 years better, and glad to be here. As the sun sets on the Summer of Love and on my road trip, the Beatles remind us that, in spite of all the loss and discord in our world of late, the important thing is the...

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Aug 30, 2017 - SFO to Auckland

August 30, 2017 Now that we have done 8 two month camping trips in our Roadtrek around the US and Canada we have rented a Mercedes Sprinter camper (Britz Ventura) in New Zealand. The rigs are both Sprinter 3500s but the Britz has the steering on the right and the layout of the camper is a bit different. The Britz comes outfitted with linens, pots/pans, utensils and dinnerware. We went through our checklists and found that we need to take things like a first aid kit, bungee cords, spices, tote bag etc. Our duffel bags are fairly...

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2017 New Zealand

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