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Iris Interlude

We are nearly at the end of my recalling our California road trip from six years ago, but not much very exciting or worth reporting happened on this day, when we drove the 506 miles (814 km) from San Francisco … Continue reading

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Family Flashbacks (14): A Bird, A Breach, & A Beach

Continuing my flashback California road trip report, on this date we gladly put the Artichoke Inn in our rear-view mirror, breakfasted again in the Moss Landing Café (no artichokes), and drove to a nearby departure point for Sanctuary Whale Watch … Continue reading

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Family Flashbacks (13): Yes, Sur!

Squiddy had one more day of work at the lab, so we were up early again. This time we went to the Moss Landing Café for breakfast, a funky spot that we immediately liked, full of locals. I had a … Continue reading

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Family Flashbacks (9): Giants

This day, six years ago, was the tenth in our Nebraska-to-California-and-back road trip. After a sumptuous breakfast in Arcata, we headed south, first on the four-lane Highway 101 for about ten miles, until we reached the turnoff for far-more scenic, … Continue reading

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Family Flashbacks (7): Lingering in Lassen

After a nice breakfast of biscuits and gravy in Fallon, Nevada, we drove our last stretch of Highway 50 and crossed the border into California. Our goal was Redding and we had no specific points of interest in mind, but … Continue reading

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Family Flashbacks (6): Nevada Notes

We’d planned a drive of 259 miles for this day, which would end near Reno. We had no special landmarks in our sights, but planned to take opportunities as they came, so when we saw signs for the Hickison Petroglyphs … Continue reading

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Family Flashbacks (5): Big Sky, Basin, and Beef

Today’s date six years ago found us on the sixth day of our road trip. We logged only 152 miles (245 km) but took our time and savored the wide-open spaces. We left our totally-forgettable (we wish!) lodging in Delta, … Continue reading

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Family Flashbacks (2): Crossing Colorado

Continuing my flashback of our 2014 road trip, 6 years ago today our plan took us through central Colorado. We’d spent the night in La Junta and drove the 222 miles (358 km) to Gunnison. We had fine weather all … Continue reading

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Family Flashbacks (1): Fall Finery

Six years ago today found us in our second day of a long-treasured road trip that took us from our then home in Omaha, Nebraska to the coast of California and back. I am planning to follow my archive of … Continue reading

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Bless My Bloomin’ Bugloss

Around a year ago we bought this plant in one of our favorite nurseries here in Auckland; we had some of these in our garden in Nebraska and were very fond of them. Its formal name is Brunnera macrophylla, and … Continue reading

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