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Apr 18, 2017 - Monterey, CA

Three wonderful days in the Monterey area. The only campground was at the local Elks Lodge. There are seven RVs in here right now. It worked perfectly because this is real close to everything. We spent the first day driving the scenic 17 mile drive around Pebble Beach seeing the coast, golf courses and the beautiful houses. Our next trip took us to the wharf on Monterey Bay where we purchased fresh Dungeness crab and shrimp that Jeanne turned into a delicious dinner. We went to Carmel by the sea for lunch yesterday and walked (up and down...

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Mar 15, 2017 - Chasing Yesterday

I want to leave a legacy. Isn't that truly what everyone wants in his/her short time on this earth? Yes, we all want to be loved. But, don't you really want to be remembered?? I hadn't been back to California since I retired 10 months ago. After a week in Joshua Tree, I headed up north to the East Bay, a place me and the pups had called home for almost 4 years. I planned to spend a week in the East Bay catching up with friends and former co-workers. Or, so I thought. During my tenure at AT&T, when asked my purpose, I always responded with,...

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Gypsy Journey

Nov 3, 2016 - Monterey, CA Oct 27-31

The trip from Santa Rosa to Monterey took longer than expected but there were no problems and we arrived at our home for the next 5 nights. The RV park is a US Navy recreation site and is located in the midst of Monterey Pines Golf Club. There is one fairway right behind us and a tee box to watch out for as you turn into the park – Rosalie, at the check-in desk, believes golfers take aim at vehicles that cross that path. I can see the tail of planes at the gates of the airport – it is that close – but there are not a lot of flights and most...

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Sep 19, 2016 - Moisture at Sant Cruz, Monterey, Big Sur

Sept 16-18 Sept. 16 Now we are heading into the “Moisture” part of the trip The California Coast. First we crossed the Diablo Range using Hwy 580 & the Altamont Pass. Then the #680 with a steep climb with very well planned 8% descent at Freemont. Through San Jose and now the brown rolling hills have transformed into green treed mountains with a really interesting part of Highway 17 cutting through them. A winding 2 lane, length restricted road into Scotts Valley. It reminds me of North Vancouver. Here is where we will make home base for...

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Sep 18, 2016 - Pacific Coast Highway

On the road again -- and WHAT A ROAD!! Sunday, September 18th: Los Padres N.F. to Pinnacles N.P. Weather: cooling to mid-60s as we left the Santa Ynez Valley for the drive along the coast but heating up to over 100F when we climbed east into the San Juan Valley going to Pinnacles National Park. Route: CA-154 --> US-101 --> CA-1 (Pacific Coast Highway) --> CA-156 --> CA-25 --> CA-146 --> Pinnacles N.P. Last night from the tent we heard an owl in the distance. Before dawn we were startled awake by loud squabbling between coyotes and dogs in...

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Sep 2, 2016 - Highway 1

It was cool when we woke up and wearing a jumper in the morning is now the order of the day. A big change from Nevada. From our overnight stop at Fish Pond near Yosemite, we drove a few miles down the road for breakfast of fresh-baked a croissant and cappuccino at the local doughnut house and then to refuel. $50 buys us 16 gallons of top grade petrol. An improvement over the UK. Our route took us south again then southwest through the agricultural area of California past rows and rows of almond trees. We hit the ocean coast at Paso Robles...

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Mar 24, 2016 - A Perfect Monterey Day

We have enjoyed perfect spring weather here in Greenfield. During the day, it gets up to around 75 degrees and at night, it dips down into the 40's - perfect for sleeping. -- Yesterday, we drove 30 miles into Salinas where there is a WalMart for shopping. The other little towns along the way I guess are not big enough to support one. We stopped for lunch at a Black Bear Diner where we had excellent food. John had a cheeseburger salad which he said was the best salad ever and I had a club sandwich with real turkey. -- Then, today, we drove...

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Pretty Damn Nice!

Jan 14, 2016 - Wrapping up from home

I feel as though we needed to wrap things up. Our last 2 days were spent in Ho Chi Mihn, wandering around town, getting massages, and eating Western food. We pretty much gave up on Vietnamese food and wanted to slowly accustom ourselves back to "our" food. We did make it home safe and sound, though we had quite the day of travel which started at midnight on the 11th. We "slept" about 1.5 hours, headed to the airport, went through all the clearances and waited for our first 5 hour flight to Beijing. Upon arrival to Beijing, we were extremely...

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Aug 16, 2015 - Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance

Today was a busy day filled with a multitude of events, starting with a party at the 'Bentley House' on 17 Mile drive. Here they had a wide selection of their cars to view, along with some of their designers from the UK (with whom I shared a number of stories about or friend Joe who is an engineer with Bentley). While there Ash bumped into Arnie (yes, the former Governator), and we were given a sneak preview of the new SUV, the Bentaga. I would like to tell you what it was like, but we had to sign Non-Disclosure documents before we could...

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Aug 15, 2015 - Laguna Seca historic racing

Saturday was spent at Laguna Seca during the day, and the Gooding auction in the evening. We arrived at the circuit and managed to find ourselves on the red carpet in front of the event sign, so time for a photo! The best place to watch cars at Laguna Seca is the famous Corkscrew, and seeing historic F1 cars sweeping through there is a sight to behold! After a full day watching the historic racing we walked back to the car and had to grab a selfie at the new 'Hollywood' style Corkscrew sign I know this is a Ferrari trip, but two of...

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Aug 14, 2015 - Monterey

Today started by heading over to Legends of the Autobahn to have a look at the display of German cars. I then made Graham's day by getting him to drive the 550 to the Portola Hotel where RM were running their auction to have a look at the cars. I think this look says it all! The afternoon was supposed to be Whale watching, but the wind was too strong, so we headed back to our hotel via Safeway, and had an alcoholic picnic while the kids played in the pool

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Aug 13, 2015 - Laguna Seca

Thursday morning we headed over to Laguna Seca early, as one of my favourite things from last year was standing in the paddock, as the morning mist burned off, listening to the sound of race engines being warmed up. Fantastic! We managed to get parked in the infield of the circuit which was handy! We then headed over to Turn 4 to watch the F1 cars run their practice session. The accessibility of the cars in the paddock never ceases to amaze me. Here we had a Ferrari 250GTO and Maserati Birdcage sat in the open for everyone to look at. A...

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