The Final Chapter…

The Final Chapter… I bet you all have been wondering just what the hell happened to us?  Were we swallowed by a haunted bayou someplace in the wilds of Louisiana?  Or eaten by a pack of ravenous ‘gators?  Kidnapped by Crazy Canadians? Or did we just turn around and head back to Key West, to lay on the beach, drink margaritas and chill until all…

The Forgotten Coast

Chapter 10 – The Forgotten Coast So…..we departed New Orleans after a 1-day delay due to heavy rains and generally crappy weather.  The Big Easy is a city that we will definitely visit again – there is so much to see and do, and we barely scratched the surface during our 6-day stay.  One thing we will NOT miss about Louisiana are the roads…

The Big Easy

The Big Easy The Crescent City NOLA The Mardi Gras City They are all New Orleans, Louisiana.  An incredible, fun, amazing, delightful, friendly, historical city.  Visiting here for the first time and trying to see the sights is akin to trying to drink out of a fire hydrant.  And if you have ever been here, you know exactly what we mean. When we last…

Grand Canyon Inversion

OK folks.  Even if you have been blasting by our previous blog posts without reading them, you MUST TAKE THE TIME TO READ THIS ONE!  It will astound.  Really.  I promise. But, before we get into the ‘astounding part,’ let’s back up just a bit… At the end of the last post, our Heroes were departing Death Valley, heading back past Last Vegas, through…

Death Valley

So, after 5 days in Sin City, we were really ready to be ‘Leaving Las Vegas.’  We parted friends with the KOA People at Sam’s Town, even though this stay was a mild hassel.  The drive to Furnace Creek in Death Valley was an easy one, with very little traffic.  Better yet, by the time we arrived, the Thanksgiving Crazies had left and the park…

Viva Las Vegas!

This chapter of our blog starts off with our heroes still in Modesto, living the good life, visiting with all our old friends.  We had a great time during dinner at Verona’s Restaurant with our old buddies Jim and Linda Johnson, and Steve and Linda Collins.  As usual, too much wine (thanks to Steve) and a high dinner bill, but what the hell, right? Dee…

Bio-Diesel, Food Poisoning, Etc…

  The beginning of installment #2 of documenting our travels to Florida (and back…) finds us in Florence, Oregon.  After getting settled into our campground, about 7 miles north of town, we headed in to fuel our truck and us.  First stop was Mo’s – a restaurant that sits right on the Siuslaw River and near the beginning of the expansive Oregon Dunes area.  We…

More Old Friends

The scanning of transparencies from the early 1980’s continues; it’s great to re-visit this stuff.  And, I continue to find images that I by-passed for printing back then.  I am not exactly too sure why that is, but perhaps it had something to do with being overly-picky about what I chose to print, given the complexity of the whole process.  But now, with the advent…

Visiting Some Old Friends

I spent most of the afternoon today visiting some old friends. After rummaging through several boxes out in my new way-cool studio in the garage, I found what I was looking for:  Polaroid transparencies I made in the early 1980’s. Back then, I had established a good working relationship with one of the local camera stores (The Camera Center on 9th Street in Modesto, CA –…

Noble Firs

Shopping for a Christmas tree?  Want to buy something that was sacrificed by being cut down, then use it for a few weeks and then toss it to the curb?  Well, if you are considering a NOBLE FIR, don’t assume it grew for a few years on a Christmas tree farm and was harvested while young.  Think again… Yesterday, Dee Dee and I took a…