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Sacramento, California

Posted on 26 May 2015

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Free trip home. Who can complain. Technically Home was an hour East but still close enough to call home. The first thing I noticed when I got off the plane was the beautiful smell of Sac. It is a combination of the vegetation in the area combined with the air coming off the ocean. It is just a bit of humidity. It is a smell that I got used to when I lived there and didn’t notice while I was there but coming back after being away that fresh sent was undeniable. Sac had some beautiful weather while I visited. I wish some of the rain from Denver had followed me but I won’t complain about the sun and Spring temps. Not too cold and not too hot. This time of year is perfect. In addition to a couple of days in Sac, I also got to really go home and visit Grass Valley. I went to a couple of favorite restaurants and hooked up with friends I haven’t seen in a few months. We lived in Grass Valley long enough to make a really happy life and the people are what I miss most. I miss the area but love the opportunity to see what Denver is all about as well. I find that traveling is always a double edged sword. There is always the feeling of wanting to revisit each of the beautiful places that you see but yet always the desire to see new places as well. This is crux of the traveler. There is never enough time to see all the places on your list and yet you love each and every place for its own beauty and want to return to experience each place again and again. Places you have lived are the strongest. You lived there because you loved it and those places we call home will always have a special place in your heart. Salt Lake City will always have that pull for me and so will Grass Valley.  Now the opportunity to share the love belongs to Denver. I won’t say I feel home yet but it is growing on me.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma

Posted on 25 May 2015

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Tulsa turned out to be really green. For some reason the picture in my head of Tulsa was unending wheat fields of golden brown. Turns out Tulsa is the green country of Oklahoma. It’s early roots are Native American and it’s later roots heralded in an oil boom. Tulsa was once known as the oil capitol of the world.

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Lone Rock Campground, CO

Posted on 04 May 2015

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Time to take out the trailer for it’s maiden voyage. We bought a used Starcraft 1700 from 2008 that has been lifted a bit. Very simple inside. No stove or fridge but lots of storage, room for 4 to sleep, a furnace, and power. In great shape, comfortable yet light weight and still capable of getting off the beaten path.

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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Posted on 04 May 2015

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Sarajevo is a very old city with a lot of history. This city has been part of many world historical events. The city of Sarajevo was the site of the event that triggered World War I, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated in the city thus beginning the first World War. Sarajevo was a strategic site during World War 2 for the Nazi’s. The borders and government have been reshaped and included in many parts of different nations and many different empires over the years. The above picture is The Sebilj is a pseudo-Ottomanstyle wooden fountain in the centre of Baščaršija square. It is the symbol of Sarajevo and over 500 years old and still working as a fountain you can drink from.

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Knoxville, Tennessee

Posted on 07 April 2015

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I flew into Nashville and drove about 2 hours east to Knoxville. Would have been a hop in a plane for me but I thought it would be fun to drive. The mountains between the two cities are beautiful. I was just in time to see purple blossoms lining the road pretty much the entire way. Tennessee if very green. What looks like lawn the entire way and amazing little country homes. The cities are not shabby either. Tennessee has some amazing cities and of course is the home to country music. I wish I had the time to visit Smokey Mountain National Park but that will have to wait. Continue Reading

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Anchorage, Alaska

Posted on 02 April 2015

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It has always been on my bucket list to visit Alaska but seemed unattainable until much later in life. My new  job however provided a perfect opportunity to visit. I spent 4 days in Anchorage, The largest city in Alaska with a population about about 300k people. I then spent a final day driving South around Turnagain Arm and the Kenai Peninsula.  I must say this majestic land easily captured my heart. This time of year is called “Break up” and it technically is the off season. For me that is a great time to visit. Break up refers to the ice around the bay breaking up and leading to open water for the warmer months. The mountains seemed to stretch on forever on the flight up and I spent 2 hours gazing down at humongous ragged peaks and massive glaciers. It was soo cool to see. Landing at the airport you fly over an island filled with wind turbines and the bay. The Chugach mountains skirt the city and standing over 13,000 feet tall they are amazing considering that Anchorage is just above sea level. From Elderberry park near downtown you can see Mt. McKinley or Denali as the older guys around the office called it. The weather was a balmy 45 degrees and people were all out in shorts and t shirts. I had excellent food while there. Seafood in particular but there wasn’t a bad meal to be had. In particular I enjoyed Simon and Seaforts and Humpy’s downtown. Nowhere is too far in the city and while I was there traffic was very light making it easy to get around. I really wished for my 4×4 while there as I was itching to explore.  There are very few roads in Alaska but they are long. Juneau, the capitol city of Alaska doesn’t even have a road you can use to reach the city. Boat or plane are your only choices. The sunsets were intense and long lasting. In the winter days can be short with only 5 hours of daylight and in summer almost 19 hours of sun with more of a dusk feeling rather than night for the other 5  hours. Barrow in the North gets 83 straight days of full sun in the summer. Alaskan people are very friendly and hardy. Happy to talk and share stories of the land they love.

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MOAB, Utah

Posted on 23 March 2015

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My favorite freaking place.

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Los Angeles, California

Posted on 16 March 2015

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The city of Angles. LA is monstrous.  When I think of LA, it brings to mind congestion and population. Yes LA does have a lot of people but the city feels fantastic and if you know what you are doing and where you are going the city can be a real treat. If you don’t you learn quickly as the city will gobble you up and spit you out quickly. There is such an allure of Glam and fame down in the LA area that it makes it really fun to be there. You already know the streets by name and most of the destinations. You have lived them through the Television and movies for the last 50 years. The city is humongous and it is impossible to categorize because it really isn’t any one thing. LA is a true melting pot of society. Despite millions of people and some of the worst congestion in the world, the city actually still flows fairly smoothly. Most people are friendly and the weather is as perfect as you can get. There is a little of everything there. From beaches to mountains to Hollywood to manufacturing. The city has it all. While I was there I did a little work, took a walk on Venice beach, ate lunch next to 4 people that I recognized from TV but didn’t know their names or exactly what I have seen them in, saw a Bugatti in a drive through, and ate dinner in Beverly Hills. The simple fact that a Porsche has all the bragging rights of a Hyundai in most other citys speaks volumes. There is a lot of talent and creativity in LA and that brings money, so many arrive looking for fame and fortune. For me I just wanted to set up some servers and enjoy the warm weather for a couple of days.

I have seen this so many times at the Burbank airport and finally got a good picture. Thought of it as entertaining since in my naiveté I have no idea how you fly a 737 quietly.

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Toronto, Canada

Posted on 13 March 2015

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Apparently Canada is my spot the last few weeks. I spent a few days in Montreal 2 weeks earlier and now Toronto. Canada has really impressed me. I have enjoyed my time there. Toronto feels a lot like a smaller version of New York but with a nicer demeanor.

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Road Trip to our new House

Posted on 09 March 2015

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We packed up our shiz and hit the road.  Mother nature decided she liked us in California and fought us tooth and nail the entire way. Started out with a storm over Donner pass that closed the road and kept us an extra 2 nights in Grass Valley. Nothing like mentally preparing to leave only to get stuck in the old place for 2 extra nights. We had already turned in our keys so we holed up in a couple of local hotels and waited out the storm. Nevada was typically a boring and uneventful drive and we rolled into Utah and stayed with Sadie’s sister. We had big plans to spend a couple of days in Utah visiting friends but those plans were quickly altered to account for the weather. The rental truck is about as agile as an elephant on a high wire in the snow.

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