Thursday, March 29, 2018

It's opening day!

Time for another year in the most screwed up of all the professional sports.  Major league baseball  - or - should we call it the sport of the have's and the have not's returns.  Tomorrow we are going up to the Trop to see the local boys, the Tampa Bay Rays take on the bullies from Boston.  Yes, the Red Sox open their season here in sunny Florida.  A quick look at payrolls for the two franchises (from

Boston Red Sox = $234,600,428  MLB rank #1

Tampa Bay Rays = $78,219,329  MLB rank #28

Wow - that seems fair.

Oh well, I'll complain more about payroll disparity later in the season but for today I'll just make some haphazard and random picks for the coming season.

Division Winners - NL

East - Washington Nationals

Central - Chicago Cubs

West - Los Angeles Dodgers

Wild Card 1 - New York Mets

Wild Card 2 - Arizona Diamondbacks

Divison Winners - AL

East - New York Yankees

Center - Cleveland Indians

West - Houston Astros

Wild Card 1 - Minnesota Twins

Wild Card 2 - Tampa Bay Rays

NL Pennant - Washington Nationals

AL Pennant - Cleveland Indians

World Series Champs - Cleveland Indians

Cy Young Award

Al - Corey Kluber - Indians
NL - Noah Syndergaard - Mets

Al - Mike Trout - Angels
NL - Bryce Harper - Nationals

Play Ball!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

We're back

Hello anybody who may have bookmarked or setup the auto email for new posts from this blog.  In light of the recent Facebook data breach scandal I have decided to re-activate this page to share and document our travels and adventures.  Nothing exciting going on right now but we have our 3rd annual camping trip to the Florida Keys scheduled for next month.  Hope your having a great day and welcome back to


Saturday, November 14, 2015

From the golf course.

We live across the street from the 16th hole on the Oakland Hills golf course.  We took the Princess over there for some fun and games tonight.  Here are two videos from the course.

Kim and Leaya fix the trap.

Video from the 16th fairway.

These video's were shot with my Holy Stone quad copter.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

A new toy

I'll be posting video's from my new quad copter on youtube and providing links here.  This will take you to my youtube quad copter playlist.

These videos were all shot around my house.  As I get better with the controls I'll be looking for more interesting places to film.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Half way home

Greetings from Little Rock Arkansas!  We are spending a couple nights here at my mothers house before we make the final push for home.  The internet is pretty fast so I thought I would get my maps caught up.

Our first day out of Santa Rosa, last Thursday, we made it to Austin, Nevada.  We had two interesting stops that day, the first was at the Donner Pass rest area and the second was at an old Pony express station on Highway 50.

Day Miles - 401
Summer Miles - 12,845

On Friday we drove from Austin, Nv over to Salina, Utah.  Nothing too exciting that day, just miles and miles on Highway 50, AKA, the loneliest road in America.  Don't believe me - well here you go.

There you have it, Highway 50 is the self claimed loneliest road in America.  

Day miles - 369
Summer Miles - 13,214

Saturday was a short day.  We only drove from Salina over to New Castle, Co.  We stayed with a friend of my old neighbor Ken Hayashi.  His name is Jim Kuhn and he grew up back in the triple cities area, attending Vestal high school.  We got to talking to Jim and it turns out his dad lives in Rotonda West, about 5 blocks away from our house.  Talk about a small world!

Day Miles - 280
Summer - 13,494

From New Castle we drove into Castle Rock where we had dinner with one of Kim's friends from her time in Colorado.  Then it was due east to Limon, Co. 

Day Miles - 265
Trip - 13, 759

 From Limon it took two more days to get here.  We stopped in Fredonia, Kansas the first night, then made it to North Little Rock on the second day.

Day Miles - 514
Summer - 14,273

Here's the last map for the first half (or more likely two thirds) of our tip back to Florida.

Day - 365
Trip - 14,638

It's been a long week to say the least.  We have been here in North Little Rock for two nights and are probably going to stay one more.  We will probably leave Friday morning and be back home on Saturday evening.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Time to head home

It's been a great trip but it's time to go home.  We are headed back to Florida later this morning.  We estimate about 7-10 days to get back.  Thanks for following the blog, we will attempt to get some more posts up while we head across country.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

A little tundra golf in the Yukon

Greetings to anyone still following our adventures:

Todays pictures and video's are from August 5th up in the Yukon.  We woke up that morning at our favorite Whitehorse campground, Pioneer RV Park.  We headed east on the Alaska Highway then turned south on the road to Skagway.  Our first stop was the Annie Lake Golf Course.  This course is the definition of pasture golf.  It literally is carved out of the tundra just west of the Klondike highway.  The course costs $5 for 18 holes, on the honor system of course.  No starter, no golf carts and no grass!  A couple of the local rules include:  Bears and Moose have the right of way, if you loose your ball down a gopher hole (in the fairway) no penalty and make sure to drag the greens when finishing the hole.  The last one will make more sense if you view these pictures.  Video's 1-4 show Kim in action at the course.

From Annie's Lake we headed south on the Klonidke highway.  Our next stop was the Emerald Lake pull off.  As the name implies this lake is a beautiful green which you can see in video six .  From there we drove down to the worlds smallest desert, in Carcross.  The dogs had a great time sprinting back and forth in the sand, well for a short time they did.  Then they just enjoyed a nap.  Finally, we headed back to the Alaska highway via Highway 8, also known as Tagish road.  While driving up we saw a couple of really cool rainbows.  You can see them in videos 12 and 13 via the below link.

I put all of the videos for the day in one playlist which you can find here.

I also posted some pictures from Emerald Lake and Carcross.  You can find them here.

Kim and I are heading into San Francisco in an hour or so.  We have tickets for the Pittsburgh Pirates vs San Francisco Giants game tonight.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The Whitehorse fish ladder

Stories from the road.

Now that we are back and have reliable internet the plan is to upload video and pictures then do a short post describing what you are going to see.  Our first episode is from August 4th back in Whitehorse in the Yukon territory.  Kim does this thing called letterboxing.  Letterboxing is similar to geocaching in that you follow clues to find a hidden box.  The difference it that the box contains a rubber stamp.  You can read more about Letterboxing here.

We were headed out of Whitehorse towards the Damn on the Yukon river to look for one such box when we came across the local fish ladder.  The purpose of this fish ladder is to allow Salmon to get past a giant damn.  They have fish ladders all over Canada, this one claims to be the longest wooden fish ladder in the world!  We stopped at the dam/ladder and wouldn't you know it the first Salmon of the season happened to enter the ladder right then.  Of course, we have video of the event.

Here's the youtube link to 5 videos from the fish ladder.

Here's the link to some pictures we posted to Flickr.

You can view the online "Fish Cam" here.  Finally, here's a link to a pdf with additional information on the Dam and fish ladder.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Dempster Highway

Here are 16 video's from our North bound drive up the Dempster Highway.  Click here

And here's a link to a four minute video of a Caribou walking in front of our RV.  This guy was over on the Top of the World highway.

Teklanika River Hike

I've been busy uploading video's today.  During our visit to Denali we took a long hike up the Teklanika river.  Here's a link to 17 video's I made that day.