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.

Back in California!

We got back to California last Thursday.  It's kind of depressing when a trip gets over so I haven't gotten my last post for this trip done until today.  I did manage to get a couple more video's posted up on youtube.  This link should take you to the most recent uploads.

On to the last few maps for the Alaska adventure.  Last Tuesday we drove from Harrison Hot Springs to Woodburn, Oregon.  We stayed at an interesting little campground right off Interstate 5 next to an outlet mall.

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That days' drive was 354 miles which brought our summer total to 11,861.  On Wednesday, we drove from Woodburn down to Mount Shasta, Ca.  We stayed at the Mount Shasta KOA campground.  This was where we spent the first night three years ago, when we did our first Alaska trip.

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Day Miles - 331
Summer Total - 12,192

Our final day out was last Thursday.  We drove from Mount Shasta here to Santa Rosa.

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Final Alaska trip day total - 252
Current Summer trip total - 12,444

What a trip!  What fun!  We are in the process of sorting through the thousands of pictures we have and hundreds of 1 minute on the road video's we shot this summer.  We will continue to post pics and videos as we get organized.

We will be here in California until at least next Wednesday, then we start back for Florida.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Coming to an End

We arrived in Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia last night to a dismal climate with rain, lightening, and lots of thunder, but today proved to be a gorgeous, warm day. And as I sit here in our campsite, I'm saddened by the fact that the trip is two days from being completed. I just can't believe how fast the entire trip has gone-where in the world did seven weeks go? But then I realize that instead of being a bit sad because it's ending, I think about how lucky I am to have done this trip with Doug and especially my Mom. Not many people get to spend so much time with a parent later in their lives so I'm thrilled to have this opportunity. 

Traveling tends to change people from all the experiences, but then traveling so far North to Alaska, the Yukon, and the Northwest Territories really makes a tremendous impact. You learn to treasure moments each day that make you smile, laugh, or just cry because they add a little bit to your life story. One such moment was just over a week ago in Watson Lake, Yukon when we stopped at the Sign Post Forest. Back when the Alaska Highway was being built in 1942, a homesick soldier from Illinois placed a sign in Watson Lake with the name of his hometown and the distance back to that town. Little did he know what an impact his simple task would become because today over 77,000 people have placed signs in the "Forest" that have become a little part of their stories. So for the last two years, I have talked about making a sign and putting it up at the "Forest" and this year I did just that. I made a sign with all of our names on it, including the dogs, and together we put the sign up representing a little story of our lives. It was an overwhelming experience for me putting the sign up, but then I had to turn away because I was really crying when my Mom made us promise to revisit the sign in 50 years. It made me happy to have the sign there, but then I realized that maybe my Mom won't be here if we ever revisit our sign. But at least we have a sign up saying that yes we were here!  Here's a picture of the sign and us posing with the sign.

Another such impact on this trip was finally making the journey all the way to Tuktoyuktuk, Northwest Territories. Our hopes were dashed during the early part of the trip when the highway to Inuvik, Northwest Territories was closed, but then when the road reopened, I knew we had a chance to fulfill a dream. And we did it in style! The plane was only a four seater so we had the plane and pilot all to ourselves both going and returning. So when the pilot spotted four beluga whales, we were able to circle back to watch them for several minutes. Then we had the tour guide to ourselves which made it seem more intimate of a tour. I even got to stop at the post office to take pictures and mail a few postcards. In fact, the tour guide got a kick out of the fact that the postcards we mailed from his little post office were going to Florida and California. And finally the real thrill of the trip was being able to wade into the Arctic Ocean and freeze our feet of course!!! But I really don't know anyone else who has traveled that far north to the Arctic Ocean and put their feet into it's icy waters. And that part of the trip is another part of our story for the rest of our lives.

There are many more other adventures we've added to our story, but I guess what I want to convey is how important it is to experience life every chance you get. We get one shot at this so we have to make it count for something. And each day we experience anything, it becomes another piece to our story. I'm happy to have added many more stories on this trip; many will never be forgotten.

Thank you for joining us on this incredible journey. It's not over; it's just another new chapter.