Category Archives: Travel

In Moro Bay

Mom and Dad acting innocent - I think they were stealing oysters

Mom and Dad acting innocent - I think they were stealing oysters

An Iditarod Without the Dogs

Bill Merchant is the man responsible for 1,100 miles of voluntary frozen torture known as the Iditarod Trail Invitational.

(photo: Joshua Borough for The New York Times)

Instructor Kathi Merchant, left, and student George Azarias made their way through the snowy terrain of Alaska during a winter training course for the Iditarod Trail Invitational.

“People need to come into it knowing that it’s unlike anything else, in that you really could get hurt out there. You really are on your own.”

By eliminating overnight stops and tripling the distance, organizers of the invitational reimagined the race as a largely unattended free-for-all intended to restore a sense of adventure.

About 90 percent of the entrants have dropped out along the trail.

Pushing the Limit – Snow Meets Survival – An Iditarod Without the Dogs – Series – NYTimes.com.

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Ride for the Trees

Environmental Bicycle Tour

The San Rafael Reserve is endangered and in need of urgent support. You can help us save it.

Photo courtesy of Emily J. Horton, Saving San Rafael, 2008, Guyra Paraguay

Ride for the Trees is a 10,000-mile environmental bicycle tour through 13 countries from South America to North America.

The mission is to advocate protection of endangered forests worldwide and to raise funds to support conservation efforts in Paraguay’s San Rafael Reserve. The fundraising goal is $100,000 ($10 per mile), which will support Guyra Paraguay and Procosara, two non-profit organizations fighting to save San Rafael.

Read about the cause Here

2009 Amgen route SUCKS!

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat leaked this months ago, but it became official Thursday. The new stages suck, with the possible exception of Stage 2:  Sausalito to Santa Cruz.  Gone are the beautiful coastal portions of Marin and southern Sonoma Counties. The great climb from the coast up Coleman Valley Road into Occidental (almost my backyard) is history,  and sadly gone is the Big Sur coast where my parents and I had enjoyed what was becoming a family tradition of setting up a picnic hours early to await the peleton’s arrival.  Merced to Clovis? Visalia to Paso Robles? Please. Have the Amgen Organizers been to these places? I expect fan numbers to be way down this year.

..but I also want to say hey to my friends in Merced, Clovis, Visalia and Paso.

What’s up?. ..homies?

Route Details Announced for Expanded 2009 Amgen Tour of California Professional Cycling Road Race | Amgen Tour of California.

Indigenous People’s Sunrise Gathering @ Alcatraz Island

Thursday, November 27, 2008


This is a one day event. Boats depart Pier 33 at 4:45am, 5:00am, 5:15am, 5:30am, 5:45am and 6:00am. The Indigenous People’s Sunrise Gathering is a commemoration of the start of the 1969-71 occupation of Alcatraz by the “Indians of All Tribes.”

Purchase and print tickets on the web. Tickets can also be purchased by calling 415 981-7625 or at the Pier 33 ticket booth. The ticket booth opens at 4:00 am on Thursday, November 27, 2008. Tickets are $14.00 per person. Children under age 5 are free.

Please note that there are no regular Alcatraz tours offered on Thanksgiving Day, November 27, 2008. All participants in the Indigenous People’s Sunrise Gathering must return to Pier 33 Alcatraz Landing in San Francisco on the last boat which will depart Alcatraz Island at approximately 8:45 am.

…And then it’s off to Mom & Dad’s for some quality family time. and maybe a little surf.

via Indigenous People’s Sunrise Gathering

Six Months to One Year for “Hugging and Kissing”?

via BBC NEWS | Middle East | Beach sex sentence ‘may increase’

Bored In Paris?

I can’t imagine that you could be, but maybe you want to know what’s happening back here in Bodega.

Saturday was quite eventful. Gary Sauter’s tools went on sale. Jonas and his brother in law (Gary’s son in law) were charged with the bittersweet duty of setting prices and watching history slowly make its way out the door and down the street. I bought a Rockwell circular saw and a drill for almost nothing, and promised that they would both see lots of productive use.

That same morning on the way home from the gym A guy in front of me on a motorcycle got hit by a woman who turned left into him and spun him around and destroyed his bike. I found out pretty quickly that I had no idea where the emergency flashers are in my Mercedes, and that all that stuff from my first aid class in June actually stuck in my head somewhere. The guy was ok, but seriously in shock, as he jumped (well not jumped exactly) up and tried to push his bike to the side of the road. There were lots of us there to help and he pretty much collapsed when he got to the side of the road. He’ll be ok. Just bruised. I wanted to punch the lady (girl) in the SUV who hit him, as she was on a cell phone almost the whole time. Grrrr.

Saturday night was the Bodega Polenta feed and I went downtown to check it out but lost interest when I realized it was mostly folks from St. Theresa’s.

Angel Island has somehow caught fire and although it is said to now be 75% contained, it appears to be half deforested. I’m wondering if I can get involved in the revegetation process. I love Angel Island, and Racoon Straight and that whole part of the bay. Sailing past there is so cool.

Everything’s great here at home, the cats are fine, Malcomb’s fine, and the big fish is I think getting bigger.

Here’s a picture of your orchid:

the little wonder

the little wonder

Happy Indigenous People’s Day, and Happy Canadian Thanksgiving. Spill some wine on Jim Morrison’s grave for me (or not), and have a fantastic time. I’ll keep the home fires burning (so to speak).

LA