Danger: Sea Lion Crossing

  A great part of our journey across America has been learning about the interests and passions of our friends. When we hung out with Mark in the Sonoma, California area, he took us down to the Marine Mammal Center near Golden Gate Recreation area, right across from San Francisco. The center “is a nonprofit […]

Happy Trails, Charlie Brown

“That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.”  Linus in A Charlie Brown Christmas Shortly after I learned to read I started getting up early every Sunday to read the funnies, poring over each strip from Prince Valiant to Peanuts. One of my favorites has always been the latter which explores themes from the silly […]

The Space Needle of Brighton Beach

August 2016 Hove-Brighton, England When Walt Disney visited the 1962 World’s Fair in Seattle and saw the newly commissioned Space Needle he predicted there would be, “…Space Needles cropping up all over after the success of this one.” During our stay on the English Channel we had a chance to visit a new tourist attraction […]

The Non-Gentry Life

Posted by on Sep 22, 2016 in England, Europe, Just for Fun, United Kingdom | 5 Comments

During our trek across Spain, Laurie and I started a habit of returning our dishes and glasses to the counter when we were done with a meal. Both of us had done our time in food service so we are sympathetic to servers. And the staff in many of the places we stopped were very […]

Seven Fun Things About Living in England

Brighton-Hove, September 30th We left our home base in Seattle in early April and have since lived in six different countries. Each place has it’s own charms. We’ve been in England since August 13. Here are a few of our favorite things about living in England. Many kids call their mother,“Mummy.” Listening to the local […]

The Jedis of Ireland: Star Wars in County Kerry

Posted by on Jul 21, 2016 in Europe, Ireland, Just for Fun | No Comments

Ballyferriter, County Kerry, Ireland July 17, 2016 The final scene of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, takes place “A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away.” The actual set for that final moment is a stony island off the west coast of Ireland called  Skellig Michael. In that finale to the movie, […]

Are You Teenagers?

I was standing in line at the Starbucks in our former neighborhood talking to a barista friend, and explainIng that Laurie and I were kicking off our retired life with a hike across Spain. The young mom next to me asked, “Are you teenagers?” Of course, my grey hair proves I’m not, but it is […]