July 30 , 2020 /

A PERSONAL NOTE

She walks through the room where I am working and says, “I just wrote a piece about you.”  I got sidetracked and told her a story about hearing the pseudonyms of David Dennison and Peggy Peterson for Donald Trump and an alleged paternity case.  As a young kid my parents shared cartoon characters named Denny

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July 10 , 2020 /

ON THE ROAD – SANTA FE

Santa Fe and Abiquiu was home for us from 1996-2018 and then we returned for another year after a 2 year sojourn in northern California.  On this 6 week, 5,000+ mile road trip we were back in CA and now we have been in NM for the past 6 days.  Record heat is pushing us

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July 4 , 2020 /

ON THE ROAD – JULY 4

We are actually off the road this July 4, taking a day of R&R at the foot of Ute Mountain near Towaoc, Colorado, about 10 miles south of Cortez, along Route 160.  The history of the Ute Indians is an interesting one along with the histories of other Native American tribes and pueblos and the

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June 29 , 2020 /

ON THE ROAD – COLUMBIA RIVER

Four days along the Columbia River, 2nd largest in the United States.  Named Columbia by Robert Gray, the first to sail across the bar and into the river in 1792. The Mississippi River – 593,000 cubic feet per second. The St. Lawrence River – 348,000 cubic feet per second. … The Columbia River -265,000 cubic

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June 21 , 2020 /

ON THE ROAD – OREGON

Just north of Coos Bay, Oregon, (North Bend), we turned off Highway 101 and the place we wanted to go was closed so we kept driving for about a mile and saw this big driveway on the left which turned out to be Clausen’s Oysters.  We turned the truck and camping trailer around in their

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June 20 , 2020 /

SOLSTICE 2020

Today, June 20, 2020, 2:43 PM, PDT marks the annual event known as solstice, summer in the northern hemisphere, winter in the southern hemisphere. Literally, it’s the moment when the “sun stands still” before it starts back in the other direction and for those of us in the north, it is the “longest” day, meaning

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