Road Trips

Cranberry Bogs and Desserts

After a week of visiting with friends near Portland, Oregon we are back on the road. Driving south along the Oregon coast on Highway 101 we saw a ‘U-Pick Cranberries’ sign. Having just gotten a new recipe for cranberries and never having seen a cranberry bog we made a quick stop. I was expecting to be wading through standing water but apparently they only flood the bog when it’s time to harvest so the berries will float to the top while the machine pulls them off the plants. This dessert is amazing! Give it a shot. It’s easy and you...
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Close Encounters

We’re still in Denver enjoying the comforts of living on shore. Last week we took a little trip up to South Dakota to see “the heads” and some amazing wildlife. On our way back we nearly had a close encounter of a third kind in Wyoming… Buffalo in Custer State Park Devil’s Tower (featured in the movie: Close Encounters of the Third Kind in 1977) Prayer-flags at Devil’s Tower Mount Rushmore at night At Bear Country

From the Ocean to the Prairies

After over a week on the road we just made it to our destination of Denver, Colorado where we are visiting with Mike’s family. We’ve been camping out of our mini van, for which Mike built a platform-bed after removing the two rows of back seats. All of our clothes and most gear is stored in under-bed storage bins below the platform. Even my inflatable kayak is under there! We visited Utah’s national parks from Arches to Zion, but the highlight so far was a 10 mile paddle down the Colorado River from below the Glen Canyon dam to Lees Ferry...
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America’s Cup

We just returned from a 5-day trip up to San Francisco to see the America’s Cup boats. Right now is the Louis Vuitton Cup, the races that decide who goes to the America’s Cup which starts in September. Long gone is the big helm to stand behind – these boats are steered with the push of a botton and are so fast the sailors have to wear helmets. On the way home we drove back via Highway 1. If you have not made this drive I would highly recommend it. We’ve made it several times and never tire of the views....
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San Diego

San Diego, California — Every time I come back to Southern California I wonder why I ever left. Beautiful beaches, the smell of sex-wax in the air, perfect weather year-round, great little surf towns up and down the coast. Not to mention excellent sailing conditions. After leaving Germany at 15 years of age, San Diego was my first home in the US. I went to high school and college here and made it my home for nearly 15 years. Nowhere else have I ever spent this much time. Not to mention my parents lived here until they started cruising Mexico...
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Video | Road Trip into the Mountains

Last week we rented a car for four days to take a trip into the Sierra Marde Mountains. I love road trips! Especially since Mike usually does the driving. The first thing we noticed was the amazing temperature difference. While Puerto Vallarta has been unbearably hot and humid, it was very comfortable as soon as we gained some elevation. So much for cool ocean breezes. The road to mile-high Guadalajara was five hours of mostly pot-holed country road. Being Mexico’s second largest city, there are somewhere between 4 to 7 million people who live in Guadalajara’s metro area! That generates a lot of traffic, both...
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