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For friends, family and the random search engine visitor. This blog started as an experiment in mobile blogging from my Palm TREO 600 700 Prē HTC Evo,Samsung 5. Now it serves as a simple repository of favorite activities. Expect bad golf, good fishing, great sailing, eating, drinking, adventure travel, occasional politics and anything else I find interesting along the way including, but not limited to, any of the labels listed here...

Friday, August 18, 2017

West Coast Eclipse Adventure - Day 2

Klamath River at Dusk
The second leg of our West Coast eclipse adventure started with a walk along the Mendocino bluffs, breakfast in the Mendocino Hotel, and enjoying the view from the hotel balcony.

Then it was time to hit the road.

The next destination - a yurt outside of Orick, California. Some pics along the way...

Once we got to Orick we had another hour or so of back roads to find the "Otter Space" and the yurt on the Klamath that is our lodging for the night.

Our Yurt...
The yurt is clearly based on Time Lord Tardis technology as the inside is much larger than the outside.  So far, so good...

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Eclipse Adventure Begins

Photo by Sigrid - July 11, 1991
In July 1991 Sigrid and I embarked on one of our first great travel adventures together with a trip to Costa Rica. We rented a car in San Jose, drove to the Monteverde cloud forest for a weeklong stay, and then on to the El Ocatel Hotel for another week on the Pacific Coast.

There we were certified as scuba divers by Mario Vargas on our final checkout dive, and dove the Costa Rica coast with bull sharks.

Then and there - on July 11, we hung out by the hotel and watched our first total eclipse of the sun on the bluff overlooking the Gulf De Papagayos.


Yesterday Harlan, Rachel and Jonah arrived from LA on their West Coast college tour and enjoyed a dinner in North Beach.

Today we continue the road trip North with intent of getting in the way of the total eclipse on August 21 in Oregon, where we hope to share the experience with a plethora of relations.

For our first eclipse in Costa Rica, we worried about clouds obscuring the celestial event. We did see clouds as the eclipse began, but they cleared out in time for totality and the picture at the top of the page.

Oregon has a reputation for clouds and fog. We're hoping for the best.

First leg - Mendocino:

First Leg
We had a bit of a late start, but finally hit the road:

Road Trip
Dinner at Trink's in Gualala

First night at the Mendocino Hotel

May the eclipse be with us. Stay tuned...

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Cubs vs Giants at ATT Park

The World Champion Chicago Cubs are in first place in their division and in town to play a 3 game series against the Giants - who are currently 25 games below .500 and 35 games behind the division leading L.A. Dodgers. But, that does not tell the whole story. The Cubs just lost the two previous series in Wrigley field and, like most Cub fans - I am seriously angst ridden about the way they are playing in 2017:

The Cubs weren't playing at home when I was in Chicago last spring, and I won't be back to Chicago until late October. Unless they are playing in the World Series, this may be my only chance to see them play this year. The Cubs won Monday night, amid the hoopla about Barry Bonds breaking the all-time home run record 10 years before. That brought back memories, as I was at the park that night in 2007:

Roy and I decided to go the Wednesday game. It was an afternoon game and, after the Cubs lost on Tuesday,  the rubber match of the series.

The Arcade Section - Between the Field and The Bay
ATT is a great baseball park to watch a game. Probably the 2nd or 3rd best park in the country behind Wrigley Field. It's in the City, so I can walk the 4 miles from Russian Hill to proactively work off the over-priced beer and food I would indulge in the park.  Got the tickets on GameTime at 50% off of face, met Roy at MoMo's for a beer and went in to watch the Cubs lose yet another series.

They're still in first, but I have my doubt whether they'll still be playing late October. Unhappy outcome but a fun outing. Some pics from the day:

A foggy morning to start the walk from Russian Hill

Stopped to watch this guy catch a monster ray fishing along the Embarcadero

I have some video footage of that amazing catch, which I'll post later. 

Then on to MoMos to meet Roy for a a pregame beer or two.

And into the Park:

 We sat in the Arcade Section. It's the closest thing to being in the Left Field Bleacher in Wrigley.

No Chicago Style Italian Beefs, but Cheesesteak was an acceptable substitute.
It didn't turn out the way I hoped. 
I hate having to explain a Cubs loss to Giants Fans.

"Hunter Pence played 42 home games this season before launching a home run. After Wednesday, the San Francisco Giants right fielder has hit two in his last four starts. His eighth-inning, opposite-field shot gave the home team an insurance run in its 3-1 win over the Chicago Cubs in the series finale from AT&T Park. It also allowed starter Madison Bumgarner to breathe a little easier from the bench after submitting a quality start over seven innings. Bumgarner’s win wasn’t secure for most of the game."
#ThatsCub\- at least so far in 2017. 

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Lincoln Park Rehabilitation

No, not the park, my golf game. I like to return to Lincoln Park whenever I need to get my game back on track. Which is kind of odd when you think about it, as my golf game has never actually been "on track". But I used to break 100 regularly on the par 68 course, and I feel better about my game when I do break 100, so the theory is to play Lincoln and break 100 again.

Played with Bob, Rick and Stuart. Cool and foggy most of the day, with a smattering of sunshine later in the afternoon.

They started us on the 9th tee, which is apparently the weekend drill at Lincoln these days. It certainly makes the logistics of retrieving our mid-round beers from the parking lot a bit more complex and inconvenient. We figured it out.

 Some pics from the day (in no particular order):

Comparing bad golf swings on 13
Stuart tees of on 17
Rick out of the trap on 8
Stuart stripes his 2nd tee shot on 7 (this one did not land on Clement)
Bob takes aim at "Benioff's Pride " on the 7th hole approach
19th Hole
Another perfectly good theory shot to hell.

SJ - 93
BP - 96
RZ - 102
MW - 104

At least I enjoyed the vistas, the views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the companionship, the beers, and the burger in the bar.