Memory Monday, Week 31

Back in January 1987, The Big Guy decided we should make a list of San Francisco Bay Area fishing piers and hit them all, one by one. That was why, at 8 AM on this particular day, I was sitting in an improvised chair in the back of our 1976 Camaro watching the rain pour down at Ballena Bay in Alameda. […]

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Memory Monday, Week 30

April 1974 — During the second half of our Southern California road trip we spent a full day at Knott’s Berry Farm — back in the days when it was still a relatively small and family-owned attraction. We also visited a now-defunct attraction in Buena Park, the Japanese Village. We loved the log ride at Knott’s Berry Farm: A lot of […]

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Memory Monday, Week 29

Back in April 1974, not long before I turned 13 years old, I was very lucky to take my very first trip to Disneyland — not with my parents but with a school classmate and her family. The Joneses had five kids, all girls; I was friends with their eldest daughter, Debby. When the family headed to Anaheim they invited me […]

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Memory Monday, Week 28

Whenever my dad traveled to Mexico in the summer time and I stayed home, he always made sure to send me a postcard or two. In August 1973 he sent the above image of  Matehuala — one of my favorite towns we had visited — and wrote: “Just a few lines to say Hi and tell you I’m in San Luis Potosi. […]

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Memory Monday, Week 27

Today I decided the best way to tell the story of our trip home from Christmas in Montana was through a few excerpts from my travel journal. Monday, December 28, 1992 — “When we left [heading home] on Sunday we drove through Missoula and took 90 East to avoid the Lost Trail Pass on 93, thinking the snow conditions might be […]

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Memory Monday, Week 26

Back in December of 1992, I took a road trip with the Big Guy and his parents from Northern California through Nevada and Idaho to Missoula, Montana, to spend Christmas with my sister-in-law. We traveled in a rented minivan (crammed full of presents and trip supplies), and it took us two full days to reach our destination. Of course, now I wish I […]

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