California, Day 3: Island Life

For my final day in California, we had plans for something completely different. One of the other national parks near and dear to my friend's heart lies off the coast from Los Angeles: Channel Islands National Park. We drove to Ventura and found both the visitors center for the park and the marina from which … Continue reading California, Day 3: Island Life

California, Day 2: Rock and Roll

For my second day of travel and hiking in California, Linda had originally planned to take me to Yosemite National Park. But after keeping an eye on the weather and the problems caused by the government shutdown, she decided to introduce me to one of her favorite places instead. I can't say I was broken-hearted. … Continue reading California, Day 2: Rock and Roll

Happy Days Are Here Again

This has to be the strangest "winter" ever in northeast Ohio. We've had comparatively few days with snow or temps below the teens, and we're looking at a week-long forecast of temperatures reaching highs between 60 and 70F. Trees and shrubs are budding like mad, crocuses and snowdrops are blooming, and lawns (and weeds!) are … Continue reading Happy Days Are Here Again