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Monday, August 14th, 2006

I never really get unpacked when I return from some trip – there’s always another adventure not more than a few days away. I live in a vacation destination on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. Within a 1.5 hour drive there are mountains, glaciers, fjords, an ocean, incredible bays, Class IV/V whitewater, world-class ski trails, and some of the best salmon and halibut fishing on the planet.

Looking into the near future (August 2006), I have eTickets for Los Angeles – Auckland, NZ – Cairns, Australia; Sydney – Singapore; and then in mid-January, Bangkok – Taipei, LA, Anchorage.

I have sold my house, my son graduated high school this past May and is off to the university in August, and after teaching for 25 years, I have recently retired.

For the first time in my adult life I am free.

It’s time to achieve escape velocity! ww1.jpg

Russian River Reds and Bears

Monday, August 14th, 2006

Hiked the Russian River with my friend Jan. I try to head up there a couple of times each summer to see the salmon jump up the falls – it’s always a cool thing to check out. It was tough to get a shot of a red in the air with the delay on digital cameras, so I just clicked away and took about 75 shots. From those, I did manage to get about 5 good pictures.

Lots of bear scat along the trail – and on our way back, this brownie was heading towards us and didn’t seem to want to get out of our way. We stood our ground (and made a bit of a fuss) and the bear was polite enough to yield the path to us.


The Eve of Deduction ( I hope)

Monday, August 7th, 2006
I know how to pack all of my needs for a couple of months in a single carry-on bag. I know how to let things happen when I arrive - rarely planning a definitive thing beyond the first night after ... [Continue reading this entry]