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June 2017

Yellowstone

Three days in the park

all seasons in one day
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Yellowstone tries hard to keep the experience of the park as close to nature as it can, a tradition that dates back at least to the early 20th century when the superintendent wanted to prohibit cars in favor of keeping stagecoaches. Today, the hotel rooms have indoor bathrooms and heat, but TVs and the internet are still not available so the only time you tend to spend in the room is for sleeping.
Consequently, in three days we covered a lot of the park: the three geyser basins, the lake, the Grand Loop Road, Mammoth Springs, and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. We saw numerous bison and mule tail deer, a couple of bears, and Debbie and Chesirae saw a big horn sheep while I was driving.
My favorite spots were Minerva Terrace and the waterfalls at the top of the Grand Canyon, the first a unique natural structure, nothing like it in my experience; the second dramatic action in a spectacular setting.
Wedged in-between the family gathering and parties in Jackson and our trip to Paris, Yellowstone was a quiet oasis, oddly away from people even though tens of thousands of people visit the park each day.

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Jackson Hole

Living in the now

all seasons in one day 60 °F
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We have finally begun our summer trip, our graduation present to Chesirae.
The first stop was my sister's 70th birthday celebration in Jackson Hole, WY. Details would include parties, trips up the mountain, meals and shopping in Jackson, but frankly I don't think that's of much interest to anyone who wasn't there.
Instead, I want to share an insight Debbie and I had as we realized we would be on the road for over three months and not returning to the Bay Area and our home except as visitors.
We discovered that "home" is now wherever we happen to be at the moment. We have no place we have to go, no place we have to return to, no schedule we have to meet, and no one we have to answer to. We are, perhaps for the first time, truly living in the here and now. Each day is its own experience with the choices about what we want to do today. Tomorrow will take care of itself when we get there.
I think we are going to need a few months to get used to this new reality. Being travelers along a road we cannot predict but that we can choose each day is going to be special, an experience I wish for all of you, if not for years of your life, at least for some time. The feeling of freedom is unparalleled, living in the moment exhilarating.
We hope each of you will choose to join us for parts of this journey.
Rand

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Moving to San Diego

Via Yosemite

sunny 65 °F
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Having a place to live in San Diego before we left for Europe was unexpected and brought about more changes. We had already planned to see Yosemite in May given that they turned the falls on this year, but that trip now needed to be part of our move to San Diego. We drove up on Tuesday, May 16, had a wonderful day of sightseeing on Wednesday, including breakfast at the Ahwahnee (don't ask me to call if the Majestic), and finished the day with dinner at the Wawona Hotel. Our room in the hotel was a visit to the past, perhaps a little too authentic as we had no bathroom. I guess the good news was that we had a short stay, waking up at 3 a.m. to begin the drive to San Diego.
Turned out that though I wanted the movers to come Friday, the best they could do was Thursday. I negotiated a starting time of noon, so we needed to get from Yosemite to San Diego before lunch. Not too many cars on the road at 3:30 a.m. but, surprisingly, we were not completely alone even while driving in the Sierras. We ended up in the LA basin just in time for rush hour and therefore turned east until we reached Ontario. From there, we took I-15 into San Diego, arriving at 11 a.m.
The movers worked hard an got all our furniture and boxes into the condo and storage area that afternoon. Debbie and I spent the next week getting most of the boxes unpacked and the furniture arranged, altogether making considerably more progress than I thought we would, especially as our contractor, Ray, needed us to make some decisions we hadn't planned on such as selecting the lighting fixtures and mirrors we wanted installed.
We got most everything done in the next week and flew to the Bay Area just long enough to pickup Chesirae and fly back to LA for Sharry's sushi party, which also provided us a chance to give Chesirae a surprise graduation party. Mom, Dan and Kim, Lysa and Todd, and Tyler all were also there, as well as Kasey and her girls.
Debbie and Chesirae returned to the Bay Area on Sunday while I took a train on Memorial Day back to San Diego. I spent the week continuing the unpacking and organizing of the condo. Dan became our first guest as he came down for an overnight visit. On Friday, I moved all the furniture into whatever spaces I could find that were out of the way, as construction starts Monday, June 5. With that, I flew back to the Bay Area, one more week before we begin our summer trip to Europe.

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