Monthly Archives: August 2012

Clark Gable Slept Here

Floorboards creak underfoot, period furnishings abound, and the aroma of marionberry cobbler fills the air. We are at Wolf Creek Inn, just ten minutes from Grants Pass, Oregon, off I-5. I’d been there years before, when my daughter was just … Continue reading

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From learning about its violent volcanic history to marveling at the serene clarity of its water (one can usually see a coin to a depth of 120 feet) to spying an island resembling a ghostly galleon, Crater Lake is awe-inspiring. … Continue reading

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Taking Refuge in Wildlife

Moving up the coast, we had lunch at Eel River Brewing Company  ( and then checked out the City of Ferndale. We’ve wondered how some places get the honor of being on the “Ten Best Small Towns in America” list because … Continue reading

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High There!

One hundred and seventy miles north of San Francisco in the tiny hamlet of Leggett stands the world-famous Chandelier Tree. I folded in the side view mirrors of our Prius before inching through it. I needn’t have.   I felt … Continue reading

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Wine Country, Anyone?

In Northern Sonoma County, the town of Healdsburg holds many treasures. After checking into America’s Best Value Inn, we found a picnic dinner at The Oakville Grocery: fresh olives, cheeses, charcuterie, and wine to enjoy in our room. The following day we visited the Healdsburg … Continue reading

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The Giant Dipper

When was the last time you were on a roller coaster? I mean a real wooden, been–around- forever kind of roller coaster. After leaving Yosemite and spending a week in the Oakland/San Francisco area to visit family and attend a … Continue reading

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Yosemite 101

There was no sound other than a soft breeze blowing, but it was a feast for the eyes. We’d driven up the winding road from Tuolumne Meadows to Tenaya Lake in Yosemite National Park, and with its surface at an … Continue reading

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Next Stop: Nevada

After Idaho we traveled on to Mineral County, Nevada and spent the night in Hawthorne at the El Capitan Hotel and Casino. The highlight for us was having breakfast the next morning with our friends Charlie and Deanna Morris, Toastmasters … Continue reading

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