We left Tucson at 8am for what we anticipated was a grueling, 26 hour and 1,800 mile drive home.  And while it wasn’t awful, at the end we felt like we had driven 1,800 miles in 3 days. One of the sites that we planned on seeing in Tucson was the Airplane Boneyard at Davis-Monthan… Read More


On Saturday we had breakfast at Renee’s Organic Kitchen and then headed up to  Catalina State Park (http://azstateparks.com/Parks/CATA/).  We went on a 4 mile hike that by our standards was pretty challenging.  And while a 970 ft. increase in elevation doesn’t sound like a lot, it felt like we hiked 10,000 ft. higher…….   This… Read More


Colleen’s birthday started out on the utilitarian side…..Colleen and Camille went to the DMV to get Colleen’s Arizona driving license and plates.  They said it was easy which is always a bonus!  Greg headed over to the Lexus dealership to have the oil changed in the RX…..the first time that we’ve had to change the… Read More


Camille and I had the afternoon to ourselves and headed out to Ventana Canyon to hike for a 3 mile hike.  The terrain was beautiful.  Afterward we stopped for chips and guac at Loews Ventana Canyon.  What a nice afternoon!… Read More


Josh and Colleen came out to our bed & breakfast for breakfast (blueberry blintz souffle, sausage and fruit) on this fine Sunday morning.  After breakfast we drove an hour up to the top of Mt. Lemmon (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Lemmon). The ride up the mountain was spectacular, with the road twisting and turning as we went from about… Read More


On Tuesday, we made the 6 hour drive from Palm Desert, CA to Tucson, AZ.  We were last in Tucson on Feb. 18th when we dropped off Colleen and Josh’s plants to their new home.  As is their custom, in an incredibly short period of time they have moved in and made the place look… Read More


After leaving Eric and Carlotta’s Ojai home for the second time we headed east to Palm Desert, CA to visit with Keely (an Upright co-worker) and her family.  I now have a system to remember the way to remember how to spell “desert” (Sahara has only one S) and “dessert” (strawberry shortcake has two S’s).… Read More


We were back in Ojai at Carlotta and Eric’s home for the weekend.  We enjoyed hiking, their new home and nice dinners together……       At the coffee shop early one morning, we were given the letter below from Jim Wall, an 85 year old man with a twinkle in his eye.  He asked… Read More


We left San Francisco around 10am and headed south for Templeton, CA to visit our good friends Lisa and Keith Gilliss. On the way, we used Yelp once again (driving on Highway 101) to scout out Mexican restaurants….and once again we found a great hole-in-the-wall, Taqueria Hidalgo [note: I was researching Hidalgo to come up… Read More