2016 a year in review.

Well 2016 I am not sorry to see you go, it has been a year of ups but with more downs for me. Looking forward to 2017 and what is ahead.The year started off as good as any of the last few years with travel plans and family visits and was looking to be a pretty good year shaping up.

Starting off, a wonderful trip to Walt Disney World for 9 full days with 8 split between the 4 parks and a rest day. It was wonderful but tiring for us. Jodi was a trooper as usual, she walked as much as possible for a couple of hours then she had to use the wheelchair for the rest of the day.

Back from the trip Jodi was tired but pushing along pretty well. A clinic visit went well in mid-March but then she had an incident and died on the 31st of March. This completely shattered me, she had a spark of life that I cold not explain. It just radiated from her.

Then I was able to get to 2 local events a Concourse Car Show and the Taste of Huntington Beach, both in HB Central Park, these two afternoons were just an amazing time out of the house.

Next up on the agenda was to get up north to see my grandson’s 1st birthday at the end of April. It was a wonderful time but sad for all of us adults at the same time.

Then a cruise to Alaska that was planned in 2015 with family and extended family in June. WIth 9 of us it was an exciting time and a very lovely trip.

Then in October it was another trip up north to visit my grandson with an overnight stop in the Redwoods for the night.

My daughter and the 2 grand kids moved back into the house the first  week of November to fill up the 4 bedroom house. Now it is a lively house again with non-stop activity.

Finally the holidays, Thanksgiving and Christmas have been happy but hollow with something very important missing in our lives.

So looking forward to planning new adventures for 2017, enjoying travel again and seeing new places. My Bucket List is long and constantly growing so we will see if I can visit these places in the time left.

Planning and preparing for the 2018 Alaska adventure will take a lot of 2017 and really be exciting.

Possible Alaska Journey

I hope everyone has a wonderful 2017 and your adventures all come true.

May the calm be widespread, may the sea be as the smooth surface of the greenstone, and may the rays of sunshine forever dance along your path” Maori Prayer.


Completed Trips and Bucket List

Morning Pano


  • Monterey, CA / Santa Cruz, CA
  • Sequoia – Kings Canyon NP
  • Yosemite NP
  • Lassen NP
  • Death Valley NP
  • Grand Canyon NP
  • Crater Lake NP
  • CA redwoods
  • Joshua Tree NP
  • Mesa Verde NP
  • Hawaii Volcanoes NP
  • 9-days backpacking into Kings Canyon NP
  • Ride the Mojave Road – Barstow CA to Laughlin NV
  • Mammoth Mountain, CA skiing, camping, hiking
  • Telluride CO skiing
  • Winter Park CO skiing
  • Park City UT skiing
  • Lake Tahoe skiing
  • Whistler BC Canada skiing
  • 10-day Alaskan cruise vacation with a land add-on to Anchorage, Denali and Fairbanks.
  • 7-day Alaska cruise round trip from Seattle,WA
  • 18-day cruise to Mexico, Costa Rica, and through the Panama Canal to Cartagena, Columbia; Aruba; St Thomas and Puerto Rico.
  • 4-week trip to England, Scotland and Wales with a Chunnel trip for the final 4 days in Paris and an additional day at Disney Paris.
  • Walt Disney World and Universal Studios, Florida, Disneyland CA, Disney Paris France
  • 4-week car adventure exploring Germany, Austria, Northern Italy, Eastern France and Switzerland.
  • New York City
  • Washington DC
  • Boston, Lexington, Concord, Plymouth, Yorktown, Williamsburg, Gettysburg and many other historic cities.
  • Hawaii
  • Visited 36 States of the USA
  • Route 66 the Mother Road (original)
  • 4-week car trip across America. Seeing many historical sites on the east coast.
  • 3-week train trip to see London, Paris, Venice, Florence, and Rome, ending in the Amalfi Coast in southern Italy.
  • 3-week driving vacation thru France, the Netherlands and Belgium.
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Coastal road Highway 1 in CA and Oregon
  • 3 week adventure to Stockholm, Sweden; Oslo, Norway; an 8 day Norwegian Fjords Cruise on Royal Caribbean and ending in Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • Many other short weekend trips to numerous to mention

REVISED BUCKET LIST  (in no particular order and never complete)

o   Australia and New Zealand

o   Walk the Pacific Crest Trail (Mexico to Canada)

o   Bicycle the Adventure Cycling Association’s Sierra Cascades Trail stopping at Portland, OR then continue back along the Pacific Coast Trail back home

o   Bicycling or motorcycling the Rocky Mountains and the Great Divide Trail

o   Visit Ireland and revisit Wales

o   Back to France to bicycle the areas of Brittany and Normandy, continuing across the Channel following the southern coast of Great Brittan to return to Paris.

o   Iceland

o   Hungry, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece

o   South America; Peru, Chile, Patagonia (cruise or motorcycle?)

o   Revisit Costa Rica and Belize

o   Travel around all 50 USA states

o   Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico

o   USA National and State Historic sites and Monuments

o   Cross Canada east to west, explore Newfoundland and Nova Scotia

o   Head to Alaska along the Alaskan Highway to Skagway then to camp/stay at Glacier Bay (Bartlett Cove) and finally take the Alaskan Ferry system to Ketchikan and end in Prince Rupert

o   Revisit Switzerland and the Bernese Oberland area and hike the traverse

o   Bicycle or motorcycle Denmark, Sweden and Norway

o   Disney World with all the family and grand kids

o   Visit all the US National Parks

o   Hike the Pilgrim Trail in northern Spain

o   Tokyo Disney visit Japan

o   Highway 50 across the US

o   Exotic cruise tour of Southeast Asia

o   See a couple of stages of the Tour de France

o   Watch the Isle of Mann TT motorcycle race

Can I do this in the time I have left; I sure am going to try!