The NCAA was nice enough to put the Nebraska-USC game in San Diego. My brother attended Nebraska and is a die-hard Husker fan so he and his wife took the midnight train from Kingman, AZ to Fullerton, CA where I picked them up at 7 a.m.
After a day of fun in Las Vegas, I headed to Death Valley National Park. The name is ominous; however, I remind myself that I am visiting in December and not in August.
On a lark, I decided to take a Wildlife Cruise at Channel Islands National Park: 3 hours cost me $34 and it was a beautiful day. The cruise left at 9:30 a.m. The lark hit me about 8:30 a.m. while having coffee with my brother-in-law Steve. I love it when a last minute plan comes together!
I don’t claim to be an expert on Fort Worth restaurants. We went to a few in the course of a weekend. We arrived fairly late (at least for me) Friday night. The hotel has a Thai restaurant but we were not in the mood for Thai. We could see restaurants on the next block so we headed that way. After looking at a few restaurants, we settled on Risckey’s Barbecue. The food was quite tasty (we both had sandwiches) but the service and presentation were lacking.
On Sunday I decided to head in the other direction from the Embassy Suites. The general area is known as Sundance Square which is an approximately 30 square block area of downtown Fort Worth.
I found myself in Forth Worth for the weekend. Fort Worth has invested in a nifty web site which has lots of cool photos and a modern layout but is devoid of information. Very disappointed. Annoyed too.
I took an impromptu car trip last week – from Houston to Iowa and back. I had some extra time in my schedule so I decided to add to my National Park Stamp Collection by visiting the National Parks, Monuments, Historic Sites in Arkansas. My plan looked like this:
Portland has a few nicknames: Rose City and Bridge City seem to be the most widely used. The bridges in Portland drew me in immediately. Bridges are fascinating to me in general – I am mesmerized by drawbridges in particular. Then I found out that I could walk across most of the Portland bridges…
Why was I in Portland? My sister and I took a one week Introduction to Bicycle Maintenance Class at the United Bicycle Institute in Northeast Portland. Now – this is probably like my trip to Europe: many of you are envious or wish you could have joined me. Perhaps next time.
Hiking in Portland in August is ideal. The weather is great: bright and sunny with a high temperature about 80 degrees and low humidity. The hiking is abundant: parks everywhere with well-marked trails. The people are friendly and helpful – offering tips and gladly answering questions.