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We spent most of our time trying to figure out if we should skip Epernay and Paris and buy a one way ticket to California, bring Enzo with us, get out of our one year contract for the car and just wait to see what happened with what would surely become a pandemic or if we should keep to our plan, board Enzo in Epernay, keep the car and trust that we would be able to come pick him up and continue on our journey.

So there it was, the end of my epic hunt. Moby Dick and family even better than I had hoped for and a far better ending for me than poor old Ahab.

Ok, that is seriously beautiful! There were gasps of disbelief from the people behind me and I think I heard one horrified voice exclaim “They only take reserVAtions!” I love the look of it, but I was not disappointed to be leaving the House of Attitude behind. Back to my humble campsite please!

Around nightfall our host, with a mighty twinkle in his eye, asked Dan and I if we had ever had apple pie.  Instinctively we knew he wasn’t talking about a delicious baked good, so we suspiciously and cautiously said we didn’t think so…

Could there be a more charming place?  Harbor wrapping around the city center,  flowers planted and hanging from every possible spot, well maintained lovely architecture and polite foot traffic. We stayed at a lovely AirBnB in Saanich, a short ride outside of Victoria and elected to spend one full day in the city, having been there on one other occasion.  We started in Chinatown, a small, but vibrant part of the city… Read More

The point where you worry if everything you have been planning for the last 5 years was a horrible mistake.  Were your skeptical friends right?  Do you have to go back home with your tail tucked between your legs and try and buy back all your belongings you sold online?  Is it good the house hasn’t sold yet?  A bit of an over reaction but holy Hannah, this is the second trailer… Read More

Big Sur in the summer is one long line of cars, all going to the same place, all gawking at the same things, all about to drive off a cliff into the ocean at any turn and it is still fantastic.  Every high priced hotel room, yurt, cabin and camp site is full.  You can barely park to go into any restaurant or gallery or hiking area.  The overlooks have dangerous lines… Read More

Our friend Mark is a magician.  Not just any magician, an official member at The Magic Castle in Los Angeles.

One of the more surprising things we did to get ready for our journey was to go spend 3 nights in Sioux Falls,  The really practical reason was that we needed to change our state residency and South Dakota made it insanely easy to do so,

The last 2 months have been all about getting the house ready for market.  We interviewed half a dozen realtors, had the house painted and painted ourselves, had 2 rounds of extreme gardeners, changed plumbing fixtures, pressure washed the outside, steam cleaned the floors, replaced the carpet, cleaned 20 years of detritus from the attics and closets, took down the patio covers and filled 2 dumpsters.

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