Merry Christmas 2017

Sydney Bridge Climb

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Healthy and Joyful 2018!!

The Summer That Would Not End
~by Barry

It seemed as though summer would not end this year. We even had to go as far as the Yukon to really bring it to an end. In this ever changing political and social climate, we hope that this season finds you and your family well, prosperous and can finally relax that surprised look on your face each time you open up the daily news.

2017 started off raining in Sacramento and elsewhere as the California drought was finally on its way to ending. We decided to cruise over to Australia in January and left rainy Sacramento to board our ship in rainy Los Angeles. Who knew it rained in Los Angeles!!?? In fact in rained so much that our departure was delayed a day. Once we finally departed it was to rough seas, and I mean rough seas, so rough in fact, that long time crew members were getting sick for the first two days. The seas were so rough that we were saddened to hear that we would not be seeing Hawaii on the cruise over, but gladdened to hear that Bora Bora and Tahiti would be substituted. We had a great time seeing those islands again and then it was off to New Zealand and Australia where we disembarked. We traveled on land in Australia for about four weeks and then it was back on ship for a cruise back. For more on this trip you realty should consult our travel blog at When we got back to Sacramento we were still expecting some bit of winter, or at least spring, but it turned out to be unseasonably hot. We were hopeful that out trip to San Diego at the end of the month would be to a milder climate, NOT! This continued through to November when we finally got some rain and then took off to the Yukon in December to see the Northern Lights.

We both keep busy with our hobbies and interests. Denise continues to be super grandma planning grandkid outings, doing needlework, artwork, felting, making cookies, baking club and book club. She continues to write her travel blog and trying to keep up with all of our traveling around the world sorting through hundreds of pictures, making videos and writing travel stories. She has been making pillows for everyone with great embroidery graphics and sayings to the pleasure of all.

Barry is still busy with his Rotary Club but has given up his role as newsletter editor and secretary as of July. He continues as newsletter editor for his MG club but his term ended on the local community association and with that his job as monthly newsletter, Grants Chair and Secretary. He has continued woodturning and purchased a much larger lathe so he can make larger bowls. He has made a plethora of bottle stoppers, and wood handles for everything. He has joined the American Association of Woodturners as well as the Norcal Woodturners Club so he can expand his experience and woodturning projects. Barry continues to tinker with his 1973 MGBGT taking out the dents and prepping it for paint. He says, “It is almost done.” He took Banyan on a MG Ride with the Club members along the Delta. Banyan talked the whole way down and slept the whole way back. They both had a great time.

In July, our dear friend, Caroline hosted us AGAIN, so that we could visit her as well as Jon & Kathryn and Denise’s folks. Caroline took us on a seven bridges, seven mile San Diego urban hike.  Then we were fortunate to host her up or at. We saw Beach Blanket Babylon in North Beach, the Summer of Love Exhibit at the de Young Museum , walked across the Golden Park and across Golden Gate Bridge and into Saucilito,  bicycled in Mill Valley and Tiburon and strolled Dillon Beach.

By the time August came around we got notice that rooms were available at East Oregon State University for the eclipse and we were off again. This time we drove, and drove, and drove to reach Boise, Idaho where we stayed overnight and then drove on to La Grande, Oregon, a university town like no other, really, there is not much there and it is quite unlike what you’ve heard about other university towns. The eclipse was not life changing but worth the trip. There is an eerie quite when the moon blocks the sun and it goes dark and cold; and then in two minutes its all back to normal. We had a great time, drove a lot and don’t need to do it again.

In September it was off to New York for a fall colors cruise up the eastern coast to Halifax, Nova Scotia and back. We saw some colors but not the vibrancy that you see in the photos. After the cruise we took some more time and drove to Camden, Maine where we picked up a schooner with 18 other people for 4 days in Penobscot Bay with a lobster bake on a remote island and sailing around the bay. After the cruise we toured Deerfield and Sturbridge Village to see what 17th and 18th century living was really like. We were fortunate to see the Sleepy Hollow play performed at night in Sturbridge Village, truly a great experience.

Early in December we took off for the Yukon in hopes to see the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis. Denise found a “resort” in the Yukon where we stayed in a private cabin and dined in the chalet. We had hot rock massages, great food, went dog sledding, snow mobiling and wild life viewing. We were not fortunate enough to see the Lights, but we do know what -17degrees feels like now. We think some body parts are still thawing out!

H,J,N&B in Arnold
Jungle Bird Kathryn&Jon
Polar Express, Old Sacramento

The extended family is doing well. Heather, Justin, Novella and Banyan are well. Heather continues with her art, web design and work for Sierra 2. Justin continues to work at Sutter and continues to experiment with his BBQ and other cooking techniques. Novella and Banyan are both growing like weeds. Novella is in the third grade while Banyan is in Kindergarten. Heather and Justin have been spending time fixing their house in anticipation of selling and moving elsewhere in Sacramento in 2018. Jon and Kathryn are well. Jon has moved on from the Chevy dealership to Hyundai and likes it much better there. Kathryn is close to completing her schooling for her certificate in Cardiovascular Technology . They are still living in San Diego.

We hope that you will have a wonderful and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and that you enjoyed 2017 as much as we did. We look forward to the future with more fun, family and travel.







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