Monthly Archives: March 2018

Knife Fighting

On my first visit to Japan, which was in 2001 I think, I bought a kitchen knife. This knife has brought me happiness and joy ever since. She has been my companion in  the kitchen for 20 years. She is … Continue reading

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Rank and Gross

So, Monday was a very busy day. I have to go to OIST, en route, I pass what was once a wonderful vegetable garden. https://quietripple.wordpress.com/2018/01/20/torpor/ Not now. I so hope that the old lady who tended it is OK. My former … Continue reading

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My Room

I fortuitously rented an apartment in San Francisco in 2010. This was probably the best thing I ever did. It is a wonderful place. There are four bedrooms, a big kitchen, bathroom, and an outside porch that houses the washing … Continue reading

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Hard Road

James has to get back to work so we set off early for San Francisco. This time we are going to take a very difficult track up to Mengel’s Pass, then back down towards Panamint Valley, stopping off at the … Continue reading

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But Now I am Cabined, Cribbed, Confined

We go over to the cabin the next morning and the people have shipped out so it is ours. The cabin has become much more civilized since I first stayed here. https://spikekalashnikov.wordpress.com/2010/12/26/dutch-oven/ Better furniture, camp beds, lots of food, solar panel … Continue reading

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Powdering Our Noses

Gassed up, we drive down through Death Valley heading down to Sweet Water Canyon where we will head off into the Badlands. The scenery is majestic. The big crunch comes at the turn off into Sweet Water Valley, the fractured … Continue reading

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Valley Boys

So, James and I head out to Death Valley. The goal is to stay in the exceptional  Geologist’s Cabin. https://spikekalashnikov.wordpress.com/2010/12/26/cabin-fever/ Tacoma loaded, we blast over to Sacramento and then take 50 over the Sierras. Up through the pines into the snow … Continue reading

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