Linna and I were invited over to Lopez Island for some weekend fun at the cabin of Eric and Emelie Esplingâ€™s.
A group of six of us decided to get some fresh air and head to Yellowstone for some freedom of the Covid-19 virus.
Since I couldnâ€™t fly anywhere for my 60th birthday, I decided to drive over to Lake Oahe in South Dakota for a two day fishing trip.Continue reading
Six of us drove over to Southeast Washington to see the beautiful Palouse Falls and area.
Linna and I had plans to visit Russia, but because of Covid, that didnâ€™t happen. Do we chose to vacation in Japan for Linna birthday.
Linna and I drove up to Mt. Baker, Washington for a day of snowshoeing.
After our fourth time, Linna and I agreed that this will be the last time we hike this grueling twenty mile thru hike in the beautiful Enchantments in one day. Like most one day thru-hikers we started at Colchuck trailhead and descended down to Snows Lake trailhead. This is truly a brutal trek with 4,500 feet gain and 6,500 feet descent on not so easy terrain. Our group of 9 friends started around 7:00 a.m. and made it back to the vehicles around 10:00 p.m.. I packed a cooler in the morning, so we had cold beers waiting for us.
For my 59th birthday, my wife Linna worked with local Georgian guide Davit Berishvili to provide a well-balanced 10 day journey that included hiking, site-seeing, food/wine tasting and culture gathering.Â We invited our good friend Michael Curry to join us on this truly once in a life-time vacation packed excursion.
This will be our first vacation/journey that we hired a professional guide for the duration of a trip and looking back at it now, I am so pleased that Linna organized it that way.Â There would have been a language barrier at many of the locations and restaurants we visited.Â Also, there is a unique way of driving in Georgia, similar to Chinaâ€¦.there are no set of road lines or rules.Â People will pass with on-coming traffic and at the same time deal with local cattle wandering on the road.Â But, we were so fortunate to have the best tour guide in Georgiaâ€¦Gaga Chechelashvili.Â Not only was he a safe aggressive driver, but also a fun tour guide and a true gentleman.Â Gaga picked us up at the Tbilisi airport in his 4×4 right hand drive Mitsubishi Pajero.Â Not sure, but maybe 1 in 10 cars were right hand drive purchased from Japan because of their excellent condition and reliability.
Linna and I started in Munich and drove down to Austria and then over to Slovakia.
I think March is a wonderful month to visit Japan….perfect temperature for a big boy like myself. I flew to Narita and then onto Osaka where my good friend Moto Tanaka was waiting for me.