Wine Country California

Napa and Sonoma Valleys are wine lover's heaven.   With 100,000 acres of land dedicated to the vine, if you can't find a bottle you like - you just aren't looking!  …

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Growing up in San Diego

I have really fond memories of growing up in California.  We moved from Detroit Michigan in 1950 when I was four years old.    My grandparents had already made the move the…

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Retire in San Diego, California

Unlike her big sister Los Angeles, just 100 miles to the north, San Diego is relatively free of smog and much more laid back.   Her 1.3 million people live all…

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California Highway 101 in the Winter

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After driving up and down I-5 between Bellingham Washington and San Diego California dozens of times, after retirement we decided to take the 5th wheel on a ‘snowbird trip’ along the coast route following Hwy 1 or Hwy 101.   I mean, who wants to be in Washington in the winter?   We planned a 3 month trip using our campground memberships when we could, cutting the cost of an overnight stay from $30-$60+ a night down to $15.

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Retire in Ellensburg, Washington

A good number of those who retire in Ellensburg Washington find it a perfect place to live, located along I-90 about half way between Seattle and Spokane.   On the sunny side of the…

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Portland Pedal Power!

Friends Steve and Susan have been retired for several years.   They parked their car in the garage and put it on a low voltage charger and pedal their bikes or take…

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Washington….It’s so much more than rain!

When you think about Washington, most people think rain, Space Needle, coffee, rain, ferry boats, Pikes Place Market, and let’s not forget the rain! Locals know better. Although Seattle does have a lot of gray days, Seattle gets just 37 inches of precipitation per year, while NYC gets 49, Boston gets 42, Miami has 58 and parts of Hawaii get a whole lot more! The mountain peak in the Olympic Rainforest sees over 200 inches each year. What Washington does have is green green forests, 900 miles of waterway, 170 islands, mountains and farmland, the mighty Columbia River – and lots and lots of coffee!

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