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  1.  Seven bikes, mostly red     14 September 2018    Film, Motorcycles
         Sep 14, 2018
  Film, Motorcycles  
  2.  Aliens    15 September 2018    Film, Motorcycles
         Sep 15, 2018
  Film, Motorcycles  
  3.  The scanning begins    12 June 2020    Film, Motorcycles
         Jun 12, 2020
  Film, Motorcycles  
  4.  Biking in the snow    13 June 2020    Film, Lee Vining Motorcycles
         Jun 13, 2020
  Film, Lee Vining, Motorcycles  
  5.  Biking in the summer    14 June 2020    Film, Motorcycles
         Jun 14, 2020
  Film, Motorcycles  
  6.  Bikes in The Hague    16 June 2020    Film, Motorcycles The Hague NL
         Jun 16, 2020
  Film, The Hague, NL, Motorcycles  
  7.  Liberté, égalité, fraternité    17 June 2020    Film, Paris
         Jun 17, 2020
  Paris, Film  
  8.  Backpacking with Buddy    18 June 2020    Film, Trinity Alps California
         Jun 18, 2020
  Trinity Alps, California, Film  
  9.  Trinity Alps    19 June 2020    Film, Panorama Trinity Alps California
         Jun 19, 2020
  Film, Trinity Alps, California, Panorama  
10.  Area 51    20 June 2020    Film, Nevada
         Jun 20, 2020
  Nevada, Film  
11.  Hiking the Cinque Terre    21 June 2020    Cinque Terre Film,
         Jun 21, 2020
  Film, Cinque Terre  
12.  La Torre del Mangia    23 June 2020    Film, Siena Italy
         Jun 23, 2020
  Italy, Film, Siena  
13.  A colourful guard    25 June 2020    Film, Rome Italy
         Jun 25, 2020
  Italy, Film, Rome  
14.  The Sisters Under the Arches    28 June 2020    Film, Maastricht NL
         Jun 28, 2020
  NL, Maastricht, Film  
15.  Arcosanti    29 June 2020    Film, Motorcycles Arizona
         Jun 29, 2020
  Film, Arizona, Motorcycles  
16.  State lines    30 June 2020    Film, Motorcycles Arizona Nevada New Mexico Utah
         Jun 30, 2020
  Utah, New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona, Film, Motorcycles  
17.  Bermuda short    1 July 2020    Film, Bermuda
         Jul 1, 2020
  Bermuda, Film  
18.  A grey day in Grenoble    3 July 2020    Film, Grenoble France
         Jul 3, 2020
  Grenoble, France, Film  
19.  Around Death Valley    4 July 2020    Death Valley Film, Motorcycles California
         Jul 4, 2020
  Film, Death Valley, California, Motorcycles  
20.  Siena arch    5 July 2020    Film, Siena Italy
         Jul 5, 2020
  Film, Italy, Siena  
21.  Zoom zoom    6 July 2020    Cars Film, Redwood City
         Jul 6, 2020
  Cars, Film, Redwood City  
22.  Two bridges in Florence    7 July 2020    Film, Florence Italy
         Jul 7, 2020
  Italy, Florence, Film  
23.  Eze     8 July 2020    Film, Nice France
         Jul 8, 2020
  France, Nice, Film  
24.  Pont Saint-Benezet    9 July 2020    Avignon Film, France
         Jul 9, 2020
  Avignon, Film, France  
25.  Avignon    10 July 2020    Avignon Film, France
         Jul 10, 2020
  Avignon, Film, France  
26.  Cinque Terre hike starts here    11 July 2020    Cinque Terre Film, Italy
         Jul 11, 2020
  Film, Cinque Terre, Italy  
27.  Through town on the Cinque Terre    12 July 2020    Cinque Terre Film, Italy
         Jul 12, 2020
  Film, Cinque Terre, Italy  
28.  A vineyard on the Cinque Terre    13 July 2020    Cinque Terre Film, Italy
         Jul 13, 2020
  Italy, Cinque Terre, Film  
29.  Hiking up Half Dome    14 July 2020    Film, Hiking Yosemite California
         Jul 14, 2020
  California, Yosemite, Film, Hiking  
30.  More from Half Dome    15 July 2020    Film, Hiking Yosemite California
         Jul 15, 2020
  California, Yosemite, Film, Hiking  
31.  Hiking in Yosemite    16 July 2020    Film, Hiking Yosemite California
         Jul 16, 2020
  Film, Yosemite, California, Hiking  
32.  At the top of Mount Tam    17 July 2020    Film, California
         Jul 17, 2020
  California, Film  
33.  Marin headlands hikers    20 July 2020    Film, Hiking California
         Jul 20, 2020
  Film, California, Hiking  
34.  Wheeler Peak    21 July 2020    Film, Hiking Nevada
         Jul 21, 2020
  Film, Nevada, Hiking  
35.  The top of Wheeler Peak    23 July 2020    Film, Hiking Nevada
         Jul 23, 2020
  Nevada, Film, Hiking  
36.  Hot and dry    24 July 2020    Death Valley Film, California
         Jul 24, 2020
  California, Death Valley, Film  
37.  East Bay hike    28 July 2020    Film, Hiking California
         Jul 28, 2020
  California, Film, Hiking  
 
 
 
1. Seven bikes, mostly red
14 September 2018    Film  Motorcycles 
S   M   L
1. Seven bikes, mostly red    
14 September 2018    Film, Motorcycles   
 
 
 
 

I had a motorbike period that started when I lived on Fell Street in SF. My first bike was a simple second-hand Yamaha, it was green, but I soon moved on to more sophisticated German models. During this time our travels were largely by bike. We rode through most of the states in the western US. It was an interesting way of seeing the country, with minimal gear, all exposed to the elements. It was also good for meeting people, especially old guys who used to ride a bike, they'd approach when I happened to be at a stop, always wanting to bend my ear with their motorbike memories.

This period of motorcycle touring lasted about a decade. This was was well before my first digital camera so I've not got much photographic evidence. It ended pretty much as suddenly as it started. I sold my last bike, the Ducati, and went back to travelling the old-fashioned way, by airplane.

The photos below are all scans, using negatives. Funny, I once thought I had a lot of old paper photos, a whole huge box full, but now, after years of accumulating terabytes of files, all those pre-digital photos don't seem so voluminous.

 
 
 
 
My first, a Yamaha
     
An inexpensive bike, good for learning and around town, but not something you'd want to sit on all day.
 
 
 
My first, a Yamaha
     
An inexpensive bike, good for learning and around town, but not something you'd want to sit on all day.
 
 
 
My first, a Yamaha
     
An inexpensive bike, good for learning and around town, but not something you'd want to sit on all day.
 
 
The electric K75s
     
A lovely bike, the K75s. It may have had an odd cylinder count but it was smooth as if electric. A relaxing drive even on long days, though its strength was straight lines not twisties.
 
 
 
The electric K75s
     
A lovely bike, the K75s. It may have had an odd cylinder count but it was smooth as if electric. A relaxing drive even on long days, though its strength was straight lines not twisties.
 
 
 
The electric K75s
     
A lovely bike, the K75s. It may have had an odd cylinder count but it was smooth as if electric. A relaxing drive even on long days, though its strength was straight lines not twisties.
 
 
My second, a K75s
     
 
 
 
My second, a K75s
     
 
 
 
My second, a K75s
     
 
 
Paul's K1100
     
Paul's very swift inline four. A beauty.
 
 
 
Paul's K1100
     
Paul's very swift inline four. A beauty.
 
 
 
Paul's K1100
     
Paul's very swift inline four. A beauty.
 
 
The lovely in every way r1100rs
     
My favorite. Fun to look at, plenty fast, a throbbing opposed twin, and a trick front suspension that gave it great handling.
 
 
 
The lovely in every way r1100rs
     
My favorite. Fun to look at, plenty fast, a throbbing opposed twin, and a trick front suspension that gave it great handling.
 
 
 
The lovely in every way r1100rs
     
My favorite. Fun to look at, plenty fast, a throbbing opposed twin, and a trick front suspension that gave it great handling.
 
 
Land of enchantment
     

Another motorcycle trip. This trip covered Arcosante in Arizona, then New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, and then home to California.

 
 
 
Land of enchantment
     

Another motorcycle trip. This trip covered Arcosante in Arizona, then New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, and then home to California.

 
 
 
Land of enchantment
     

Another motorcycle trip. This trip covered Arcosante in Arizona, then New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, and then home to California.

 
 
Well that sucks
     

An ill-timed trip to the eastern Sierra left us holed up for days in Lee Vining, a one-cafe town but we did get to see our friend Stephen. Paul's GS looks like it could be ridden in the snow, what with its knobby tires and insect-like pose, but no it doesn't work in the snow. And every time we tried the CHiPS stopped us.

 
 
 
Well that sucks
     

An ill-timed trip to the eastern Sierra left us holed up for days in Lee Vining, a one-cafe town but we did get to see our friend Stephen. Paul's GS looks like it could be ridden in the snow, what with its knobby tires and insect-like pose, but no it doesn't work in the snow. And every time we tried the CHiPS stopped us.

 
 
 
Well that sucks
     

An ill-timed trip to the eastern Sierra left us holed up for days in Lee Vining, a one-cafe town but we did get to see our friend Stephen. Paul's GS looks like it could be ridden in the snow, what with its knobby tires and insect-like pose, but no it doesn't work in the snow. And every time we tried the CHiPS stopped us.

 
 
The Monster
     

I never took the Monster far from home, it was too darty, too windy, too tiring for any distance. But it was f-ing sexy.

 
 
 
The Monster
     

I never took the Monster far from home, it was too darty, too windy, too tiring for any distance. But it was f-ing sexy.

 
 
 
The Monster
     

I never took the Monster far from home, it was too darty, too windy, too tiring for any distance. But it was f-ing sexy.

 
 
Elemental yet elegant
     
 
 
 
Elemental yet elegant
     
 
 
 
Elemental yet elegant
     
 
 
Paul's slick ST2
     
 
 
 
Paul's slick ST2
     
 
 
 
Paul's slick ST2
     
 
 
2. Aliens
15 September 2018    Film  Motorcycles 
2. Aliens   
15 September 2018    Film, Motorcycles   
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
James and Paul on the ET highway
     
 
 
 
James and Paul on the ET highway
     
 
 
 
James and Paul on the ET highway
     
 
 
3. The scanning begins
12 June 2020    Film  Motorcycles 
3. The scanning begins   
12 June 2020    Film, Motorcycles   
 
 
 
 

I'm scanning a box of pre-2004 photos, that being the year I got my first digital camera. I'm scanning negatives and ignoring the prints. Each strip of negatives is fed into a Nikon LS-40, which spits out a jpg every 2 minutes. So far I'm at 475 photos and I figure I'll be done by, um, the end of summer. It's not a bad task: each photo slowly reveals on the screen then is automatically saved as a jpg, then the LS-40 moves to the next. It's something that can be done while doing something else. I even scanned whilst on a Zoom board meeting, the webcam mic didn't pick up the scanner whir.

The scanned photos were taken with the simplest of Nikons, a camera I'd now find curious as it offered no adjustments at all. This is the opposite of current cameras, at least the ones I buy, covered with buttons and dials and embedded with pages of menus. My newest camera came with a 300+ page manual yet the coverage of many of the functions is so cursory you have to go online for guidance. But I digress.

 
 
 
 
Paul taking a break
     
This was taken in the summer of 1998, somewhere on the east side of the Rockies. One of the rare times I shot black and white film. My gut says it's Montana but it might be Wyoming. Back in the day Paul and I used to take several weeks-long motorcycle trips each year. This image is stitched from two shots.
 
 
 
Paul taking a break
     
This was taken in the summer of 1998, somewhere on the east side of the Rockies. One of the rare times I shot black and white film. My gut says it's Montana but it might be Wyoming. Back in the day Paul and I used to take several weeks-long motorcycle trips each year. This image is stitched from two shots.
 
 
 
Paul taking a break
     
This was taken in the summer of 1998, somewhere on the east side of the Rockies. One of the rare times I shot black and white film. My gut says it's Montana but it might be Wyoming. Back in the day Paul and I used to take several weeks-long motorcycle trips each year. This image is stitched from two shots.
 
 
4. Biking in the snow
13 June 2020    Film  Lee Vining, Motorcycles 
S   M   L
4. Biking in the snow   
13 June 2020    Film, Lee Vining, Motorcycles   
 
 
 
 

A lot of my old photos are of motorcycle trips. These two, from 1998, are of our attempt to ride our bikes to Death Valley in winter. No this wasn't very clever. After a few days holed up in Lee Vining we abandoned the effort and hitched a ride out of the snow.

 
 
 
 
We tried heading east into Nevada ...
     
 
 
 
We tried heading east into Nevada ...
     
 
 
 
We tried heading east into Nevada ...
     
 
 
But gave up and hitched a ride to Bishop
     
 
 
 
But gave up and hitched a ride to Bishop
     
 
 
 
But gave up and hitched a ride to Bishop
     
 
 
5. Biking in the summer
14 June 2020    Film  Motorcycles 
S   M   L
5. Biking in the summer   
14 June 2020    Film, Motorcycles   
 
 
 
 

A couple of photos from a 1996 bike trip. I was on a grey K75s, Paul on a red K1100rs, both well suited to hours of riding. We went from the bay area to Tonopah, a small mining town in southwestern Nevada where we always stayed at the preserved-in-olden-times Mizpah hotel.

When I was a little kid we moved from Texas to Tonopah. My father worked for a defense contractor that used the nearby desert as a testing (i.e. blowing up things) area. But my mother quickly grew to hate Tonopah so we cut our time there short and returned to Texas. If only they'd kept heading west.

 
 
 
 
Sierra Nevada foothills
     
I like the colouring in this shot, the light grass and the threatening sky. I bet we were anxious to make it to our next stop before the rain.
 
 
 
Sierra Nevada foothills
     
I like the colouring in this shot, the light grass and the threatening sky. I bet we were anxious to make it to our next stop before the rain.
 
 
 
Sierra Nevada foothills
     
I like the colouring in this shot, the light grass and the threatening sky. I bet we were anxious to make it to our next stop before the rain.
 
 
On to Tonopah
     
As much as we loved California, when we were on our bikes we were always happy to get away from that crowded state to the emptiness of Nevada.
 
 
 
On to Tonopah
     
As much as we loved California, when we were on our bikes we were always happy to get away from that crowded state to the emptiness of Nevada.
 
 
 
On to Tonopah
     
As much as we loved California, when we were on our bikes we were always happy to get away from that crowded state to the emptiness of Nevada.
 
 
6. Bikes in The Hague
16 June 2020    Film  Motorcycles, The Hague, NL 
6. Bikes in The Hague   
16 June 2020    Film, Motorcycles, The Hague, NL   
 
 
 
 

My scanning progress is currently at roll 42, or just over a thousand photos. Seeing as how I've been on a motorcycle theme here's one more. It's 1997 and we're at the tail of a tour of Holland when we caught this fleet of BMWs in a plaza in The Hague.

 
 
 
 
A lot of bikes
     
 
 
 
A lot of bikes
     
 
 
 
A lot of bikes
     
 
 
7. Liberté, égalité, fraternité
17 June 2020    Film  Paris 
S   M   L
7. Liberté, égalité, fraternité   
17 June 2020    Film, Paris   
 
 
 
 

Our first visit to Paris was impromptu. We were in Amsterdam at Theo's, Paul's cousin. We decided to take the train down to Paris for a few days. This being 1997 we carried a printed guidebook which is where we found Les Sans-Culottes, a hotel named for working-class revolutionaries so trés français et trés cool.

Well, the hotel turned out to be a rather grubby set of rooms above a bar. I suppose it is the sort of place revolutionaries would stay while they wait to storm the nearby Bastille prison. It was on a narrow street. The building across felt too close, there was little privacy in the room unless you pulled the curtains which just made it dark and blocked the movement of the warm, smoggy air. There was no a/c. In the evening the street filled with bar patrons and the apartment across the street hosted a party, so it was noisy, the air filled with the smell of burning Gitanes, and it lasted late into the evening.

The room was small, there was barely any floor around the double bed, and the bathroom offered another adventure in the diversity of world toilets: it had a toilet sans seat which turned out to be a thing in Europe, something about it being more sanitary. We were fortunate that no one at the bar spoke English as we didn't try to complain about the missing seat.

Paris was a fine place to visit of course. And the hotel, well, I suppose it earned points for being memorable. You won't find me writing about a Marriott.

 
 
 
 
Les Sans-Culottes
     
 
 
 
Les Sans-Culottes
     
 
 
 
Les Sans-Culottes
     
 
 
Checking in
     
 
 
 
Checking in
     
 
 
 
Checking in
     
 
 
8. Backpacking with Buddy
18 June 2020    Film  Trinity Alps, California 
S   M   L
8. Backpacking with Buddy   
18 June 2020    Film, Trinity Alps, California   
 
 
 
 

Back in the day, like when we used to ride motorcycles, we occasionally backpacked. Here are a couple of just-scanned photos from a 1996 backpacking trip to the Trinity Alps. The Trinity Alps have the perfect nature trifecta of trees, water and stone. As eye pleasing as Yosemite but with fewer visitors. Buddy the dog accompanied us, he even carried some of his own food.

 
 
 
 
Paul cooking
     
 
 
 
Paul cooking
     
 
 
 
Paul cooking
     
 
 
Colour coordinated
     
 
 
 
Colour coordinated
     
 
 
 
Colour coordinated
     
 
 
9. Trinity Alps
19 June 2020    Film  Panorama, Trinity Alps, California 
9. Trinity Alps   
19 June 2020    Film, Panorama, Trinity Alps, California   
 
 
 
 
Paul in the Trinity Alps 1996
     
 
 
 
Paul in the Trinity Alps 1996
     
 
 
 
Paul in the Trinity Alps 1996
     
 
 

 
 
 
10. Area 51
20 June 2020    Film  Nevada 
S   M   L
10. Area 51   
20 June 2020    Film, Nevada   
 
 
 
 

A motorcycle trip we took back in 2000 included a stop in Rachel, Nevada, at Area 51. Said by some to be a place where extraterrestrials have visited planet earth.

 
 
 
 
Sure looks like a reputable research centre
     
 
 
 
Sure looks like a reputable research centre
     
 
 
 
Sure looks like a reputable research centre
     
 
 
Taking a shot
     
 
 
 
Taking a shot
     
 
 
 
Taking a shot
     
 
 
Two friendly aliens
     
 
 
 
Two friendly aliens
     
 
 
 
Two friendly aliens
     
 
 
11. Hiking the Cinque Terre
21 June 2020    Cinque Terre, Film 
S   M   L
11. Hiking the Cinque Terre   
21 June 2020    Cinque Terre, Film   
 
 
 
 

Since we can't fly anywhere right now I'm still traveling vicariously through old film photos. Today I'm hiking the Cinque Terre. The Cinque Terre comprises five Italian villages, Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. In addition to the trail connecting the towns there is also a train, though it doesn't afford much in the way of views as a lot of it is tunnels, the Italians being quite good at tunnels.

This was in 2002 and it was our first trip to Italy. We flew into Rome and from there we visited Florence, Siena, and then Santa Margherita Ligure, our base for the hike. The towns and the trail were already well known when we visited. Some credit Rick Steves for its fame. But it is still worth a visit, for the views of the sea, the charming hillside towns, and the walks through the farmland that fills in between the towns. And this being Italy, the food is good.

 
 
 
 
The train to the Cinque Terre
     
In the lower left are the train tracks that hug the coast and connect the towns in the Cinque Terre.
 
 
 
The train to the Cinque Terre
     
In the lower left are the train tracks that hug the coast and connect the towns in the Cinque Terre.
 
 
 
The train to the Cinque Terre
     
In the lower left are the train tracks that hug the coast and connect the towns in the Cinque Terre.
 
 
The trail
     
 
 
 
The trail
     
 
 
 
The trail
     
 
 
Vernazza
     
Such a famous view it's cliche. Still nice, though.
 
 
 
Vernazza
     
Such a famous view it's cliche. Still nice, though.
 
 
 
Vernazza
     
Such a famous view it's cliche. Still nice, though.
 
 
Hiking trail in the Cinque Terre
     
Pretty obvious, even if I'd cropped it, that this is a stitch. Note the disappearing wires.
 
 
 
Hiking trail in the Cinque Terre
     
Pretty obvious, even if I'd cropped it, that this is a stitch. Note the disappearing wires.
 
 
 
Hiking trail in the Cinque Terre
     
Pretty obvious, even if I'd cropped it, that this is a stitch. Note the disappearing wires.
 
 
12. La Torre del Mangia
23 June 2020    Film  Siena, Italy 
S   M   L
12. La Torre del Mangia   
23 June 2020    Film, Siena, Italy   
 
 
 
 
Torre del Mangia

Seeing as how I just imagined being in the Cinque Terre I thought I'd take an imaginary train to Siena and stick around Italy for awhile longer.

Siena's center is a visual treat; it features a large sloped plaza, la Piazza del Campo, overlooked by a slim tower of brick topped with marble, la Torre del Mangia. The plaza is the site of a famous annual horse race.

La Torre del Mangia was built around 1348. The tower was built to the same height as the Siena Cathedral and its height is said to have been chosen to show that the church and state had equal power. Paul and I climbed to the top of the tower to check out the views and take some photos.

 
 
 
 
Piazza del Campo
     
 
 
 
Piazza del Campo
     
 
 
 
Piazza del Campo
     
 
 
Torre del Mangia
     
 
 
 
Torre del Mangia
     
 
 
 
Torre del Mangia
     
 
 
View of Piazza del Campo from the tower
     
We climbed to the top of the tower and got a good view of the town and the piazza.
 
 
 
View of Piazza del Campo from the tower
     
We climbed to the top of the tower and got a good view of the town and the piazza.
 
 
 
View of Piazza del Campo from the tower
     
We climbed to the top of the tower and got a good view of the town and the piazza.
 
 
13. A colourful guard
25 June 2020    Film  Rome, Italy 
13. A colourful guard   
25 June 2020    Film, Rome, Italy   
 
 
 
 

Still traveling in my head. Still in Italy.

When we were in Rome we visited the Vatican which is where we encountered this back-in-time (but what time?) fellow, a member of the Pontifical Swiss Guard. The guard protects the pope and the palace all the while looking very theatrical. A good fit I say. In addition to this full-dress uniform the guard also have a more sedate (largely blue) service dress uniform.

 
 
 
 
Swiss Guard at the Vatican
     
 
 
 
Swiss Guard at the Vatican
     
 
 
 
Swiss Guard at the Vatican
     
 
 
14. The Sisters Under the Arches
28 June 2020    Film  Maastricht, NL 
S   M   L
14. The Sisters Under the Arches   
28 June 2020    Film, Maastricht, NL   
 
 
 
 

Back in 1998 we were in Maastricht where we visited Paul's aunt Maria who was a nun. She arranged Paul's adoption into the Schoemaker family. She lived at the Klooster van de Zusters Onder de Bogen (the Convent of the Sisters Under the Arches).

 
 
 
 
Paul and Maria
     
 
 
 
Paul and Maria
     
 
 
 
Paul and Maria
     
 
 
Klooster van de Zusters Onder de Bogen
     
We returned to Maastricht in 2007 which is when I took this photo.
 
 
 
Klooster van de Zusters Onder de Bogen
     
We returned to Maastricht in 2007 which is when I took this photo.
 
 
 
Klooster van de Zusters Onder de Bogen
     
We returned to Maastricht in 2007 which is when I took this photo.
 
 
15. Arcosanti
29 June 2020    Film  Motorcycles, Arizona 
S   M   L
15. Arcosanti   
29 June 2020    Film, Motorcycles, Arizona   
 
 
 
 
My bike

I'm still traveling vicariously so instead of cool Vancouver Island in annus horribilis 2020 it's hot Arizona in 1997.

Today's photos were taken from a moto tour of the southwest. We hit Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and Nevada. Uneventful weather, just a little snow off the side of the road at high elevations.

We spent a couple of nights at the Arcosanti experimental community. It's about half way between Phoenix and Flagstaff, in the Arizona desert. Designed to integrate ecology and architecture it had some visually stunning perspectives though on close inspection it was a bit threadbare. It's populated by architects, students and their assistants plus the occasional tourist who rents one of the four sad cinder-block guest rooms.

 
 
 
 
Arcosanti
     
 
 
 
Arcosanti
     
 
 
 
Arcosanti
     
 
 
Arcosanti
     
 
 
 
Arcosanti
     
 
 
 
Arcosanti
     
 
 
Arcosanti
     
 
 
 
Arcosanti
     
 
 
 
Arcosanti
     
 
 
Arcosanti bells
     
 
 
 
Arcosanti bells
     
 
 
 
Arcosanti bells
     
 
 
Arcosanti accomodations
     
The accommodations at Arcosanti were in stark contrast, just a strip of cinder block rooms as you can see here. Those are our bikes parked nearby. A missed opportunity to immerse visitors into the Arcosanti design philosophy.
 
 
 
Arcosanti accomodations
     
The accommodations at Arcosanti were in stark contrast, just a strip of cinder block rooms as you can see here. Those are our bikes parked nearby. A missed opportunity to immerse visitors into the Arcosanti design philosophy.
 
 
 
Arcosanti accomodations
     
The accommodations at Arcosanti were in stark contrast, just a strip of cinder block rooms as you can see here. Those are our bikes parked nearby. A missed opportunity to immerse visitors into the Arcosanti design philosophy.
 
 
16. State lines
30 June 2020    Film  Motorcycles, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah 
S   M   L
16. State lines   
30 June 2020    Film, Motorcycles, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah   
 
 
 
 

Still in '97, still on our motorbikes. We left Arcosanti then headed east to New Mexico, north to Colorado, west to Utah, then Nevada and home.

 
 
 
 
Welcome to New Mexico
     
 
 
 
Welcome to New Mexico
     
 
 
 
Welcome to New Mexico
     
 
 
Welcome to Colorado
     
 
 
 
Welcome to Colorado
     
 
 
 
Welcome to Colorado
     
 
 
Welcome to Utah
     
 
 
 
Welcome to Utah
     
 
 
 
Welcome to Utah
     
 
 
Yours truly in Utah
     
 
 
 
Yours truly in Utah
     
 
 
 
Yours truly in Utah
     
 
 
Utah arch
     
 
 
 
Utah arch
     
 
 
 
Utah arch
     
 
 
Earthlings welcome
     
Couldn't find a "welcome to Nevada" photo but this seems fitting.
 
 
 
Earthlings welcome
     
Couldn't find a "welcome to Nevada" photo but this seems fitting.
 
 
 
Earthlings welcome
     
Couldn't find a "welcome to Nevada" photo but this seems fitting.
 
 
17. Bermuda short
1 July 2020    Film  Bermuda 
S   M   L
17. Bermuda short   
1 July 2020    Film, Bermuda   
 
 
 
 

I forgot I was ever in Bermuda until these scans reminded me. It was 1998. I was working in San Jose and my boss sent me to meet with some guys and show them some software. These guys always met just outside the US for some reason hence the flight to Bermuda. I remember Bermuda's buildings with their sealed and guttered roofs for catching rainwater and I remember thinking it sure is a small island.

Happy Canada Day.

 
 
 
 
Hamilton
     
 
 
 
Hamilton
     
 
 
 
Hamilton
     
 
 
Hamilton
     
 
 
 
Hamilton
     
 
 
 
Hamilton
     
 
 
Meeting on boat in front of the office
     
 
 
 
Meeting on boat in front of the office
     
 
 
 
Meeting on boat in front of the office
     
 
 
View from my hotel
     
 
 
 
View from my hotel
     
 
 
 
View from my hotel
     
 
 
18. A grey day in Grenoble
3 July 2020    Film  Grenoble, France 
18. A grey day in Grenoble   
3 July 2020    Film, Grenoble, France   
 
 
 
 

Late one spring in the early aughts, and just back from Italy, we got an irresistible deal on plane tickets to Paris. So we flew to Paris where we hopped the train to Avignon, Nice, and Grenoble, though maybe not in that order.

Grenoble had an HP office so I was on my own to explore while Paul took a meeting. In this photo I'd taken a ride up in these spherical cable cars to check out the remains of an old fort and get an overview of the charming city at the edge of the Alps.

 
 
 
 
Grenoble
     
 
 
 
Grenoble
     
 
 
 
Grenoble
     
 
 
19. Around Death Valley
4 July 2020    Death Valley, Film  Motorcycles, California 
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19. Around Death Valley   
4 July 2020    Death Valley, Film, Motorcycles, California   
 
 
 
 

It was 1999 when we headed out yet again for Death Valley via motorcycle. (By car? that's easy.) It was a more successful trip than the previous motorcycle trip.

 
 
 
 
Heading to DV
     
 
 
 
Heading to DV
     
 
 
 
Heading to DV
     
 
 
Panamint Springs
     
I remember the night in Panamint Springs for the good food, the patio where you could watch the hot day draw to a close, and the worn-out motel room.
 
 
 
Panamint Springs
     
I remember the night in Panamint Springs for the good food, the patio where you could watch the hot day draw to a close, and the worn-out motel room.
 
 
 
Panamint Springs
     
I remember the night in Panamint Springs for the good food, the patio where you could watch the hot day draw to a close, and the worn-out motel room.
 
 
Old and new
     
 
 
 
Old and new
     
 
 
 
Old and new
     
 
 
Amargosa Opera House
     
 
 
 
Amargosa Opera House
     
 
 
 
Amargosa Opera House
     
 
 
Beatty's trailer hotel
     

Not a high point, Beatty. Not much scenery and every building in town is a trailer, even the hotel.

One of the many nice things about digital photos is the extra information in the file, such as the camera's settings and the date taken. Today's photos are all scans so all that info is lacking. So here is a question: were these photos all taken on the same trip to Death Valley? If not, why not?

 
 
 
Beatty's trailer hotel
     

Not a high point, Beatty. Not much scenery and every building in town is a trailer, even the hotel.

One of the many nice things about digital photos is the extra information in the file, such as the camera's settings and the date taken. Today's photos are all scans so all that info is lacking. So here is a question: were these photos all taken on the same trip to Death Valley? If not, why not?

 
 
 
Beatty's trailer hotel
     

Not a high point, Beatty. Not much scenery and every building in town is a trailer, even the hotel.

One of the many nice things about digital photos is the extra information in the file, such as the camera's settings and the date taken. Today's photos are all scans so all that info is lacking. So here is a question: were these photos all taken on the same trip to Death Valley? If not, why not?

 
 
20. Siena arch
5 July 2020    Film  Siena, Italy 
20. Siena arch   
5 July 2020    Film, Siena, Italy   
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
Siena through an arch
     
 
 
 
Siena through an arch
     
 
 
 
Siena through an arch
     
 
 
21. Zoom zoom
6 July 2020    Cars, Film  Redwood City 
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21. Zoom zoom   
6 July 2020    Cars, Film, Redwood City   
 
 
 
 
Ms. Peel's Lotus

The red Miata was shot in front of our house on Brewster Street, in Redwood City circa 1996, when our friend Emily was out from the east coast. She borrowed my car for the day. On return she commented it seemed lacking a suspension. Part of its charm I'd say.

I've had many fine cars and bikes but this red (of course) stick shift (of course) Miata is my favorite, both to look at and to drive. The first generation of the Miata was a dead ringer for the lovely Lotus Elan. British charm built in Japan. Emma Peel's car in a better colour. I bought mine second hand from a lady in San Francisco and since she parked on the street the car came to me pre-dented.

 
 
 
 
Emily borrowing my Miata (1989-1997 version)
     
 
 
 
Emily borrowing my Miata (1989-1997 version)
     
 
 
 
Emily borrowing my Miata (1989-1997 version)
     
 
Photo credit: Unknown
 
Lotus Elan 1962-1971
     
 
 
Photo credit: Unknown
 
Lotus Elan 1962-1971
     
 
 
Photo credit: Unknown
 
Lotus Elan 1962-1971
     
 
 
22. Two bridges in Florence
7 July 2020    Film  Florence, Italy 
22. Two bridges in Florence   
7 July 2020    Film, Florence, Italy   
 
 
 
 
Ponte Santa Trinita (Holy Trinity Bridge)
     
 
 
 
Ponte Santa Trinita (Holy Trinity Bridge)
     
 
 
 
Ponte Santa Trinita (Holy Trinity Bridge)
     
 
 
Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge)
     
 
 
 
Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge)
     
 
 
 
Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge)
     
 
 

 
 
 
23. Eze
8 July 2020    Film  Nice, France 
23. Eze    
8 July 2020    Film, Nice, France   
 
 
 
 
Nice to Eze

Yep, I'm still scanning old film negatives and here's another, from our 2002 spontaneous trip to France. The view in the photo below, looking west from Eze, is obstructed by low clouds but I'm glad I've got it as otherwise I'd have forgotten all about the place.

Eze is a small town perched atop a hill, just east of Nice. It's a good day trip, a break from the museums, the narrow streets, and the busy beach scene of the city. We took the bus from Nice to Eze, hung out for awhile, then walked back to Nice, along the road. No trail, at least we didn't see one, but it wasn't a bad walk.

Eze is covered with lush gardens and has great views of the Mediterranean. It brought to mind California, the greenery, the weather, the views, though the signage, architecture and food all said France.

Literary connection: Eze is, I think, the town where David and Hella live leading up to their split, in the last few pages of Baldwin's wonderful Giovanni's Room.

 
 
 
 
Mediterranean as seen from Eze
     
 
 
 
Mediterranean as seen from Eze
     
 
 
 
Mediterranean as seen from Eze
     
 
 
24. Pont Saint-Benezet
9 July 2020    Avignon, Film  France 
24. Pont Saint-Benezet   
9 July 2020    Avignon, Film, France   
 
 
 
 

On our spontaneous France trip we got off the train in Avignon. The town is known for being home to a series of popes back in the 1300s. We stayed at a hotel near the old papal palace and just off the main square.

 
 
 
 
Paul on Pont Saint-Benezet
     
 
 
 
Paul on Pont Saint-Benezet
     
 
 
 
Paul on Pont Saint-Benezet
     
 
 
25. Avignon
10 July 2020    Avignon, Film  France 
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25. Avignon   
10 July 2020    Avignon, Film, France   
 
 
 
 

A couple more scans from Avignon in 2002.

 
 
 
 
Avignon
     
 
 
 
Avignon
     
 
 
 
Avignon
     
 
 
Avignon
     
 
 
 
Avignon
     
 
 
 
Avignon
     
 
 
26. Cinque Terre hike starts here
11 July 2020    Cinque Terre, Film  Italy 
26. Cinque Terre hike starts here   
11 July 2020    Cinque Terre, Film, Italy   
 
 
 
 

I'm still scanning a box of old photos and posting favorites. This is the first in a series on hikers on the trail. Here it is 1999 and Paul is starting the Cinque Terre.

 
 
 
 
Paul on the Cinque Terre
     
 
 
 
Paul on the Cinque Terre
     
 
 
 
Paul on the Cinque Terre
     
 
 
27. Through town on the Cinque Terre
12 July 2020    Cinque Terre, Film  Italy 
27. Through town on the Cinque Terre   
12 July 2020    Cinque Terre, Film, Italy   
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
Paul on the Cinque Terre
     
 
 
 
Paul on the Cinque Terre
     
 
 
 
Paul on the Cinque Terre
     
 
 
28. A vineyard on the Cinque Terre
13 July 2020    Cinque Terre, Film  Italy 
28. A vineyard on the Cinque Terre   
13 July 2020    Cinque Terre, Film, Italy   
 
 
 
 
Paul on the Cinque Terre
     
 
 
 
Paul on the Cinque Terre
     
 
 
 
Paul on the Cinque Terre
     
 
 

 
 
 
29. Hiking up Half Dome
14 July 2020    Film  Hiking, Yosemite, California 
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29. Hiking up Half Dome   
14 July 2020    Film, Hiking, Yosemite, California   
 
 
 
 

I'm scratching my head to put a date on these scanned photos but I think it's 2001. We met at Yosemite and hiked and hiked until we passed the granite staircase and were at the foot of the cables. Most of us stopped at the cables while a couple were brave (not me) and went all the way to the top.

 
 
 
 
Debbe, Sally, Paul, Emily, Barbara's friend, Barbara & Linda
     
 
 
 
Debbe, Sally, Paul, Emily, Barbara's friend, Barbara & Linda
     
 
 
 
Debbe, Sally, Paul, Emily, Barbara's friend, Barbara & Linda
     
 
 
Paul on his way up Half Dome
     
 
 
 
Paul on his way up Half Dome
     
 
 
 
Paul on his way up Half Dome
     
 
 
The cables to the top of Half Dome
     
 
 
 
The cables to the top of Half Dome
     
 
 
 
The cables to the top of Half Dome
     
 
 
Looking up the cables
     
What you can't see here is the sheer drop off to the sides.
 
 
 
Looking up the cables
     
What you can't see here is the sheer drop off to the sides.
 
 
 
Looking up the cables
     
What you can't see here is the sheer drop off to the sides.
 
 
30. More from Half Dome
15 July 2020    Film  Hiking, Yosemite, California 
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30. More from Half Dome   
15 July 2020    Film, Hiking, Yosemite, California   
 
 
 
 

A few more of the hikers, the rock, and a waterfall from an almost-two-decades-ago trip to Yosemite.

 
 
 
 
Linda, Barbara, Emily, Paul, Barbara's friend, yours truly
     
 
 
 
Linda, Barbara, Emily, Paul, Barbara's friend, yours truly
     
 
 
 
Linda, Barbara, Emily, Paul, Barbara's friend, yours truly
     
 
 
Half dome
     
If you look closely you can see the line where climbers are using the cables to climb the side of Half Dome.
 
 
 
Half dome
     
If you look closely you can see the line where climbers are using the cables to climb the side of Half Dome.
 
 
 
Half dome
     
If you look closely you can see the line where climbers are using the cables to climb the side of Half Dome.
 
 
Waterfall at Yosemite
     
 
 
 
Waterfall at Yosemite
     
 
 
 
Waterfall at Yosemite
     
 
 
Yosemite waterfall
     
 
 
 
Yosemite waterfall
     
 
 
 
Yosemite waterfall
     
 
 
31. Hiking in Yosemite
16 July 2020    Film  Hiking, Yosemite, California 
31. Hiking in Yosemite   
16 July 2020    Film, Hiking, Yosemite, California   
 
 
 
 

Another old photo from Yosemite, but this time we hiked near Tioga pass as opposed to Half Dome, which is of course the big rock in the background.

 
 
 
 
Linda, Tom, Jenny, and Emily in Yosemite
     
 
 
 
Linda, Tom, Jenny, and Emily in Yosemite
     
 
 
 
Linda, Tom, Jenny, and Emily in Yosemite
     
 
 
32. At the top of Mount Tam
17 July 2020    Film  California 
32. At the top of Mount Tam   
17 July 2020    Film, California   
 
 
 
 

It was a gloomy-looking day back in the early aughts when we hiked to the top of Marin's Mount Tamalpais. At the top, shown here, is an abandoned fire lookout encircled by a chain fence.

 
 
 
 
Paul, Stephen, Emily, and Linda
     
 
 
 
Paul, Stephen, Emily, and Linda
     
 
 
 
Paul, Stephen, Emily, and Linda
     
 
 
33. Marin headlands hikers
20 July 2020    Film  Hiking, California 
33. Marin headlands hikers   
20 July 2020    Film, Hiking, California   
 
 
 
 

Enough of comets and back to my favorite old film photos. This is from an early-aughts hike in the Marin headlands.

 
 
 
 
Stephen, Jenny, Kathy, yours truly, Tom, Emily, Debbe & Sally
     
 
 
 
Stephen, Jenny, Kathy, yours truly, Tom, Emily, Debbe & Sally
     
 
 
 
Stephen, Jenny, Kathy, yours truly, Tom, Emily, Debbe & Sally
     
 
 
34. Wheeler Peak
21 July 2020    Film  Hiking, Nevada 
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34. Wheeler Peak   
21 July 2020    Film, Hiking, Nevada   
 
 
 
 

Great Basin National Park is a mountainous oasis in eastern Nevada and Wheeler Peak (3,982 m) is its highest point. Back in 2002 four of us drove from the bay area to camp and hike up to the top.

 
 
 
 
Trail to Wheeler Peak
     
 
 
 
Trail to Wheeler Peak
     
 
 
 
Trail to Wheeler Peak
     
 
 
Stephen, yours truly, and Kathy
     
 
 
 
Stephen, yours truly, and Kathy
     
 
 
 
Stephen, yours truly, and Kathy
     
 
 
35. The top of Wheeler Peak
23 July 2020    Film  Hiking, Nevada 
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35. The top of Wheeler Peak   
23 July 2020    Film, Hiking, Nevada   
 
 
 
 
Paul and Kathy at the top
     
 
 
 
Paul and Kathy at the top
     
 
 
 
Paul and Kathy at the top
     
 
 
Yours truly
     
 
 
 
Yours truly
     
 
 
 
Yours truly
     
 
 
Stephen, Kathy, and yours truly
     
 
 
 
Stephen, Kathy, and yours truly
     
 
 
 
Stephen, Kathy, and yours truly
     
 
 

 
 
 
36. Hot and dry
24 July 2020    Death Valley, Film  California 
36. Hot and dry   
24 July 2020    Death Valley, Film, California   
 
 
 
 
Badwater, Death Valley, 1996
     
 
 
 
Badwater, Death Valley, 1996
     
 
 
 
Badwater, Death Valley, 1996
     
 
 

 
 
 
37. East Bay hike
28 July 2020    Film  Hiking, California 
37. East Bay hike   
28 July 2020    Film, Hiking, California   
 
 
 
 

One of countless times we (the hiking group) hiked the east bay hills.

 
 
 
 
Sally et moi hiking in the east bay in 2000
     
 
 
 
Sally et moi hiking in the east bay in 2000
     
 
 
 
Sally et moi hiking in the east bay in 2000