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

 
 
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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      
 
 
Aliens
Sat 15 Sep 2018      Film  Motorcycles
Aliens
     Sat 15 Sep 2018      Film  Motorcycles
 
 
 

 
 
 
James and Paul on the ET highway      
 
 
James and Paul on the ET highway      
 
 
James and Paul on the ET highway      
 
 
The scanning begins
Fri 12 Jun 2020      Film  Motorcycles
The scanning begins
     Fri 12 Jun 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. I feed each strip of negatives into a Nikon LS-40 which spits out a jpg every 2 minutes. So far I'm at 475 photos. I figure they'll be done by 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 machine 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. My gut says 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, another accidental panorama. I rarely shot black and white film back then, I suppose it seemed like too much of a commitment.
 
 
Paul taking a break      
This was taken in the summer of 1998, somewhere on the east side of the Rockies. My gut says 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, another accidental panorama. I rarely shot black and white film back then, I suppose it seemed like too much of a commitment.
 
 
Paul taking a break      
This was taken in the summer of 1998, somewhere on the east side of the Rockies. My gut says 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, another accidental panorama. I rarely shot black and white film back then, I suppose it seemed like too much of a commitment.
 
 
Biking in the snow
Sat 13 Jun 2020      Film  Lee Vining - Motorcycles
Biking in the snow
     Sat 13 Jun 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.

 
 
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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      
 
 
Biking in the summer
Sun 14 Jun 2020      Film  Motorcycles
Biking in the summer
     Sun 14 Jun 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.

 
 
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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.
 
 
Bikes in The Hague
Tue 16 Jun 2020      Film  Motorcycles - Netherlands - The Hague
Bikes in The Hague
     Tue 16 Jun 2020      Film  Motorcycles - Netherlands - The Hague
 
 
 

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      
 
 
Liberté, égalité, fraternité!
Wed 17 Jun 2020      Film  Paris
Liberté, égalité, fraternité!
     Wed 17 Jun 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. It was near the Bastille and I suppose it was the sort of place revolutionaries would stay while they waited to storm the 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 so 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 certainly won't find me writing about a Mariott.

 
 
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Les Sans-Culottes      
 
 
Les Sans-Culottes      
 
 
Les Sans-Culottes      
 
Checking in      
 
 
Checking in      
 
 
Checking in      
 
 
Backpacking with Buddy
Thu 18 Jun 2020      California - Film  Trinity Alps
Backpacking with Buddy
     Thu 18 Jun 2020      California - Film  Trinity Alps
 
 
 

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.

 
 
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Paul cooking      
 
 
Paul cooking      
 
 
Paul cooking      
 
Colour coordinated      
 
 
Colour coordinated      
 
 
Colour coordinated      
 
 
Trinity Alps
Fri 19 Jun 2020      California - Film  Panorama - Trinity Alps
Trinity Alps
     Fri 19 Jun 2020      California - Film  Panorama - Trinity Alps
 
 
 
Paul in the Trinity Alps 1996      
 
 
Paul in the Trinity Alps 1996      
 
 
Paul in the Trinity Alps 1996      
 
 

 
 
 
Area 51
Sat 20 Jun 2020      Film  Nevada
Area 51
     Sat 20 Jun 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.

 
 
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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      
 
 
Hiking the Cinque Terre
Sun 21 Jun 2020      Cinque Terre - Film 
Hiking the Cinque Terre
     Sun 21 Jun 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.

 
 
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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.
 
 
La Torre del Mangia
Tue 23 Jun 2020      Film  Italy - Siena
La Torre del Mangia
     Tue 23 Jun 2020      Film  Italy - Siena
 
 
 
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.

 
 
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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.
 
 
A colourful guard
Thu 25 Jun 2020      Film  Italy - Rome
A colourful guard
     Thu 25 Jun 2020      Film  Italy - Rome
 
 
 

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      
 
 
The Sisters Under the Arches
Sun 28 Jun 2020      Film  Maastricht - Netherlands
The Sisters Under the Arches
     Sun 28 Jun 2020      Film  Maastricht - Netherlands
 
 
 

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).

 
 
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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.
 
 
Arcosanti
Mon 29 Jun 2020      Arizona - Film  Motorcycles
Arcosanti
     Mon 29 Jun 2020      Arizona - Film  Motorcycles
 
 
 
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.

 
 
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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.
 
 
State lines
Tue 30 Jun 2020      Arizona - Film  Motorcycles - Nevada - New Mexico - Utah
State lines
     Tue 30 Jun 2020      Arizona - Film  Motorcycles - 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.

 
 
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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.
 
 
Bermuda short
Wed 1 Jul 2020      Bermuda - Film 
Bermuda short
     Wed 1 Jul 2020      Bermuda - Film 
 
 
 

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.

 
 
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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      
 
 
A grey day in Grenoble
Fri 3 Jul 2020      Film  France - Grenoble
A grey day in Grenoble
     Fri 3 Jul 2020      Film  France - Grenoble
 
 
 

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      
 
 
Around Death Valley
Sat 4 Jul 2020      California - Death Valley - Film  Motorcycles
Around Death Valley
     Sat 4 Jul 2020      California - Death Valley - Film  Motorcycles
 
 
 

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.

 
 
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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?

 
 
Siena arch
Sun 5 Jul 2020      Film  Italy - Siena
Siena arch
     Sun 5 Jul 2020      Film  Italy - Siena
 
 
 

 
 
 
Siena through an arch      
 
 
Siena through an arch      
 
 
Siena through an arch      
 
 
Zoom zoom
Mon 6 Jul 2020      Cars - Film  Redwood City
Zoom zoom
     Mon 6 Jul 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.

 
 
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Emily borrowing my Miata (1989-1997 version)      
 
 
Emily borrowing my Miata (1989-1997 version)      
 
 
Emily borrowing my Miata (1989-1997 version)      
 
Lotus Elan 1962-1971      
 
 
Lotus Elan 1962-1971      
 
 
Lotus Elan 1962-1971      
 
 
Two bridges in Florence
Tue 7 Jul 2020      Film  Florence - Italy
Two bridges in Florence
     Tue 7 Jul 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)      
 
 

 
 
 
Eze
Wed 8 Jul 2020      Film  France - Nice
Eze
     Wed 8 Jul 2020      Film  France - Nice
 
 
 
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      
 
 
Pont Saint-Benezet
Thu 9 Jul 2020      Avignon - Film  France
Pont Saint-Benezet
     Thu 9 Jul 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      
 
 
Avignon
Fri 10 Jul 2020      Avignon - Film  France
Avignon
     Fri 10 Jul 2020      Avignon - Film  France
 
 
 

A couple more scans from Avignon in 2002.

 
 
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Avignon      
 
 
Avignon      
 
 
Avignon      
 
Avignon      
 
 
Avignon      
 
 
Avignon      
 
 
Cinque Terre hike starts here
Sat 11 Jul 2020      Cinque Terre - Film  Italy
Cinque Terre hike starts here
     Sat 11 Jul 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      
 
 
Through town on the Cinque Terre
Sun 12 Jul 2020      Cinque Terre - Film  Italy
Through town on the Cinque Terre
     Sun 12 Jul 2020      Cinque Terre - Film  Italy
 
 
 

 
 
 
Paul on the Cinque Terre      
 
 
Paul on the Cinque Terre      
 
 
Paul on the Cinque Terre      
 
 
A vineyard on the Cinque Terre
Mon 13 Jul 2020      Cinque Terre - Film  Italy
A vineyard on the Cinque Terre
     Mon 13 Jul 2020      Cinque Terre - Film  Italy
 
 
 
Paul on the Cinque Terre      
 
 
Paul on the Cinque Terre      
 
 
Paul on the Cinque Terre      
 
 

 
 
 
Hiking up Half Dome
Tue 14 Jul 2020      California - Film  Hiking - Yosemite
Hiking up Half Dome
     Tue 14 Jul 2020      California - Film  Hiking - Yosemite
 
 
 

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.

 
 
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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.
 
 
More from Half Dome
Wed 15 Jul 2020      California - Film  Hiking - Yosemite
More from Half Dome
     Wed 15 Jul 2020      California - Film  Hiking - Yosemite
 
 
 

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

 
 
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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      
 
 
Hiking in Yosemite
Thu 16 Jul 2020      California - Film  Hiking - Yosemite
Hiking in Yosemite
     Thu 16 Jul 2020      California - Film  Hiking - Yosemite
 
 
 

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      
 
 
At the top of Mount Tam
Fri 17 Jul 2020      California - Film 
At the top of Mount Tam
     Fri 17 Jul 2020      California - Film 
 
 
 

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      
 
 
Marin headlands hikers
Mon 20 Jul 2020      California - Film  Hiking
Marin headlands hikers
     Mon 20 Jul 2020      California - Film  Hiking
 
 
 

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      
 
 
Wheeler Peak
Tue 21 Jul 2020      Film  Hiking - Nevada
Wheeler Peak
     Tue 21 Jul 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.

 
 
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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      
 
 
The top of Wheeler Peak
Thu 23 Jul 2020      Film  Hiking - Nevada
The top of Wheeler Peak
     Thu 23 Jul 2020      Film  Hiking - Nevada
 
 
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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      
 
 

 
 
 
Hot and dry
Fri 24 Jul 2020      California - Death Valley - Film 
Hot and dry
     Fri 24 Jul 2020      California - Death Valley - Film 
 
 
 
Badwater, Death Valley, 1996      
 
 
Badwater, Death Valley, 1996      
 
 
Badwater, Death Valley, 1996      
 
 

 
 
 
East Bay hike
Tue 28 Jul 2020      California - Film  Hiking
East Bay hike
     Tue 28 Jul 2020      California - Film  Hiking
 
 
 

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