Chinese Year of the Water Dragon comes around once every 60 years and I was born smack dab in the middle of the last one. I hope you enjoy this pictorial look back on the past twelve months of my life on the road!
Celebrating the Year of the Dragon in San Diego, CA
My name written in Chinese
Camping in Quartzsite, AZ
Dinah is driving and Sierra is along for the ride…
The Rosarita Beach Hotel, Baja, Mexico
Sunset over the beach in Baja
Moon over the pier in Baja
Horseback riding on the beach in Baja
Meeting cousin Darren & wife Corie for the first time – sunset in Carlsbad, CA
A drive-by of the ol’ alma mater – Monrovia High School
My new little home-to-be in its “native environment”
Holly the Horse in Vista, CA
Gracie disappeared on my watch for 11 days – blurry pic taken with brother OG the day she came back. I was so glad she reappeared!
The 19-footer heads out to a new home with a San Diego sailor.
All packed up and ready to leave San Diego, heading north to Washington.
Vineyards in Central California
Louise, my intrepid traveler
Midnight driving down Van Ness through San Francisco
Redwoods in Northern California
Welcome to Oregon
Although I’ve heard about the beautiful southern Oregon coast, I didn’t see it due to the thick fog.
Welcome back to Washington! A real macchiato!
Oh yeah, we’re back in Oregon! Breakfast with Cole and Ella.
The things you sometimes have to do to find a geocache!
Louise left us on the day of the Venus Transit. I think she picked a cool day to move on in her journey. Louise, I know you’re enjoying the Rainbow Bridge with your sister, Thelma! (photo by others)
On the road with Li’l Homey
Sunset at Seaside, Oregon
Li’l Homey was filled with balloons for my birthday – what a surprise it was coming home to this!
Tricia made a vegan dragon cake for my Year of the Dragon birthday – it was quite tasty!
Copper Kitty and Dinah Dog
A shadow photo op with Andrew & Reina while out geocaching
Maverick joined the Stoddard family during the summer.
Mark & Nick returned from Italy, bearing Venetian masks for Cole & Ella.
Isabelle the International Traveler returns from Italy.
Little Stitches – a quilt shop hop, a first for me!
Li’l Homey gets a face-lift
Mark watches the miniature train at the Oregon Garden in Silverton.
I met my author-hero, Tama Kieves. What a hoot she is!
Mark, Nick & I camped at Silver Falls, OR, along with Isabelle Pug and Dinah Dog.
Winter brought ice crystals
Almond milk macchiato. What a way to end the year!
So who are all those people mentioned above?
Dinah & Louise – my traveling partners until Louise left for the Rainbow Bridge in June
Mark & Nick – my son, his partner, Isabelle’s owners
Andrew & Reina – my geocaching buddy and his niece
Stoddards – Tricia, her kids Cole & Ella, Maverick & Copper’s owners
Linda – Holly, OG, Gracie, and Sierra’s owner, Tricia’s mom
Darren & Corie – my cousin and his wife
Thank you for coming along with me through the photo highlights as we traveled this past year. Join us as we celebrate the Year of the Black Snake on Sunday, February 10th.