NOVEMBER, 2005 - APRIL, 2006

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House/Visitors:

The house is working out reasonably well - although it's a bit small, we've got ourselves set up and comfortable.  Zach came out to visit for a week over spring break, and he liked it a lot.  We went to Disneyland, a Clippers game, and Deanie and Zach went to one of the "World Baseball Classic" games at Angel Stadium in Anaheim.

Deanie and Zach at Disneyland

Marc and Zach at Disneyland

Zach at World Baseball Classic

It only took them 4 hours to drive down there from Tehachapi - Zach was appalled at the traffic, and amazed that anyone would want to live in L.A. and deal with it.  I agree with him.  He came down to see where I work, and hung out and relaxed. They also took a day to drive up to Morro Bay, where Deanie lived in the dim, dark past before we met.

We've decided not to build a house on the property that we bought, and will probably be selling it soon.  We should make a bit of money on it, but that will get eaten by the fact that all the land that we think we WOULD want to build on costs a lot more.  We'll just have to see what happens.

Adventure:

We went exploring in the airplane a couple of times - first, up to Death Valley, landing at Furnace Creek Airport.  We wandered around a bit on foot, and vowed to come back sometime with a car so that we could get around and see more of it.  I did NOT remember anything much from my quick visit there with my friend Joe back in 1980 on our motorcycles, when we drove through and I blew a head gasket.

Next, we flew up the Owens Valley to Bishop, CA, along the east side of the Sierra Nevadas, past Mt. Whitney.  We had lunch in the restaurant there, and then flew home.  The Sierras are unbelievably huge and beautiful.  We took another short flight, over the coast to Santa Barbara (didn't land - just flew around to sightsee), and one up to Lake Isabella, in the southern foothills of the Sierras.

We flew down to John Wayne Airport south of L.A., rented a car and drove to the mission at San Juan Capistrano - it's an interesting day of history and art. One of Deanie's art teachers was having a showing there, but he spent more time talking to us about the COZY airplane than about the art on the walls :-).  You never know what folks will be interested in.

We took another hike up the Tehachapi Mountain Trail, this time in late spring, and bushwhacked our way through some snow with some friends and their kids.

We also took another hike on the Pacific Crest Trail, on a different section near the windmills in Tehachapi - closer to Route 58, this time.  Only 2-3 miles, so at this rate, we'll finish the whole trail in about 500 years.

Travel:

Joshua Tree National Park

For the Thanksgiving Weekend, Deanie and I drove out to JTNP (about a 3.5 hour drive).  We had heard that it was interesting and beautiful, and it was.  Lots of different plants (cacti, Joshua Trees, etc.) to look at - nice hikes, interesting geology.  Well worth going, and we might go again.

Deanie Near Rocks

Rough Dirt Road

Tent Site

10 miles up Dead End Road

Coming Back Down

Cool Cacti

Skull Rock

Man Made Pond

Death Valley National Park

In February, for a long weekend, we drove up to DVNP (about a 3 hour drive) and camped out for two nights.  We went to many of the standard spots, and also went back into the boonies to see the "Racetrack".   is an exceptionally interesting place, and the Racetrack is about the strangest geological/natural site I've ever seen.  I could have spent all day there looking at rocks.

Lots of Nothing

Panamint Valley Overlook

Panamint Valley and the Sierras

Deanie at Badwater

Badwater below Sea Level

Devil's Golfcourse

Moon Over the Salt Flats

Campsite at Furnace Creek

Scotty's Castle

Ubehebe Volcanic Crater

Teakettle Junction

Deanie and Racetrack Rock on Playa

Racetrack Rock

Dante's View of Valley Looking North

Golden Canyon

Harmony Borax Works

Keane Wonder Mill

Arizona (Petrified Forest National Park, Sedona, Grand Canyon National Park)

For another long weekend in April, a friend from work and I planned on flying our aircraft (our COZY, and he in the Scaled "Dutchess" twin engine plane) out to Flagstaff, AZ for three nights.  Deanie came with me, and my friend's wife and two kids went with him. For a full account of the trip, see my trip reports.

Big Petrified Log in Petrified Forest National Park

Deanie with Friend at PFNP

Friend's kid at PFNP

Painted Desert - north PFNP

Friend at Restaurant in Sedona

Devil's Bridge - Hike in Sedona Area

Cool looking Cactus on Hike in Sedona

What Sedona's known for - the Red Rocks

Deanie near top of South Kaibab Trail

Looking over Cedar Ridge rest area

Looking back up South Kaibab Trail

Entertainment:

So Netflix, works out pretty well for us - we watch about one to one and a half movies per week, and my queue is about 90 movies long.  That'll keep us busy for a while.  We've made a few friends, mostly in the left-wing, granola-crunchy side of Tehachapi (not the right-wing Christian religious bunch, strangely enough), and have been invited to a couple of parties, which have mostly been fun.  We can walk to the Hitching Post movie theater in town, so we see a movie every week or two, and get some exercise at the same time.


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