January - December 2017
  • Day346

    December 26-31

    December 30, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 48 °F

    We hope that our family and friends had a Merry Christmas and wish you all a happy, healthy and safe new year. 🍾🎉
    The week between Christmas and New Year was spent dining and visiting with friends and family; bathing and clipping Kuma; performing minor repairs and housekeeping around Aki and Kay's home and just hanging out.
    My cousins Sally, Michele and Diana, with help and guidance from Auntie Aki, have taken over preparing our New Year's Eve japanese feast. Thank you Sally for transcribing and preserving Bachan's recipes and many thanks to all for their contributions to our delicious meal. 🍤🍣🍥🍲🥂
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  • Day341

    December 23-25

    December 25, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ❄️ 32 °F

    Randy spent Saturday smoking four racks of baby back ribs while Auntie Aki and I prepped for Sunday's dinner.
    Christmas Eve was ushered in with freezing rain and snow which made for treacherous driving. Randy smoked two more racks of ribs. We rounded out our meal with Marcia's mac and cheese, collard greens & cookies, Diana's clam dip, Dave's carrot cake and my slaw & corn pudding. There was plenty of food since 6 out of 15 guests canceled due to the weather. ❄️
    Monday morning we braved the slick streets to celebrate Christmas day at Sharon and Larry's, my in laws. Sharon made a delicious breakfast casserole. We opened gifts, played cards and enjoyed family time.
    Christmas dinner was back at Aki and Kay's. A seafood feast of Marcia's steamer clams & crab cakes and Sally's caesar salad before ending the night with 3 rousing games of 5 crowns. 🎄
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  • Day338

    December 19-22

    December 22, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 36 °F

    After over three weeks of fun in the sun we returned to Oregon for the holidays. Thursday we buttoned up the motorhome jumped in the car and headed north. Our drive was long, sunny and cold with stops in Bakersfield for oranges and Santa Nella for Anderson's split pea soup. We spent the night in Redding, our first stay in a motel in over 7 years... how we miss traveling by motorhome!
    Friday we arrived at Auntie Aki and Uncle Kay's in Milwaukie, Oregon. They generously opened up their home to us for next 10 nights.
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  • Day334

    December 18

    December 18, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 66 °F

    We started out our week hiking into Magnesia Springs Canyon, five miles out and back scrambling up (and down) six dry falls. We saw big horn sheep, oases and fantastic rock formations. Thanks so much Mark, Patty, Nancy, Annette and Bill for including us!
    Monday evening we enjoyed the golf cart Christmas parade at Catalina then headed to Nicolino's with Chad, Leslie, Jim and Angie for pizza and wine.
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  • Day332

    December 11-17

    December 16, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 61 °F

    Monday we went to the Grand Opening of the Coachella Winery... good wine and appetizers then dinner at Nicolino's with Jim and Angie. Thursday evening was spent Christmas shopping at the weekly Villagefest in downtown Palm Springs.
    Friday morning we competed in the weekly pickleball round robin... Randy tied for🥈place out of 12 players this week! Saturday night we enjoyed some music at the RV Resort with Chad and Leslie.
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  • Day326

    December 4-10

    December 10, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 75 °F

    We started the week off with strong Santa Ana winds but no fires or smoke, thank goodness. Out for cocktails with Chad and Leslie; miniature golf with Jim and Angie, our pickleball instructors; shopping at College of the Desert Street Fair; dinner and dancing at Catalina's clubhouse...another fantastic week here in Desert Hot Springs! 🍷🌴🌵☀️Read more

  • Day319

    November 28-December 3

    December 3, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 73 °F

    Since arriving in Desert Hot Springs we've been playing pickleball 2-4 hours a day, taking Kuma to the dog park, working out in the new gym, bicycling, relaxing in the hot spring spa, meeting new, and reconnecting with old friends.
    Sunday we took in the Tamale Festival with Chad and Leslie. Yum and Fun! http://www.tamalefestival.net/
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  • Day314

    November 25-28

    November 28, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 72 °F

    We began our journey south on Saturday passing many Oregon Duck fans and only one Beaver fan (Civil War Game in Eugene) on our way to 7 Feathers RV Park in Canyonville. It stormed all day Sunday during our drive over the Siskiyous and down I 5 to Corning. We made our annual pilgrimage to the Olive Pit when the rain finally let up. Our drive to Harris Ranch Inn in Coalinga was beautiful. We shared a delicious half pound burger and bought some rib eye steaks to grill later. We'd hoped to detour to San Simeon to view the bull elephant seals fighting but they hadn't arrived yet so we cruised down to Catalina RV Resort in Desert Hot Springs. It's our fourth year to to winter there and our neighbors from Gresham, Chad and Leslie, were there to greet us with dinner and wine. 74° upon our arrival 🌴😎Read more

  • Day310

    November 23-24

    November 24, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 50 °F

    A delicious Thanksgiving meal was prepared and served by my sister Marcia and me with additional side dishes contributed by our guests. As usual Auntie Aki and Uncle Kay provided the venue. Our family friend, Yoko, recited a heartfelt speech she gave at church about our late grandmother, Chiyo Endo, and what our family has meant to her... not a dry eye in the house❤️. We had a wonderful time dining and visiting with family.
    Friday we celebrated my father in law, Larry's, 81st birthday and Sharon and Larry's 63rd anniversary!
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  • Day308

    November 8-22

    November 22, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 55 °F

    Back to Home Base for fun with friends and family. Playing cards, 5 Crowns, with the in laws; dinner at Ichidai then Dave Attell at the Helium Comedy Club with Marcia, Kyle and Kelly; girls night out with Jan and Teri; lunch with Auntie Mary; pedicure with Sharon; breakfast and produce market with Kelsie; Randy smoking ribs/washing car and motorhome; lunch with Gary and Barbara; a night of live entertainment at the Gerding theater with Sharon and Auntie Aki. Not to mention catching up on vision, medical and dental appointments. Whew!Read more