Thursday, September 30, 2010
Judy's loving the beautiful flowers that thrive in Ireland's weather which allows for the"Thousand Shades of Green."
After the first nights highlight pub crawl (where Wayne forgot to take pictures) we started the next day with a tour of Dublin and visit to Trinity College.
Maureen is enjoying the sunshine and beautiful church.
Friday, September 17, 2010
We finished with a wine tasting at spectacular Chateau St. Jean, a beautiful winery with lovely gardens.
Our morning was spent at Canine Companions, the world's largest service dog training organization. They train dogs for the hearing impared, physically disabled, companion dogs and dogs used in physical therapy.
The Canine Companions campus was donated by the Charles Shultz family. Here I am with a statue of Snoopy.
A trip to Sonoma County must include good California cuisine. We had dinner at the lovely Ca'Bianca, servine Italian cuisine in a lovingly restored Victorian home.
Lunch was at the Vineyard Inn, with the world's best artichokes, locally sources seafood, organic beef and home raised vegetables.
Fall on the California coast is spectacular. After a picnic in Point Reyes we visit Bodega Bay before driving along headlands to the Russian River.
Fresh salt air, the sound of the surf, beautiful scenery, what could be better?
Bill checks out a Great White Shark caught off Bodega Bay
Thursday, August 19, 2010
97 year-old Bob Porovich was our docent at the Serbian Orthodox Church. During WWII he worked as an engineer in the Pacific building airstrips for McArthur. When I asked a question about the church's religious icons he replied "enough about that, now more about me." Bob is an original and the very best person to give the history of the church.
The church's exterior.
Relaxing at the hotel before the performance.
The scenery changes from the agricultural valley to rolling oak-covered hills to the pines of the Sierra Nevada.
The Broadway Pops performance is a highlight of a wonderful and diverse festival.
The festival features a nice display of local artists, wine tasting and tables and chairs to relax in the clean mountain air.
Marge visits the 3 month old clydesdale colt. All draft horses have their tails docked so they don't get caught in the rigging.
Jim says hello to this spectacular stallion.
Several of the ranch hands were raised in Amish families where they gained lots of practice working with draft horses. Here a pair are put through their paces learning to match their gait.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Joe & Jean e-mailed us some of their Alaska pictures. More are available on in the Alaska folder on our website. Here they enjoy the train ride from Denali to Anchorage.
Joe spent time on the platform between cars to capture photos without having to shoot between the glass. The air was fresh and had that wonderful forest scent.
These newborn Husky puppies are so small their eyes have not yet opened.
Joe & Jean cuddle a larger pup, which looks like he would prefer to be running instead of interacting with visitors.
We passed the Palin home on the lake in Wasilla.
Alaska travelers Joe & Jean DiSessa e-mailed us trip photos which we have added to the Alaska album on our website.