Daytripping with Rick – Gilboa Quarry, Ohio


Where???  Gilboa Quarry, that’s where.   I’ve been a certified scuba diver for about 30 years having taken “the plunge” as a student at Florida.  The problem is that while Pittsburgh is the City of…

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Daytripping with Rick – Biking Yosemite Valley


As national parks go, Yosemite is the crown jewel.  And Yosemite Valley is star in the middle of the crown. A narrow inlet into the high Sierras, the place looks majestic and ancient.  But although…

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Daytripping with Rick – Sonoma Valley Winery Tour


I love to vacation with my wife’s family.  Apart from being great people, they are world class when it comes to food and drink.  We always have great meals and drink too much, but hey,…

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Day Tripping with Rick – The Sonoma Coast – The Wide Pacific, Seafood, and the Birds


As part of our week in the Russian River wine country, we made a great day trip to the coast.  A nice easy drive to the coast, then a stop in a small hamlet made…

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Day Tripping with Rick – Northern California Wine Country – The Russian River Valley


So.  If you’re married to a great woman, and she hits a milestone birthday, where do you go to celebrate it?  Well, if you’re smart (I am), then the answer is “Anywhere she wants”.  That’s…

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Day Tripping with Rick – Moving to the UK – Part 2


In Part 1 of Moving to the UK, I discussed moving overseas, finding a place, driving on the wrong side of the road, and various oddities of our British friends.  In Part 2, I’ll discuss…

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Day Tripping with Rick – Moving to the UK – Part 1


“The English and the Americans are one people separated by a common language.”  This is one of the hundreds of great quotes by Sir Winston Churchill, war-time prime minister, and one of the greatest people…

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Day Tripping with Rick – Going Native


If you are a working stiff like me, the most you’ll ever be able to spend anywhere at one time is probably a week, two weeks tops.  This is why you want to come to…

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Daytripping with Rick – A Lot of Seoul


My work over the years has allowed me to travel all over the world.  Still, Asia is an exotic destination for me.  The people are great, and seem truly glad to see Americans.  I’ve got…

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On the Farm – Oil Heat


One of the pains of living in the sticks is the relatively inaccessibility of utilities.  You city dweller take for granted things like running water, natural gas, and cable.  Live far enough off the beaten…

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