How am I holding up?

This year sucks doesn’t it?

First week of self-isolation is in the books. Working from home has helped and glad it keeps me busy and helps pass the time. I was not looking forward to this weekend as I already had little to do before the pandemic, but now I really don’t have anything to do. I see a lot of people working on improving fitness or learning some new skill and I am like just trying to make it day by day.

Today, I decided to get my Instagram photos onto the site so that was a big first step. Next will be adding the Gorn photos from last year that I never posted. Maybe, just maybe I will finally redesign my web site from the ground up. I dug out a lot of my notes from 2010-2014 and will really start to rethink how to do the site. Hoping with my time I can re-learn how to code for WordPress and finally create a Trip Diaries site that actually looks good. I also hope to post some random musings about things that I like. 

I know there has been backlash against the “Travel Photo” instagram influencer. Trust me I don’t influence anyone, but I do like to share my experiences traveling. So this is the positive thing I will focus on while I am self-isolated. Writing journals and posting photos of trips in the past with the hope that I will be fortunate enough to do it again. 

For all of my friends and the few people who still occasionally find this site, stay safe, stay home, and let’s flatten the curve!

Stay tuned…. 

Hope We Are Back Soon

Hope we are back soon. Be kind to others. Check in on those in need. Love Yourself….

Not going to lie, a complete shutdown of every Disney Resort in the world was not something I ever thought could happen. Even when the outbreak shut down China, Japan, and South Korea, I didn’t think it would erupt across the rest of the world. The Covid-19 has left so many people shellshocked and off guard.

I am self isolating starting tomorrow (well I was off today so actually today). Will venture out to get food and groceries etc., but I am going to miss seeing my co-workers and friends on something other than a video screen.

It reminds me of my time in China where I was away for 14 months. Even then, I was able to meet new friends along with some co-workers I already knew. This is similar but very very different. It has the same emotions as 9-11 – a certain crap I don’t know what’s going to happen next. I try to remain positive and will keep doing so as much as I can to stay in a good mental place. In the meantime, I will stay home and heck I might even work on this web site..

The only way to ring in the new year

One of my favorite things to do is to watch the Poseidon Adventure on New Years Eve. Although my synching was just slightly off, we were close enough to celebrate the dawn of 2020 alongside Reverend Scott, the Rogos and the Rosens and the rest of the gang.

Happy New Year 2020!

Yosemite in the Winter

Half Dome
Yosemite Falls
Tunnel View of Yosemite Valley

I had never actually been in Yosemite in the winter time. When we were heading back from the “Tour of California” we ran into a weather delay due to heavy snow on the Grapevine. We decided to take an extra day and drive through Yosemite and were rewarded with some amazing sights. Only the valley was crowded and don’t get me started on the food service…

A different kind of Christmas Tree

Avenue of the Giants in Humboldt Redwood State Park

For Christmas this year, Mom, Gary, and I drove the “Tour de California” from LA up to the Coastal Redwoods with stops in San Francisco, Santa Rosa, Paradise, and Sacramento. If you don’t spend Christmas at home, at least do it somewhere with fabulous trees..