The Bus in the News

July 23, 2021 Today I was walking in Ashland while visiting my father, and I saw the Ashland Daily Tidings on someone’s driveway, and there was a story about the bus. Allayana Darrow, a great reporter from the Tidings, interviewed us about the Bus and our story, and her article was on the front page…

Home Is Where the Dog Is

Tonight on Dogs Reading Books, we are happy to feature Harold the Puppymonster reading Braiding Sweetgrass, by Robin Wall Kimmerer –you should read this book, and many thanks to Lollie for my copy. We made it home! Thanks also to Nancy and Jimmy, Puppersitters and Tortoise and plant and aquatic turtle caregivers; thanks to Jonathan…

Busted Flat in Big Sur with those VW Blues Again

Part 2: SLO, San Simeon, and Morro Bay Have you driven Highway One from Pacific Grove to San Simeon? If so, congratulations! You survived. If not, well, it is a twisty road, and it is a high road—think airplane high, above the clouds at times, and think sheer drops to rocks and the sea impossibly…

Busted Flat in Big Sur with those San Simeon Blues Again

Part 1: Steinbeck Country Let’s start with a caveat: the trip is not going as planned. I am sitting in a motel in San Simeon typing this with the sun setting behind me. I have some older territory to cover (like Steinbeck Country), and then I will tell the harrowing saga of Highway 1, the…

Mendocino, Marin and Steinbeck Country

Mendocino day was full of capitalism: visiting my favorite bookstore, Gallery Books, and the Science Store (present for Jimmy), and the toy store, where Robert bought a Play Mobil Bus with hippie action figures. We walked the bluffs, sat in the Big Chair, ate lunch by Big River (cute Chihuahua running on the beach), then…

The Nor Cal Diaries

Ashland to Del Norte Del Norte to Richardson Grove Richardson Grove to MacKerricher (Mendocino) We haven’t had a charged computer or Wi Fi, so there has been a lag in reporting—we need a leisure battery! And I will add pictures to the previous post, too, now that I have access to electricity and the internet…

Ashland!

I will post more pictures when I have better wi fi! Ashland, June 14-19             Walking the streets of my childhood in Ashland, I see a tree and know we called it a Mulberry tree when I was a child, but I think now it is some kind of ornamental plum or cherry. I pass…

Time is a Circle

Fairfield to Redding, June 13 Redding to Ashland, June 14 We started the day with a rapid Covid test (negative), and then decided to continue on the trip. I was sucking zinc lozenges, blowing my nose, and generally feeling terrible, but we took the 80 to the good old 505 with the sunflowers by the…

Lesson #1: Don’t Drive Towards a Wind Farm

June 12, Ojai to Fairfield By 7:30 am we were climbing the mountains behind the camp, in the Sespe Wilderness, a place that seems to be particularly wild to me, partly because we rarely see any other cars on the road. The 33 runs from Ojai to Maricopa, and most people never have any reason…

Two Old People in a Van

June 11, Los Angeles to Ojai We were supposed to leave at 2 on Friday, make Ojai, and rest for an early start over the Highway 33, but everything was delayed due to work (Robert), and compulsive cleaning (Jenny). You know it is not a good day when you are vacuuming at 7 to mop…