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Mrs. Penfire

Meet Mrs. Penfire

September 4, 2017

When my two daughters were young, I read to them every night. When they were very young they loved Richard Scarry’s Big Book of Nursery Tales. They each requested different stories on different nights. Over the years, my own favorite became the story of the Little Red Hen. I realized why, of course. The Little Red…

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Galleria Borghese: Why Travel?

October 18, 2019

Why travel? Why spend a week or two or three plus your hard-earned dollars —to see, well, whatever you choose to see? Last year Mr. Penfire and I spent three weeks in Italy. Those weeks were filled with new experiences, excursions we had planned and unexpected surprises—a few wrong turns, a couple of mishaps, and…

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It was a good hop!

August 19, 2019

Day Seven: (Part Two) The City of Morro Bay web site summarizes the facts: Morro Rock is a State Historic Landmark. It is the most visible of 9 similar peaks—the Nine Sisters—which stretch from San Luis Obispo to Morro Bay, formed about 23 million years ago from the plugs (whatever they are) of long-extinct volcanoes….

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Elephant Seals. No one would call them “cute”

August 18, 2019

It’s taken me two years plus to…finally…write about the seven-day California Road Trip Mr. Penfire and I took with our great friends, Joan and Dave. Thanks for following along. Who knows were I might decide to travel back to next! Day Seven (Part One): Our last morning “on the road.” After breakfast it was up…

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The Hearst Castle – It Can’t be Captured in a Picture

August 16, 2019

Day Six: I can’t figure how anybody could ever pass by here and not stop to see what surely must be one of the most remarkable houses in America. We enjoyed our complimentary breakfast at the Fog Catcher Inn and headed straight up Route 1 to the The Hearst Castle, parked the car, and nearly trotted…

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Around (instead of “Along”) the Coast

August 15, 2019

Day Five (Part two) – Carmel to Cambria with a Slight Detour I had promised Joan Coastal Redwoods and by golly we were going to find some. (Yes. Yes. We had seen countless giant sequoias, biggest trees on the planet. But Joan wanted to see the tallest. These are two very different species; and the…

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It’s a long way… across California

August 13, 2019

Day Four – Drive to Carmel by the Sea. Yep! It’s along way across the San Joaquin Valley. 200+ miles. But time goes quickly when you’re in a car with good friends, and it’s especially helpful when the route is pretty straightforward. It’s definitely an eye-opener for New Englanders whose entire state is about the…

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Yosemite

August 11, 2019

And so, I continue the saga of the seven-day California Road Trip Mr. Penfire and I took with our friend Joan and Dave…and track the chain of events that converted my the three sheets of paper I started out with…to 3 1/2 pounds of books, booklets, brochures, newsletters, maps, and information sheets. Day Three: We…

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Sequoia Serendipity

August 10, 2019

We started out with just three sheets of paper printed out from my computer: California Road Trip Itinerary listing all our various reservations for lodging, restaurants, and tours, a map of Carmel by the Sea, showing the location of our hotel there, and a map of Yosemite Valley. How then did I return home with…

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Paper Pack Rat

August 9, 2019

My daughters claim I love paper way too much. And alas, they are no doubt right. For I am trying (it’s the zillionth time, at least) to “organize” my office, and it’s not going well. The file folders crammed with paper are mostly hidden in files drawers (and file boxes stashed under the desk). It’s…

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