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Monday, November 24, 2008

Santa Cruzin'

For the last 10 days I've been staying in Santa Cruz with my new friend Shauna.  I met Shauna during my stay in Yosemite, and I knew right away there was something special about her.    She has been showing me everything the city of Santa Cruz has to offer: mountain biking, trail running, the best places to eat and drink coffee (plus the occasional desert), and beautiful sunsets by the coast.  I better not forgot the Seymour Center at Long Marine Laboratory (where Shauna works) and the Monterey Bay Aquarium.  I was fortunate enough to get the lights turned on for "Old Blue,"  the world's largest whale skeleton!  Upon arrival, the weather was unseasonable warm, which even tempted me to take a dip in the ocean.  Fall has returned (mid 60's), but the weather is still enjoyable.  Perfect temps for cardiovascular sports.  I'm heading back to Yosemite this week and I can't wait!  Hope you enjoy the photos.

"Old Blue"

                                   One of many beautiful sunsets........

                  Monterey Bay Aquarium - Outer Bay Exhibit

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Go Bucks

For all of you Michigan fans........

Thursday, November 13, 2008


In the quest for the ultimate road tripping vehicle, I stumbled across a company that specializes in carbon-fiber composites, a company named Ursa Minor.  The company is owned by like-minded people with a passion for travel and adventure.  Here is a little history of how the company started.  

"Once upon a time there was an ideal vehicle for the wanderer, and it wasn’t a tent or a massive RV. The classic VW Westfalia provided a compact design, perfect for the drive to work or a weekend at the lake. Pull in, pop the top and there was a home away from home, a base camp for swimming, surfing, hiking or biking.  For over 50 years, Volkswagen delivered, but like many products, the VW Westfalia gradually crept up in price and down in availability.  And then it was gone.  Our experience in camping started with a 1965 VW Micro, which after 43 states, 3 countries and 240,000 miles went off to a well deserved R&R (repair & restoration) in Tokyo, Japan of all places.  Afterwards, we voyaged on our small cruising sailboat, paddled kayaks in Baja, and generally looked for a decent replacement Westfalia Synchro.  When that proved unsuccessful, we started doodling on post-it notes until we finally found time to build our own solution!  Of course, like most projects, the first Honda Element camper took longer than needed, cost a little more than expected, but the end result was fantastic and was put to use immediately camping all over southern California and Baja.  From gas stations and grocery stores to remote beaches, more than a few people liked the idea.  It turns out it's hard to camp when people are constantly asking "where the heck did you get that pop up?"

After my new discovery I was on the quest for an Element, and as of last week I'm the new owner of a 2004 Honda Element.  

My new ride

I hope to add the ECamper conversion this coming spring

I thought I would throw in a picture of my other Honda, 2006 919