Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The PENguin Rides Again!

As those of you who follow The PENguin know, 2014 marks the beginning of our retirement. In December, Sharon left Stanford after 25 highly fulfilling years, and I will not be teaching this spring so that we can begin our travels. We started with a quick New Year’s eve run down to Monterey where we brought in the new year with our friends James Bryant and Mary Hill of Carpe Diem Fine Books.

This scene from a beach at Carmel, just south of Monterey.

And now, the first week in January finds us again on the road, this time going north to see friends in Napa and Sonoma and to just hang out in the wine country. Monday’s excursion was to Jack London’s Valley of the Moon Ranch. 

Here you see the Museum that Charmian built to preserve Jack’s literary legacy.

Back in the day when pen and ink were essential tools.

The walk from the museum to London's grave site and the Wolf House

 and the tragic ruins of Wolf House, the home they built which was destroyed by fire in 1913 just before they planned to move in. It remained uncompleted at the time of Jack’s death in 1916.

Finally, a couple of images of the new BMW 1M which we got in October and which will carry us on our travels throughout North America that are planned for the next couple of years. For those interested, more on that one on my facebook page.

My apologies for the quality of the images, today I will stop being lazy and drag out my big old Canon

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