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Well, my observation of a year ago still applies – Arkansas has the worst roads in the country, and if one thinks humidity is humidity, regardless of where it is, one is wrong – it’s worse in Arkansas. Nothing against the good folks living there, but this is the quintessential flyover state!   It’s day-three […]


From Gallup, New Mexico to the Flyover States

by carbonboy on September 15, 2017

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Day-2 was ten solid hours of driving, and no particular fun. Nothing to report, except a good authentic dinner at Abuelita Rosa’s Mexican Restaurant in Shawnee, Oklahoma, our stop for the night. The real tedium begins tomorrow. One question – who or what makes these vehicles? I want one, and want to move to Enchanted […]


Get your Kicks on Route 66

by carbonboy on September 14, 2017

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We left the suburban wasteland of Eastvale at 7 a.m., which was too late, as we already had to fight traffic on I-15 at the 60 Freeway, I-10 and I-210 exchanges. A bit of stress was relieved when at the steepest part of the El Cajon Pass, the BMW handled the load of the U-Haul […]


On the Road Again

by carbonboy on September 13, 2017

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Well, the Chinese Investors at Mooney International pissed away about fifty million dollars on the ill-fated M10, but I had a very good year, and had my vision restored to 20/20 by one of the best eye surgeons at UCLA. I don’t want to leave, but it is a perfect time to move on. Back […]


Off to St. Helens, Oregon via Portland

by carbonboy on March 21, 2017

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The view of Mount St. Helens was awesome, but the sun disappeared under dark clouds before I could get the camera to a good point of view. I had a great early dinner with stakeholders at the historic Higgins eatery in downtown Portland. A very busy day tomorrow and back to LA by sunset. Damn, […]


Pit Stop at Pappadeux

by carbonboy on October 22, 2016

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Back during my NAVAIR days I often had to travel of Dallas to Bell Helicopter during the darkest period of the V-22 Osprey Program. One more tragic event and Dick Cheney would have canceled the program for the final time. I flew to Bell on behalf of the government to do my small part to […]


Donner Pass from I-80

by carbonboy on March 29, 2016

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Donner Lake This is the one place that I don’t mind snow in the spring. However it is so deep one can easily sink up to your crotch if the top layer fails to support your weight! The Truckee River Every time I pass through here (summer or winter), I just want to stop and […]


Meanwhile back in Utah

by carbonboy on March 22, 2016

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Actually I am in Springfield, Ohio (about as boring as one can get), but happily checked in to my Hampton Inn – my last night in a hotel. Pictured is a canyon off of Highway 6 in Utah heading to Grand Junction from a few days ago. This place caught my eye, and I ended […]


The Summit

by carbonboy on March 21, 2016

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I am in a very unique place at a near perfect time. Anyone care to guess where?


Eldorado Trail at Deer Creek

by carbonboy on March 16, 2016

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This is the best time of the year to visit Northern California – it is the only time that it is green! I couldn’t help taking a cruise past my old home in El Dorado Hills. It looks the same, but with new home building at a frantic pace, and far fewer FOR SALE signs. […]


Winter Skies

by carbonboy on November 28, 2015

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Winter has come. It is cold, but the skies are still beautiful! Me alone with the sky! Even an uneventful sunset should not be taken for granted! I am heading west, and they east! Now to sleep peacefully in my hotel. Travel can wait until the morning.


Post image for Leaving Cow Country – and They Don’t Seem to Care

Boy I miss my pickup truck, and I never had this problem of collecting too much stuff when working overseas. I come to a client’s site with whatever I can carry – via airplane or auto. I expect to stay a few months, but I stay a year. Oddly I have more stuff than when […]


Back in the Center of Meat Universe

by carbonboy on October 10, 2015

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Still two hours of driving and I can’t wait for the sun to sink away into darkness! It’s amazing when heading west on I-80 – it always seems to be overcast all day, and finally when the eleven hour drive is coming to a close, the sun comes out in full force – and one’s […]


Let the Migration Begin

by carbonboy on March 27, 2015

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For the Sandhill Cranes, the Platte River is a brief stop-over to refuel on last season’s corn crop. They are named for their preference to gather on the foliage-free sand banks of the river, as it is collectively safer than the dense vegetation along those banks. From what I have read, they hang around for […]



by carbonboy on February 19, 2015

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Last Friday at 4:00 a.m. my home security system alerted me that the temperature in my house was 40° F. My furnace stopped working, and I was 1,500 miles away! With single digit temperatures predicted over the next few days my water pipes could burst – even with the water company shutting off the main […]


A Taste of India in Blacksburg

by carbonboy on October 27, 2013

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I can’t imagine having a fine meal without an equally fine wine – moderation is best – meaning two glasses are perfect! We got our first dusting of snow here in Blacksburg, and I must say my first impulse was to pack things up and move back to Southern California. Yet this assignment is so […]


Dreaming Forward

by carbonboy on September 2, 2013

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Gaeta, Italy 2008 – I took too much for granted while in Italy for nine months! It was another lazy weekend that slipped by too fast. I think that I accomplished ten percent of what I had intended, as the heat and humidity did not let up. No matter, as it was all stuff that […]


Day 4 – Indianapolis to Piney Point

by carbonboy on June 5, 2013

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The DC Beltway after nine hours of driving with one headlight – yes it looked just like this! The last leg of the cross-country drive was incidental, short of a few near death potentials due to idiot drivers – something we go through daily, most often unaware. It was a long drive, but I did not […]


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I had to get the western Illinois to see anything resembling a family farm – everything beforehand seemed to be big Agribusiness! Wyoming is about cattle; Nebraska, corn, wheat and soybeans; western Iowa is like Wisconsin with rolling hills, and I think cute little pigs and sheep. America’s bread basket could feed most of the […]


Day 2 – Salt Lake City to Kearney, Nebraska

by carbonboy on June 2, 2013

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Big Country – somewhere in Wyoming on I-80, where the road seems endless, or drops off the end of the world! I got to the Hilton Garden Inn in Salt Lake City after everything had closed in terms of eating last night. This is an odd area where all the airport hotels are located, but […]