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    Well trip winding down here. Fly back home in a few days.We covered 5 or 6 states including a Blitz drive back from Washington St to Napa in one day ( 857 miles in 12 hrs) Sunday.

    The Wedding was good and went well. I got the bartender gal drunk. That was Awesome and hilarious.

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    Reception Area



    Wedding Walk way



    Ring Bearer after wedding was out. Good kid



    Mt Hood heading back



    Mt Shasta

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    The wedding rehearsal dinner place was funny. I was in the car with Groom and Bride and did not know name until we arrived and I got out said WTF....and laughed.



    I immediately went in to the bar and asked for a glass of boxed Monte Clair. The bartender almost threw me out... So I settled for a Sip of some Gooood Anejo Tequila from Casa Noble.

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    I was hoping you'd post soon with an update. Sounds great. What'd your wife think of that (us) medium-sized drive?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hick View Post
    I was hoping you'd post soon with an update. Sounds great. What'd your wife think of that (us) medium-sized drive?
    Wife was cool with ride. Enjoyed the scenery. I took a bit longer route to have it remain scenic and we stopped along the trek for her selfie pics.

    I look forward to returning home.

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    Kind of a general view on the trip.

    The Pacific Northwest is stunningly beautiful country and we really enjoyed our trip. We covered some really rural mountain roads in All states and my wife saw the houses with loads of rusted cars, tipped over boats, blue tarps covering garbage, broken tractors and said "funny how many Thai people think that the US is super clean and everybody has perfect houses". I just laughed and we both agree that all countries have shitholes and supreme clean places. All boils down to where one lives. Its all in what you want to focus on to support a debate.

    That said above, sadly there are a lot of arrogant, entitled, pushy, mean people that make it ugly here. So many people we met or listened too complained about everything. Few people ever really smile and seem pretty unhappy. I suspect that people are under tremendous duress to sustain all the living costs it takes to live here. This trip cost a small fortune but I enjoyed the visit and the harsh reminder of why I left. Just yesterday I got an email from a long time colleagues wife and she said Robert passed Saturday at 59. Heart attack. This guy was like most around here and worked too much, stressed a lot, never took vacations. Sad really. We used to talk about what we would do in retirement. He never made it.

    Anyway all checked in for our flight. We bought up what we wanted to bring back and I have some more toys to mess around with when I get home.

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    Well this has been an awesome thread and some superb pics! Glad you enjoyed it all, often the best part of something like this is going home though I find (though not in a negative sense).


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    Quote Originally Posted by AntRobertson View Post
    Well this has been an awesome thread and some superb pics! Glad you enjoyed it all, often the best part of something like this is going home though I find (though not in a negative sense).

    Thanks Ant. It was a great trip. We had a load of fun and did a ton of travel and activities. I enjoy visiting but my perspective on things here are different because I retired early and do what I want. It makes it all very relaxing. I really liked golfing with my Pop being I had never golfed before. I am hack but enjoyed some good laughs.

    cheers

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    Love these big ol Redwoods.

    I am digging through more photos

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    A finely named establishment, if ever there was one.


    Good thread J, cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luigi View Post
    A finely named establishment, if ever there was one.
    Agreed...
























    ...for a den of ill-repute.

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    Few finals pics on way to San Francisco Airport



    Luggage loaded to max weight. Loads of shit in those things. Amazing what we bring back with no issues. I brought a Cordless 56V Weedwhacker, 7 bottles of Whiskey, Bourbon and Tequila, Cordless leaf blower, Trek bike parts, Yamaha R3 parts, Go Pro stuff etc etc. Wife bought make up for her and her friends and of course clothes, good bed linens and a few Coach purses.



    Crossed over the Richmond Bridge.



    Then through the tunnel.

    After 3 flights (SFO to Taipei to BKK to CM) I am finally back home.

    Feels GREAT to be back. Wife and I had dinner for $2....

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPPR2 View Post
    I am finally back home
    ...and Customs didn't raise an eyebrow at all that luggage?...

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    That was the Bay Bridge from Oakland to San Francisco. The first photo was of the new eastern span that cost ?$6-8 billion and almost twenty years to replace the earlier span that failed in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. The tunnel is underneath Fleet Admiral Nimitz's house on Yerba Buena Island. The lower deck used to carry street cars up until the 1950's.

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    You sure that is not the Oakland Bay Bridge. Sure does not look like the Richmond, nor does the Richmond have a tunnel. Jet lag you did not know you had...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPPR2 View Post
    After 3 flights (SFO to Taipei to BKK to CM) I am finally back home
    Do that about every year except I have to shuttle from Swampy to Don Muang then to Roiet. A killer trek.

    Normally I prefer the Oakland Bay bridge though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
    .and Customs didn't raise an eyebrow at all that luggage?...
    Nope, Walked right through not even a look or question even with all my Lithium Ion Batteries and Drone and booze and........

    Quote Originally Posted by mudcat View Post
    That was the Bay Bridge from Oakland to San Francisco
    Quote Originally Posted by aging one View Post
    You sure that is not the Oakland Bay Bridge
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    Normally I prefer the Oakland Bay bridge though
    Too many bridges....LOL It was a bridge...LOL... We came out of Napa to Vallejo and the road signs said " Richmond Bridge" Crosses over to 101 south to SFO.

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    I stand corrected. That's the new Bay Bridge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPPR2 View Post
    Amazing what we bring back with no issues.


    Ok...

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    ...noted^...looks like a piece of Jamal Khashoggi...

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    OK Back home now and the yard was a friggen jungle... Was up at 6am today trying to get it back to what it looked like when I left.

    Dogs went nuts seeing me again. Took me an hour to get them to settle down. I think they thought I left them to die with my FIL....



    My Lab seemed pretty comfy now that I am back as she pulled up her spot and watched me mow.



    Went to local market to my Fav lady and picked up some produce. Top produce and all for ~ $3 including a nice avocado.

    Good to be home.

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    Great thread JP!

    Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loy Toy View Post
    Great thread JP!

    Thoroughly enjoyed it.

    Anytime LT. Enjoy sharing. I have a Few Drone Vids I will post up.

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    This thread was a smoke and mirrors illusion. It was never about the pacific northwest or its nature. JP you have become predictable. You whinged about the same things last time you went home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skkin View Post


    ok...
    hahhahaaaa

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