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Prague ~ Wednesday, June 29, 2016


No, I'm not there, but Wini is, with her youth orchestra. She made this video of a pair of Tatras for me. Thanks, Wini!

Next stop, Vienna.

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Driving down the 5 ~

We make this trip a couple times a year to visit family.

Two notable things on this trip: We stopped at as produce stand in Gilroy, and bought some nuts, cherries--and ice cream flavored with Gilroy's most famous product.

Later, we stopped at Buttonwillow to trade off driving. A short line, the San Joaquin Valley Railroad, crosses under the highway here. I always see a few freight cars parked, but for the first time, we saw an actual train. I took some pictures, and the engineer waved back and honked his horn :)

A few miles farther south the 5 crosses over an even more elusive short line, the Sunset Railway; it'd be fun to catch a train there too, but I don't know if it's actually operational.

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A Good Reason to Give your Kid a Smartphone ~ Thursday, June 23, 2016

So they can take pictures of trains while you're driving!

Thanks, Wini!

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RWC-🚄 ->SClara-🚄 ->Centerville-🚲 ->Niles ~

On Sunday Nathan and I undertook a multi-modal adventure, first biking to the RWC CalTrain station, riding a train to Santa Clara, riding AmTrak to Centerville Depot in Fremont, and biking on the mission creek trail to Niles, where (after a visit to the Niles ice cream parlor) we attended the Niles-Essenay Silent Film Museum's "made in Niles" film festival, where we watched a Charlie Chaplin lookalike contest and a few movies.

We did not reverse the itinerary; Sue and Wini came over to fetch us home. We had dinner at a Halal Thai restaurant we found on a previous trip over the bay.

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~ Saturday, June 11, 2016

Last year wasn't a good one for local blackberries, but I noticed a bush by the tracks (safely separated from them by a fence) with a bunch of ripe ones, so Nathan and I biked over for an after-dinner snack.

There's still plenty of red ones and green ones on the vine, and even more flowers getting the attention of bees, so I think there's a whole summer's worth of blackberries in the pipeline.

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Pancakes, Train, and Merry-go-Round ~

We had breakfast this morning at Vasona Park, Los Gatos, at a pancake fundraiser for the Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad (thanks for the pancakes, Boy Scouts!).

We rode the train (my kids and two cousins--I was the only "adult" in org group who elected to ride), which was pulled by one of the BJWRR's steamers today, and the carousel. The carousel organ was working.

We stayed long enough that it was lunchtime, and found a place called Happy Hound. Kind of funny that it's in Los Gatos, but anyway, pretty good!

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Anchor Steam Ice Cream: I had to Try it ~

This was at the Humphry Slocomb booth at the Ferry Building.

I was reminded of the character "Doc" in Cannery Row, who stopping for a break on a road trip indulges years-long curiosity and orders a beer milkshake.

Anyway, it was unusual (actually a tad salty) but pretty good.

I don't think there was any alcohol left in it, but we got there and back by transit anyway.

And if my kids' reaction is any guide, I don't think anyone under 21 would be remotely tempted by this!

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New Bike ~ Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Nate just got one. Apparently it's faster than the old one ;)

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Drive You to Vote Bus ~ Saturday, May 14, 2016

This bus was parked by the SamTrans bus yard in San Carlos. Oddly it's an AC Transit bus from across the bay.

The builder is local bus manufacturer Gillig.

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Busy Bee in a Poppy ~ Thursday, April 28, 2016

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