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December 22, 2008

Seattle 2008

Filed under: Travel — anotherheader @ 12:58 am

The skin of the Experience Music Project in Seattle

The skin of the Experience Music Project in Seattle

In the dark and dank of the covered taxi stand, we climbed into the white Prius cab.  With the energy management and digital speedometer glowing against the night, we headed off into the rain.  We had never seen a Prius used as a taxi, but it made perfect sense.

In case we had somehow forgotten, the Prius taxi cab defined to us that we were no longer in the Bay Area.  With cold rain obscuring the view, we couldn’t see much outside the car, but the fresh sea air reinforced to us that we were in Seattle.  This was not a trip we planned on, but by Thursday it became clear that the Pacific storm pushing inland was making our trip to visit my mother in Ellensburg Washington a logistical nightmare.  The airline tickets we had to Seattle were not refundable and our dog Nick had social arrangements set for the weekend, so we decided to head to Seattle for a short visit.

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December 9, 2008

Sedona Mountain Biking Rides

Filed under: General Mountain Bike Travel, MTB Travel — anotherheader @ 7:01 am

The view looking back towards Broken Arrow Trail

The view looking back towards Broken Arrow Trail

We’ve made twelve trips to Sedona Arizona over the past eleven years, usually over Thanksgiving. It ranks as one of the best places to ride though it still seems to be off the radar for most of the mountain biking community. We rarely see other riders when we have been there.

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December 4, 2008

Rome and Sicily, Trip Wrap Up and Lists

Filed under: Italy Rome-Sicily 2008, Travel — anotherheader @ 9:20 pm

Statues at the Vatican in Rome

Statues at the Vatican in Rome

Wrap-up and lists for our Rome and Sicily trip, in no particular order:

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The Return Trip

Filed under: Italy Rome-Sicily 2008, Travel — anotherheader @ 12:51 am

Breakfast on the Ambasciatori rooftop deck

Breakfast on the Ambasciatori's rooftop deck

At this point I usually write something about an uneventful return journey and recap the trip. On this occasion, it seemed like United Airlines was intent on extending our trip. Unfortunately, the extension wasn’t going to be in Italy.

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December 3, 2008

Palermo

Filed under: Italy Rome-Sicily 2008, Travel — anotherheader @ 1:27 am

Panorama of Palermo

Panorama of Palermo

Our day began with breakfast on the Abasciatori’s rooftop terrace. After the previous day’s rain, the skies had partially cleared. From the hotel’s deck the expanse of urban Palermo, tucked in between the hills and the (more…)

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