Saturday: (12/31) Soft boiled eggs for breakfast. Lou relaxed at home and I acted as chauffeur for Dawn and her friend Andrea for the day. We headed down to San Jose and picked up Andrea, and went to lunch at Panerra Bread. Then they went shopping and browsing at Barnes and Noble. I looked around and relaxed in the area until they were through. Then we returned home. Dinner was baked potatoes with chili and onions. Then we worked at staying awake to see thee new year begin.
Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Tuesday: (12/27) I made ham hash and eggs for breakfast. We took a walk to see the Barron Park Donkey’s, Jenny and Perry. Jenny is a new addition after the recent death of Niner. Donkeys are so nice. Afterwards we continued our walk by going over to the Palo Alto Veterans Hospital for tea and lunch. Dawn made macaroni and cheese with baked cauliflower for dinner.
Wednesday: (12/28) Leftovers for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Lots to go. We were out all day for appointments.
Thursday: (12/29) Lou made potato pancakes with apple sauce and sausage for breakfast. Lou and Dawn had some errands and i worked in the Office in the morning. We went to LUU Noodle House for lunch. After that we did some shopping and visited Connee in San Jose. After that Lou and Dawn had an appointment and then we returned home. Dawn made some sausage with red peppers and mashed potatoes for dinner.
Friday: (12/30) Granola for breakfast. Lou and Dawn were off early to a thrift store. I headed down to San Jose. I installed the box of gutter guard I bought as a test of the fit. Fits good. I ordered the rest that I need to install later in a week or so. Cheapest is Menard’s supply in Wyoming which gets it to me at less than half the cost of Lowe’s and ⅓ the cost of OSH. Love the Internet. I stopped for lunch at La Victoria on the way home. Leftovers for dinner. I had a pepper steak sandwich.
Monday, December 26, 2016
Monday: (12/26) Breakfast from Happy Donuts, a nice breakfast burrito which i shared with Dawn. My usual place L&L Hawaiian was closed due to the holidays. I met Alex and we headed off to Sunol for the hike. 15 of us hike the Sunol Regional Park going by the Little Yosemite area an up onto the mountain ridges for a nice 10 mile hike on a nice day. Lots of water flowing. Nice friendly cows everywhere. Great views. At home again I snacked on leftovers from yesterday for dinner.
Saturday, December 24, 2016
Saturday: (12/24) Marie Calendar’s pie for breakfast thanks to Ernie. I tinkered on the computer most of the day. I worked on making movies of my PCT hike these past three years. I did get outside later in the day and do a little cleanup around the shop. Ham and cheese sandwich for lunch. Dawn made stuffed bell peppers and baked potatoes for dinner.
Sunday: (12/25) A relaxing day. Watched the SNL Christmas Special. Christmas breakfast was my great popcorn. Snacks of appetizers for lunch. Ham sandwiches with baked beans and potato salad for dinner around 1400. And of course pie for a late snack..
Friday, December 23, 2016
Friday: (12/23) Nice day for a hike, if you're a fish. Today's hike at Sunol Regional Park was cancelled due to rain. So, of course some of us hiked anyway. We just did a closer hike at Windy Hill Preserve. We've had heavy rain and there was a lull when we started but it returned and rained heavy all the way to the top of the mountain. At the top we had a break and had some nice views. As we started down it started to rain again and continued all the way down. Lots of mud on the train. All the creeks flowing well, unlike the dry ravines that are normal. Nice 8.4 mile hike.
Bacon and cheese sandwich for breakfast. Snacks for lunch. Ernie took us all to dinner at marie Callenders
Thursday, December 15, 2016
Thursday: (12/15) Lou’s pork chops, hashbrowns, and eggs for breakfast. Dawn”s friend Andrea came over for a visit. Lou and I ran errands and did some Christmas shopping. Lunch st Sweet Tomatoes salad buffet. Dawn and Andrea made a mice soup for dinner.
Friday: (12/16) Lou and I started with a grocery shopping run. Soft boiled eggs for breakfast. I tinkered at the computer all day. Spam and cheese sandwich for lunch. Still have some leftover hike supplies. Grilled toast and soup for dinner.
Saturday: (12/17) Lou made waffles with sausage for breakfast. We headed out for the day to the nearby city of Fremont and the District of Niles to look around the antique shops. Niles is the original Hollywood of the US where lots of Charlie Chaplin silent movies were filmed. Lunch was at the old Skillet restaurant. Very good. Leftovers for dinner.
Sunday: (12/18) Our first freeze last night. We did some more grocery shopping today. A nice do nothing day.I picked up some dim sum for lunch. I made stuffed peppers for dinner.
Monday: (12/19) Second freeze last night. Granola for breakfast. I dropped Lou off at an appointment and headed down to San Jose. The tenant called this morning and said something broke on the toilet flush valve. Dawn walked from the house to the library while I worked. I found the handle broke off the flush valve. Good thing I bought an expensive handle earlier this year. So I stole one from the toilet i Dawn’s apartment. Then I headed of to Lowe’s to get a cheap replacement. Might as well be cheap as expensive. I also checked on the order that was supposed to be in today. It hadn’t even shipped yet. Not very good online system at Lowe’s. I installed the new handle on Dawn’s toilet then picked her up at the Library and then picked up Lou in Santa Clara. We had lunch at Aqui’s Mexican restaurant in Cupertino. We then headed over to some friend’s house (Connie and Terry). She had broken her ankle and as housebound so time for a visit. Then on home for leftover stuffed green peppers for dinner.
Trip to San Jose plus a parts trip to Lowe's.
Tuesday: (12/20) Lou made ham eggs and potatoes for breakfast. I tinkered with the computer and websites all day. Leftover zucchini and sausage for lunch. Lou made split pea with ham soup for dinner.
Wednesday: (12/21) Granola for breakfast. We headed down to San Jose for some appointments and shopping. I stopped by at Lowe’s and picked up my gutter guard from Lowe's. Last time I order online from Lowe’s to do a store pickup. They need to work on the process. It took an hour in store to get the order and out the door. We also stopped by friend Connie’s house for a visit before heading home late. We had grilled cheese sandwiches and soup for dinner.
One Lowe’s store visit and delivery to house in San Jose.
Thursday: (12/22) French toast for breakfast. Worked at the computer All morning. Tinkered in the afternoon. Looked at the garage dog door. It’s not used anymore and is closed off but is coming loose from the door. I hunted for nuts to reattach it and found one. So nw all four corners are attached but four other nuts are missing. Lunch was leftovers, pizza. Lou and Dawn were out to get a knee scooter for Conie. The found a really nice one. Lou and I delivered it to Connie in San Jose and I made some returns to Home Depot and Lowe’s on the way. Lou made pepper steak which made good sandwiches for dinner.
Sunday, December 11, 2016
Sunday: (12/11) Granola for breakfast. I worked in the office in the morning. Lou and Dawn took a walk at Fry’s Electronics. Later I moved the washer back into the house. We all went to LUU Noodle House for lunch. Lou made beef stroganoff with Brussels sprouts for dinner.
Monday: (12/12) A second night of no sleep. I had a hike scheduled for this morning but canceled it. Fortunately not my lead. Soft boiled eggs with sausage and a muffin for breakfast. I relaxed at home today. Lou and Dawn were out to an appointment. I had PBJ toast for lunch. Lou brought home some dim sum for me as well. They had lunch out. Leftovers for dinner. Salton called in the evening to say the neighbor in San Jose said that tree trimmers would be there trimming tomorrow. Also mentioned that there was a problem with the dryer vent.
Tuesday: (12/13) I was up early and off to San Jose for breakfast at La Victoria taqueria. I needed to get to the San Jose house to watch as the neighbor trims their gigantic tree that covers half our rear yard and to other yards and all of their yard plus a good portion of to other yards. The fly by night crew started late, had a problem with their one chain saw and had to get it fixed and started by trimming all the trees in another neighbor's yard before starting the big tree. While they were indisposed, i headed off to OSH and Home Depot looking for gutter filters, none found. They got just one of the 20* limbs trimmed before dark. Lou and Dawn brought a pizza by for lunch from House of Pizza. Yum! I have lunch for the next three days so I guess I’ll be working in San Jose for a while. I did get the dryer vent cleaned out, unnecessary, it was clean. The burning was probably a piece of plastic melted onto the dryer interior. I also replaced the heater filter in the attic. I headed home about 1730 stopping at two Lowe’s and a home depot looking for rain gutter filters. I want to keep the leaves out of the gutter. Nobody has them now that I want them. I did pickup a gutter lid like I have in Palo Alto. It may work. I picked up some onions at Sprout’s market on the way home as requested by Lou. Dawn made zucchini and sausage for dinner.
Wednesday: (12/14) Off early again. Breakfast at La Victoria. I relaxed inside. The tree crew eventually showed up and trimmed another limb and then called it quits a bit after noon. I had leftover pizza for lunch. I then cleaned a couple of gutters that were already full. The gutter cap I bought to try out didn’t work. The gutter is too high on the fascia. I researched foam gutter filters and ordered some from Lowe’s to try. On the way home I stopped at the Sunnyvale OSH and they had a few gutter filters. Very expensive at $9 for 4 feet. The ones I ordered from Lowe’s were about $6 each. I can get them for as little as $3.50 with a longer delivery period. Baked potato, sweet onion chili sizes for dinner.
Saturday, December 3, 2016
Saturday: (12/03) We spent the morning packing and readying the RV to leave. Had to stop for LPG and gas on our way out about 1230. Stopped in Holister for a stretch. Arrived at Pinnacles CG about 1530. Granola for breakfast. Cheese sandwiches with veggies for lunch. Hamburger steaks with leftover pot roast veggies for dinner.
Sunday: (12/04) Lou baked an omelet for breakfast. I went through my pack for the upcoming hikes. We had ice creams Grimm the store about noon then I caught the shuttle to High Peaks TH. I hiked out the South Wilderness trail to it’s end at the park boundry. I was scouting for Friday’s hike looking for a better connection from where we come down the mountain. We’ve always jumped the fence and followed a road to the park boundry and the South Wilderness Trail. I continued past the end of the trail by the edge of a pig fence.it wa a rugged path, not anything like a trail. I don’t think it’s usable. I also continued past where we’ve joined the road before to see if there is a possible path just up and over the last hill rather vthen along side it. Nope. I stopped when I came to a pond across the road. No way to go around. So I had lunch at 3pm then headed back via the road. Good thing. I came to an other flooded section of road. I spent a lot of time trying to find a way around but there was no way. I took off my socks and waded through. A while later there was another flooded section. Neither of these was here the past two years.
I God back to the end of the South trail and dried my feed, cleaned the shoes and put my socks back on. It was 1610 when I started back. I was backk at camp about 5pm. Lou made tri tip roast with asparagus and baked potatoes for dinner.
Monday: (12/05) Granola and sausage for breakfast. I ment my fellow hikers at the Visitor Center at 0930 for our hike. We carpooled from there to Bear Gulch TH. We hiked up Condit Gulch to High Peaks Trail. At the junction wet 8th the Juniper Trail we got to watch four condors flying and landings nearby. Almost as if the put on a show for us when we arrived. There was a naturalist Condit volunteer there that told a lot about condors as well. Another lucky Pinnacles hike. We then hiked down to the reservour and back to our start point via Bear Gulch Caves. Back to camp about 1430. Enchiladas for dinner.
Tuesday: (12/06) Sausage and cheese sandwich for breakfast. 20 hikers joined me for a hike up to the high peaks and down to the West side Chaperal picnic area for lunch. We then hiked the Balconies Trail through the caves back to our start. After a shower and washing my clothes I dump our holding tanks. Lou and Dawn returned from their hikebout to the ranch house. BBQ ribs with baked potato and southwestern corn. Lou and Dawn had squash as well.
Wednesday: (12/07) Lou made bacon eggs and potatoes for breakfast. I abstained from eating the eggs. Sensitive tummy. I met my deploy 9 Hikers for a hike of the North Wilderness Trail. Even with a threat of rain we had a great hike returning to our start at 2r3p, the same as on Monday and Tuesday even though ranch day is two miles longer than the previous day. A little relaxing and a shower and I was back to normal. Ham, rice, and peas for dinner.
Thursday: (12/08) We were at the List Lou restaurant in Holister by 0830 for breakfast. Lou and I share d an everything omelet with pancakes and Dawn had pumpkin pancakes. We then toured town shopping, mostly thrift stores. Before heading home we picked up dinner at Super Taqueria. Dawn and I shared a burrito and Lou had quessodillas. We were home just as it got dark (1700). It drizzled all day. A group of our fellow SJMWHG hikers enjoyed their hike in the rain.
Friday: (12/09) A ham and cheese sandwich for breakfast. Five other SJMWH met me for a hike of the South Wilderness loop. The weather report for today fortunately is much better. As it turned out We didn't have any rain during the hike. The three girls led the three guys the whole hike. It was Susan’s birthday and Lisa had brought a BD cake which we enjoyed on our return. Koi made salmon rice and green beans for dinner.
Saturday: (12/10) Lou made corned beef hash for breakfast. We walked out the the ranch house. They had seen it before I hadn’t yet. We had a little ran before we got up and out. It was raining from Holister North. They drove the Jeep separately to Gilroy and checked out the thrift and book stores. I drove the RV and stopped and looked around at Best Buy in Gilroy. They i relaxed in the RV and worked on my photos from the past week. I then headed home when we decided not to have an early dinner in Gilroy. When i got home at 1430 I started working the meetup and facebook posts and photos an reviewing email. I had chili for dinner, they had something in Gilroy.
Thursday, December 1, 2016
Thursday: (12/01) I moved a bunch of plants into the greenhouse. Not all like usual. Most are going to have to rough it. We headed off to Redwood City for some shopping. I hadn’t eaten breakfast yet so we stopped at Chavez Market and I had a breakfast burrito and Lou and Dawn had flan for lunch.Pot roast for dinner. I installed to door covers on the greenhouse to close it for winter.
Friday: (12/02) Ham eggs and potatoes for breakfast. Our big screen TV in the living room is having a problem with it’s tuner. It freezes. So I ordered a Tablo device. It has four tuners, records OTA TV and allows live TV via home WiFi. Amazon had one day delivery. We all headed off to South San Jose. Lou had an appointment and we shopped around. Lunch at Pannera Bread. Harry’s Hofbrau for dinner. Lou and Dawn went to San Jose State to the Kaucher Mitchell Event and I caught the bus home. When the Tablo arrived I hooked it up. Now can watch live TV or recorded TV on any of our TV’s, phones, or computers. Boy Dawn can go wild with the PlayOn app recording any online video an the Taboo any OTA video. I’m sure the 9TB storage will be full soon.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Wednesday: (11/30) Lou made a Joe’s special scrambled eggs for breakfast. Lou and Dawn were off to an appointment, I was off for my hike. It’s pretty far away at Sunol Regional Park. Neal led a loop hike around by what’s called Little Yosemite, about an 8 mile hike. It was overcast but the rain held off just until we were all in our cars heading home. Alameda Creek was flowing well through the valley. We stopped for lunch near the top at the trail camp at Hawks Nest and Eagles Aerie. Nice views and hike. I took the back roads home not getting onto the freeway. Highway 84 to Mission Boulevard down to Milpitas. i stopped at a Safeway market for a late lunch. Leftover enchiladas for dinner.
Friday, November 25, 2016
Friday: (11/25) Lou and Dawn were gone most of the day shopping. I spent some time online shopping. Otherwise I tinkered on the computer. I worked on some new hike plans. Fried brown and serve rolls with peanut butter and jam. Grilled chicken and cheese sliders for lunch. Good food for dinner. Chips and dip and apple pie.
Saturday: (11/26) I Watched all the usual Saturday morning TV shows. In the afternoon I got busy cleaning out my room. I organized the cables around the new DSL modem removing a lot of unused cables that seemed to be breeding there. After that I continued cleaning and going through some of the boxes and tossing most of the contents. Lots more to do, but it’s a start. Deviled eggs and granola for breakfast. Leftover fried rice and steamed kale for lunch. Dinner at Sweet Tomatoes Restaurant.
Sunday: (11/27) Biscuits and sausage gravy for breakfast. I spent the day going through the junk in my study. Lots of storage boxes stacked to the ceiling that contain little of value. I’ve filled the car with boxes of boxes to get rid of at either the computer museum or the Friends Of The Library book sale. Also lots of files to thin. Lou and Dawn were off to San Jose’s Christmas In The Park and visiting some thrift stores all day. Leftover fried rice for lunch. Sausage and cheese English muffin Sandwich for dinner.
Monday: (11/28) I never got around to breakfast. Lou and Dawn were off early to an appointment. I tinkered on the computer all morning. Cottage cheese and fruit with a grilled cheese sandwich for lunch. Lou had an appointment in the evening. We both took off and shopped until her appointment. After the appointment we shared a breakfast for dinner at the Country Inn in Cupertino. Today we received our newly renewed passports in the mail. The photos look much better with the lines printed through them.
Tuesday: (11/29) Lou and Dawn were off to an appointment in the morning. They had grits for breakfast. I relaxed and tinkered at home. I also did some more cleanup in the study. about 1100 we were off to the Costco in Redwood City. On the way we stopped at Chavez Market and I got a nice breakfast burrito. i hadn’t eaten yet and it took care of lunch too. A stop at the thrift store on the way home. I made a trip to Goodwill, then Best Buy to get rid of used ink cartridges and finally visited the Friends of the library book sale to donate about four boxes of books. That emptied my car for tomorrows hike. In the evening i made enchiladas for dinner.
Thursday, November 24, 2016
Thursday: (11/24) Soft boiled eggs for breakfast. Lou was busy baking pies this morning. Contributors to today’s feast wer Ernie, Meili, Courtney, Cecelia, Dawn and Lou. I contribute only my appetite and doing the dishes. We kept it pretty small. Chicken, stuffing, carrots, sweet potatoes, cold pea salad, steamed kale, fried rice, mashed spuds, brown and serve rolls, deviled eggs, and assorted olives. For dessert apple, mince and pumpkin pies.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Tuesday: (11/22) Lou dropped Ernie and I off at the train depot. We caught the 0837 train to San Francisco. In San Francisco we got breakfast at Subway then headed to the auto show at Moscone Center. Much of the show was underneath the above plaza.
We looked at a bunch of cars there both new and vintage. Most of the cars look the same and probably are 99% the same. They had a row of old Packard like above.
I did find the Chevrolet Bolt to be interesting. It is reasonable priced and has a 238 mile range for an all electric. Nice. We had lunch at a nearby sandwich shop. We returned to the show but found that we had actually seen everything we wanted to so we headed back to the train. We were home about 1730. Tomales for dinner.
Wednesday: (11/23) Lou’s birthday. We went to a late breakfast at Bills Cafe in Midtown. Much of the rest of the day was out grocery shopping. Dinner was a tamale.
Monday, November 21, 2016
Monday: (11/21) I made a sausage, cheese, and egg sandwich for breakfast. I carpooled up to San Francisco to Stern Grove . We met our flow hikers there. 9 of us hiked the Bay Area Ridge Trail (BART) from Stern Grove To the Arguello Gate of the Presidio. Along the way we took side trips to the top of Mt Davidson, Twin Peaks and Mt Olympus. The on through the Golden Gate Park Panhandle to the Presidio. My fellow hikers made their way back to the cars by Uber lift. I continued on through the Presidio to the Golden Gate Bridge. I then caught a bus to North Beach and had dinner at Golden Boy Pizza. Then another bus to catch Caltrain home. Nice hike.
BART Stern Grove To Presidio Arguello Gate. 8.2 miles in 4 hours 15 minutes. 720 feet elevation gain. 1782 feet overall climb.
BART Presidio Arguello Gate to Golden Gate Bridge. 2.3 miles in 1 hour. 151 feet elevation gain. 480 feet overall climb.
BART Stern Grove To Presidio Arguello Gate. 8.2 miles in 4 hours 15 minutes. 720 feet elevation gain. 1782 feet overall climb.
BART Presidio Arguello Gate to Golden Gate Bridge. 2.3 miles in 1 hour. 151 feet elevation gain. 480 feet overall climb.
Saturday, November 19, 2016
Saturday: (11/19) A rainy day. Lou made sausage eggs and home fried potatoes for breakfast. Tomales for lunch and dinner. We made a run to Menlo Park to look at a hot tub that was being given away. We decided due to age and that we don’t really want the bother to let it go. Of course a couple of thrift stores were inspected on the way home. In the evening we went to a Tellebration (storytelling event). Always fun. I spent some time updating a couple of our computers.
Sunday: (11/20) Cereal for breakfast. Another rainy day. We enjoyed inside activities all day. Chips and guacamole for lunch. Tomales for dinner. Lou and Dawn were of to a meeting in the evening.
Friday, November 18, 2016
Friday: (11/18) I made a sausage, egg and cheese sandwich for breakfast. My carpool passenger was running late and decided to go on her own. I headed off to a hike at Sunol Regional Park. Neal was leading the hike up to McGuire Peaks, This was a nice 11.4 mile hike. Nice weather, nice cows, nice fellow hikers.
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Thursday: (11/17) Dawn had an early dentist appointment so we delayed breakfast. We headed down to Gilroy with the intent of having breakfast at the Longhouse Restaurant. it was closed with a sign saying it was being remodeled. Hope it’s OK. We had to go to the Black Bear restaurant instead. After that we went over to look at the Sunstar 29VE motorhome that SeeGrins website said they had two of. They didn’t have any. So we looked around at other similar models, and some park model trailers and some of the Roadtrek motorhomes. Nothing too interesting. Then it was off to downtown Gilroy where Dawn sold some books to the Know Knew Books store. While Dawn was busy, Lou and I took a walk around town. We had lunch at a Mexican restaurant there. A little other shopping and we returned home. No rain. Nice day.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Wednesday: (11/16) I fixed sausage egg and cheese sandwiches for breakfast. i was off early for a hike at Wunderlich Park in Woodside. My carpool companion became sick so i was off by myself. This is a nice hike up through mixed forest to the top of the mountain with a stop at the top at Alice’s Restaurant for lunch. We take up the whole patio with our 22 hikers. I enjoyed a nice BBQ beef brisket sandwich. We then hiked back finishing about 1400. A nice shower at home and I was good to relax. On the drive today the new rear view camera had a dimmer slightly out of focus view especially compared to the excellent quality of the forward facing camera. When I got home I removed the protective plastic film that was still on it. Lou and Dawn made a soup/stew for dinner.
Monday, November 14, 2016
Monday: (11/14) Cereal for breakfast. We made a Costco run this morning. I picked up a chicken bake there for lunch. The rest of the day was spent tinkering. Chicken and baked potatoes for dinner.
Tuesday: (11/15) Popcorn and sausage for breakfast. Lou and Dawn were out on the town at Eastridge Mall in San Jose. They had dinner at The olive Garden restaurant there. The had gone down to see the zoo but it turns out to only be open on the week ends now. I had Cottage cheese and fruit for lunch.and a sausage and cheese sandwich for dinner. I received the replacement rear view / crash camera I bought for the Hyundai. It was raining occasionally so I only got the camera replaced and the cable into the inside of the car. the cables will need to be routed under the trim sometime later but I hooked them up and tested it. nice. It has both forward and rear cameras that record on a crash or if bumped while parked. These new cars need a camera because one sure can’t see out to the rear. I also called ATT and cancelled my service. Sonic is working well. I also called Sonic to transfer our home phone from BasicTalk to Sonic. Our total bill will be $25 less and the DSL line is 2.5 times as fast and no bandwidth limit. As expected ATT offered a reduced rate to stay with them. Still would have cost $5 more and been slower and limited.
Sunday, November 13, 2016
Sunday: (11/13) Last night I preformed a long procrastinated task and trimmed my beard and hair. I was up early to prepare my pack, fix a nice sausage egg and cheese breakfast and head off North of San Francisco to the Marin headlands area of Golden Gate National Park. I met my fellow San Jose Mid Week Hikers there for a hike lead by Neal around and over some mountains and out to the Point Bonita Lighthouse. A nice 9 mile hike.
We had lunch at Rodeo Beach about midway on the hike. On the right is the view from the trail out to the light house.
After the hike I returned home via El Camino Real not the freeway. I stopped for dinner in Redwood City for Chinese fast food.