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From Liz, Dan and Don

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2017 Events and Travels

Note: Update 12/28/17: We did a Cuba People-to-People Multisport Adventure in December.
Here's the link to our password-free Cuba photo albums.

X It was an epic winter
  • The Sierra Nevada ski areas near Tahoe had record snow, record crowds andrecord traffic jams -- good thing our leased cabin is south of the entrances to Squaw Valley USA and Alpine Meadows.
  • We both worked during Christmas week but hit 30 days after a trip to Mammoth Mountain, which stayed open through July 4th
  • [Photos in our 2017 highlights album]
X Spring was especially gorgeous for hiking and backpacking
  • Flooding and erosion from winter storms didn't impede us from hiking green local hillsides
  • Enjoyed a chilly campout at the Juniper Campground halfway up Mt Diablo [Juniper photo album]
  • Spent three weekends backpacking in the Sierras, where spring wildflowers bloom well into summer
  • [Photos in our 2017 highlights album]
X Family events superseded political ones
  • Attended grandson Dylan's wedding over a fun-filled weekend
  • Went to Reseda for Uncle Fred's 90 and joined Dan's cousins at their favorite coastal RV site
  • [Photos in our 2017 highlights album]
X A skate tour and cycling made a busy summer
  • Liz skated and Dan biked ~18 mile per day on the Zephyr Adventues 20th Reunion Ohio Skate Tour
  • Biking with Team Chevron, the distances got longer and the hills got steeper (and we got skinnier!)
  • We made good time biking the 60-mile Veterans Victory Velo (V3), a worthy fund raiser
  • Cycled up and down Mt. Diablo road, much safer this year due to cyclist and ranger collaboration
  • [Photos in our 2017 highlights album]
X Thanksgiving weekend with Dad
  • Rather than cook, we dined outdoors at Cafe Roma in San Luis, where it was in the 80s
  • On Saturday we nearly got Dad's 4X4 stuck in the sand at the Friends of Oceano Dunes tent. They provided a birthday cake and speeches to get folks interested in preserving off highway vehicle use there.
  • [Photos in our Thanksgiving weekend album]
And then the foster kitties came!! (Helping out our pal, Anna)

Meet pricess Pippi, 6 years old, quick to purr, quick to hide -- and Kiki Kai, 11 years old, the explorer