Category Archives: February 2008

travel bug down?

It’s happened again. A second travel bug may have been lost to a fire. We won’t know for a while, but it’s not sounding very good. Merv (the Griffin) had been placed in the Balcom Canyon Digs cache on September 9 and the fire started on the 23rd. The cache’s owner, Skych1ck, sent an email to let Merv the Griffinus know that her cache was hit by that fire and Merv was in the cache:

“On September 23, over 300 acres of dry brush burned between Grimes Canyon in Fillmore and Balcom Canyon in Santa Paula.
I just returned from vacation, and found my wooden construction which housed the ammo can completely gone. It appears that much soot and dirt have covered the area.

I will endeavor to dig for the ammo can in order to save Merv the Griffin TB. I hope that he was spared.”

We do, too. Fires are such horrible things. Until we had travel bugs we weren’t personally touched by them, just ringed by them each year. Since Merv’s in an ammo can his chances for survival are better, but he’s plastic. Not so good. We can only hope the fire moved quickly over the ammo can and it didn’t heat up very much. I know, it’s a long shot, but we can hope.

Thanks, Skych1ck, for letting us know.

additions to our family

As of three days ago we have three new additions to our family… a sister-in-law, a niece and a nephew. Actually, they’ve been in our family for eight years; it just became official last Sunday, August 9, in a very nice ceremony on a wedding yacht in Newport Beach when my brother, Steve, married Karina. Finally.

the newlyweds


hawaii here we come!

We’re off to Hawaii in a couple of hours. Three full days of geocaching, date geocache in hawaiistamping, eating, shopping and maybe even some sleeping. Oh yeah, throw in a couple of those pretty tropical drinks, too. Ahhhh, paradise!

Along the way we’ll be visiting places where I (Kathy) lived in bygone years. The two houses I remember are in Kailua and Honolulu (Navy housing). I fancy drinks in hawaiidon’t know where our quonset hut or the little cottage in Pearl City were located. They’re probably not there anymore anyway. We’ll also cruise by Kailua Intermediate School and Radford High. Maybe even Pearl City Elementary. There are lots of good memories at all of those places. It’ll be a great trip.

saimin - yum our kailua house


Mrs. WS here. I was thinking about all the schools I attended throughout my life and decided I should post them lest I forget where I went at some point in the future. The list is long because I was a Navy brat and we didn’t stay in one place very long.

Jefferson Elementary – Hawthorne, California

Pearl City Elementary – Pearl City, Hawaii

Uncasville Elementary – Uncasville, Connecticut

a school I can’t remember the name of in Norfolk, Virginia (I was there only six weeks)

Poinciana Elementary – Key West, Florida

Sigsbee Elementary – Key West, Florida

Montville High School – Montville, Connecticut (6th grade went to the high school)

Berkeley Jr. High – Moncks Corner, South Carolina

Chicora High – Charleston, South Carolina

Pacific Beach Jr. High – Pacific Beach, California

Kailua Intermediate – Kailua, Hawaii

Radford High – Honolulu, Hawaii

Cascade High – Everett, Washington

Abilene Christian College – Abilene, Texas

Los Angeles Trade Technical College – Los Angeles, California

West Los Angeles College – Los Angeles, California

El Camino College – Torrance, California

Antelope Valley College – Lancaster, California

There they are, all the schools I’ve attended. I had quite an education… east coast, west coast, Hawaii when it was a territory and a second time when it was a state. When I went to school in California it was one of the best school systems in the U.S.; now it’s near the bottom of the list. Schools in the east half of the U.S. were the strictest and I learned the most while attending them. Hawaii was the most laid-back, as would be expected, and I had a great time!

it’s snowing!

It’s snowing today, 12/17/08, and I’m loving it! We haven’t had a good snow in YEARS and I was beginning to think we’d never get another one.

As of right now we’ve gotten over 5″ and it’s still going pretty gosnow3-0371od. Not as much as earlier, nor are the flakes as large, but it’s still wonderful. This photo is of our beautiful back yard. It’s a gorgeous sight with all the snow. I just wish it would stick around til Christmas… how wonderful that would be! I haven’t had a white Christmas since I was 11 years old and we lived in Connecticut. Out there we had snow drifts as high as our house and it was so much fun. Nowadays, though, I’ll take 5″ and maybe a bit more and keep the sunny weather the rest of the year.

I think I’m spoiled. 🙂

wandering through ohio

Mike and I wandered out to Ohio for a quick trip these past couple of days. Our mission was to look at some houses we were considering for our retirement home, which we accomplished… with disappointing results. There’s a lot more looking to be done.

Once that was behind us we decided to visit some post offices and get date stamps in our travel book. This is a hobby we started years ago while I worked at a post office. A fellow employee had two full books of date stamps from post offices everywhere he and his wife had traveled. I thought it was a wonderful idea and proceeded to ‘borrow’ it for our travels. Over the years we added a bit to the record by buying current postage stamps and having the postal clerks ‘cancel’ them. What better souvenir? Stamp collection meets date stamp sovenir. A date stamp from our trip.It takes almost no room. There are no trinkets to dust. It costs almost nothing.

What makes our hobby so special to us? It gets us off the highways and into cities that we would have otherwise just driven by. We usually ask a local citizen for directions to the post office, thereby meeting people who live in the cities we visit. For us, it’s a much better way to travel than hitting theme parks or other tourist traps.

(The stamp pictured here is from Martin’s Ferry, Ohio. It’s a nice, friendly town. Stop by if you have the chance.)

i’m a blogger!

Well… I finally made the jump to blogging. I’ve been wanting to start a blog for a year or so, but this is the first site I’ve looked at that seemed easy enough to deal with on a regular basis.

We are a couple of senior citizens who like to wander. Everywhere. Around the house. Around the neighborhood. Around our city. Around the state. Or even around the United States. We never know where we’ll be at any given time. For now we share our wandering time with some work time, but soon enough we’ll be retired and wander even more. yay. Either way, retired or not, this blog will chronicle our wanderings, our life and our family.

Welcome to our world.