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It Never Rains in California????

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

Note: Just back from California, where there seemed to be a weather reversal. It was cold and/or rainy in California (with snow in Reno, NV), while my husband turned on the air conditioner in the car back in Philadelphia. Here is my travel tale in rhyme. Now it is on the Home Page as well as in Travel Tales, suggested by my daughter-in-law, so it will be seen whenever someone searches a topic related to my topics and where my tags are relevant to your search.


LA was sunny and then came the rain
Pouring down after I boarded the “storm” train.

This picture is taken from inside the train looking out the window to the ocean, which is all brown from the storm’s churning up the sand, I think.

Chugging North to San Luis Obispo (SLO)
Storm came on strong; train was very slow.

I took this photo on the land side of the train (not the ocean). The rain has brought back all the greenery, but with it, lots of flooding and downed trees.

Trees on the tracks & side of the road; we stopped for people stranded.
After SLO, flew to Reno, where it snowed as we landed.

I took this photo outside my bedroom window at my son and dauhter-in-law’s home the morning after the storm. It warmed up and most of it melted by the next day.

From snow-covered Reno to Oakland, somewhat sunny, yet chilly
Seeing all my kids was great, before heading back to warmer Philly.

Like the mailmen and women who deliver our letters, rain or shine,
I travel to see my children, suitcase in hand, so everything is fine!

  • Our was thelast train North to Seattle because of the severe storm conditions


Maine Memories: Part Two-The Heritage Schooner

Sunday, June 26th, 2016

A few days ago I posted Maine Memories: Part One and told about my early history of falling in love with Maine. Part Two is about our recent trip earlier in June on the Heritage Schooner. Even though I kept a brief journal, I decided another rhyme was in order with photos that give you an idea of the trip.

This is a smaller version the photo from my Home Page, photographed by Fred LeBlanc

The Heritage schooner is quite a ship,
nearly 100 feet long from tip to tip.
Designed by co-captain Doug Lee,
she’s been sailing Penobscot Bay since ‘83.

Co-Captain Doug Lee


We climbed aboard one eve in early June:
the sky was clear with stars & moon.
Our gear was stashed on shelves & hooks
and I was ready with lots of books.


The first day out was chilly and gray,
but June is like that, so the captains say.
We wore our layers, as instructed
And that first day we were Mainely inducted.

This is me, all layered up!

No need for make-up or fancy ‘dos,
just knee sox & warm-ups & rubber soled shoes.
Meals were expertly cooked by Sean & staff—
Served with the captains’ stories to make us laugh.

Sean, the head “chef,” is in the middle


The second full day was warm, sunny & bright;
we climbed aboard the dinghy to an island in our sight.
The cooks made a BBQ with every trimming,
but still too cold to venture swimming.

Our co-captain Linda Lee kept everything in tow,
Until back to the ship in the dinghy we’d go.
The last full day was cold and the water rough.
Standing on deck, despite warm clothes, was pretty tough.

That’s Linda in the “pusher” boat with a small engine that got us in and out of where we docked for the night.


I stayed inside when the ship was tilting—
stomach queasy, I felt like a flower wilting!
We mastered the challenge and enjoyed the ride;
we were in God’s country, spaces far and wide.

So if you’re hankering to wander by ship, no terrain
Climb aboard The Heritage Schooner in marvelous Maine.


P.S. For more information on how you, too, can have a Maine adventure, go to the Heritage website. Captains Linda and Doug will be celebrating 50 years of taking folks sailing on their schooners. Contact them through their website: or by phone at: (800) 648-4544