Thursday, December 12, 2019

Walking Around Zurich - 2

Man on Phone (Zurich) - Switzerland  2019

Wedding Party (Zurich) - Switzerland  2019

Zurich sightems.

Earlier wedding posts: Osaka, Karuizawa and Tokyo.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Walking Around Zurich - 1

Clock Tower (Zurich) - Switzerland  2019

Storchengasse (Zurich) - Switzerland  2019

We had talked about taking a trip to Europe for quite some time. Years, actually. But we were supremely indecisive, unable to formulate any destinations or itineraries.

This year we got help from some friends who have extensive European experiences. They were able to recommend a few places - Slovenia, in particular. And then Hali's sister Margaret - again, a very experienced traveller - came over one night with her laptop and quickly put together a complete vacation plan that covered Switzerland, Slovenia and Austria.

We were travelling from late September to the middle of October. Zurich was our first stop and we put in quite a bit of miles walking around the city.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Zurich Airport / Shuttle

Escalators (Zurich) - Switzerland  2019

Woman, Airport Shuttle (Zurich) - Switzerland  2019

The shuttle from the Zurich airport to the downtown train station was quite crowded . . . we had a slight issue with trying to squeeze in with our suitcases. But it was a short trip and we made it to our hotel OK.

Monday, December 9, 2019

Monday Elephant Blogging

Elephants (Zurich) - Switzerland  2019

First elephant photo to be posted on the mikereport! Seen at the quite extensive Zurich zoo.

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Flight to Zurich / South Dakota

Airplane Map - South Dakota  2019

Taken during our flight to Zurich. I was pleased to see that we were passing through (yes, above) South Dakota.

Below, some more older photos taken in South Dakota, on the ground.

Church Exterior - South Dakota  1958

Municipal Building (Aberdeen) - South Dakota  1987

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Aberdeen Sightems - 2

Theatre (Aberdeen) - South Dakota  1987

Go Go (Aberdeen) - South Dakota - 1987

More South Dakota photos. I can't be sure, but I think I was using an Olympus OM-1 SLR. My Nikon F was stolen in the late 70's and was too expensive to replace, so I moved to Olympus.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Aberdeen Sightems - 1

Bill Mundy (Aberdeen) - South Dakota  1987

Creamery Building (Aberdeen) - South Dakota  1987

Results of some recent film scans. These photos were taken on a trip that I took with my parents to South Dakota in 1987.

[Update: that's the Capitol Theater in back of Bill.]

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Devices / Ice

Ice - Marin County  2019

Devices Charging (Fairfax) - Marin County  2019

Of course, no ice was to be had, either in Marin or across the bay in Alameda  County.

During the 5 day power outage the Fairfax PD used their generator to set up charging tables for all of our digital devices.

Oh, and by the way, currently there's plenty of ice to be had, now that the rains have started.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Smoke, Ice Cream Soup

Leaves, Smoke - Marin County  2019

Ice Cream Soup - Marin County  2019

This was a first for us. Our electricity was deliberately shut off by the utility company (Pacific Gas and Electric) in order to prevent downed power lines from starting a fire. Luckily we were able to move a large quantity of food in our freezer to my sister-in-law's house in Berkeley, where power was uninterrupted.

But we couldn't save the mint chocolate chip ice cream.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Smoke, Wind

Smoke, Moon - Marin County  2019

Grass in Wind - Marin County  2019

Last October. Smoke in the distance coming down from a large wildfire in Sonoma County (just to the north of Marin.) Front yard grasses blowing in the wind.

Extremely dry weather.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Monday Dog Blogging

Dog - Sierra Nevada  2019

Cute dog belonging to the campground host at Minaret Falls.

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Through Yosemite

Pine Tree, Lembert Dome - Yosemite  2019

Mt Dana - Yosemite  2019

The drive back from my camping trip took me over Tioga Pass and then through the entry station on highway 120. It was the start of a holiday weekend, so yes, you'd expect a backup before the entrance. But jeez . . . the backup went on for miles and miles. I wondered what those folks were going to do once they got into the park. I guess that my anti-crowd bias is showing.

Traffic Entering Yosemite - Sierra Nevada  2019

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Motel Goodies

Waffle (Mammoth Lakes) - Sierra Nevada  2019

Motel Coffee (Boomtown) - Nevada  2019

Top photo: exquisite waffle at the Comfort Inn in Mammoth.

Bottom: early morning coffee at the Best Western in Boomtown during a recent trip.

Friday, November 29, 2019


Cloud - Sierra Nevada  2019

Clouds - Sierra Nevada  2019

Taken while a weather system was moving through. No rain, but plenty of clouds.