Mainland U.S. – On our way home

You saw us last in Reno, but after a few days of recreation, Barry and I continued driving west.  The next stop was Berkeley to visit our friends Julia, David, and their sweet daughter Serene.

Of course, it's Berkeley

Of course, it’s Berkeley

After breakfast together, Julia gathered a bunch of cuttings from her garden; she and I went to a Berkeley plant exchange.

Another quite Berekely thing to do - a plant trade

A Berkeley thing to do – a plant trade

Happy gatherers

Happy gatherers – plants of all sorts

Of course, we went into San Francisco - to the Embarkadaro xxx

Of course, we went into San Francisco – to the Embarcadero

Barry, me, David, & Julia in San Francisco

Barry, me, David, & Julia in San Francisco.  I’m prepared with layers – for the weather that often changes in S.F.

We saw lots of basking seals

We saw lots of basking seals

Golden Gate Bridge on a sunny day

Golden Gate Bridge on this sunny day

We walked across the Golden Gate Bridge on this lovely day

We walked across and back on the Golden Gate Bridge – lovely day

Flowers were blooming everywhere

Flowers were blooming everywhere

Wonderful colors

Wonderful colors

Dinner with David, Julia, and Serene xxx

Dinner with David, Julia, and Serene

Spring on the West Coast

Spring on the West Coast

Then we were off to Surrey, near Vancouver, British Columbia to visit our friends Anne & Jim and Mark & Norma.

On the road again

On the road again

We knew we weren't in Kansas

We knew we weren’t in Kansas

Anne - an artist in painting - and in cooking

Anne – an artist on canvas  – and in the kitchen

Anne and Jim have completely renovated what was once a summer cottage. They have cool kitchen storage - and many wonderful features

Anne and Jim have completely renovated what was once a summer cottage. They built cool kitchen storage – and many wonderful features

Beautiful and comfortable living room

Beautiful and comfortable living room

Their back deck - off the bedroom.

Their back deck – off the bedroom.

Anne & Mark took Barry and me sightseeing (while Jim and Norma went to work).

We went first to the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver.  Go to: http://moa.ubc.ca  The museum has one of the finest collections of First Nations art in a spectacular building.

Native Museum xxx

Museum of Anthropology – First Nations art

Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver

Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver

Then we wandered the Vancouver waterfront:

Vancouver xxxx

Vancouver – quirky street art

Granville Island Public Market - everything is here

Granville Island Public Market – everything is here

The weather was beautiful - but you can see people were prepared - for everything: boots, ski hat, long sleeves - or shorts :)

The weather was beautiful – but you can see people were prepared – for everything: boots, ski hat, long sleeves – and shorts 🙂

Spring flowers - of course

Spring flowers – of course

Vancouver skyline from the ferry

Vancouver skyline from the ferry

Mark and Anne, out great guides

Mark and Anne, out great guides

When Jim got home, the music started

When Jim got home, the music started:  Barry on harmonica and Jim on guitar

Norma and Mark in the background; Jim up front - and we had a cozy fire going too

Norma and Mark in the background; Jim up front –  a cozy fire going too

I got to stir things up

I got to stir things up

We took a break to have a lovely meal.

We took a break to have a lovely meal.

Anne, Jim, and Barry

Anne, Jim, and Barry

Anne's favorite cookbook right now

Anne’s favorite cookbook right now

I want to try recipes like this roasted red pepper & sweet potato soup from the

I want to try recipes like this roasted red pepper & sweet potato soup from the “Thrive” cookbook.

After our great dinner, we had more music.

Guest artist too

A friend dropped by and became our  guest artist

Anne joined in too - into the night.

Anne joined in too – into the night.

Then, we were off to Kirkland, WA. near Seattle, to visit our friend Gail.  The name “Kirkland” may seem familiar if you are a COSTCO shopper; COSTCO headquarters are there.

One of our first priorities was to turn our car over to Matson to ship it to Hawaii.  After stowing our six months of travel stuff in her house, Gail led us to the correct place.   We said “goodbye” to our great touring car – at least temporarily.

Russell at the Matson dock in Seattle

“Russell” at the Matson dock in Seattle

We got to stay with Gail for about a week.  Of course, we went to Pike Place Market in Seattle.

We loved the little local shops - here a Seattle bakery xx

We loved the little local shops – here a Seattle bakery in Pike Place Market

Craft shops, food, curiosity museums - all there at Pike's Market

Craft shops, food, curiosity museums – all there at Pike Place Market

A biker - one of many - along the ocean walk in Seattle xxx name

A biker – one of many – along the Elliott Bay waterfront in Seattle

People watching was great. This guy's sweatshirt announces,

People watching was great. This guy’s sweatshirt announces, “I sell the best weed”; I can’t verify that claim.

Darling children and dogs everywhere

Darling children and dogs everywhere

Spring flowers in the market

Spring flowers in the market

Fresh vegetables at Pike Street Market

Fresh vegetables in the Market

Seattle waterfront xx

Seattle waterfront:   Elliott Bay

Seattle Museum art - outdoors

Seattle Museum art – outdoors overlooking Elliott Bay

Art along the waterfront walkway in Seattle

Art along the waterfront walkway in Seattle

The Seattle Space xxx and a medal Caulder xx sculpture

The Seattle Space Needle and a Calder sculpture seen from Elliott Bay waterfront

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Spring blooms

Buds of many kinds

Buds of many kinds

Time for hanging out

Time for hanging out

Mellow dogs too

Mellow dogs too

More art along the Elliott Bay waterfront

More art along the Elliott Bay waterfront

Time to be with friends

Time to be with friends

Time to smell the flowers

Time to smell the flowers

Be with your dogs and child - outdoors. Perhaps put your cell away

A place to be with your dogs and child – outdoors.

Admire the mosaics

Colorful mosaics

Enjoy all kinds of art

All kinds of art

Even a rabbit was enjoying the Sprint

 A rabbit in Gail’s yard

Flowers of all kinds

Flowers of all kinds

Beauty in color and form

Beauty in color and form

Azelas

Azaleas

On Gail's street in Kirkland -whimsy

On Gail’s street in Kirkland; I love the mailbox

A great feast at Amy's -Gail's wonderful neighbor

A great feast at Amy’s – Gail’s wonderful neighbor

Richard, xx, Richard, Gail, Tess, xxx, Amy

Richard, Amy, Richard, Gail, Tess, and Jai.  And yes, there are two Richards, both great cooks, Amy too

Barry too

Barry was there too, enjoying the celebration

Then it was time to fly home

Then it was time to fly home to Maui

Back on Maui with Sigrid and Johnny; we're happy.

Back on Maui with Sigrid and Johnny; we’re happy.

Veggies from our garden

Veggies from our garden

Dinners with friends

Dinners with friends

Squash from our garden - cooked by Sigrid - wonderful

Squash – thanks to Paul – from the garden – cooked by Sigrid – wonderful

Lilicoi xxx

Liliko’i – passionfruit flower in our yard

With my Kihei Canoe Club crew: me, Sandi, Joy, Diane, Audrey, Linda, Meryl, and Sue - my canoe sisters

Kihei Canoe Club crew sisters: me, Sandi, Joy, Diane, Audrey, Linda, Meryl, and Sue 

Paddling strategy - Sue, Audrey, and me

Paddling strategy – Sue, Audrey, and me

Johnny

Johnny

We’re back with our son, friends, house projects, paddling  . . .

Great sunsets

Great sunsets

Sometimes we even have rainbows

Sometimes we even have rainbows

We’re happy to be home.  But we’ve started planning our next trip.

Aloha,  Renée

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About reneeriley

Our blog was begun as a way to share our experiences in China. From August 2010 to July 2011, my husband, Barry Kristel, and I were at our University of Hawaii Maui College sister school, Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University in Lin'an, China, a city considered rural because it has only 500,000 people! We had a wonderful time. Then in February 2012, we returned to teach this time at our other sister school, Shanghai Normal University, in a city of over 21 million people. We've made many discoveries. Did you know that now Chinese girls, at least the ones who go to university, for the most part feel they are luckier than the Chinese boys? Did you know that Shanghai saved over 20,000 European Jews during WWII? Do you know how Chinese university students would deal with problems that come up in Dear Abby letters? What's it like to be on the Great Wall of China? Do you know how many Chinese girls had their feet bound and why? And we have recipes from many of the places we've visited. Among others, you can find instructions on how to fry cicadas from one of my ZAFU students and how to make chocolate-Kahlua waffles from my brother Mike in Gainesville. You can also look back to our earliest entry to see what we experienced in Oaxaca, Mexico, in 2006 during the mainly peaceful six months of protest until the Mexican government sent in the troops. Between our stays in China, Barry and I have been on the Mainland U.S. visiting family, friends and Servas hosts as we traveled home to Maui. We share those experiences too. Welcome to our blog! Aloha and Zài Jiàn, Renée and Barry

4 responses to “Mainland U.S. – On our way home”

  1. Mark Henninger says :

    Quite the trip you’ve been on. San Francisco is one of our favorite places to visit, and the surrounding scenery is certainly breathtaking. Welcome back home!

  2. Rosita says :

    It’s a very cool city, no? In USA, I only know Florida state, but I would like to know other states, and it’s on California, no? 😉 those photos are great. I love traveling, specially to exotic places, but, at the moment, I only know Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and USA. My favorites are Chile and Uruguay and Brazil, of course! Hahaha 😜 I would like to know Australia, Thailand, French Polynesia, Sri Lanka, Seychelles, Turk and Caicos, Indonesia, Italy and Croatia 😉 and how about you? What countries do you want to know?

    • reneeriley says :

      Hi Rosita: We’re on Maui in the middle of the Pacific. Among many other countries, I haven’t been to Central or South America – and would like to go. I’ve liked almost everywhere I’ve been, but I also like it here. Happy traveling to you. Aloha, Renee

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