BeemerChef/Ara: Yes my friend, you are right. Gratitude should be woven into daily living, and not just saved for once a year on Thanksgiving. Even though I am so grateful for damn good food on that special day ; ) Qwik (can I have your first name): Ah, the name of my morning view at Yosemite is Glacier Point. Good to know. Now, to learn how to rock climb, so I can know that face intimately. Travelbike/Thorsten: I'm trying to see if we'll be able to make the Germany HU event by the June 7-10 date (it would be a nice bday present to myself with my 6/10 bday). DBrentMiller/Brent: Thanks for enjoying the Gratitude vid. It's so neat to see the growing number of supporters for the forward thinking website, TED. "Good on you." I just love how the Aussies say that. Tall Mike: If you liked the time lapse photography in that video than you're going to love the new HDR photography I'm going to start playing with this coming weekend (HDR is "high dynamic range" imaging). Stay tuned for some samples, my friend. 2eddies/Ed: Thank you my dear crazy SOB from Santa Fe. As soon as this ride report is complete, I'll be starting a new one for my RTW. On there, you'll get the skinny as to all of our prep, what we sell, what we store, and how much caution we'll be throwing to the wind!!! H8chains/Joel: Thank you so much my dear friend for showing your support by coming up to Cambria and HU11 and sitting through both of my presentations. Can't wait to give you another big hug in Death Valley! RockyDog/Stephen: So good to see you here, my friend. I've missed you. I was doing the same thing on Sunday. Snuggling up to this computer and my ride report with a hot mug of organic coffee from Peru. You see we are lucky to have a coffee shop in the family. Paul's father owns his own coffee shop in London, Ontario, called Hasbeans... Thanks Paul Sr., for the last wonderful batch of coffee you sent back down with Paul's daughter Donniel when she went to visit you guys last week. Big hugs!!!! Tall Mike: Soon I'm going to start digging into the home schooling online curriculum that the kids will be in for our trip. I think Alana may be getting into Greek history and mythology for 5th grade, which will be perfect for us lining up historical digs and the like in Greece, itself. Yes, it's going to be quite an education for all of us. Tall Rob: Sorry you missed the hack show, but I'm telling you now come out for the Moto Show at the Long Beach Convention Center on Dec 10th, and we can all do lunch after drooling over the bikes. Arte/Arturo: It is so great to see you here, my friend. You were an inspiration for me last year when you took your daughter riding. It was only a matter of time for me ; ) _______________________________________________________________________________________________ On with the show... We stayed two nights in Yosemite, which of course wasn't enough time to do the exploring that we really wanted to like going for hikes and cruising around the valley on bicycles. I think I want to take the kids up there for their first time when they open back up after winter. Hopefully, the hack will be done by then and we can take a test run. Our weather stayed perfect the whole trip, and the heated gear that we brought for tough weather was never used. So, we packed it up and said adios to Yosemite valley that Tuesday morning... After we left the valley, we climbed to higher elevations for some incredible and expansive views that I couldn't resist... We also passed some breathtaking snow-capped peaks near lakes where I had to grab a shot of Paul on the Super T... We enjoyed many hours of scenic riding before finally pulling into Bishop for a pit stop for our bikes and our bellies. Paul had been raving about this fabulous bakery called Shat's that was a must-stop for us in this town... Quaint architecture got us in the mood for our summer travels in Europe. Had to get a shot of Paul taking in the sights of this day's freshly baked goodies... I just loved how every store owner was getting in the Halloween mood with their festive decorations. After a yummy bold and flavorful cup of coffee with a beautifully flakey chocolate drizzled pastry, we hit the road looking for our Bishop campground... All of you die-hard California Advers will recognize this campground as base camp for the White Moutain Research Ride, Brown's Town Campground... Once again, our timing was perfect as we set up camp at beautiful sunset time... We decided to take advantage of their showers and then hit the town looking for something other than dehydrated food. Since I'm a sucker for sushi, we bellied up to this cute sushi buffet that really wasn't bad at all... After having our fill of sushi and bad '80's ballad love songs, we headed on back to camp to stoke up a campfire for a fun fireside chat until Big Aggie called our names. A great night's sleep, got us packing early for our day ride home through a cute little town called Kernville. Here is another must-stop that was Paul's favorite haunt when heading through this part of the state, Big Blue Bear... I just had to grab a shot of lovely owner, Michelle (who owns this wonderful place with her mother) with loyal customer Paul who's been coming here for years... Too bad I dove into my incredible hot smoked turkey sandwich on freshly baked rosemary panini bread with pesto and goat cheese before grabbing a shot of it for you guys. Truly to die for. After getting fueled up, I was ready to find some dirt on these fun trails along Lake Isabella... I had a ball scootin' around these scenic trails... Paul had done such a fantastic job over picking such a gorgeous route for our way home, especially along jaw-dropping beauty Kern river. I could not wipe the smile off of my face the whole twisty way... This was the perfect way to end a wonderful adventure ride filled with inspiring stories and classes at Horizons Unlimited and the remainder of the trip filled with beauty in our own backyard. But for me, one of the best parts is coming back home to my kids and sharing my adventure with them. Tiny little gifts like hacky sacks from Brown's Campground doesn't hurt for their excitement either... Next time I won't have to leave them at home. Yeeha!!!!!!