mjgradziel.com    michael j. gradziel
anacapa island, cherry burl, sierra nevada, spacecraft parts, joinery, wyoming, california
A decade long record of life as I know it.

     Mike, most recently:
We packed the car and left town on a long trip for the first time since January, to Los Angeles via Santa Barbara and Malibu to see friends. It was a long time for Norman to be confined to his car seat, but he discovered how to operate the windshield wipers, music, and air during one of our stops and then persuaded us again and again to pull aside for play breaks. In Malibu he was delighted to finally achieve his long time goal of chewing on the stroller wheels, which I discouraged less vigorously than usual since they had been scrubbed by circling a quarter mile through good clean dirt in an attempt to get him to nap. We were encamped for the night atop a hill with a view to the ocean, in an Airstream aluminum trailer from the 1950s. It had a queen sized bed, hot and cold water, a tiny bathroom, a gas range and refrigerator, lounge chairs and shade, and an outdoor carpet providing a relatively clean base from which Norman launched his investigations of rocks, sand, weeds, and the trailer wheels. I cooked a big pot of chili and we watched the sun set. In the morning the marine fog had moved in and covered all the hills below us, giving the appearance that we were alone on an island in a sea of clouds. We met friends at a park in Santa Monica and later went to the beach where Norman got his feet wet in the ocean and tried licking sand.

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Mexico to Canada on the PCT, Dad's account from the trail in 1978.
New York to New Orleans by bicycle and riverboat, 1944. Grandma's story.

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