On: At the beginning of the year, after 43 years
as dojocho, Danielle turned over the Aikido of Monterey
school to her senior students. Both she and Michael
continue to practice Aikido and Aikibojitsu, attending
and teaching at seminars.
We again taught at the annual Mt Baldy seminar at the end of May. This year our drive to Mt Baldy took us down highway 395 and, although we had both made numerous trips to the western side of the Sierras, we were stunned by the dramatic beauty of the eastern Sierras. There is so much here for us to explore!
First photos below: Hwy 395 view of the Sierra-Nevada (in Spanish, "serrated"-"snow-covered") mountains; a Starbucks drive-up (or, ride-up!) window in Bishop, CA; Michael at Mt Baldy retreat.
In October, Danielle was a guest instructor at the seminar celebrating 60 years in Aikido for our teacher, Frank Doran.
In September we attended a seminar with the current head of the art, Moriteru Ueshiba, grandson of the founder of Aikido.
After working 48 years as a software engineer, the last 22 for Altura/CatalogCity/SHOP.COM/MarketAmerica, Michael resigned as a full-time employee on May 17. He continues to work for them as a part-time consultant.
Second photos below: Danielle demonstrating with Michael at an Aikido seminar; farewell - Michael's desk at SHOP.COM
The Go: One of our goals, as we move into this
next phase of our lives, is to do some traveling around
the country in our Airstream. We especially envision
taking our grandchildren with us, one at a time, as we
visit National Parks and other scenic/historic areas.
Throughout the year we made several trips with the Airstream back to Monterey, for work, tying up loose ends, and to visit friends and family. In June we traveled to Burnt Ranch, CA for an Aikibojitsu retreat with our teacher, Tom Read. We stayed a couple days in the Sierras en route, and a few days along the California coast afterwards.
highlight trips of the year were the two we took with
our granddaughters. In September, we had our 7 year old
granddaughter, Kara, along with us on a trip to
Yellowstone National Park. Along the way we also visited
Craters of the Moon National Park, Hell's Canyon, Grand
Tetons, and the Golden Spike National Monument. More pictures here.
In November, we had our 9 year old granddaughter, Aria, along with us on a trip to the Grand Canyon. The middle part of the trip was spent celebrating Thanksgiving with a Smith family gathering in Gilbert, AZ. We also visited the Painted Desert, Petrified Forest National Park, Meteor Crater, Montezuma's Castle, and Joshua Tree National Park. More pictures here.
Both trips were peak experiences for us. Being able to spend time alone with each granddaughter was wonderful, allowing us to really engage with, and come to know each of them on a deeper level, while also being able to share the experience of visiting so many places new to all of us. We look forward to many more trips in the future.
Our logbook shows 11,595 miles accumulated (7715 in 2019).
First photos, below: Hell's Canyon, Oregon; Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone; Golden Spike Monument, Utah
Second photos, below: Grand Canyon, 2 girls (my lord!) near a flat-bed Ford; Thanksgiving at Chelsea and Justine's home, Gilbert, AZ