Trips after Russel
Jeanne & Melvin asked me in April, 2011 on a Trip to Yosemite which Was Spectacular
And I went to New York in 2011 & 2012
Where I considered buying a place in the Dakota (a broom closet, literally, recently sold for $40,000
In Rhode Island, I stayed in an 18th century inn. The original owner had been one of George Washington's generals & Rhode Island's
first representative to the U.S. House of Representatives. I was the only guest and the place is for sale for $500,000.
I stayed in the General's bedroom which is reputed to be visited by Indian ghosts. I didn't site any.
On Cape Cod, I visited Howard Sreifford's Church
and the church's graveyard.
Closer to home in Mill Valley, (3 miles by air, 15 miles by road), Jeanne, Melvin and I climbed to the top of Mt. Tamalpais
Mountain Man Smith & Sister Jeanne
Holly Baggett came to Mill Valley to help me drive back to Springfield MO and also did Mount Tam, the ferry to SF, Stinson Beach. . .
visited with a Springfield refugee living in San Francisco and found a Palo Alto home to buy (originally owned by Gertrude Stein's brother).
In 2012, I revisited New York, staying at a cheap hotel in Flushing, New York
where I learned some Mandarin Chinese phrases, such as Ni Hui Shai EU Ma (my transliteration of "Do you speak English?"
The usual answers were a negative head shake or "I Japanese." So I must have got it sorta right.
I visited again with Joe and Frank , seen here on their rooftop garden.
Do I look like I fit in?
The 73 Story Apartment Building Next Door
The Shipping Industry
Natives Meeting Tourists
And one of dozens of Building Projects.
And they even tried to sell me their yacht.
Give me your tired, your poor, your
billionaires yearning to breathe free
Next time, I'll stay at the Plaza,
But I did go to a couple of museums
At the Met I found a Roman matron just out of the shower checking her cellphone
and met the children
as well as the ladies
and spoke with Benjamin Franklin who was keeping his eyes on the ladies.
But then it was good to be back home in Springfield to greet the dawn