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September 17 – 22, 2009
Updated Oct. 23, 2009
About 85 photos mainly taken during the trip by Betty Nolan are posted at www.ritzpix.com in five separate albums under member name of Lewis “Buzz” Nolan’s email address. Email email@example.com for instructions on how to access.
By LEWIS NOLAN
We got our requested wake-up call at the Dream Inn on the
beach at 4:30 a.m. and arose to a typical foggy morning in
Thanks to excellent driving directions given us by the very
smart Marc Rush and his wife, Susan, we drove through the winding and steep U.S.
Highway 17 through the Coast Range Mountains and onto Interstate 280 South,
which eventually curves into Interstate 680 North. We paid a $4 toll to cross
the Benicia Bridge and saw a dozen or more mothballed U.S. Navy ships from World
War II anchored in a thumb of San Francisco Bay salt water near Vallejo. We
continued on I-680 North until it merged into Interstate 80 East, and then stayed
on I-80 to
After returning the rental car, we had excellent, fresh salads topped with chicken served by a concession in the airport’s food court. They were was so good that we wished the salad stand could be emulated elsewhere. After passing through Security, we got a telephone call from my brother, Patrick Thomas Nolan, who had just arrived at the ticket terminal. Rather than take another lap through Security, we said our goodbyes on the phone and proceeded to our boarding area. Though ticketed by Delta, our flights to Salt Lake City then connecting to Memphis were operated by Delta’s new merger partner, Northwest.
The next morning, Wednesday, was spent re-acclimating ourselves to home. Our saved newspapers had to be read, plants watered, digital photos turned into prints and posted on the Internet, pet Greyhound picked up from the boarding kennel, notes written and bodies rested.