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I support Uber

Yes, I didn’t like the exaggeration deleting this wonderful app when Uber actually helped travelers by taking the surge price off.  Will you do the same and delete your medical app just because the hospitals are open during a certain political period? #foff you and your thinking. Sorry protestors! I am with you, but ain’t it all about a freedom of expression?

What can Uber do if all its drivers are voluntarily in the protest and parked their cars for good?

And why weren’t you asking to close the airports too, why only car transport?

So, try to understand the many Uber drivers who were also with you on that day and for God’s sake, shun these attention craving celebrities and people.  (Yes, celebrities and people are two different biological segments for most of the times). And the Uber drivers belong to the latter and are with you, I am sure.

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Travel log: Utah’s Mighty Five minus one (Zion, Bryce, Arches, Canyonlands, then Antelope)

2700 miles and 8 days can’t really justify a roadtrip circling the Utah’s Mighty Five (minus one, we couldn’t plan anything in the capitol reef due to lack of time). But the stunning memories of rock and ice beauty would forever be your cherished possessions. Touring the Zion, Bryce, Arches and Canyonlands National parks have certainly elevated my spirits, may be because I personally believe, if I ever have to visualize my heart and mind in a comparative form, that would be rocks and ice in monumental sizes ;):P #cold #rock I would say.. hehe.. Jokes apart, it was a wonderful tour covering so many great geological features and nature’s sheer beauty that its extremely hard to compile it all into a single blog post.

  • My first solo hike in -24°C is the most beautiful so far
  • Kolob canyons made me drive backwards in snow for a quarter mile in the exact track I went ahead. Rear view mirror is your only source. No other option.
  • We did our first family hike in sub-zero temperatures at -7°C
  • We hiked the hoodoos in winter #navaho #loop #bryce
  • We were stuck in a passing snow storm and took 1 and a half hour to drive 2 miles in blinding snow fall with no trace of a human or any tire marks on a valley road. And that so happened on one of the most scenic drives between Zion and Bryce. Not scenic at that time ;(
  • Another family hike to the Delicate Arch, the slick rock, the ridge walk and the slope to the Arch are so very tensively beautiful
  • A family self-rescue on a very slippery icy track to Landscape arch, thanks to my crampons, hike unfinished.
  • Walking the slot canyons will take you back in time by a million years for sure, as we did the Lower Antelope Canyon.
  • Getting away from civilization will teach you the importance of a social life ;):P
  • Driving through the Monument Valley is like driving into a movie set

Take a look at the pics. I better be brief in words but I sincerely wish you take the same journey to appreciate and experience the amazing states of Utah and Arizona.

the beginning of it all..No hiking on first day as all trails were closed.

the beginning of it all..No hiking on first day as all trails were closed.

the famous entrance to the zion-carmel-tunnel, once was the largest of its kind, its thru a solid mountain.

the famous entrance to the zion-carmel-tunnel, once was the largest of its kind, its thru a solid mountain.

where is the road? which way to go? come on... try it.

where is the road? which way to go? come on… try it.

count your last minutes in heat.. Now we know why the Sun is a God.

count your last minutes in heat.. Now we know why the Sun is a God.

Lucky deers.. lots of freedom, lots of snow.. exactly what I want.

Lucky deers.. lots of freedom, lots of snow.. exactly what I want.

Get away.. please.

Get away.. please.

you feel like getting down everywhere, but you can't of course :)

you feel like getting down everywhere, but you can’t of course 🙂

please please get away.

please please get away.

And that one pic for my bumble bee :)

And that one pic for my bumble bee 🙂

lesson lesson everywhere. Too much play in snow is a lesson.

lesson lesson everywhere. Too much play in snow is a lesson.

upclose with the Thor's Hammer at -7°C

upclose with the Thor’s Hammer at -7°C

you would love driving those roads.

you would love driving those roads.

zion to bryce via carmel tunnel is my most memorable drive so far.. so memorable that i drove back there again during daytime after the storm and checked the road that pulled my balls into the mouth a night before. What happened was a bollywood movie plot

zion to bryce via carmel tunnel is my most memorable drive so far.. so memorable that i drove back there again during daytime after the storm and checked the road that pulled my balls into the mouth a night before. What happened was a bollywood movie plot

my first hike at -24°C is the most beautiful so far

my first hike at -24°C is the most beautiful so far.

Don't slip. Stay to your right. Use your poles. Tight ridge walking to the Delicate Arch.

Don’t slip. Stay to your right. Use your poles. Tight ridge walking to the Delicate Arch.

Do you see the Ms.World  2017 in this picture?

Do you see the Ms.World 2017 in this picture?

Kids' 10th hike is to the famous Delicate Arch

Kids’ 10th hike is to the famous Delicate Arch

get away, get away.. pl pl pl.

get away, get away.. pl pl pl.

canyon bed from the needles overlook.

canyon bed from the needles overlook.

noone in a 25 mile radius.. why do such places attract me all the time?

noone in a 25 mile radius.. why do such places attract me all the time?

Monument Valley scenic drive is like a movie set

Monument Valley scenic drive is like a movie set

veiled Woman. More than the rock, its the eye of that artist which first caught it that I admire most. :)

veiled Woman. More than the rock, its the eye of that artist which first caught it that I admire most. 🙂

Sunset at the Rocky Mountains

Sunset at the Rocky Mountains.. another classic from the slots.

the fish

the fish.. this is my best in handling the light shades.. of course the guide will help you with all this ;):P

Laughing Dolphin

Laughing Dolphin

getaway.. getaway.. u.

getaway.. getaway.. u.

Balanced Rock is real and yes unbelievable.

Balanced Rock is real and yes unbelievable.

At 7am in -7°C in 7

At 7am in -7°C in 7″ snow, what the heck do some people do?

We hiked the Hoodoos.. Kids' 9th hike is the famous navaho loop in bryce. Our first sub-zero family hike. Thats lot of, really lot of preparation.

We hiked the Hoodoos.. Kids’ 9th hike is the famous navaho loop in bryce. Our first sub-zero family hike. Thats a lot of, really a lot of preparation.

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Travel Log: Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Dead Sea

310 miles of my recent road-trip in the heart of Israel is a definite experience of charm, antiquity and excitement.

  • Tel Aviv’s traffic, skyscrapers and sandy beaches reminded me of Mumbai but the Jaffa old city stood out uniquely.
  • Floating like a cork ball in the Dead Sea gave me an unbelievable experience of buoyancy apart from burning my eyes and nose.
  • Jerusalem and its ancient remains inside the walls of the old city
  • the surreal religious fervor at the Stone of Anointment in the church of Holy Sepulcher
  • the Semitic orthodox doctrines and rituals, the Mezuzahs and the Golden Menorah
  • the hummus, khuskhus, polanta and other typical vegetarian food  & the kosher restrictions in the kitchens
  • the Ferrari museum
  • the Dead-Sea scrolls in the Israel Museum
  • the Nano-Bible
  • Masada ruins and Qumran caves (I couldn’t locate them by road and didn’t get a chance to go back again)
  • and more than all, the warm welcome and cordiality of colleagues and citizens alike

… Its a long list 🙂

A rainy morning in Tel Aviv

A rainy morning in Tel Aviv

“Talent, Warmth and Success” personified

the Nano Bible -- its the small dot in the middle of the white panel

the Nano Bible — its the small dot in the middle of the white panel

Tel Aviv from the Jaffa beach

Tel Aviv from the Jaffa beach

Tel Aviv night lights

Tel Aviv night lights

still unknown why these copper 'tools?' were made a thousand years ago

still unknown why these copper ‘tools?’ were made a thousand years ago

Jerusalem in the first temple period 1000-586 BC

Jerusalem in the first temple period 1000-586 BC

the closest I can go to the Temple Dome

the closest I can go to the Temple Dome

Al-Aqsa glowing in the night

Al-Aqsa glowing in the night

the Western Wall also known as the Wailing Wall

the Western Wall also known as the Wailing Wall

the Golden Menorah

the Golden Menorah

mezuzah on every door

mezuzah on every door

the Stone of Anointment -- a definite place of intense religious fervor

the Stone of Anointment — a definite place of intense religious fervor

ancients streets of the Jaffa old city

ancients streets of the Jaffa old city

Everything vegetarian on the table :) at the famous 'The Old man & the Sea'

Everything vegetarian on the table 🙂 at the famous ‘The Old man & the Sea’ (thats just at the beginning) 😉

Guess what? This is an F1 steering wheel :) yes.

Guess what? This is an F1 steering wheel 🙂 yes.

car wheel with spokes? yes they already thought of it and made it too :)

car wheel with spokes? yes they already thought of it and made it too 🙂

Dead Sea is 34% saline that it leaves these salts on your skin once you are out of water

Dead Sea is 34% saline that it leaves these salts on your skin once you are out of water

Dead Sea and its the Jordan visible on the other side

Dead Sea and its the Jordan visible on the other side

Dead Sea beach filled with salts, of course :)

Dead Sea beach filled with salts, of course 🙂

Jerusalem old city miniature

Jerusalem old city miniature

vegetarian noodles and french fries ordered with vodka

vegetarian noodles and french fries ordered with vodka in the Sheraton Tel-Aviv

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To the bottom of the great Grand Canyon — South Kaibab and Bright Angels trails

Awesome! is only a word and no camera, no photo, no blog nor any article can ever justify the true beauty of this geological marvel that is actually visible from space. You should see it with your own eyes..um if only you love rocks ;):P  Yet another bucket-list item coupled with months of preparation, a solid plan, plenty of water, salts n food in your backpack, a very steep trail that takes you all the way down to the greenish white waters of the Colorado and then another UNENDING trail that winds all the way up again to the edge of the rim.. all these make another dream coming true for me.

DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS AS A DAY HIKE or you must be very well prepared with thorough training, proper exposure to altitude changes, clear understanding of the odds and a super strong will to push yourself to the limits without risking your own safety.  Do your research before you take your first step.  YOU are WARNED.

Every year, scores of unprepared hikers, lured by initially easy downhill hiking, experience severe illness, injury, or death from hiking in the canyon.

We took the South Kaibab Trail  (SK) which almost ‘slides’ you into the colorful canyon with its red white yellow brown black crimson walls of sliced rock but trust me, not a piece of shade from the scorching sun right from the morning. And there is NO WATER available anywhere on the SK.  Reaching the ‘Black Bridge’ is exhilerating for sure with the all the stunning views you have already captured.  Feel the the cool and flowing Colorado waters and brave your heart for the actual journey you need to take back up.  Don’t forget to gift yourself a quick nap, it would give you good mileage when you are coming up.

The Bright Angels Trail (BA) is probably the most under-estimated trail in all of the discussions I read so far. Don’t get fooled to read that its not as steep as SK. Thats a language trap. BA is easy most of its stretch and there is lots of shade but when its tough, its really tough. It has two sections that are EXTREMELY difficult for a novice hiker that can stun/surprise even experienced folks. Reaching the Indian Campground would take all your juices away… And then starts your actual tussle with the Canyon. After hiking almost 14+ miles , you will stand before the last piece that challenges you and breaks you down properly.  I bet you will forever remember the last 2-3 miles as one of the valuable stretches of walking you have ever done on the Earth.. seriously.

I did it all so you can too. But don’t kill yourself. please.  
Route 66 — Are you too obsessed with the road numbers?
Route 66 -- Are you too obsessed with the road numbers?

Switchbacks — is probably the sweetest word in Dictionary 😉
Switchbacks -- is probably the sweetest word in Dictionary ;)

It takes to understand why the Grand Canyon is Grand.
It takes to understand why the Grand Canyon is Grand.

i love ridges with slopes on both sides..
i love ridges with slopes on both sides..

Finally! The Black Bridge… yey!
Finally! The Black Bridge.. yey!

I did it.
I did it.

Thats the cute little bridge you will remember forever.
Thats the cute little bridge you will remember forever.

Plan your timing to avoid mid day heat.
Plan your times to avoid mid day heat.

the suspension bridge with the black bridge in the background
the suspension bridge

Indian campground
Indian Campground

I couldn’t take any pictures beyond this point. I waited like hell to reach this place and then the actual hell broke loose and then the darkness of the night surrounded and then the temperatures started dropping (like from 93F mid afternoon to 38F midnight)..

We took 5 hours to go down with many breaks and photoshoots.. and then another 10+ hours to come back up. Please note there is water available at Indian Campground and one emergency resthouse at 3 miles from the BA trailhead and another one at 1.5 miles from the same trailhead. You will thank NPS for keeping a 911 landline there just in case you bump into any emergency when you are about to finish a hike of your life time.

Lemme conclude: Be careful and be prepared for the last 4 of the 17 miles.

Thanks for reading and happy hiking. Go figure out why the Grand Canyon is Grand.
-balu

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why men love their cars than women?

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Ahem! … I finally figured out why Men like their cars more than Women..

  • Because a car carefully ‘listens’ to the driver, simply follow his command actions without a hesitation;
  • Tries to comfort him all the time with only the “possible/available” resources;
  • He can lower the windows anytime for fresh air to stroke his hair affectionately and solace him “silently”;
  • He can click a button any time to know where his car is;
  • He can drink a beer while still sitting inside the car;
  • … and many more.. Please add if you have any points.

WARNING: The above logic doesn’t apply to your ladylove. In fact, Love is always beyond logic, mortals!

Thanks for reading.

B

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Travel Log: 1400 miles of our Alaskan roadtrip is just thrilling

Alaska is no doubt one of the most beautiful places on the Earth. The stunning Glaciers, large lakes, enormous mountain ranges, diverse wildlife and museums with rare collections etc certainly make it one of the bucket list items for any traveler. We did a week long circular road trip of ~1400 miles from Anchorage ->Denali ->Fairbanks ->Delta Jn ->Paxson lake -> Matanuska -> Seward -> Anchorage and thoroughly enjoyed it that we want to go back again 🙂

Day-1 started with a quick hike to the Thunderbird Falls:
thunderbird falls hike

Glacier Ruth — you will surely feel like dancing when you land on it:
dancing on glacier Ruth

Horns Everywhere:
horns everywhere

That was the first time we saw a ‘moose’:
moose

10pm sunlight and the sunset still an hour or so away:
10pm sunlight

Hatchers Pass:
Hatcher's pass

End of the Alaskan Highway mile 1422 at Delta Junction:
End of the Alaskan Highway mile 1422 at Delta Junction

Denali National Park and Preserve:
Denali national park and preserve

Every moose belongs to the Earth 🙂
Every moose belongs to the Earth :)

That was a ‘wild’ bear with two cubs, came so very close 🙂
That was a 'wild' bear with two cubs, came so very close :)

flightseeing was super fun:
flightseeing was super fun

Mount Denali from a flightseeing air taxi:
Mount Denali

wild and bald eagle 🙂
wild and bald eagle :)

look into his eyes, he can read a scribble pad from across a football field 🙂
look into his eyes, he can read a scribble pad from across a football field :)

holgate glacier (that is a flowing ice river, if you don’t mind):
holgate glacier

one house that I always wanted:
one house that i always wanted

designer musk ox (he was just shredding):
designer musk ox

never saw a bear claw that close:
never saw a bear claw that close

wood bison:
wood bison

woolly mammoth skeleton is so huge and the video that shows how painful it is for them to excavate the fossils is just mind blowing:
woolly mammoth is so huge

post card sceneries:
post card scenaries

Road Road Road:
road road road

road road road

road road road

road road road

Doll’s porpoise playing with the tourists on board the Glacier Express:

orca group Ak-6 on the Seward shores:

And the last but not least, a humpback breaching the water surface. You should see it with your naked eye and understand how exhilarating it is to watch the world’s biggest mammal known doing that flip on open ocean:

Thats all for now. Thanks for reading.
Balu

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Travel log: Journey to the HOTTEST place ever recorded on the Earth

The HOTTEST place ever recorded on the Earth;
The LOWEST elevation below sea level in the entire Western Hemisphere;
The DRIEST place in the Western Hemisphere;
The TALLEST place in all of the lower US states;
The LARGEST National Park in the USA;

It may sound like crazy that I wanted to visit these places but the privilege of a Californian is to be able to cover them all in a day or two, so why not on a long weekend?  🙂 Yes, I am talking about the famous “Death Valley National Park” which is the largest (in fact larger than Yellowstone, yes, yes).  I never thought it would be so beautiful even though exhausting and dehydrating. We drove through the heart of the valley, its all a dry and barren land with extreme temperature and aridity but God made it “hellafa” beauty, I vouch.

  • Furnace Creek and Stovepipe are aptly named 🙂
  • Badwater Basin is a bold beauty and drains all the water out of you. It was 109°F (43ºC) when we were there
  • Natural Bridge intrigues you sure
  • Mesquite Dunes mesmerizes you
  • the “Death Valley Scenic Highway” is certainly scenic with multiple stops for water and pictures 🙂
  • Mount Whitney stands tall and makes all this rain shadow region what it is
  • Family trek to the Lone Pine Lake at 10k

And we didn’t actually get time to visit many other places like Zebriskie point, Devil’s cornfield, Ubehebe crater and Eurake Dunes etc.. Next time 🙂

Trip tips:   Carry lots and lots of water with you, sun screen, cooling glasses, hat, umbrella and whatever else that can protect you from the scorching sun and dehydration.

My Kids tried to breach the 10k elevation mark but had to turn back at 9153 due to bad weather. It still was a 4 mile hike on the slopes of Mount Whitney. We got two new friends and the 3 year old “Ashrita” was the most energetic:
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Badwater Basin at 282 feet below sea level
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Bumblebee’s “Off road” to the “Natural Bridge”:
"off road" to the "Natural Bridge"

“Salt Carpet” at the Badwater Basin
"Salt Carpet" welcomes you

“Natural Bridge” — It was cut thru by flowing water, once upon a time 🙂
Natural Bridge, Death Valley National Park

“Mesquite Dunes” — a desert in the heart of “redwood” state
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Another 1200 miles in the log.. um..and special thanks to Manoj and Punnami for accompanying us.

thanks for reading.

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Whale Tail licence plate from California Coastal Commission

By reading about dinosaurs as a kid, probably started my love of huge animals .. then of course the elephants, rhinos and whales were only a dream away reading all those books.. So when I saw the specialized license plate by California Coastal Commission, I just couldn’t resist and yey I got mine.. 🙂 Then to give it a techie tinge, you write a letter as a number ;):P

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Travel Log: Trinidad, Portland, Seattle and Crater Lake

End of 2015 in a classic wanderlust way with a 2320 mile road trip also setting my new personal record 

Wow! It was such a fun to see huge rainbows spanning the full horizon, blinding rains, blazing interstate speeds, whiteout snow challenging my guts, deep ice trembling my car and super slick roads shaking my confidence. And then the gigantic redwoods with living trees as huge to pass a car thru, the mystic aura of intense forests, the refreshing air that fills your lungs n mind with new energy, the splashing sexy water falls whispering new ideas and the crashing pacific waves charging you for the year ahead.. And then searching for Sasquatch in thick forests where its dark in the afternoon and the invaluable time with friends in the middle of nowhere, ziplining gondola ride above the tall redwood tree canopy,  that nostalgia in a family get-together, my 5 year old kids setting their own hike record of 8 miles,  meeting a childhood friend after 20 years, greeting a long time puppy who can now lick my cheeks standing straight, peeping into an incredible business empire and see how a Boeing 787 is made, staying with strangers who are unbelievably hospitable and caring..  wow! wow! wow! Here are only a few of the pics that give me a high looking back.

 

with babai my father figure and sis family

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December 31st night at -10°C temperature in snoqualmie pass, WA

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Fern Canyon — another 1 mile of wet beauty thru the tunnel in the background

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Its still a living and kicking tree.. after 2100 years

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thats the rendition of the first leg of journey 🙂

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try wild elks next time 😛

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the subtle beauty certainly whispers 😉

multnomah falls in portland, Oregon

Defy your own self.

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There are only 4 of such ‘dream lifter’s in this world and one I have already captured in this pic 🙂

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My kids’ own record of an 8mile hike to the Fern Canyon

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bumblebee – my sweet subie

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Turn right after 313 miles… wow.. A road bug’s high 🙂

drive-crazy

chase a bear every time you are in the woods

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One day I will surely meet this ‘bigfoot’ guy

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America’s deepest lake might also be the bluest beauty

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Thats the end of the year 2015.. Tubing at snoqualmie pass on December 31st night at -10°C temperature..

tubing at snoqualmie pass

thanks
Balu

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Imagination is everything

imagination is everythingThis is not any modern art but my 5 year old kid told me that its a picture of a big mountain in a “national park” (yes he said ‘national park’) where a spaceship crash landed making a big hole in the earth with fumes coming out, then a bear came and scratched all its surface (probably out of curiosity or food smell)… i am struck with his description and felt happy that I could let him imagine something extraordinary for his age on a simple paper.

I know the time we spend outdoors would finally be justified someday but the doors of imagination are opened in every dream… every day…

🙂

I am happy.

 

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Travel Log: Sequoia, Redwoods and Lassen

7 days, 5 national parks, 3 different worlds and 1 spirit.

It may seem crazy to drive across California for a week but the sheer fun of a roadtrip connecting 3 unique worlds into one is something I couldn’t have resisted. Please scroll down to check my brief travelogue 🙂

For a patio gardener like me, the Giants Forest is something unfathomable n supremely attracting 🙂

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Giving my kids a chance to explore and then to breach their own limits is more than anything to me 🙂

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Thats the WORLD’s LARGEST TREE folks! If only you wonder the size of seed it came from 🙂

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It matters what you do holding your kids hands 🙂

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And then to leave them free to walk on their own 🙂

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Travel in groups 🙂

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Hike, ski or whatever.. But get lost and get exhausted 🙂

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Wanna get charged for the next day? simple… do firepit and barbeque, the crude way 🙂

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Look straight for love :p

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Check out the roads where only a few cars would love to go… Thanks to my sweet Subie.. bumblebee 🙂

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Get a large backyard wherever you stay 🙂

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Gen-NEXT-Men 😉

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Sign-in wherever you go 🙂

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Prepare well 🙂

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And the four little mountaineers posing with a live Volcano in the background..  They took pain and braved all odds to come along with me 😮  … More than enough for their age.

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Selfie with the Sulphur.. End of adventure for now 🙂  #stay #tuned

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AAA!! not insurance.. Its about a life style!

What is so proud to be a premier member of the American Automobile Association (AAA)?

Its not about some insurance or your car towing… Its all about a life style. What a century of automobile enthusiasm can do to your roads, your roadtrips, your preparation and to your take home experience. Their history first impressed me, their member discounts are unparalleled, and the amount of travel data they have is just mind blowing.

Today I heard over the FM radio that they are giving a sleeping bag for anyone who takes a free quote. I went there to ask one for me as I am just a few days old member. They happily gave me one but thats not all. I wanted few location maps for my future trips and was just overwhelmed with the material given to me by the lady executive in the counter.  It could have otherwise taken many days of my Internet time, don’t you forget your inability to print large paper maps nor how hard it is to compile a handy list of reliable hotels and services.. And not to mention their DMV services, movie tickets, shopping discounts and car rentals..

So I think AAA is not just your car insurance company… AAA is everything about travel… Its about a life style!!!

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Why our Tahoe-Reno trip was so awesome!

For many, its just another vacation, but for me, its one overwhelming experience, the squaw valley slopes reminding me of what happened on the icy Himalayan glaciers of Sar-Pass,  an helicopter ride over the Emerald Bay sliding me into a nostalgic silence of an armed life I have missed severely, a quick lift in a 1949 studebaker champion starlight coupe car with the 79 year old driver parading his ‘little stinker’ so proudly almost pushing me into a deep thought of my own spectacle of pride… and Yes! the long and royal white car that was driven by the King of Rock’n’Roll – Elvis Presley – which made my heart sink with jealousy and pain..

Nothing less for the time we spent together as a family, here are only a few of those fantasy moments 🙂

At the squaw valley

At the squaw valley

Thats the site of 1960 winter Olympics

Thats the site of 1960 winter Olympics

with Bumble Bee

with Bumble Bee

Emerald Bay helicopter ride

Emerald Bay helicopter ride

Future Pilots? Not sure, but I definitely want them to grow up ‘wholesome’ without any myopic attitudes these rich parents forcing on their children nowadays.

want some 'fire' or 'daddy' please :)

want some ‘fire’ or ‘daddy’ please 🙂

Thats the Emerald Bay if you are a bird flying at 8000 feet above ground :)

Thats the Emerald Bay if you are a bird flying at 8000 feet above ground 🙂

pricey vintage with a priceless apple :)

pricey vintage with a priceless apple 🙂

All the bounty from the Casino (Circus Circus)

All the bounty from the Casino (Circus Circus)

Car of the King of Rock 'n' Roll

Car of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll

80-year old Opulance.. Can you believe the 1936 Mercedes-Benz?

80-year old Opulance.. Can you believe the 1936 Mercedes-Benz?

 

Put a 'cent' and press your souvenir at the National Automobile Museum, Reno. Its a must-visit place if you go there.

Put a ‘cent’ and press your souvenir at the National Automobile Museum, Reno. Its a must-visit place if you go there.

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