Sendero Group Travel Blog

Follow Sendero travelers on their adventures using accessible GPS.

Thursday, May 31, 2007


Sacramento River Boat Cruise

Jen and Theresa
Jen and Friends
OJ, Mansfield, Jen, and Linda
Mike and Paige
everyone mentioned on Crashing Through
Sheila and Charles
Jerry and Bryan
family pose
Vieve, Emma, Sheri, Jeff, Chas and son
Bob, Kathy, and Sue

Wednesday, May 16, 2007


Stevie Wonder Paparazzi

I had the unique pleasure of spending May 15 with two good friends, Stevie Wonder and Rob Reis. Rob is a friend since high school who got me involved in ham radio, engineering at UC Davis, skiing and start-up companies.

We had dinner at Mr. Chow's in Beverly Hills, a regular celebrity hang out and a place I have been to with Stevie numerous times. For example, actor Jamie Fox sat down at our table for a visit. I showed him my new book and mentioned a movie was being made. I asked him if he was interested in playing another blind guy, having played Ray Charles in the movie Ray. He chuckled.

Actress Stephanie Powers stopped by to visit with my dog Miguel. She has 7 rescue dogs. I didn't know who she was but a Google search showed that she had a star on the walk of fame and a lengthy acting career.

When we left the restaurant after 1 in the morning, 15 papazzari still lined the sidewalk. Stevie was their only fodder. He adeptly turned the situation around and had a little fun with them, taking one of their cameras and filming the papazzari. It was pretty funny but a previous incident with the papazzari wasn't so funny when they lied to Stevie, saying they just wanted an autograph and then they posted cell phone video on the same site, making fun of him. I found them despicable but Stevie graciously takes it all in stride.
Stevie Wonder holding the paparazzi's camera with a huge smile on his face
See the video of the Stevie and paparazzi interaction

Saturday, May 12, 2007


Mike in Freiburg Germany

A rooftop view of Freiburg
Two church bell towers standing out among the buildings and lush greenery on a hillside
Mike and Miguel at the Munster Platz Farmers Market

Freiburg is in the Black Forest area of Germany and is a wonderful old city. The farmers market filled the plaza between the Hotel Rappen where I stayed and the Munster Church. There were hundreds of stairs in a very tight spiral to the highest point in Freiburg. It was a tricky descent for Seeing Eye dog Miguel. There was barely room single file, let alone with a dog guiding and people coming up as we climbed down.

Audio: Mike inside the Munster church bell tower
Audio: Music in Munster Plaza

Miguel on the tight spiral staircase wondering if he should go up or down... up looks more promising at the moment

I highly recommend this small city and the quaint, simple, clean Rappen Hotel, a 2 hour direct train trip from the Frankfurt airport.


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