On the Road Again with the Lorees – Sightseeing near San Francisco

May 26, 2013:

The ladies arrived from Florida on Saturday and got plenty of rest last night. Today is the final day of the cross country tour with CA-1 and across to the Sonoma valley and back to Tiburon.

Tonight we bus into the city to view a private car collection and have our closing banquet. It has been a great month. We’re grateful that the ’41 has been so reliable, and that our fellow “tourists” have been such good company – including Harry!

We will enjoy some touring in San Francisco this coming week since neither Sally nor Vickie have visited the area before. Perhaps even some more pictures before we return to John Knox Village on May 30th!

~ Paul Loree, JKV Resident and owner of the 1941 Cadillac Sedan

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Harry welcomes Sally (left) and Vickie to California
 
 
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Wild flowers overlooking the Pacific on CA-1
 
 
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At the Academy of Art University, San Francisco:
A lovely collection of classics as part of this art school.
A 1932 Lincoln Convertible Sedan
This was the site of our closing dinner with goodbyes and scattering of participants
 
 
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1931 Marmon V-16 Convertible Sedan
We’ll be here at Tiburon until 5/30 –
Muir Woods today, Wine Train Tuesday and a day in San Fran Wednesday
 
 
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May 27 – Tour of Muir Woods National Park
Even beautiful in the rain!
 
To learn more about their adventures this month,
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On the Road Again with the Lorees – Tiburon, CA

May 25, 2013:

The Lodge at Tiburon – our home on the Bay May 24 – 30. It is within walking distance to ferry over to the city. This is a quaint town.

~ Paul Loree, JKV Resident and owner of the 1941 Cadillac Sedan

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This location shows remains of defensive positions from World War II.
Great views of the Bay, the Pacific and the City.
 
 
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The Pacific Ocean in the distance – some more great views.
 
 

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On a walk around town – what a pretty place!
 
 

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Tiburon Marina: Two ferries leave here for San Francisco on a regular schedule –
no need to drive into town!
Lots of cyclists here and great walking paths.
 
 

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Golden Gate Bridge from Tiburon waterfront:
The Lodge at Tiburon is extremely nice and close to everything
We are about 30 miles from the airport.
Sally just arrived in San Francisco and en route here via shuttle!
 
To learn more about their adventures,
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On the Road Again with the Lorees – San Ramon to Tiburon, CA

May 24, 2013:

The last leg of the cross country tour! We will enjoy a tour and lunch at Domaine Chandon, my favorite champagne and the American branch of Moet Chandon of France.

~ Paul Loree, JKV Resident and owner of the 1941 Cadillac Sedan

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The entrance to Domain Chandon
 
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The vineyards!
 
 
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I was here about 25 years ago and notice the big change since then.
 
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Lunch at Domain Chandon.
Pictured are the intrepid travelers near the end of the tour.
 
 
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Harry and Paul on the tour after “several” glass of champagne
 
To learn more about their adventures this month,
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On the Road Again with the Lorees – The Blackhawks Car Museum

May 23, 2013:

At the Blackhawks Car Museum in Danville, CA. This truly is one of the very best car museums with three floors of beautiful autos. The building alone is a work of art.

~ Paul Loree, JKV Resident and owner of the 1941 Cadillac Sedan

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Museum was amazing inside too!
 

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Details of a 1947 Delahaye
 
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’47 Delahaye – We have one like this on our tour
shipped to the U.S. from Paris.
 
 

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1933 Pierce-Arrow – This car company was in Paul’s hometown, Buffalo, NY
 
 

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1933 Pierce Arrow
 
 

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Buffalo wire wheels – made in Buffalo, NY for only the very best cars!
This one on a Dusenberg!
 
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Another striking French car of the Classic Era

 

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How about that color scheme!?!
 
To learn more about their adventures,
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Last Dates:

Friday – Saturday – Sunday, May 25 – 26 – 27: Tiburon, CA

 
 

On the Road Again with the Lorees – Yosemite, CA

May 22, 2013:

In Yosemite, we are staying at the unbelievable Ahwahnee Lodge. This lovely in park hotel opened in 1925 and has been a star attraction ever since. The service here and food are five-star quality, and the setting is magnificent.

Always popular “to do” items here include hiking and seeing the falls. On our last trip in July of 2005 to Yosemite, the fall was dry. This year, it is quite the opposite.

~ Paul Loree, JKV Resident and owner of the 1941 Cadillac Sedan

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Outside view at the Ahwahnee
 

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From behind the Ahwahnee Hotel
 
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Dinner at the Ahwahnee
 

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View of the falls
 
 
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That’s pretty high up!
 
 

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This is the lower falls at close up –
we will be touring the park, then off to San Ramon, CA
 

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Some more beautiful scenery including the Delahaye passing us.
It was shipped from Paris for the tour.
Note the reflection of mountains on the hood
 
 

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Entering into the park
 
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Yosemite view
 

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We have a private park tour with a great park ranger
 
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Julie – our park ranger

 

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El Capitan – we saw a few climbers up there

 

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Paul on the shore of the Merced River

 
 

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A sequoia tree – very tall and very old
Harry – just tall =)
 
 

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Entering the tunnel into the valley

 
 

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The valley with all its tourist attractions represents once 9 percent of the total park area,
so the rest of the park is accessible only on foot protecting wildlife and ecological harmony.
Volcanic and river action formed this miracle of nature.

To learn more about their adventures,
read the article at the bottom of this site.

Remaining Dates:

Thursday, May 23: San Ramon, CA

Friday – Saturday – Sunday, May 25 – 26 – 27: Tiburon, CA

On the Road Again with the Lorees – Lake Tahoe on the way to Yosemite

May 22, 2013:

We are en route to Yosemite – great day and lovely scenery. I have had some issues getting photos due to lack of phone/internet service. There are some amazing views near Topaz Lake, California. Casinos are every where, but they do not make any money from us!

~ Paul Loree, JKV Resident and owner of the 1941 Cadillac Sedan

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Lake Tahoe
 

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Topaz Lake, CA
 
 

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Eagle Peak (9,455 feet) from U.S. 395
 

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Eagle Peak (right) and Hana Mountain (left)

To learn more about their adventures,
read the article at the bottom of this site.

Upcoming Dates:

Wednesday, May 22: Yosemite, CA

Thursday, May 23: San Ramon, CA

Friday – Saturday – Sunday, May 25 – 26 – 27: Tiburon, CA

On the Road Again with the Lorees – Ely, NV

May 20, 2013:

More rain today, but a couple breaks for this wondrous view near Provo, Utah. We drove by Brigham Young University and soon enter Pacific Time.

Tonight, we are taking the historic Nevada Northern Line Railroad Tour, which includes a ride and dinner. We also will overnight at the historic Hotel Nevada & Gambling Hall.

It is still hard to believe this is the third and final week of our trip across the country.

~ Paul Loree, JKV Resident and owner of the 1941 Cadillac Sedan

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And the road is straight
 

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Here we are at Delta, Utah filling up for the trip through the Great Basin to Ely.
Last gas for 153 miles! That is where we will stay at the Hotel Nevada & Gambling Hall
and ride the Nevada Northern Railroad for dinner.
Ely was a major mining site – gold, silver and copper
Good news – the rains have stopped.
 

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We counted seven rows of 14 windmills in one spot
 

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Humbolt National Forest – covers thousands of acres both east and west of Ely
 
 
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Old and shabby, but a period (1926) piece complete with gambling casino.
This town was based on copper mining both in the 19th century and to this day.
Laundry day and walked the town before our RR tour, ride and dinner aboard.
 
 
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Ely, Nevada – this was part of the Lincoln Highway – dirt road in 1913
 

 

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Nevada Northern Railroad – very detailed tour of the original and still used
maintenance facilities, train ride (1920 cars and engine) dinner
and western show complete with holdup and gun fight.
We even got to see the night operation of the copper mine in the distance.
 
 

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Harry with the caboose

 
 

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Our train ready to go!

 

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Fun Western Show outside the train

To learn more about their adventures,
read the article at the bottom of this site.

Upcoming Dates:

Tuesday, May 21: Reno, NV

Wednesday, May 22: Yosemite, CA

Thursday, May 23: San Ramon, CA

Friday – Saturday – Sunday, May 25 – 26 – 27: Tiburon, CA

On the Road Again with the Lorees – Jackson to Park City, UT

May 18-19, 2013:

The rains have stopped, but the car is dirty from yesterday’s trek through Yellowstone. Oh well!

The drive today is along rivers and between mountain ranges south and from Wyoming into Utah. Lots of sun and a good road. The towns are very small and widely separately.

A 320-mile day.  Someone “lifted” one of my magnetic Lincoln Road signs from the car, so we are now only identifiable on the driver’s side! Harry and I are sharing the driving. It helps combat the leg cramps.

~ Paul Loree, JKV Resident and owner of the 1941 Cadillac Sedan

 

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Entering Utah – yes, those are rain drops on the windshield.
We saw plenty of cattle and few sheep in addition to several deer
No elk or moose…they must be hiding from old cars.

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Utah – near Park City – Lots of trucks on the interstate today.
We haven’t been seeing this iron containing rock for several days now.
It explains why he pavement is often red.

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Park City ski area on I-80 – we are seven miles away at this point. What a gorgeous day!

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Park City: I skied here 18 years ago and cannot recognize the town now as it was then – WOW!
Since the Olympics here, the town has blossomed!
We had a great dinner in town ( a 5-star restaurant ) and will take off early tomorrow for Ely, NV.
We have some members of the tour leaving and others signing on – most of us are in for the whole trip.
It’s hard to believe we’re on the last wee k of the cross country CARavan! 
 
To learn more about their adventures,
read the article at the bottom of this site.
 

Upcoming Dates:

Monday, May 20: Ely, NV

Tuesday, May 21: Reno, NV

Wednesday, May 22: Yosemite, CA

Thursday, May 23: San Ramon, CA

Friday – Saturday – Sunday, May 25 – 26 – 27: Tiburon, CA

On the Road Again with the Lorees – Yellowstone National Park

May 17, 2013:

Lots of rain today…even some sleet.

photoThis is the Chief Joseph Highway – north from Cody and into Yellowstone at the NE corner. We visited some long time friends who run a general store at the park entrance that sells everything to eat, drink or need for camping.

Then, we are on to Mammoth through Montana and south to Old Faithful. We saw snowmobiles on the surviving areas of snow and were glad for a closed car – some in our group have totally open cars and were COLD!

Visited long time friends who run a. General store at the park entrance–sell everything

Lunch at the Old Faithful Inn – very quaint then on through Grand Teton National Park to Jackson, WY where Harry and I visited friends and enjoyed dinner at the National Wildlife Art Museum. What a wonderful and extensive collection!

~ Paul Loree, JKV Resident and owner of the 1941 Cadillac Sedan

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Rain, sleet, clouds and snow
 

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Bison in Yellowstone – and right near the road
 

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Geyser Fields in Yellowstone National Park
 
 
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Yellowstone Lake with snow on the shore
 

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Today was the annual auction of shredded elk antlers by the local Boy Scouts.
Lots of action!
 
 
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More antlers
 

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Paul and Harry at the National Wildlife Museum in Jackson, WY.
We had a tour of the collection plus cocktails and a great dinner.
And, the moose was tame!
 
To learn more about their adventures,
read the article at the bottom of this site.

 

On the Road Again with the Lorees – Bighorn and Cody, WY

May 17, 2013:

We drove though clouds to the Biighorn National Park – a magnificent road with breathtaking scenery. In addition, we stopped at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, located in Cody Wyoming.

 

Later, we will enjoy dinner and a show at the Irma Hotel in Cody. The $100,000 bar was a gift to Buffalo Bill from Queen Victoria for the show he did for her in London.

 

In other news – the clutch linkage came loose this afternoon on the car, but was easily put to rights. This was the first mishap we have experienced on the trip – not a bad record!!!

~ Paul Loree, JKV Resident and owner of the 1941 Cadillac Sedan

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Driving above the clouds along Bighorn National Highway
 

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Buffalo Bill Historical Center:

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Smithsonian called this one of the best 20 museums in the United States
 
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Topography of where we are – this museum also had some of great
plains Indians, firearms and Wild Bill’s Wild West Show exhibits

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Irma Hotel:

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The Queen’s Bar

Upcoming Stops Include:

Saturday, May 18: Jackson, WY

Sunday, May 19: Park City, UT

Monday, May 20: Ely, NV

Tuesday, May 21: Reno, NV

Wednesday, May 22: Yosemite, CA

Thursday, May 23: San Ramon, CA

Friday – Saturday – Sunday, May 25 – 26 – 27: Tiburon, CA

To learn about their adventures throughout the month,
read the article at the bottom of this page.