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Celebrating Chinese New Year

February 4th, 2017

          This year Chinese New Year started January 28th as the Year of the Rooster and it continues through February 15, 2018. My good friend Elaine and I try to meet and celebrate this time each year by dining together. Sometimes our celebration occurs later in the year but it’s always our homage to Chinese New Year.

          Last night Elaine took me to dinner at PHO 533 where we had a nice three-course meal – or what I best remember, for we performed our duty to avoid waste with respect to a large bottle of very good wine. As for the meal (as I best recall) our Appetizer may have been Crunchy Shrimp Wontons (or something else), we both had the same main course which may have been a Rice Dish (think Red Rice) and afterwards one of the many different Spring Roll choices (or something similar). Everything was quite tasty and I felt fortunate that Elaine was there to make our dining selections. By now you’ve probably caught on that I don’t know much about authentic Vietnamese cuisine. I assure anyone interested that the quantity of excellent wine not wasted had absolutely no affect on my functioning or memory of the evening. angel

          I’ve learned from others that tomorrow is the annual Super Bowl Sunday and that subject was briefly addressed during our conversations. Neither of us are football fans and I never watch the games. Elaine said she watches …… “for the commercials”. So far, during our acquaintance, that’s the only flaw I’ve noticed in her character. ;-)wink

          After dinner Elaine drove me back to my place. Fortunately (for me) she was the one piloting our vehicle and the distance back to my residence didn’t require any navigation input from me. As for PHO 533 it continually receives rave reviews and our evening experience bore that out.


               Visit the PHO 533 on the web at http://pho533.com/ or http://pho533.com/menu.pdf.
 
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February 4, 2017
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North Lykken Trail

February 4th, 2017

          Hiked a portion of the North Lykken Trail on Friday (02/03/2017) with a dozen members of the Great Outdoors Palm Springs (GOPS) chapter. Our leader, David Stewart, is an experienced hiker and regularly scheduled GOPS leader who was watchfully attentive to the pace limitations of all.

          The North Lykken Trail route started from its Ramon Road trailhead where we began a trek up the mountain. After several miles of up and down hiking we reached our turnaround destination at the Picnic Table plateau intersection with a trail coming up from the Palm Springs Museum. Pausing a short time for snacks and photos we then retraced our route back to the trailhead.

          The hike started shortly after 8am, took just under three hours and included approximately 800 ft of elevation. The continuous view looking east above Palm Springs was spectacular with perfect weather and excellent trail conditions.

          If the South Lykken holds the most favorite trail in Palm Springs claim, then the North Lykken Trail probably ranks a close second. During our hike we encountered more than a dozen hikers, in both directions, along the route. We definitely experienced an enjoyable way to start the day with a bit of cardiovascular activity in a nearby pleasant setting.

 
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