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In 1969 Gini and I were young newlyweds with a child. We were living in Dravosburg, Pa. in the upstairs of a large somewhat creepy old house that overlooked the highly industrialized Monongahela River southeast of Pittsburgh. To catch the breeze in the summer we would open the large widows in the living room and we could hear the horns of the trains down by the river and the towboats on the river pushing materials up to the Clairton Works to fuel the industrial heart of the region, the steel industry. The rent on the apartment was a huge $65.00 per month which I was earning by working in a paint factory in Pittsburgh while attending Alleghany County Community College at night. The earnings for the rent were augmented by playing drums for the occasional Polka gig paying $25 per night. Gini was staying home busily learning to be a Mother and Homemaker. We had a portable black and white TV which had been given to us by Gini’s Great Aunt Gertrude and her Grandmother Henrietta and the TV station kept running a commercial for a local bank. The gist of the commercial was that if you saved with them you would eventually become maybe not a millionaire but surely a Thousandaire. We had very little resources and my joke was that I would have been happy just being a Hundredaire, hence the above title. We have traveled over the past few years and seen some pretty remarkable things and places but we had not been to California nor seen the Pacific Ocean or Redwood trees. We had planned on making the trip the previous year but something came up and that didn’t happen. We talked and decided that the time had come and this is the story of how two Boomer Hundredaires and their dog set out and saw the West.

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