Holiday forecast



The weather is looking a little uncertain for a fishing trip; the forecast is calling for clouds and a possibility of rain. Hopefully the conditions will be warm enough.

April is a bit early for our annual trip, as we usually go in mid to late May. As you can see from these images taken last year, it wasn’t all sunshine — but thankfully the heaviest rain waited until we had all packed up our stuff, said goodbye, and were headed for home.


Welcome sight in high weeds



Yes, I knew it had rained the night before; but I gambled that the mud wouldn’t be too thick and chose to wear my sneakers instead of my hiking boots on my morning hike.

And I managed to keep my feet reasonably dry — until I arrived at this dew-soaked portion of the trail. The shortest weeds reached up to my waist. I took this picture just a minute or so after I was overtaken by a runner, who quickly vanished from sight in the jungle growth.

I certainly wasn’t expecting this stretch to look the way it had last October, but I hadn’t anticipated having to hack my way through the Amazon, either.


Same spot, six months ago

So I was pretty happy to run into this guy as I approached the far side of the field. He’s absolutely got his work cut out for him, but I think he can handle it. Here’s to spring cleanup and dry sneakers!


WPC: Earth


White concrete blocks lining the cliff base look tiny next to massive boulders

The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge for the week of April 19, 2017.

Earth Day is near! This week, let’s celebrate this planet on which we live.

No matter how thick the coating of asphalt we may put down, the truth is we still have very little control over the earth that we live on. At any moment, despite our best efforts, rocks may come tumbling down or rain-swollen creeks may wash away long-established roads.

November 2016 — damaged but under control:

April 2017 — completely washed out:

Two separate creeks caused damage on either end of Negro Bar State Park due to the sequence of rain storms moving through the area this month. Neither of these roads are main thoroughfares, but they do form part of the limited road network inside the park, and cyclists, runners/hikers, and park rangers will all be affected.


The Adventure Continues… Angel Island



Alcatraz is probably one of the most famous (or infamous) of the world’s small islands; but it’s not the only island in San Francisco Bay. If I had to choose to see only one of these two, I would have had no problem at all choosing Alcatraz! But that was before watching this episode of California’s Gold and learning about the rich cultural history and the natural beauty to be found on Angel Island. It’s definitely another one of California’s treasures!

(Click the linked image below to see the video.)

Autumn – Metal


Bronze Buddhas

The theme of Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is Autumn — Metal.

You can take photos of anything that relates to the season of Autumn or metal.  For metal I would like to see its strength and beauty.  Have fun with this challenge.


Seen while hiking in September and October:


A piece of metal leaning against a tree


Reflective metal road sign


Parts of an abandoned canal

Seen at the flea market/auction:

Memory Monday, Week 22


This week I thought I’d feature a few faces rather than just places. I’ll start back in 1959, on the trip my parents and two older sisters took through South Dakota (I previously posted about that trip here), and a couple of very special photo opportunities with the locals at Mt. Rushmore and Hill City.




The start of a promising (and still continuing) relationship with the accordian


I’m sitting on our back patio, 1962

I have some great memories of driving to the San Francisco Bay Area every Christmas for a visit with my dad’s sister and her family — including Felix the Cat, seen here barely contained by my cousin Bill (the expression on Bill’s face reflects his personality perfectly). Sitting in the chair is my dad’s father, whom I sincerely wish I’d had a chance to get to know better. He was born in Mexico, and he spoke very little English, so much of his life is still a mystery to me, although we always enjoyed playing in his garden on our holiday visits.



We visited again after my ‘graduation’ from 8th grade in 1975

Below are my dad’s brother and sister, along with her husband (standing in the back) and my cousin Bill on one of the visits they paid to us. As the years went by, we saw each other more seldom, but it’s always a wonderful thing to reunite with family and share memories. Since then, both my dad and my cousin have passed on. I miss them both very much, so these pictures mean a lot to me. I like the candid shot — and of course it’s great to see everyone looking so happy!


Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge



Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge, April 16, 2017

Here’s an odd one for you, and a bit of mystery.  As I was walking through my neighborhood one summer morning, I spotted a small bell hanging from under the rear end of a car parked in a driveway.

I chuckled when I snapped the photo last August; but when I took a closer look at the image this morning, I think I’m seeing a crucifix figure above the bell and below the ring. Are my eyes deceiving me?? I’ve searched Google and can’t find anything similar. I now regret not getting a better closeup! What do you think?