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The Adventure Continues… Masonic Cave

Sadly, the friendly folks (and their pets) who guided Huell during his visit back in 2004 are no longer around; and although the Masonic Caves are still there, they are certainly not the huge tourist attraction that other nearby caves are, like the nearby Black Chasm Cavern National Landmark or, a bit further south, California Cavern State Historic Landmark, not to mention the Mercer Caverns near Murphys. These smaller caves just outside of the town of Volcano are quite easy to miss. But this episode is a perfect example of the sort of “serendipity adventure” that makes Huell’s shows so much fun to watch. I especially love the way the cat and the dog tag along during the tour! Huell’s off to Amador county and the town of Volcano. It was once a thriving, gold mining town in the 1850s and 1860s, but Huell has set off to discover the mysterious cave in this mountain community which served as a Masonic lodge. (Click on the linked image below to see the video.)

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Memory Monday: Washington DC

My apologies if it seems that lately I have been constantly jumping from one topic to another, but the fact is I just got my hands on a fantastic vintage photo album that I’m quite excited about. And, given the fact that today in the US we’re observing Independence Day, I thought it was quite appropriate to share a few of these images this week. While I have pages and pages of similar vintage photos (some measuring a mere 2.5 x 1.5 inches/6.3 x 3.8 cm) to share at some point in the future, I promise that next week I will be returning to the tour of South America. One reason I’m so pleased with these photos is that on my one and only trip to Washington, D.C. (back in January 1986) I kept very busy running around seeing as many things as possible — but I completely failed to shoot any pictures of my own. I have only postcards to remember that trip by, along with a few notes in a travel journal. I don’t know a whole lot about this particular photo album except that the images date from the mid 1940s and include some professionally shot and labeled photos as well as shots by an amateur photographer documenting a class trip to the nation’s capital. I really appreciate seeing these black-and-white images of the famous landmarks in DC, and it’s intriguing to see how much some of […]

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Roadside surprise

Just a short drive north of Jug Handle State Reserve on Highway 1 we managed to stumble across an amazing little spot that felt like a local secret. Aside from a small gravel parking area and an open spot in the fence, there wasn’t much to indicate coastal access, and we weren’t sure what to expect when we stopped to […]

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Redwood highway

I really wasn’t very happy, during our trip to the coast last May, to discover that I was going to have to spend one of my precious days to make a 4-hour round-trip drive over to Santa Rosa. It was my own fault, of course; I forgot to pack an essential item, and Santa Rosa was the closest place I […]

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A cabin in the woods

While I do like to shoot (and share) photos of the houses we’ve rented near the coast, I try to keep a couple of ideas in mind in doing so. One is that rather than just record the structure, I usually try to focus on details — items that seem to create a unique and memorable atmosphere. Secondly, I like […]

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California palm

Out of all the types of trees found growing along the shores of Lake Natoma, nothing sticks out from the rest like the California palms. There aren’t really too many palm trees near the lake, but once you start noticing them, they make an impression! I first spotted this one way back in early 2015 as it sprouted from the […]

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