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Chinese Pavilion

The Chinese Pavilion is a fairly recent addition to Golden Gate Park, perched at the east end of Stow Lake’s island. The structure was a gift to San Francisco from her sister city of Tapei, Taiwan, in 1976. Dedicated in 1981, Golden Gate Park received the Chinese Pavilion as a gift from San Francisco’s sister city, Taipei, Taiwan. The Pavilion […]

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Mendocino rambling

We decided to venture a little bit further north on this coastal trip, to southern Mendocino County. As our base, we chose a small but comfy Airbnb not far north of the Arena Point Pier, with easy walking access to the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands — perfect for early morning hikes. The Big Guy was searching for some new fishing […]

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Memory Monday revisited, Week 3

This is a slightly edited version of a post that was originally published in July 2018 as Memory Monday, Week 73. CORRECTION: Last Monday I shared photos of a road trip from Northern California to the Oregon coast and said it was a trip my parents took. I later heard from my mom, who let me know [for the second time!] that this was actually a trip she took with her parents (my grandparents) in the summer of 1946, after she graduated from high school. Thanks yet again, Mom! I wish I had talked more with my father about the time he spent in Japan during the early 1950s; and I really wish I’d known about the existence of these photos! Many of them have no information, but a few have notes scribbled on the back — which I’ll be including as captions whenever possible. Below is an example of some images coming up next week. My dad was a mechanic and his favorite planes were the P-51 Mustangs, so he took a lot of photos of them. I’m not sure what “dragging the field” means; maybe somebody out there can clue me in? NOTE: Using Google, I’ve since found a few references to the phrase “dragging the field” which lead me to believe it refers to making one or more low passes over the runway to check that the surface is suitable for landing the plane: Don’t just land […]

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Bamboo and Lotus

A cool, overcast day in late August was the perfect setting for me as I wandered through the Temperate Asia section of the San Francisco Botanical Garden. It’s really difficult for me to choose a favorite experience from my visit to this beautiful arboretum — but walking through the small bamboo forest on this soft late-summer morning is certainly right […]

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Saddle up!

When I returned to the Angels Camp Museum back in June of this year, I couldn’t help but be impressed by the three antique saddles they had on display in the Carriage House building. Yes, these saddles are rather in rough shape, and some of my photos didn’t come out too well (good excuse for another visit!) But just check […]

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Memory Monday revisited, Week 2

This post was originally published in June 2018 as Memory Monday, Week 72. My post is running a little late today; Memory Monday turned into Migraine Monday unfortunately! This week I have a few photos from a road trip my parents took to the Oregon coast. I’m not sure what year it was but I’m guessing late 1940s or early 1950s. Notes on the back indicate the two images side by side below are of a bridge “not far north of Redding,” and the photo on the right depicts the east end. “The guard rail doesn’t match very well but you can get the idea anyway (I hope).” Next week I’ll start in on some of the many photos my dad shot while he was stationed in Japan during the Korean war. Quite a few of these I’ve been unable to identify — but they’re pretty cool anyway!

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