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Memory Monday: Escape to the coast

Just when I had given up on Memory Monday, I cleaned out my desk and discovered a stack of prints I had completely forgotten about. A bit over 20 years ago, in late July 2003, the Big Guy and I rented a car and drove over to the coast near Fort Ross State Park to stay in our then-favorite little […]

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Perfect desk

I fell in love with the look of the classic roll-top desk sometime in my teenage years; ever since then I’ve often fantasized about owning my own, with its locking top and proliferation of tiny drawers and shelves. There was never enough money or enough room in my house, and I already had a perfectly good desk, so the fantasy […]

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Roop’s Fort

Earlier this month, in my continuing quest to photograph as many California Historical Landmarks as possible, I drove for nearly an hour from Eagle Lake to Susanville. I was searching for three sites in particular; the first was Peter Lassen’s grave, and the second was Roop’s Fort. Unfortunately, by the time I arrived at what is now Memorial Park, it […]

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The Adventure Continues… State of Jefferson — Road Trip

I have heard many times about the State of Jefferson but never knew the origin story until I watched this 1-hour episode of Road Trip, originally aired February 7, 2008. In fact, I very recently learned that Jefferson is not the only ‘alternative’ state in California’s past: the Territory of Nataqua existed for a short time in northeastern California and […]

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Lewis Bay Ark

I’m not sure how I managed to miss this cozy little houseboat a few years ago on my first visit to San Francisco’s Maritime National Museum. I suppose I was in a hurry to explore the vessels with tall masts just a bit farther along the Hyde Street Pier. I can’t help thinking that living aboard this type of “ark,” […]

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Remember springtime

You may have noticed I’ve been taking a break lately from Memory Monday; I haven’t been feeling too much inspiration from the material I have on hand. Maybe I’ll come back to it later on or something new will come up. In the meantime, I’ve still got loads of more recent memories that I enjoy looking back on. At the […]

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Small surprises

Even on a trip to an area with beautiful scenic views like Eagle Lake in Lassen County, my favorite photos usually end up showing the small details and tiny creatures that also abound. I probably shot more pictures of butterflies than anything else during my stay! But I had a feeling it would have a good camera trip just as […]

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Three rooms

As much as I enjoyed the many works of art in San Francisco’s Legion of Honor, it felt amazing to walk into a room and find myself standing inside a lavishly decorated and furnished room from pre-Revolution-era France. There are three such exhibit spaces in the museum, covering the 17th and 18th centuries. I shot all but the top photo […]

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