Water feature

Yesterday I drove out to Granite Bay on Folsom Lake looking for some good hiking trails. I’ve visited this particular spot many times in the past with the Big Guy; I tag along behind as he walks the lake shore, completely focused on his search of bass. On this day, however, I was on my own and I decided to […]

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Between showers

I finally got outside for a walk to Negro Bar State Park this morning; and even though I did get rained on just a little, I didn’t mind. I had the trails mostly to myself, and the sun peeked out for a few minutes, lighting up the Palisades, before ducking back behind the clouds. I didn’t see any Mallards out […]

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Memory Monday slides redux, Week 35

May 1976 — I wasn’t invited along (but that’s okay!) when my mom and dad took this road trip up to central Washington State. Mom had recently graduated from California State University, Sacramento, and this getaway to her favorite place on Earth was her well-deserved reward. Leavenworth sits in the midst of the Cascade range, and there’s plenty of beautiful […]

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Sadie

I wish I had taken more pictures of my mom’s beautiful Siamese, Sadie. She passed away a few weeks ago, after a very long and pampered life — although on the day we first met her, she had been abandoned along with her litter of kittens. Sadie carried herself like a princess. She slept on Mom’s pillow at night. She […]

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Gold dredger history

Back in the middle of last November I published a post about gold dredgers in Yuba County — but it wasn’t too many decades past that we had dredgers operating on the lower American River, including the area of what is now Lake Natoma. Along the river’s course, anywhere you find heaping piles of rounded cobble laid out in long […]

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