The Adventure Continues… Nisei Parade and Little Tokyo

A couple of days ago I stumbled upon a news article describing the history of Sacramento’s Japantown and how it was basically erased in the period following World War 2. I was amazed to learn that at one time there were more than 30 flourishing Japantowns throughout California — now there are only three, in San Francisco, San Jose, and […]

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The Adventure Continues… Hidden Gems

When I chose to feature this hour-long episode of Visiting (original air date April 1998) I had no idea that, in addition to the two segments described below, it actually contained a surprise at the end — a couple of extra hidden gems from Huell’s 1998 Videolog series. I especially enjoyed seeing the hike into the San Gabriel Mountains near […]

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Grace Hudson Museum: A sampler

Last Wednesday I featured an episode of Huell Howser’s Road Trip in which he visited the Grace Hudson Museum in Ukiah, so today I thought I would share a few of the many wonderful things I saw there on my recent visit. Though relatively small, this world-class museum is packed with so many amazing artifacts and works of art that […]

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The Adventure Continues… Ukiah

Back in the 1990s the Big Guy and I briefly considered relocating¬† from the Sacramento Valley to the area around Clear Lake, and the city of Ukiah (on U.S. 101, about a 30-minute drive from the lake’s north shore) looked to me like an attractive option. We never actually moved, and I never even managed to visit Ukiah — until […]

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Colorful characters

As I wandered through the village of Mendocino earlier this month I found quite a few sculptures on the grounds outside the Mendocino Art Center, but others can be found randomly around town. One of the most prominent is the former Masonic Temple, built between 1866 and 1872. Its builder, Erik Albertson, topped it off with a sculpture that is […]

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Fine art Friday

I already feel like it’s been far too long since I wandered through an art museum; my most recent visit was to the de Young in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park last August. This morning I’ve been looking back at some images from both this outing and from my trip to the Crocker Museum in downtown Sacramento back in September […]

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Saturday market

Here are some more colorful items I found as I wandered around at Denio’s flea market in Roseville. Even the bits and pieces I can’t identify are still fascinating! I wish I had managed a better shot of the lovely drawing above. It looks to me like a captain sitting by the wheel of his boat and smoking a long-stem […]

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Pouring out rememberance

I enjoyed seeing the painting of Angela Davis on my most recent visit to the de Young Museum last summer. I still remember seeing her on the television news as a child, although I was then too young to understand the reasons behind her activism. Although some of these works of art are very difficult to look at and think […]

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Saturday at Denio’s

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been eight months since I last made the drive out to¬† Denio’s in Roseville! There were many, many weekends when I thought of going but never quite made it. Things can change a lot in that period of time, as vendors relocate to a different section of the grid, or perhaps even disappear completely. […]

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