A quiet spot

I stumbled upon this very cool little corner of William Land Park completely by accident; it sits on the side of a hill between the zoo and the Lily Pond. The path is laid out in two diamond shapes, with a small arbor at each of the four outside angles. I was the only person in this small garden at […]

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The Adventure Continues… Songbird of Manzanar

Yesterday I wrote about two very inspiring men who lived through the forcible relocation of Japanese-Americans during World War 2. Today I’m continuing that theme with this episode of California’s Gold from 2005. Manzanar War Relocation Center was located in the Owens Valley of the Eastern Sierra Nevada mountains, and although the camp barracks were dismantled long ago, the past […]

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The art of endurance

I recently finished listening to an audiobook called Enemy Child: The Story of Norman Mineta, written by Andrea Warren. Norman Mineta was born and grew up in San Jose, California; in 1942 he was an 11-year-old Cub Scout when he and his family were sent to Heart Mountain War Relocation Center in Wyoming. After the war his family were very […]

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The Adventure Continues… Auburn

Every time I pass by Auburn’s old courthouse I want to stop and take pictures, but up until now I’ve never managed to  actually do it. And even though a few things have changed in Auburn’s historic district since this episode of Road Trip first aired in 2003, watching Huell make the rounds has motivated me all over again. I’m […]

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Land art

One of the fun things about watching the Tour de France every year is seeing all the ingenious and elaborate works of art decorating the various towns and villages the race passes through. Many of them are created each year by the local farmers using their tractors and bales of hay to celebrate the Tour and are best viewed from […]

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The big picture

The theme for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is Graffiti and Murals. “This ceramic mural, measuring 16 ft. by 40 ft., towers over the entrance to the Radio City Building above the main entrance marquee. It was designed by artist C. J. Fitzgerald [in 1942] to represent the radio industry, and contains 126 different colors of tiles” — from […]

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