Old Middle Fork

Two miles above Rio Vista on the Sacramento River you’ll find the entrance to Steamboat Slough. This 11-mile-long waterway was originally called the Middle Fork of the Sacramento River; but by the 1860s it had become the preferred route of  impatient steamship captains because it was shorter and easier to navigate than the main river course. I’ve written before about […]

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WPC: Story

The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge for the week of March 7, 2018. For this week’s challenge, do some visual storytelling with your photography. I didn’t stick around to read the final version of the sign — maybe “Happy Independence Day” since this was near the end of June?… although it doesn’t look like she has nearly enough letters for […]

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Sacramento Delta steam boats

The famous race of the Confidence and the Queen City, while not featured by gunfire, nearly ended in flames so far as the latter vessel was concerned. The Confidence, of California Steam, burned Philadelphia coal, imported at some expense; the Queen City, which belonged to the Marysville outfit, depended upon the cheaper and more plentiful local supply of wood. So […]

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Memory Monday, Week 50

Sacramento Delta adventures — 1998, 1999, and 2001 The Big Guy grew up fishing with his family, so it was only natural that some of our most enjoyable family vacations in recent years have been spent near (or sometimes on) local California waters. Even though his parents relocated to Texas several years ago, we try to make time at least […]

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Memory Monday, Week 33

Back before The Big Guy was able to afford a fishing boat, we did an awful lot of fishing from the shore. There was frequently a fair bit of hiking to get to the water from wherever we’d left the car, and then of course we had to hunt around for the “right” spot to find the fish. Our dogs were […]

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