From 1982, images of the buildings and grounds at Mission La PurÍsima Concepción de María Santísima, Lompoc.
Last Friday I began my series on the California Missions with a few images of Mission Santa Barbara photographed by my mom in 1979. As part of this series, I’ll be featuring Huell Howser’s visits to the 21 missions. Unfortunately, since each episode is only 30 minutes long, there wasn’t enough time to present an in-depth look at each site […]
Spring hasn’t actually arrived in our neck of the woods yet, but on a day like we had yesterday, it seems very close. I hiked in the area around Horseshoe Bar on Folsom Lake, enjoying the blue sky and the cool wind that kept the noontime sun from feeling too overpowering.
When I was in elementary school back in the early 1970s, our lessons on California history skimmed lightly over the story of the Spanish missions, unlike the more in-depth study available to later students. I did visit the gold discovery site at Coloma and Sutter’s Fort with my class, but a field trip to the nearest mission would have meant […]
There are plenty of examples of negative space to be found on the dry lakebed at Folsom. My favorite ones, of course, relate to the remnants of the North Fork Ditch and the empty spaces it has left behind.
This is not the first time I’ve featured an episode of California’s Gold related to Manzanar, but I can’t help feeling that this piece of California history remains timely and important, with some serious lessons for all of us. I’m currently reading the memoir Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D. Houston (for the first time, in […]
I’ve been on loads of fishing trips since I met the Big Guy 30-plus years ago, but I never imagined my mom and dad going salmon fishing until I came across these slides from 1950. My mom had relatives, the Ramsdells, living in Port Townsend, and they had what looks to me like a wonderful outing on Al Ramsdell’s boat.
Back in January I showed you some vintage family photos from San Diego that included the steam ferryboat Berkeley. I recalled seeing this boat in an episode of California’s Gold, and I was surprised to realize I had never featured it on my blog. So this week, I’m correcting that oversight! You may notice the mention of another San Francisco […]
Here is a random collection of things that caught my eye over three separate visits to the same area of Folsom Lake, along the North Fork near the Narrows.