Once more, from the top

I shared some photos a couple of days ago showing the view from up on the ridge above Folsom Lake as seen on the last day of March — but I forgot to include the three pictures I shot with my phone. I also managed to forget about my earlier visit to the same spot on March 14. So here […]

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Street views

During my lifetime, I’ve spent an awful lot of time in the passenger seats of cars. One of the best things about not driving is that you get to enjoy the scenery; but not being in control of the vehicle means I can’t pull over to the side of the road whenever I see something I like. I’m still working […]

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Geocaching

I tried my hand at geocaching once, very briefly. It seems like a fantastic hobby, fitting perfectly with my love of hiking — but I already have so many other hobbies that I just couldn’t manage to fit another one into my life. That said, sometimes I stumble onto a geocache site purely by accident, like the one that caught […]

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Around the lake

When we fly from California to Texas for the holidays, I always leave my larger cameras and lenses at home and rely instead on my compact Fujifilm Finepix AX and phone camera. So I do miss out on the occasional wildlife shot as I’m strolling around the man-made lake near my in-laws’ house — although sometimes if I’m paying close […]

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Peña Adobe

The Peña Adobe in Vacaville is another one of those sites I’ve passed by on hundreds of occasions, wishing to stop but never finding the time to do so. Well, I finally got there! This historic adobe, built in 1842 by one of the first European families to live in the area, sits right beside Interstate 80 and yet exists […]

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Life along Highway 1

Although it runs the length of California’s coast, once north of San Francisco State Route 1 becomes a scenic two-lane roadway that dips and climbs as it snakes its way across rivers (like the Russian, the Gualala, the Navarro, and the Noyo) and through a lot of small towns, one of which is Point Arena, population 473. It’s all too […]

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White Hall, California

I only caught a glimpse of this spot as we passed by, heading east on Highway 50 — but I knew immediately that I had to go back to try to capture it with my camera. A bend in the South Fork of the American River, a small bridge, and a cluster of log cabins in the shade of towering […]

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