Memory Monday, Week 17

Hearst Castle, near the central coast, is one of the most amazing spots in California. It was created by William Randolph Hearst and architect Julia Morgan and completed in the mid 1940s. One could wander the house and gardens almost endlessly and never tire of the experience. I’ve been lucky enough to visit twice, but it remains near the top of […]

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Memory Monday, Week 16

Japanese Garden inside The Butchart Gardens, Victoria B.C. On the Queen of Alberni, ferry to Vancouver, BC.  My dad took the picture on the bottom right, below, to show how hard the wind was blowing — the Canadian flag was  standing straight out. State capitol building in Olympia, Washington. (I apologize for the poor quality of the images — I […]

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Memory Monday, Week 15

This week, due to a few technical difficulties, I’ve got only a few of the slides from our visit to The Butchart Gardens outside Victoria, B.C.; hopefully I’ll be able to share the rest of them next Monday The Butchart Gardens, B.C., first began in 1904 as a small garden near a quarry and cement plant. The property now extends […]

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Memory Monday, Week 14

We spent two very full days in Victoria, and I’m certain we still missed a lot of great sights there.  The Rolls Royce shown above was parked near the Royal London Wax Museum (which sadly, I just learned, was closed in September 2010); we didn’t pay to go inside, but I was entranced by the figure of a young Queen […]

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Memory Monday, Week 13

June 1978 — We spent a couple of days in the area around Leavenworth, Washington — this was where my mom spent the happiest part of her childhood.  This small town is surrounded by towering mountains with alpine forests, close to Lake Wenatchee and the rushing Wenatchee River (Wenatchee means “boiling water”); it’s not surprising she still loves this place. After […]

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Memory Monday, Week 12

In the summer of 1978, I took a road trip with my parents from Sacramento to British Columbia, Canada.  We passed through Oregon and Washington State, making a few stops along the way to see the sites.  Sadly, back then I wasn’t much into photography — but I made up for that shortsightedness (slightly) by taking copious notes and keeping […]

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WPC: Solitude

The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge for the week of February 3, 2017. This week, show us what being alone means to you. I was going through some old pictures when I found these images of Grizzly Island Wildlife Area, located in the Suisun Marsh in Solano County. California’s wetlands are always in danger of disappearing altogether, but this area […]

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