Memory Monday, Week 36

Pond fishing near Rocklin, Summer 1989 The site of the Spring Valley Ranch in Rocklin was one of our favorite local spots to fish for bluegill — a picturesque, undeveloped area dotted with old oaks and numerous small ponds. Nowadays if you go looking for our fishing grounds all you’ll find is the Whitney Ranch development — a lot of […]

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Memory Monday, Week 35

July 1986 — Camping and fishing at Prosser Lake. Prosser Creek Reservoir, near the California-Nevada state line, was one of the first places The Big Guy took me camping. It was a roughly 2-hour drive from our house east on Interstate 80 in my 1970 VW Bug; we left home at eight in the evening and by 11:30 we had […]

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Memory Monday, Week 34

Surf Fishing, 1988 Heading over to the coast, minus the dogs this time but accompanied by John, one of The Big Guy’s college/fishing buddies. We traveled in an old VW microbus formerly owned by The Big Guy’s older brother. What it lacked in comfort it also lacked in power, and we barely made it up some of the hills along […]

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Motoring through life

The theme of Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is Things With Motors for House or Garage. Anything that has a motor or engine is fair game this week.  See how creative you can get on this challenge.  Have fun with this challenge. Over the years we’ve had a long succession of motorized machines of many kinds pass in and […]

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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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Leave only footprints

I swear I’m going to start bringing along a garbage bag and a trash grabber on my morning hikes! I just can’t comprehend why people come to enjoy nature — and then leave it spoiled by their refuse. But I see this every day, no matter where I’m hiking. I shot all these objects just as I found them, without […]

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Four-legged couch potato

One of the images I used in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge today got me thinking back to our Doberman-Rottweiler, Buster, and how much he enjoyed snoozing on our sofa. He was the only one of our dogs ever allowed on the furniture, and he took full advantage of the privilege. As he got older, one of his favorite things was […]

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Memory Monday, Week 32

Back in 1987 we had more free time than money on our hands, and we spent a lot of that free time going fishing — whether in our local area or on the Northern California coast. Bodega Bay and the Sonoma coast was one of our favorite places, and we had discovered that winter was a great time to be […]

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Great escape

At the moment it seems like most of the northern hemisphere is experiencing a fairly miserable heat wave — and I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s more than ready for cooler weather. If I could just take off and head to the coast or the mountains, I’d be gone! Today the projected high temperature in my part of […]

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