Summer 1973 — These photos are from a trip my parents took to Hearst Castle and Solvang on the Central California coast, leaving us kids home. But don’t worry! A few years later they returned and took me along with them. Sadly, I don’t recall too much about Hearst Castle except that it was beautiful and overwhelming; I’d love to […]
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 […]
This week, I have the last of my slides from the 1950s — family photos featuring relatives from my mom’s side of the family. The photo above shows my Uncle Howard (my mom’s big brother) and his wife, Betty, along with their eldest daughter Joyce. Betty passed away in 2006.
Some of my favorite episodes of California’s Gold feature Huell hanging out with groups of people celebrating their hobbies — whether it’s railcars, monarch butterflies, or ships in a bottle. This week Huell has a great time learning about all the variations of motorcycle sidecars and meeting the people — and animals — who love riding in them. A visit […]
Some of my very favorite old family slides are the ones dating from the 1950s and 1960s; even if I don’t have very much information about where they were shot, it’s great to see vintage cars and places that may have completely changed over the decades since the photos were taken. And of course it’s wonderful to see my parents […]
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 […]
Going through my family’s old slides can be a real adventure — I never know what I might find or if I’ll be able to sort out where each image belongs in relation to the other photos. Most of this week’s slides surfaced only recently, so I’m again discovering story fragments that I hope to piece together. I’m always delighted […]