Memory Monday, Week 57

My last bunch of slides from the 1950s were in a box labeled “San Diego, 1959” — but it turns out they’re actually images from Chicago, possibly part of the 1957 trip. This bit of information certainly helped clear up my confusion about what a Second World War German U-boat was doing in San Diego’s harbor! Below, these three decomissioned […]

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Sacramento Delta steam boats

The famous race of the Confidence and the Queen City, while not featured by gunfire, nearly ended in flames so far as the latter vessel was concerned. The Confidence, of California Steam, burned Philadelphia coal, imported at some expense; the Queen City, which belonged to the Marysville outfit, depended upon the cheaper and more plentiful local supply of wood. So […]

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Memory Monday, Week 50

Sacramento Delta adventures — 1998, 1999, and 2001 The Big Guy grew up fishing with his family, so it was only natural that some of our most enjoyable family vacations in recent years have been spent near (or sometimes on) local California waters. Even though his parents relocated to Texas several years ago, we try to make time at least […]

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Catch of the day

What do you do when you get to your favorite fishing spot and find there’s somebody already there? First of all, stay calm, and don’t give away any of your secrets! Maybe you find you’ve suddenly got spectators to the battle with your big fish. Play it cool, and pretend there’s actually nothing much going on. Before long, your audience […]

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Memory Monday, Week 44

One great thing about where we live is the proximity to Lake Natoma and its attached ponds. The Big Guy grew up in the area and has been hiking and fishing around Lake Natoma nearly all his life. His most enthusiastic fishing companion for more than ten years was our Doberman-Rottweiler, Buster. All the Big Guy had to do was pick up his fishing rod and Buster was at the front door, whining, impatient to go. The ponds have been formed partially by the remnants left by large gold dredges that operated on the American River at Mississippi Bar from about 1900 until 1962. Most connect to what is now Lake Natoma, allowing bass and other sunfish shelter in which to build their spawning beds and guard their young. Patience pays off: Sometimes instead of fishing from the shore, we’d use a small aluminum boat. Instead of an outboard motor on the back, the Big Guy would attach an electric trolling motor to the bow of the boat. Since there is a 5-mph speed limit on the entire lake, the trolling motor is a great way to get around. Buster was right at home in the boat, mostly because he’d been spending time there since he was a tiny pup. In his younger days he would play for awhile on the shore and then climb into the rear of the boat, curl up on a blanket and go to sleep. But […]

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