From the bus

I’ve spent most of my life in suburbia, so any visit to San Francisco, with its canyons of steel, is a trip to the big city. Back in August 2016, there was a lot of construction happening in the Financial District near the Embarcardero. My seat on the Amtrak bus gave me a pretty good view as it carried me […]

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Memory Monday, Week 124

June 1979 — Back in August 2017 (beginning with Memory Monday, Week 39) I shared the photos I took during my family’s 1979 road trip through Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia, Canada. But missing from my collection were any images from our visit to Vancouver, B.C. — so I’m very happy that my mom recently discovered these photos that she […]

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The Adventure Continues… California Missions

California schoolkids learn all about the history of our state when they reach the fourth grade, and that includes the California missions. Throughout the three centuries since their construction, these 21 historic California missions have experienced destruction from fires, earthquakes, and neglect. Only this week the San Gabriel Mission in Los Angeles was devastated by a fire in the sanctuary. […]

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Bayley’s Folly revisited

A couple of weeks ago I posted an image of the Bayley house, a historic brick structure that sits beside Highway 49 not far from the town of Cool in El Dorado County. Last Friday, I went back for a closer look. Although the property is currently fenced off and seems abandoned, various attempts at restoration have been ongoing since […]

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Roadside attractions

So many times on car trips I’ve wanted to stop by the side of the road to shoot a broken-down old barn or a field full of llamas that I chanced to spot. Usually, that doesn’t happen because I’m not driving and our timetable doesn’t allow for random stops. But this time, I’m driving and I’m on my own. If […]

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