On the art of stacking rocks

Recently one of my fellow bloggers, MickETalbot, shared an image on his blog of one rock perched precariously atop another and this comment: Apart from my family I don’t personally know of anybody else who plays at rock balancing. None of them, or myself, have managed 3 high, still trying though. I live near and hike a lot in areas with […]

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Mexico Monday #15

Even when my dad wasn’t spending summers traveling in Mexico with Frank Gonzales, he still found opportunities to travel and meet new people.  These photos were taken on his trips to Baja California with Vacation Samaritan.  The Vacation Samaritans were groups of mostly young people who voluntarily traveled from their churches to work sites in Mexico. They would help build […]

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Mexico Monday, Week 14

It’s hard for me to believe I’ve been doing this series for 14 weeks now!  I’ve gone through most of my Dad’s slides from Mexico — but there’s still a few left, dated 1975 and later. This is my last bunch from the trips he made with Frank Gonzales and his team in central Mexico. I’m not sure what town this is; maybe […]

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Rearranging the furniture

The house I grew up in (and lived in all my life until I was 25) had a fairly spacious living room.  About once each year my mom would rearrange the furniture — shift the couch to the opposite wall, shove the Hi-Fi into the corner — just for fun, and for the sake of change.  I loved it when we […]

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Mexico Monday, Week 13

These pictures were taken in 1975, on a trip my dad took without the rest of our family; some of them show the Casa de Niños orphanage, and you can see the difference between these and the photos from last week’s post. Just this week I discovered a few much more recent photos of the orphanage on the Fishin Mission Adventures […]

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Suburban Deer

As I’m sure I have said before, the American River Parkway is an amazing green space in the middle of sprawling urban and suburban development.  To quote from a wonderful little book titled The Lower American River,  Prehistory to Parkway: It preserves a precious open space greenbelt through a largely metropolitan area with a population of more than 1.3 million […]

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