Memory Monday, Week 139

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 […]

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Memory Monday, Week 131

During Christmas and summertime school breaks back in the early 1980s, I got pretty used to spending roughly eight hours on the road, driving to Southern California in my parents’ VW camper to visit my eldest sister’s family. Once there, we usually stayed for about a week and found time to visit various local attractions — Disneyland, the San Diego […]

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Across the creek

These days it’s especially tough to find places within walking distance of my house where I can wander without constantly bumping into a parade of other folks. It wasn’t so long ago that the winter months were much quieter, and I could easily find peace and quiet if I just ventured away from the paved bike path. So it was […]

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Windemere Point

The Fort Ross Lodge is located on the Sonoma coast between Fort Ross State Historic Park and the upscale Timber Cove Resort. The lodge actually sits on the south side of Timber Cove, at the base of Windemere Point, and there are a few trails leading from the lodge property to the cliffs, with some really stunning views of the […]

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To the lighthouse

Just a short way farther north from the Point Arena Pier is the turnoff, Lighthouse Road, that leads to the Point Arena Lighthouse. There were plenty of tempting sights urging us to pause along this narrow 2-mile road, but we carried on to the end of the cul-de-sac and parked. The first thing I noticed was not the lighthouse itself […]

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