Tag Archives: California

The Covered Bridges Of Santa Cruz County

After last night’s adventures, including the fact that we ended up getting home from the fireworks around 11PM or so after the horrible traffic management in Scotts Valley, I figured today would be a day of more or less resting, … Continue reading

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Are You, Are You, Coming To The Tree

How does one spend the 4th of July in unfamiliar places?  As someone who has frequently tended to visit places on our nation’s birthday, I thought it would be worthwhile to share my experiences today in Scotts Valley.  Since today … Continue reading

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Exploring Vallejo

If Vallejo could be best compared to any of the songs on Train’s California 37 album, it would probably be “50 Ways To Say Goodbye,” because the mariachi-themed brass part of the song would work well with the general population … Continue reading

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To Badger And Back

Today our mission was to see one of our party’s first cousins just outside of the “blink and you’ll miss it” census designated place of Badger, California, not too far outside of Squaw Valley.  We managed to make it there … Continue reading

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An Exploration Towards Monterrey Bay

It took us awhile today to figure out what we wanted to do.  We had a free day, and we were all up and active at reasonable hours of the morning and did not want to waste a day in … Continue reading

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Exploring Santa Cruz

After church this afternoon in San Jose, my traveling party and I thought it would be fun to check out the beach in Santa Cruz and then, eventually, find dinner.  And so we did, although the trip was a lot … Continue reading

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A Trip To The San Francisco Bay Area

Before today I had only briefly been in the San Francisco Bay area, when I took a flight from Reno to Los Angeles while I was in college through Oakland.   For whatever reason, I had never found a reason to … Continue reading

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Book Review: Alcatraz: History And Design Of A Landmark

Alcatraz:  History And Design Of A Landmark, by Donald MacDonald and Ira Nadel Although from time to time I have visited a few prisons, I have never visited Alcatraz, nor have I even watched many of the large amount of … Continue reading

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Book Review: After The Ruins: 1906 And 2006

After The Ruins:  1906 and 2005:  Rephotographing The San Francisco Earthquake And Fire, by Mark Klett with Michael Lundgren and essays by Philip L. Fradkin and Rebecca Solnit I must admit that I am not very familiar with the phenomenon … Continue reading

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Book Review: Mexifornia

Mexifornia:  A State Of Becoming, by Victor Davis Hanson I have definitely mixed thoughts about the author of this book [1], and my thoughts and feelings about this book are probably about as positive as possible for this author’s work.  … Continue reading

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