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Lassen Park Visitor Center

Feather River Canyon

In mid-March, Mountain Man decided that we should take a drive around the Feather River Canyon. I had actually never heard of it, even though it is a very well-known travel destination. The Feather River is one of the main tributaries of the Sacramento River. It was a rich source of gold mining in the […]

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Fireplace

Row. Row, Row Your Boat

New Year’s Eve weekend between 2015 and 2016.  The Mountain Man and I decided to take a trip up north along the coast.   Neither of us is particularly fond of the ocean…and we had only known each 8 weeks. Outside of traveling up to his home near Redding, we had not been on an overnight trip together. […]

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Miss Daisy’s Magical Musical Wonderland

I recently spent the night in the big tipi at Miss Daisy’s Magical Musical Wonderland in Sebastopol, California. A friend of mine was having a sing-a-long and decided to hold it at Miss Daisy’s. Although Miss Daisy’s Magical Musical Wonderland is only a few miles from my house, the opportunity to sleep in a tipi and […]

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City of 10,000 Buddhas

My first trip to the City of 10,000 Buddhas was in the spring of 2009. I with a man I was very much in love with.  I recently found a photo of myself from that day. I am standing on the side of the road, almost levitating with joy. The next time I was there, […]

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Tunnel to McWay Falls

Travels without Charlie: The Monterey Peninsula and Highway 1

I love road trips. I hadn’t been on one with my friend Paul since our Gold Country trip and so I asked him if he’d like to be my road trip buddy somewhere.  He said yes – and how about Monterey and Carmel? Done. Paul called me a few days later and told me he […]

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Walking along the train tracks in dunsmuir

Getting Off-Track in Mossbrae Falls, Dunsmuir

The morning of our departure from Mount Shasta City, Teresa had run into someone who told her that the prettiest falls in the area were Mossbrae Falls in Dunsmuir. We had no idea where they were, but we knew that we would pass them on our way back down south, so we packed up the […]

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Mount Shasta Liquor Sotre

Getting Smashed in Mount Shasta

I decided that I was going to take a trip to the mountains about 10 days before the trip actually transpired. I was going to be facing a very messy situation the weekend before.  I didn’t know if the outcome would be good or bad, but whatever the outcome, all I knew was that when this […]

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Marijuana Pharmacy

Point Arena and Anchor Bay

This excursion started with a magazine article about Point Arena depicting its many charms. It made sense to take a short road trip up there since a bunch of us were already in the beautiful community of Sea Ranch  (located on the northernmost tip of the Sonoma County coastline, along Highway 1). I’ve been to Sea Ranch several […]

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The Point Arena Lighthouse

The Point Arena Lighthouse – in Mendocino County – is located at the westernmost point of the continental USA.  It is a short drive out from the town of Point Arena.  I have been here twice, never getting any closer to the lighthouse than in this photo. The entry fees are stiff – and this last […]

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Beach with two people

A Day at the Beach

  I recently took this picture along the Sonoma County coast.  I don’t remember exactly where – but someone who saw it said “Jenner”, so I’ll go with that. We had pulled off of Highway 1 into a turnout where several other cars were parked. It was a typically overcast day. What you don’t see (or […]

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Tomales Flea Market Sign

In Tomales for the Flea Market

I love to sell things.  Just love it.  So from time to time, I go to craft fairs and sell stuff. This all started when I was on chemo.  I decided to take up beading. It ended up being one of the few things I could do during my catatonic states, which became more and more […]

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Duncan's Mills Railway Depot

Duncan’s Mills, California

Felt like doing some urban photography.  “Urban” meaning buildings.  I do a lot of landscapes and nature photography (and love it), but it was time to stretch my wings. I wasn’t feeling so well that Sunday morning. My post-chemo neuropathy had woken me up in the middle of the night and by the morning I […]

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Placerville Tattoo Parlor Sign

California Gold Country: Placerville Apple Hill, Jackson, Volcano, Sutter Creek, Columbia

Over the years, lady killer Paul has been a great road trip buddy.  He doesn’t mind doing all the driving and – unlike me – he actually looks at a map before heading out, figures out the route we are taking, and even jots down several alternative routes. This is an incredible road trip skill. […]

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Lolita Tavern

Loleta, California

Loleta is a small town in Northern California.  Its name, Lo Le Tah, came from three Wiyot Indian words meaning “a pleasant place at the end of the water.” Lolita Online We ended up in the tiny town of Loleta over Mother’s Day weekend because my mother likes cheese.  We had been in a few […]

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Autumn Leaves on Wet Asphalt

The Power of Friendship: Sweetwater Springs Road and Geyser Peak Road

I met Michael several years ago when he moved to the same Petaluma apartment complex I lived in.  He was my downstairs neighbor. About a year after I met Michael, I left Petaluma for the nearby community of Rohnert Park. RP was a crazy year. It’s a tract home / big box store / highway overpass […]

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