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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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Taking a Chance

In spite of my best efforts avoid ever getting in a relationship again, I met a mountain man.  His home is up here. In the mountains.  He is one big guy.  He is younger than me. He has tools, he has guns, he has chainsaws.  As a matter of fact, this guy is so tough that he […]

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Camping cabin

A Weekend in Duncans Mills

Last year I spent the weekend in Boonville at the Not-S0-Simple Living Fair.  One of the highlights of the event was the fact that at some point during the weekend, an anonymous camper came to my campsite and fixed and rebuilt the tent that I had so poorly constructed. I wrote about this episode – complete with […]

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Getting the fire pit ready

The Not-So-Simple Life

A few years ago I went with my friends Alice (of the Tomales Flea Market and Street Fair) and Teresa (of countless road trips and crazy adventures) to the Not-So-Simple Living Fair in Boonville, California. I am not sure how this happened, but somehow we decided to be vendors because there was no vending fee and it also included free […]

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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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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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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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Old Hay Storage building

The Petaluma Riverfront Warehouse District

One sunny weekend morning in July Joshua and I headed down to Petaluma’s Riverfront Warehouse District (also referred to as the Warehouse Waterfront District). Bounded on the east by the Petaluma River, the riverfront warehouse district has a long history of mixed use – housing, industrial, and retail. The district’s eclectic nature continues up until the present day. […]

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House in Orange City

Orange, California

“The city of Orange is located in Orange County, California. It is approximately 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) north of the county seat,Santa Ana. Orange is unusual in that many of the homes in its Old Town District were built prior to 1920; whereas many other cities in the region demolished such houses in the 1960s, Orange decided to preserve […]

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Ferndale Cemetery

Ferndale: California’s Victorian Village

Although I have been up to the Lost Coast several times, I never took the time or had the opportunity to explore the Victorian Village of Ferndale. This last Mother’s Day, I went up north again, this time with my mother, and with Joshua who decided to come along, too. Ferndale was definitely going to […]

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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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Yellow flower

Cedar Grove Park and the Petaluma River

A short walk this morning was in order on this sunny March day.  Had been interested in exploring a fairly new pedestrian bridge in Petaluma’s industrial area. Visible from Petaluma Boulevard North, it’s part of Petaluma’s projected River Walk, but the less glamorous part. The better known River Walk goes through downtown Petaluma and alongside […]

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