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  • From My Attic Shoebox

    Going through a lot of stuff this week, and look what I found in my Attic Shoebox! The most valuable souvenir of the 1939 San Francisco World’s Fair. Most valuable to us local kids, at least. We went to the fair repeatedly. Almost every exhibit had som…

  • The Little Railroad That Was Eaten By the Ocean

    (Two box camera photos taken 80 years ago..) There was a plan to run a scenic railway along the edge of the Pacific Ocean from San Francisco to the resort town of Santa Cruz, 80 miles south. In 1905 work began at both ends of the line. A year later the…

  • Donkey engine, Scotia, California

    You’ll recognize this: a big donkey engine. A very big stationary engine which spent its life pulling gigantic redwood logs. Hiking around in second growth forests, we have found a few abandoned donkey engines. Smaller than this, but still too heavy to…


  • Mary Adams Peacock

    This is Kathleen Kresa’s mural in Crescent City, California, honoring Mary Adams, a truly good, tough western woman who was in her ‘20s when she began hauling the mail, alone, to Grants Pass, Oregon. It was a long hard trail, rocky, slippery, including a…

  • From My Attic Shoebox

    I used to upload photos of this and that in a series on flickr called “From My Attic Shoebox”. Only a few things left in the shoebox now. Here’s one: 1958. I took some kids to see her: a young high school senior, shyly taking the stage at the Universi…

  • Snowshoes for Mules

    Thanks for clicking. Once again I want to tell you a story: what happened in a bit of far-northern California scenery a hundred years ago. This is Salmon Summit, called Etna Summit on the maps. It’s where the paved road that leads down the Salmon River…


  • The Dynamite Box Librarian

    My neighbor has proudly acquired a dynamite box, and informs me that they sell for $50.00 to $1000.00 on etsy. Dynamite boxes! Distinctively made of good pine with finger- joint corners and no nails. There were thousands of them around, whole or in piec…

  • If You Get the Chance, Take It

    Here’s an ancient Kodachrome I haven’t looked at in years. My youngest daughter and I, heading into the High Sierra. We started our kids hiking, with tiny packs, when they were too young to complain...around age 2 ½ or 3. But I also taught them, if you g…

  • The Redwood Forest Today

    1. Except in the state and federal parks, the logging of redwood trees continues in California today. Mostly totally invisible to citizens traveling the highways. Very young coastal redwoods grow amazingly fast .The “sticks” (logger’s term) piled and wai…


  • Boat Shack

    Tomales Bay, California

  • The Story of Whirley

    I am spending far too much time on this. This is Whirley, a young wild osprey who hatched this year in a nest atop a rusting, hundred foot high loading crane alongside San Francisco Bay. Whirley never knew she was on an Audubon Society nest cam, being…

  • The Lost Coast of California

    Hard to believe that, in a state with a population of almost 40 million, there is a 50 mile stretch of coast which is designated as wilderness. These are new mountains currently leaping out of the ocean. The northern half attracts more backpackers every…


  • The Westport Hotel has a Specialty

    The venerable Westport Hotel, far up the Northern California coast, specializes in elopements, with the ceremony on the ocean beach. You buy the package and head out of town; they take care of every detail.

  • Foggy Sunset Near Pt. Reyes, California


  • I’m the Happiest Old Tomato on the West Coast!

    After months of no internet at home, I finally found an ISP who understood rural hookups and connected me through my neighbor’s dish at the top of the hill. Goodbye, Starbucks! See you in two weeks, Public Library! Farewell, Free Wifi Laundromat! I’ll…


  • Wild Azaleas

    In the Northern California redwood forest.

  • West Slope of the Sierra

    Rancher’s Fiddlenecks blooming on the Sierra’s gentler side. Amsinckia menziesii.

  • Desert Iguana



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