FIRE TOO CLOSE

AS THE BLUE CUT FIRE DESTROYS THE SUMMIT INN (SEE POST BELOW), WE FEEL FORTUNATE NOT TO LOSE OUR NEIGHBORHOOD IN THE FISH FIRE JUST A FEW WEEKS AGO.  OUR MOUNTAIN IS CHARRED, BARELY A LIVING THING LEFT, BUT AT LEAST IT CAN’T BURN DOWN AGAIN FOR A WHILE.

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SUMMIT INN, R.I.P.

ENJOYED MANY MEALS AT THE SUMMIT OVER THE YEARS.  I REMEMBER THE DAYS WHEN HILDA FISH WITH HER BEE HIVE HAIR DO WOULD CHAT WITH US ABOUT THE “GOOD OL DAYS.”  SHE WAS THE MANAGING WAITRESS FOR MANY YEARS, RETIRED IN 2002 AND IS NOW DECEASED.  HOW SAD TO LOSE THESE TREASURES OF THE P AST.  AS THE SUMMIT SMOLDERS, THE OWNERS TALK OF REBUILDING.  CAN IT BE DONE?  inside inside2 summit.good summit1 summit2 summit3 Continue reading

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AMERICAN SOUTHWEST 2016

FROM ROUTE 66 TO SANTA FE NEW MEXICO, COLORADO, UTAH, NEVADA TO THE EASTERN SIERRAS, CALIFORNIA.  UNPARALLELED BEAUTY AND ADVENTURE.

Starting the trip off – pina coladas at the Avi Hotel

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GETTING OUR KICKS ON ROUTE 66 – SELIGMAN

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Duarte Museum Bird walk lands bald eagle!

On the Museum’s Spring Bird Walk led by Kimball Garrett, collections manager at the Los Angeles County of Natural History, the group spotted 47 species of birds and then drove up to the San Gabriel Dam on Highway 39 above Azusa to get a look at a nesting immature bald eagle.

The walk began at the Duarte Museum in Encanto Park and took the birders along the bioswale trail, across the Puente Largo Bridge and north on the bike trail to the first weir.  A few of the birds spotted included Yellow Chevroned Parakeets, Nuttall’s Woodpecker, Red-crowned Parrots, Hooded and Bullock’s Orioles, Western Tanager, Townsends and Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Orange-crowned Warbler and a Red whiskered Bulbul.5.1.16.2 Yellow warbler photo by Candace Dougherty.

The Duarte Museum sponsors birdwalks in the Fall and Spring each year.   candace1

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Bringing in the New Year in Pismo Beach, Morro Bay and Cambria

After a number of extraordinary desert trips, we opted to spend New Years on the coast with the family.  Cold but clear with afternoon sun warming us.

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FROM  PISMO TO MORRO BAY – A RIDE IN THE BAY ON THE TIKI WITH A STOP ON THE ISLAND TO LOOK FOR PIRATE COINS.  OTTERS AND SEA LIONS WERE CONSTANTLY WITH US.

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MOONSTONE BEACH AND CAMBRIA –

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DEATH VALLEY 49ER ENCAMPMENT & BEYOND

CELEBRATING THE 62ND 49ER ENCAMPMENT AT FURNACE CREEK DEATH VALLEY.

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STRANGEST THINGS OUT HERE IN THE DESERT – AND EVEN STRANGER AS WE TOOK OUR FRIENDS PETE & CHARLOTTE FRIES TO RHYOLITE AND THEN THROUGH TITUS CANYON.

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HUNKERING DOWN IN SHOSHONE WE WAITED OUT A FIERCE WINDSTORM THEN DROVE THROUGH BAKER, 29 PALMS, JOSHUA TREE AND CAMPED AT THE SALTON SEA.  THE SEA NEVER DISAPPOINTS!

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DUARTE PARTIES AT THE WIGWAM ON ROUTE 66

GETTING IN THE MOOD FOR DUARTE’S SALUTE TO ROUTE 66 PARADE (SEPT. 26) WE PARTIED AT THE WIGWAM IN SAN BERNARDINO, OR IS THAT RIALTO? BELOW THE WIGWAMS SERVE AS A BACK DROP TO JOHN WESTS 1932 FORD.

HOLIDAY HELLER, JOHN WEST AND BJ CASAREZ, HAILEY AND ALEXIS.  THAT LOVELY CAR IS JOHN WEST’S 1932 FORD!

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Happy birthday Zoe and Mary!  Cake by Sweet Nothings in Duarte.

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CURIOSITIES OF THE CALIFORNIA DESERT: Historic, Offbeat & Forgotten Attractions

THE BOOK LAUNCHING PARTY ON OCTOBER 23, 2015 – 6:30 P.M. AT THE DUARTE HISTORICAL MUSEUM, WAS A GREAT SUCCESS.  MANY BOOKS WERE SOLD AND A PORTION OF THE PROFITS WERE DONATED TO THE MUSEUM.

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ADVENTURES OF THE WEST ON A 3-WEEK ROAD TRIP

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iT WAS A 3 WEEK ROAD TRIP UP THE CALIFORNIA COAST TO MOSS LANDING, NORTH TO ARCATA AND THEN ON THE KLAMATH RIVER ROAD TO THE TOWN OF HAPPY CAMP, POPULATION SOME 950 PLUS.  WHEN THERE WAS A MORATORIUM PUT ON THE LOGGING OF THE OLD GROWTH FOREST, HAPPY CAMP SUFFERED THE LOSS OF MANY RESIDENTS.  IN THE HEART OF BIGFOOT COUNTRY, IT IS WHERE MY SISTER LIVES – 180 ACRE RANCH BORDERED BY THE MIGHTY KLAMATH.  IT IS VACATION TIME GALORE WITH THE HOSPITALITY OFFERED!

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SAID OUR FAREWELLS AND SENT OUR THANKS TO THE CHAMBERS FAMILY AND HEADED OFF TO WHAT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE KLAMATH FALLS.  SAW A CAMPING SIGN AND TOOK AN UNEXPECTED LEFT TURN WHICH TOOK US TO WHAT IS NOW ONE OF OUR FAVORITE PLACES!  ROCKY POINT ON THE UPPER KLAMATH LAKE.

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RIGHT AT THE CAMPGROUND IS A BEAUTIFUL RESTAURANT CALLED THE ROCKY POINT RESORT LODGE RESTAURANT WITH WONDERFUL FOOD, GREAT SERVICE, TERRIFIC CREATIVE DRINKS AND A VEIW TO DIE FOR! AFTER DINNER WE DRANK OUR BAILEYS ON THE ROCKS AROUND OUR CAMPFIRE WITH OUR NEW FRIENDS

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FROM ROCKY POINT IT IS A COUPLE OF HOURS TO CRATER LAKE.  THE SKIES WERE STORMY AND WE WERE WORRIED WE’D HAVE A REPEAT OF OUR LAST VISIT THERE WHEN THE LAKE WAS SO FOGGED IN THAT WE COULDN’T SEE IT.  THIS IS WHAT WE FOUND:

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CAMPING AT LAVA BEDS NATIONAL MONUMENT WE SPENT A DAY AT THE TULE LAKE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE – ALAN, HEATHER AND I HAD THE BEST DAY BIRDING EVER!  WE WERE ESPECIALLY THRILLED TO SEE THE WHITE FACED IBIS AND THE BALD EAGLES.  THE EAGLES POSED FOR US, SEEMINGLY UNDISTURBED BY OUR PRESENCE AS THOUGH THEY KNOW THEY ARE PROTECTED!

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LAVA BEDS IS MODOC COUNTRY!  IT IS WHERE TENSIONS AROSE BETWEEN THE MODOC AND SETTLERS, SPARKING THE MODOC WAR OF 1872-1873.  ALAN AND I HIKED TO CAPTAIN JACK’S STRONGHOLD – NOT A FUN HIKE IN THE ROCKY TERRAIN, THERE ARE ALSO PLENTY OF LAVA CAVES TO EXPLORE.

IMG_1267 IMG_1249 IMG_1234 IMG_1229 IMG_1289AN OVERNIGHT TRIP TO LASSEN RESULTED IN AWESOME SCENERY AND EVEN SNOW AT THE SUMMIT.

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