A visit to Happy Camp for the Big Foot Jamborie

We lined the street for the parade then entered in the duck races. Back at the ranch we enjoyed wonderful meals from Casey & George’s garden. What a treat.

Spent much time in the kitchen.

My brother Chris at the BBQ.


George at the bbq


Karen at the table!

Karen made bloody marys for us all.

Chris making a statement

Happy Camp High School Football game.

George topped off the night with fireworks!

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A Whydah finds its way to my back yard

The Whydah arrived mid June 2018. We thought it was a big bird, but he is really tiny with a foot long tail. An African finch, he sports this tail during breeding season and then loses it.

The Whydahs are escapees from the bird trade and have established themselves. They don’t build a nest, but lay eggs in the nests of the Munia. This visiting Whydah has a mate. She looks just like him though she has no long tail. She does have a red beak as he does.

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FIREWORKS, FISH AND THE EASTERN SIERRA NEVADA


From Boulder Creek RV Park 3 miles south of LONE PINE, we drove through the Alabama Hills and up the switchback road of “The Long Long Trailer” fame to the little store and eatery at Whitney Portals. Our grandson, Joe, said they had the biggest pancakes he had ever seen. Boy, that was an understatement. See above.

This was followed by an afternoon fishing at the Portal Pond. Joe caught several as did Alan. I got skunked.

While temps reached 117 at home (yes, 117), we enjoyed fishing at the portals.

BACK AT BOULDER CREEK, WE ENJOYED A FIREWORKS SHOW

THAT NIGHT SANDY & THE HIGH COUNTRY BAND ENTERTAINED IN A FREE CONCERT. WE MET SOME HIGH SCHOOL FRIENDS THERE AND ENJOYED THE EVENING IN THE COURTYARD OF LONE PINE’S CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.

NEXT STOP KEOUGH HOT SPRINGS. THIS RETRO POOL IS SURROUNDED BY A BROWN’S CAMPGROUND. IT IS HUGE, COOL AND AT ONE END IS A VERY HOT POOL THERE ARE ALSO WILD HOTSPRINGS AROUND THE AREA. WE STAYED A FEW NIGHTS AND USED IT AS A JUMP OFF POINT FOR FISHING ABOVE THE BISHOP AREA.

 

COCKTAIL HOUR:

HAPPY TO GET A CAMPSITE AT CROWLEY LAKE AND EVEN HAPPIER TO WITNESS THIS AWESOME SUNSET.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AFTER A DAY OF FISHING WE MET MY BROTHER KIRBY X! AND HIS WIFE CINDY AT TOM’S PLACE, NOT MY FAVORITE HANGOUT BUT IT WAS FUN TO HAVE TIME TOGETHRR. THEY WERE STAYING AT ROCK CREEK.
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NEXT DAY AT STOP AT THE HATCHERY

 

 

 

 

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FROM ROUTE 66 TO NAVAJO COUNTRY

Motorcyclists, tour buses, caravans and hundreds of visitors from all over the world were enjoying the nostalgia of Route 66 on our recent trip (June 2018).  Seligman and Williams were reaping the benefits of the attraction Route 66 has for so many people.The famed barber, Angel Delgadillo, was on hand in front of his barbershop surrounded by adoring fans. This humble man loves visitors. He is purportedly largely responsible for the re-fame of the Mother Road. BTW, he received his barber certificate in Pasadena.


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OUR FAVORITE STOP IS IN WINSLOW AT THE LA POSADA. WHAT A MAGICAL PLACE. WE MADE IT THERE FOR BREAKFAST SO I COULD ORDER THE CORNMAIDEN’S BREAKFAST – A POACHED EGG ON CREAMY POLENTA – SERVED BY A HARVEY GIRL.

NOT A TRUE ROUTE 66 EXPERIENCE UNLESS WE MEET UP WITH PROLIFIC ROUTE 66 AUTHOR JIM HINKLEY. NICE LUNCH AT THE DUNBAR IN KINGMAN:

THE GRANDEST OF CANYONS

 

 

GLEN CANYON DAM -WE TOOK THE DAM TOUR. VERY IMPRESSIVE! Continue reading “FROM ROUTE 66 TO NAVAJO COUNTRY” »

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ANZA BORREGO – ART, COLOR, FRIENDS, FOOD


THIS AWESOME SCULPTURE BY RICARDO BRECEDA GREETED US AS WE ENTERED THE PARK. ANZA-BORREGO IS THE LARGEST CALIFORNIA STATE PARK WITH 650,000 SQUARE ACRES AND MORE THAN 500 MILES OF DIRT ROADS TO EXPLORE.

BRECEDA’S SCULPTURES, SOME 200 OF THEM, DOT THE LANDSCAPE.

WITHIN THE STATE PARK BOUNDARY IS THE TOWN OF BORREGO SPRINGS. GREAT SHOPS AND RESTAURANTS. DINNER AT THE LOCAL HANGOUT “CARLEES” AND CACTUS MARGARITAS AT PABLITOS.

NOT MUCH BY WAY OF WILDFLOWERS THIS YEAR, BUT WE WERE IN TOWN FOR THE LOCAL AIR SHOW.

JOINING IN THE RANGER LED BIRDWALK WE SAW 20 SPECIES OF BIRDS AND LOTS OF CACTUS IN BLOOM. WE COVERED THE AREA AROUND THE VISITOR CENTER.

WE ENJOYED THE POOL AND JACUZZI AND JUST HANGING AROUND CAMP.

LOTS OF FOOD AT THE GROUP CAMP POTLUCK FOLLOWED BY A CAMPFIRE. JUDY BROUGHT MARSHMALLOWS – A CAMPFIRE MUST!

 

 

WARNED OF COACHELLA TRAFFIC, WE TOOK THE MOUNTAIN ROAD HOME AND STOPPED AT RICARDO BRECEDA’S SKY ART GALLERY IN AGUANGA. PICKED UP AN ART PIECE: KOKOPELLI.


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Whales, dolphins, sunsets, flowers and a mission

THE HIGHLIGHT OF A DOHENY CAMPOUT IS A WHALE WATCH TRIP. WE SPIED 3 DIFFERENT SPECIES OF DOLPHINS, A GREY WHALE AND SEA LIONS.

 

THE LOS RIOS DISTRICT OF SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO IS A STREET NEXT TO THE TRACKS AND DEPOT THAT IS LINED WITH SMALL VINTAGE HOUSES TURNED RESTAURANTS. EACH HAS ITS OWN PERSONALITY. BOUTIQUES ARE SPRINKLED IN. OUR FAVORITE IS THE RAMOS HOUSE, FAMOUS FOR ITS BLOODY MARYS.

NOT FAR IS THE PICTURESQUE MISSION SAN LUIS REY. IT IS PRIVATELY OWNED. A TOUR INTO CALIFORNIA HISTORY AND THE GROUNDS IS WELL WORTH WHILE.


A stop in Carlsbad at the flower fields is spectacular during the Spring, but not yet at its prime time. A trek through Armstrongs is always fun.

 

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26 MILES ACROSS THE SEA

MEET (L-R) Irene (Spain) and Jamira (Germany) foreign exchange students at Alta Loma High School. We treated them to a day in Catalina and they loved every minute. It was a cold day, but sparkling clear.

At the Long Beach downtown harbor, we boarded the Express. Paid extra for the Commodore lounge so boarded first and enjoyed our free drink.

STROLLING ALONG THE MAIN  STREET WE ENJOYED THE SHOPS, RESTAURANTS, OCEAN VIEWS, AND STROLLED ALONG TO THE CASINO. DIVERS WERE SUITING UP EVERYWHERE AND BRAVING IT INTO THE COLD WATER TO BRING OUT TRASH. IT WAS CLEAN UP THE HARBOR DAY FOR DIVE CLUBS FROM ALL OVER.


Renting a golf cart we explored the island and after climbing up a winding road enjoyed lovely panoramic views. Made a stop at the zip line.


We covered the land, now time to look under the surface. Sort of a bogus trip but we did see fish.


It was a great day and we enjoyed showing our visitors around one of California’s gems.

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A DAY AT THE GETTY

“The J. Paul Getty Museum seeks to inspire curiosity about, and enjoyment and understanding of, the visual arts by collecting, conserving, exhibiting and interpreting works of art of outstanding quality and historical importance.


THE GETTY! THE TRAFFIC ON THE 405 IS A NIGHTMARE. PARKING ($15) IS A PAIN. WAITING IN LINE WITH HUNDREDS OF SCHOOL KIDS IS ANNOYING. BUT ONCE YOU ARE THERE IT IS AMAZING.

THE SCENERY, THE FLOWERS, THE TREES, THE VIEWS AND THEN, OF COURSE, THE EXHIBITS.

ADMISSION IS FREE!!

I’M POSTING OUR PICTURES AND REALLY NEED NOT SAY MORE.

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Quartzsite to Parker to Hole in the Wall Trek

 

Quartzsite is crazy this time of year with hundreds of vendors, special shows, food, the book store and a ton of snowbirds escaping their snow-bound homes.  We chose to camp at The Cove in Blythe, about 25 miles from Quartzsite.  The campground is on the River and has all the amenities.  From there we spent a day at the CIBOLA WILDLIFE REFUGE.

Sandhill cranes are a sure sighting if you visit at the right time, and we did! We searched the flocks of birds with our binoculars and identification guide in hand, but after a while they all looked alike.


Along the Goose Loop Road we see owl houses built by the park service. Unfortunately the owls have left for a while


 

Headed out to Parker on the river is an adventure. You never know what you will find from a burro to a saguaro that has snuck across the border to California.


ONE ODD DESERT TREK IS LOTS OF FUN AND MAKES YOU PART OF A SECRET CROWD. OUT OF PARKER YOU TURN RIGHT AT A LITTLE SIGN THAT SAYS “CIENIGA.” FOR SEVERAL MILES ON A BUMPY ROCKY DIRT ROAD ITS THE ONLY SIGN YOU WILL SEE. WE RACE ALONG IN FOUR WHEEL DRIVE AND SUDDENLY FIND A TRAFFIC JAM. DOZENS OF CARS BUMPING THROUGH, MOST PASSENGER CARS. THIS GOES ON FOR 4 MILES TIL YOU REACH NELLIE’S SALOON AT THE DESERT BAR. ONCE IN SIDE YOU WILL BE AMAZED ITS FREE, THE BANDS ARE GREAT, THE DANCE FLOOR IS FULL AND THE FOOD FLOWING – MOSTLY HOT DOGS AND BURGERS.

GREAT SUNSETS! THIS ONE IS IN BLYTHE:

OUR FRIEND: CHRIS STAHL

AFTER A NIGHT AT THE AVI MAKING OUR DONATION TO THE NATIVE AMERICANS, WE ENJOYED THE SOLITUDE IN HOLE IN THE WALL CAMPGROUND IN THE MOJAVE PRESERVE. WE HAD HOPED TO SEE THE NEWLY RE-OPENED MITCHELL CAVERNS BUT IT WAS CLOSED.

WARM IN THE SUN, BUT A BIT CHILLY WHEN IT GOES DOWN!

BELOW IS AT COTTONWOOD CAMPGROUND IN JOSHUA TREE:

WE ARE SO VERY LUCKY TO HAVE THESE WILD LANDS TO VISIT. LET’S HOPE THEY CONTINUE TO SURVIVE.

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SHOSHONE DAYS, 49ER ENCAMPMENT DEATH VALLEY, NOVEMBER 2017

 

KICKING OFF SHOSHONE DAYS, BIRDWALK PARTICIPANTS MET AT THE SHOSHONE MUSEUM. LED BY LEONARD WARREN, ORNITHOLOGIST,THE GROUP HIKED TO THE SHOSHONE RV PARK AND THE TRAIL WHICH CIRCUMVENTS THE PUPFISH POND AND RECREATED VOLE HABITAT.

THE RV PARK DISALLOWS WOOD OR CHARCOAL FIRES. OURS IS ABOVE-GROUND AND RUN ON PROPANE. WE WERE THE ENVY OF THE CAMPGROUND.

SHOSHONE NIGHT LIFE CENTERS AROUND THE CORKSCREW SALOON.

THE SPRING FED POOL IS A CONSTANT 89 DEGREES.

MARTA BECKET. A SUCCESSFUL AND DEDICATED ARTIST AND DANCER IN NEW YORK, MARTA VISITED THE CALIFORNIA DESERT AND FELL IN LOVE WITH THE EMPTY DETERIORATING BUILDING WHICH SHE EVENTUALLY MADE INTO AN OPERA HOUSE WHERE SHE SPENT YEARS AS A ONE-PERSON SHOW. HER HISTORY IS COMPELLING. MARTA DIED A FEW YEARS AGO. I TOOK MY DAUGHTER TO SEE HER IN THE 1970S.

 


CHINA RANCH IS DELIGHTFUL TO VISIT. THE ROAD IS A SCENIC DRIVE. China Ranch is a family owned and operated small farm, a lush piece of greenery amidst the forbidding Mojave Desert near Southern Death Valley. The gift shop is full of antiques and the best part is the date bread and date shakes.

THELONGSTREET CASINO AND RV PARK IS A STRANGE PLACE FOCUSED ON LARGE COWS. IT IS LOCATED IN THE AMARGOSA VALLEY JUST OVER THE NEVADA BORDER.

 

AFTER 5 DAYS IN SHOSHOE AND SURROUNDING AREAS, WE HEADED FOR FURNACE CREEK IN DEATH VALLEY FOR THE 49ER ENCAMPMENT TO CELEBRATE THE PIONEER SPIRIT. IF YOU ARE FAMILIAR WITH FURNACE CREEK BE PREPARED FOR SOME SURPRISES. THE FURNACE CREEK INN IS CLOSED AND UNDER RENOVATION. A MISSION IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION ACROSS THE HIGHWAY. GET TO FURNACE CREEK RANCH AND THE STORE, COFFEE SHOP, STEAKHOUSE, ETC. ARE GONE. A MAKESHIFT RESTAURANT IS AVAILABLE NEAR THE GOLF COURSE AND THE GOLF SHOP IS NOW A GIFT SHOP/STORE.

THANK GOODNESS THE SPRING-FED POOL WAS OPEN.

TEXAS SPRINGS CAMPGROUND WAS CLOSED BUT SUNSET WAS OPEN. WE FOUND A GOOD SPOT AND ENJOYED OUR TIME THERE. WE COULD EVEN HEAR THE CONCERTS FROM OUR CAMPSITE. FAMILY ARRIVED ALONG WITH SPECIAL GUESTS – TWO FOREIGN EXCHANGE STUDENTS. IRENE IS FROM SPAIN, AND JAMIE FROM GERMANY. THEY LOOKED FORWARD TO A CLIMB AT THE SAND DUNES.

THERE WAS A CRAFT FAIR AND AN ART SHOW AND PROGRAMS AT THE VISITOR CENTER. THERE WAS ALSO A PARADE WHERE ALAN MARCHED WITH THE CLAMPERS.

THE DAY’S HIGHLIGHT: THE WAGON TRAIN ARRIVAL

THESUNSETS IN DEATH VALLEY ARE MAGNIFICENT AS IS THE EVENING SKY.

BELOW IS BADWATER, BELOW SEA LEVEL.

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