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Cesar Chavez National Monument: The Wrath of Grapes

Thursday, 19 Oct 2017 | Views [207]

I FIRST HEARD OF CESAR CHAVEZ FROM JONES.  He is one of my oldest friends and self-appointed social conscience.  We were all too preoccupied with finishing high school to care much about the Delano Grape Strike in 1965 where Chavez rose to ... Read more >


Calico Ghost Town

Wednesday, 18 Oct 2017 | Views [70]

I DON’T BELIEVE IN GHOSTS — NOT CASPER, Wendy or even Spiritus Sancti.  But ghost towns, well, that’s a whole different story.        Calico Ghost Town We hadn’t ever heard of Calico until ... Read more >


Kelso Depot: Oasis in the Mohave

Monday, 16 Oct 2017 | Views [140]

THE MOHAVE IS THE SMALLEST DESERT in the United States, comprising less than 50,000 square miles mostly in California and Nevada.  But if you were crossing the Mohave on the Union Pacific Railroad in the early 20 th Century, you would certainly ... Read more >


Grand Canyon North Rim and Pipe Springs NM

Saturday, 14 Oct 2017 | Views [127]

WE VISITED JOHN DAY FOSSIL BEDS NATIONAL MONUMENT in Utah from our base in Washington. That was back in August.   Now we are using Utah as a base to visit NPS sites in Arizona.  That’s the way it sometimes is in the West where distances ... Read more >


Photos: Arizona and the Mohave Desert

Friday, 13 Oct 2017 | Photo Gallery


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Cedar Breaks National Monument and Kolob Canyon

Thursday, 12 Oct 2017 | Views [110]

UTAH IS ONE OF OUR FAVORITE STATES, especially in the fall when the temperatures abate and the rock formations glow in the softened light.  Our visit this time, though on the west side of the state, was no exception.  The temperatures in Hurricane ... Read more >


Las Vegas

Saturday, 7 Oct 2017 | Views [113]

EVERYONE SHOULD VISIT LAS VEGAS ONCE — no one should have to visit twice which hardly explains why we are here again.  Our previous times in “Lost Wages” were business conventions and we never left the confines of the Strip to ... Read more >


The Sierras

Sunday, 1 Oct 2017 | Views [122]

MAMMOTH IS A POPULAR DESTINATION for well-heeled Angelenos.  They come for snow sports in winter and for hiking, biking, fishing and golf when the snow has gone.  One of the year-round attractions is Devils Postpile National Monument, a volcanic ... Read more >


Vietnam: Still No Answers

Saturday, 30 Sep 2017 | Views [253]

LIKE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WE HAVE BEEN watching the Vietnam War series on PBS.  As a veteran myself I was hoping Ken Burns’ presentation would shed some light on my ambivalent feelings about my service but after ten episodes I am just as ... Read more >


Photos: Sierra Nevadas (Sierras , Nevada and Utah)

Friday, 29 Sep 2017 | Photo Gallery


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Take Me Out to the Ball Game

Monday, 25 Sep 2017 | Views [141]

THE GAMES COULD HAVE BEEN PLAYED IN three different countries.  SafeCo Field in Seattle had a definite Asian feel.  All of Seattle feels like a little UN.  No wonder Ichiro was so revered as a Mariner.     Petco Field, ... Read more >


Around the Bay

Saturday, 23 Sep 2017 | Views [68]

STAYING AT THE TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE “Famcamp” isn’t really convenient to anyplace in the Bay Area.  It’s a nice place, however, and the $20 a night charge takes the sting out of the commute.  We never became comfortable ... Read more >


Whales of California

Tuesday, 19 Sep 2017 | Views [85]

IT WOULD BE ONE HELL OF A COINCIDENCE if Shearwater were her given surname.  Shearwaters are one of the main species that Deb Shearwater, the legendary guide for pelagic birds in northern California, searches for.  Though not the ship’... Read more >


Photos: San Francisco

Wednesday, 13 Sep 2017 | Photo Gallery


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Here Comes the Sun — There Goes the Sun

Tuesday, 5 Sep 2017 | Views [102]

BACK IN THE 60s WHEN IT WAS PC TO LAUGH at Bill Cosby, the comedian joked it rains so much in Seattle that people don’t tan, they rust.  When the sun does come out, they think they have somehow offended the gods.  Well, this year the ... Read more >


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