The Other Yosemite

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Yosemite National Park is full of wondrous sights and sounds, but I would venture to say that a majority of day-tourists head to the Valley and the Yosemite Village area without giving much thought to what else the Yosemite area has to offer. After living in the area for over 10 years and scouring the countryside for photo ops, the loop road through the valley did become a favorite of mine. However, what lies beyond the valley can be just as scenic, interesting and in some cases overpoweringly beautiful. Here are some of the lesser-known wonders of Yosemite. Continue reading


Heroes of the American Wildfire

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About this time last year, the American Wildfire was billowing smoke and ash throughout Foresthill, Ca and its surrounding communities. The fire was started by human error (read stupidity) on August 10, 2013 and was contained on August 29 – 19+ days of worry and fright for wildlife, firefighters, and residents alike. I was not able to get close enough to the frontlines for photos due to the steep terrain and conditions surrounding the fire. However, since Base Camp and the Incident Command Post were established at various locations in Foresthill, I thought I would try to document what goes on behind the scenes during a major wildfire. What I found was quite frankly overwhelming in size, effort and dedication of all those involved. The American Fire heroes were not only on the frontlines, but in a support capacity as well.
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Photogenic Route 395 – from California to Canada

Ok, so my bucket list may not be very imaginative. But after all, it’s my bucket list! One of the items on the list was to drive and photograph U.S. Route 395 from the southern terminus in Southern California to the northern U.S. point near Laurier, Washington at the Canadian border. The highway runs through California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington before changing to Highway 395 in Canada.  We had previously driven the portion of 395 in Southern California, so for this trip we wanted to see the rest of the highway starting from the Yosemite area north to the Canadian border.  Deciding to make a large loop so that we wouldn’t retrace our steps, we left Route 395 after reaching the border and headed west to the Puget Sound, down Highway 5 through eastern Washington and Oregon, and then back to Central California. Continue reading

Daisy and her first Car Shows

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This is Daisy, our 1941 Chevy Special Deluxe Coupe that was delivered to us in March of this year. She is a Street Rod with a Chevy 350 V8; she’s customized but with the interior feel of the original classic.  Since this is our first venture into the classic car world, we weren’t sure how this hotrod was going to fit into our lives or if we would enjoy participating in car shows.
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