April 2009

Wow….hope you guys got to see this in person! Thursday evening was certainly no sleeper in keeping with what I feel are the best in the west! I have posted a few samples below from the 90 in the series. To many good ones to post so I have placed them in an animated Flash movie so you can see the entire series whenever you please without having to click around more than once. Of course you don’t want to try this at home if you are using a dialup connection…sorry about that. To view the audio visual presentation CLICK HERE (40MB)

This series of photos were taken from atop the bluff along North Bechelli. Right as I was raising my camera in preparation to begin capturing the dramatic colors beginning to unfold….one of our resident Eagles soared by just a few feet in front of me. It was enjoying itself gliding about the strong pressurized uplifting breeze which was pressing against the wall of the bluff pushing up from the Sacramento river below. The eagle appeared so quickly that I was stunned and shocked that it was so darn close…I could see the yellow in its eyes…as I scrambled to hold the camera steady and hope it was focused enough to catch the bandit gliding away….not focused…sigh.

Please feel free to contact me to order prints at (530)722-0412 or write duane@survnet.com (Be sure to click on the images to enlarge)



“Vintner’s Cellar World Wine Adventure” read all about it below…

World Wine AdventureActually the following message did not arrive in a bottle but it certainly has something to do with receiving messages about the origins of some of the best filled bottles. This is an excerpt taken from a message written by my good friends Alan and Jana Leard owners of Vintners Cellar. This is what they had this to say:

“I wanted to tell you about the Vintner’s Cellar World Wine Adventure. Jana and I will be traveling through Europe for a month experiencing wine, food, and culture in the old world. During that time we will be hosting a live blog about our adventure. It is www.WorldWineAdventure.com and the trip begins on April 28th. We will be posting things about the wine and food that we try as well as the people we meet. Billy & Patrick on Q97 will be hosting trivia questions about the blog every morning on their show for the full month leading up to the grand prize of $1000 travel certificate from Cruise Holidays. As a part of the promotion we are selling pre-ordered cases to raise money for Relay for Life Teams. Basically, people can pre-order a case of 1 of the 3 featured wines from the areas that we will be visiting, and then 20% of the purchase price will be donated to the Relay for Life Team of their choice.”

Thanks Alan and Jana and what a great idea! Of course it would be more fun to be traveling along with them but hey…this is the next best thing! Just go to their website…http://www.WorldWineAdventure.com and click on your favorite topic then be sure to click the share link to add it to your social network such as Facebook. Also don’t forget to to sign up for for the blog updates by entering your email address.

Since Alan is well versed in technology from his years of providing IT support and the success in their thriving business adventure at Vintners Cellar….I have no doubt he will be doing a fantastic job keeping us abreast of their adventure through their blog entries while sharing real time photos too! Participate in the Q97 contest and who knows…you might be well on your way to your own world wine adventure!

Only 10 days left before their departure!


Alrighty now Buckaroos…it’s that time of year again! Dust off your saddle, scrape off the mud and polish up your boots for the Redding Rodeo season is about to begin.

One of my favorite times of the year where you can attend a shoot out, chili cook-off and even witness a bank holdup or try to follow the clues to where the loot was hidden. There is also a kiddy parade for the little rustlers in the family at the Mt. Shasta Mall.

The most popular attended event of rodeo week is the downtown Roaring Gulch pancake breakfast. The worlds largest outdoor pancake breakfast!

I am sure I left something out so you might want to check the Asphalt Cowboy’ website for dates and more details. While you are there…send the cowboys a wire if you want to purchase tickets as they will be out starting next Wednesday, April 11 going door to door selling and personally delivering your tickets.

This year you can register for your favorite event by downloading forms right from the Asphalt Cowboys website! www.asphalt-cowboys.com

Golf BallMonday, May 11, 2009
11:00am check-in
Golf at High Noon
Gold Hills Golf and Country Club

Entry fee includes:
• Green Fee
• Range Balls
• Carts
• Prize Fund
• BBQ Hamburger Lunch
• Steak Dinner
Tournament Registration Form
chili_cookoff_lrg.jpgAsphalt Cowboy’s 4th Annual Chili Cook-off!!
Buckaroo Flats{The Redding Rodeo Grounds}
Wednesday, May 13th, 2009
Set up: 5-6pm
Tasting & Judging: 6-7pm
Awards Ceremony and Raffle Follow Dinner
The Chili Cook-Off is not a sanctioned event.
Chili Cook-Off Registration Form

See ya at the rodeo!!!