Travel Interest


The San Mateo International Sportsmen’s Exposition (ISE)

When: Opens Thursday, Jan. 14 and runs through Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010

Where: San Mateo County Fairgrounds, San Mateo, CA

Hours:
Thursday, Jan. 14 & Friday, Jan. 15
11am until 7pm
Saturday, Jan. 16
10am until 7pm
Sunday, Jan. 17
10am until 5pm

MORE INFO: For tickets, directions and more info visit www.sportsexpos.com

Be sure to catch The Fish Sniffer newspaper/magazine staff at the show.

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Summer is slowly giving up its hold on us as Fall begins to slip into place with the days growing ever shorter. Saturdays weather front brought lots of beautiful scenes as the clouds painted the the sky line above the valley and surrounding mountains. The evening arrived quickly and I just happen to look out to see the setting sun was painting the sky those brilliant colors we often get to see here in the far north California. I missed catching the brightest portion of the sunset…but then I always enjoy that second wave of color that comes from when the sun sets on the distant Pacific coast where the bending rays of light paint the upper atmosphere as seen here in this series of photos.

Happy Labor Day Weekend Everyone! Be safe have fun!

 There goes the day...

There goes the day...

Liguid Shimmer

Liguid Shimmer

She is looking beautiful tonight...

She is looking beautiful tonight...

Gradient between day and night

Gradient between day and night

Going to town..

Going to town..

I have always tried to imagine of how along the banks of the Sacramento River where it makes the big bend around towards the south through town, what it would be like if there were a string of shops and eateries that actually backed up to river instead of the many doctors and dentist offices that now occupy this prime unique Redding location….sigh. It is one of the coolest outdoor places during our hot summer days. I think if one had a place that served much of nothing would still be packed with customers vying just for the chance to sit on their shady deck next to the cool water.

At evenings end…a group of anglers call it a day and head towards the Park Marina boat ramp. Monday August 17, 2009. Click on images to enlarge

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La Calera Chapel is a little adobe church in West Texas.

According to recent written articles, the chapel has been preserved and maintained by the retired mayor of Balmorhea, Ruben Fuentes. It’s in the Chihuahuan Desert at the base of the Davis Mountains on Toyah Creek, six miles out from Balmorhea (Balmorhea Springs & Balmorhea State Park). You pass by the area when traveling on I-10 between Fort Stockton and El Passo.

The chapel is the only structure that remains of this 19th century settlement of sheep and goat herders. In the series of photos below, you will see stone ruins and a small forgotten cemetery comprised of rock mounds with small hand-carved headstones and wooden crosses.

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Baruch Atah Adonai
From The Balmorhea Progressive
Sit and the desert air will fill you; speak and its breath calls you back to stillness.

There is an oasis in the northern reaches of the Chihuahuan Desert in far West Texas. Long the secret of mountain trail vacationers, desert mendicants, epicurean savants and Barton Springs polar bears, Balmorhea is a progressive hide-out in the sunset shadows of the Davis Mountains for the reform-minded but powerless dreamer, the idealist turned cynic and yellow dogs bitting on a neoconservative leash . Illegals have nothing to fear in a refuge so long abandoned that the Great Dust Bowl didn’t bother to express its wrath here. It is a way through, a prophesy of depression, an oasis of faith, of hope and recovery and of dreams where oil lies wasting under desert sands and ancient mysteries.
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