Watching the wind blow in a rain storm.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Monday, April 23, 2012
California, as with most states in the union these days, is having budget problems, some of our State parks are scheduled for closure, this one, Fort Tejon State Historical Park is one of them.
Lycra man and I have thought of stopping often on our trips through the Grapevine, this time we did.
Fort Tejon is situated in the Tejon Pass, the major north south route.
See the truck on I-5? its that close, in fact I-5 runs through the middle of what was the fort.
At one time camels were used as pack animals at Fort Tejon, it was a short experiment lasting about 5 months. The fort was established to protect the Indians from the settlers and the settlers from the Indians, and cut down on the cattle rustling problem.
There are only 2 buildings left on the fort site. All the buildings were made of adobe, which dissolves in the rain over time.
I love visiting historical parks, seeing how people lived in a time gone by. I always think of the women, the wife's, and mothers...
Notice how thick the walls are, see the door jamb above and the window below. Adobe walls are thick , helps keep it cool in the summer and warm in the winter. It was 90 degrees when we visited, last weekend they had snow and the pass was closed.
The parade grounds outside the barracks.
Bracing the walls
20 years prior to the forts founding, a trapper was killed by a grizzly and buried under a huge oak tree , the details carved into its trunk.. this marker shows what was originally carved into the tree.
I am glad we stopped to visit. I am sad it may be closed.
What a live it must have been.
Sunday, April 22, 2012
a couple of photos from the drive...
The orange color are California poppies blooming up in the Tejon Pass.
Tumble weeds caught in the fence along the freeway...just multiply that by 1000 add some citrus orchards, vineyards, almond orchards and sage brush and you have what we saw along the way, really green now, but by June it will be brown.
I couldn't help but remissness. After moving her into her dorm those almost 4 years ago, I almost had a panic attack. It felt like I was leaving her on the side of the road to fend for her self...
|Freshman move in day 4 years ago|
Guess what...she did alright.
And now UC Davis Picnic day parade...
Davis is know for its bikes, they are everywhere, which Lycra man loves.
They are walking backwards, tour guides, get it????
5 DeLorean's in a row!!!!!!!!! followed by electric cars...
cool lion dance thing...
Tour de cluck....
We had a great visit!
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Turtle sunning himself this morning.
OK, those of you my age know the story of Jonathan Livingston Seagull......I loved seagulls after that book, not any more...lets see if I can explain why.
she used to have 5...she was darting here and there protecting the last one this morning, from
There is a group of ducklings that lost their mom, I thought they would be toast but they are really smart...
this was taken 2 weeks ago, this is where they sleep, they stay in a group and stay away from the center of the pond...so far the are still 5 in number. Maybe if momma duck above could keep the kid away from the center of the pond, the seagulls couldn't swoop in and get it...
OK on the other things...
Hank...doing the jungle cat thing again.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
so I think some other momma birdie is really confused, her nest is not growing! Probably thinks it is mister birdie not working hard enough....playing golf or something and not finding building material!
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Monday, April 16, 2012
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Well as some of you may know, I have been watching a humming bird family, now that the hummer kids have left the next I decided to check out the nest.
It is really sticky, like cotton candy sticky. I was like, so does she spit on it..you know flower nectar, humming bird feeder juice???
No, I learned that humming birds use spider webs to hold their nest together!
That explains why I always see them darting up under the fish pond cover...
|see the spider webs on the rafters?|
I always thought they were stealing bugs...yes they eat bugs, I looked that up a few years ago when I noticed them up there poking at the webs...so nope, not a snack bar, more like a humming bird home depot...
the things you learn!
Monday, April 9, 2012
Sunday, April 8, 2012
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Friday, April 6, 2012
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Can you find the baby bunny?
I , sadly, have no baby bunnies here at home.
I can't decide whether or not to keep on with this hobby,
I have other things I am interested in doing...but baby bunnies are so cute.
Change isn't easy...I should know that by now, why do I have to keep relearning that!
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
I remember sitting on the deck at my granny's house, listening to the wind chimes fashioned out of all her old keys.
I remember calling home and talking to my mom, I knew it had to be a nice day there, the kitchen door was open and I could hear the wind chime out on the front porch.
Then , the breeze stops, the chimes quiet , and I turn on the vacuum cleaner.
Monday, April 2, 2012
It was a big celebration in the park this week end. I wrote about this last year, I love reading the paper puddles after this event. What are paper puddles you ask, the fliers that are left behind.
Car detailing, realtor's, home furnishings, up coming concerts, it is really fun.
They had arts and crafts booths, food booths and music, 3,000 cars by 11:00 a.m the paper said, wow. Every year I think about attending, maybe next year, I would love to see it.
so I was worried about the baby ducks, that is a heck of a lot of people and you and I know these little guys are um...bold shall we say...from my encounter last week.
never fear...here they are with mom and pop near by, dozing in the early morning sun. By the time I made it back around to the pond, they were in the water.
the sun shining through their little fuzzy feathers, makes it looks like they are glowing.
I spied a baby rabbit this a.m too, so all is well at the park.