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Funky Sebastopol

Florence Street in Sebastopol, my kind of town. Just a few miles and has lots going for it, including great wetland preserve trails, the Luthor Burbank Experimental Gardens, a great park, good food, interesting old homes, and a huge farmers’ market.

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Critters That Hang Around The House: Roberta Bobcat

If you live in the foothills like I do, you have many visitors dropping by. I have started calling this one Roberta Bobcat but I don’t have a clue whether Roberta is a he or a she. She makes her rounds through the property about once a day. She had been coming through in the afternoon but has recently modified ...

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Vineyards In Autumn

Shooting vineyards in the late afternoon makes them much more colorful than at other times of day, especially if translucent from being backlit by the setting sun. These are all vineyards within a few miles from our house. Most of the vines have faded away yellowish brown, but some, like these, are from grape varietals (cabernet sauvignon?) whose leaves turn ...

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Yosemite Valley to Snow Creek Point Hike

Hiking the toughest trail out of the Yosemite Valley provided an outstanding workout but also treated us to some views of snow dusted Clouds Rest and Half Dome that you can see no other way. A bonus was the Merced River reflections on the way home!

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A Bit Of Russian Culture

Yesterday Pat and I had a great time at a harvest festival, at which we heard more Russian than English. Some of you will guess where it is. I’ll reveal it near the bottom.

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Yosemite Creek Fall Color

Now that Yosemite National Park has reopened from the Federal Shutdown, it is a prime time to take a drive and see the fall color. One of our favorite places to see the yellow leaves of the fall aspen is at a small pullout with restrooms near Yosemite Creek on Tioga Rd. The dogwoods are also beginning to show off ...

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