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Welcome to the family news section of our web site, where we publish family adventures, news, and just about anything that you could imagine.


Fall Colors at Home:  Summer is gone, fall is here, the leaves are turning beautiful colors, and our place is decorated for fall, and Halloween.

2017 Northern California Renaissance Faire - I have a blast as I attend the faire, along with several members of my family.  Held every fall at Casa de Fruta, located near Hollister, CA.  A good time enjoyed by all!

Wapama Falls:  Hike to Wapama Falls, in Yosemite's amazing Hetch Hetchy Valley.  Amazing waterfalls, hiking, wildlife, poison oak, beautiful scenery, and lots more.

Nevada County AirFest 2017:  If you like aircraft of all types, this is the place to be.  Fun, family-friendly, and a great experience for all aircraft enthusiasts.  Nevada County airport, located in Grass Valley, CA.

Lake Tahoe Waterfalls:  After a super-snowy winter, I take an early May trip to the Lake Tahoe basin to observe the snow melt, and a few area waterfalls.

Open Cockpit Day:  First ever "open cockpit" day by the Aerospace Museum of California is almost a wash-out.  In the end, the sun prevailed!

Old Sacramento St. Patrick's Day Parade 2017:  Annual event that features over 1000 performers, and lasts over an hour.  It's when Sacramento meets Ireland...  TONS of family friendly fun!

Stump Blasting:  Major offensive, and piece-of-work tree is removed from our front yard by Mr. Gerry Lopez, a.k.a. "The Stump Blaster!"

Juicy Lucy:  Have you every met "Juicy Lucy?"  She's a cheeseburger who originates in Minneapolis, that's stuffed with cheese.  I grill my verison of "Juicy Lucy" at home, on my outdoor grill.

End of Drought?:  We've never seen high water like this in 20 years.  And end of California's drought? I tour the swollen American and Sacramento rivers.

Sierra Nevada Mountain Show:  January 27, 2017, I take a trip to the mountians, and enjoy the 20 + feet of snow at the highter elevations.

High Water:  After several days of nearly continuous rain, local streams and creeks are flowing near flood stage. The Sacramento River is running high!  The January 2017 storms may finally burst California's drought.

Santa Visits Our Neighborhood:  Thanks to the Roseville Police and Fire departments, Santa and his elves pay a visit to our neighborhood with a blaze of flashing lights, horns and sirens.

Tuff Shed Time:  We have a Tuff Shed installed at the west end of our back yard.  Photo of installation, and lots more...

Hike Wapama Falls:  Hike from O'Shaughnessy dam to Wapama Falls awards an amazing view of a scenic waterfall.  Hetch Hetchy valley in Yosemite National Park.

Panorama Trail Hike:  We hike the scenic Panorama Trail, in beautiful Yosemite National Park, and enjoy great company, breathtaking scenery, and lots of sore bones.

Sierra Nat'l Forest Camping:  We camp east of Bass Lake, and enjoy several days of great eating, shooting, riding quads, and wonderful mountain scenery.  Memorial Day weekend, 2016.

Ribbon Falls:  My brother and I hike to the base of seldom-visited Ribbon Falls, in Yosemite National Park, the highest single-drip waterfall in North America.

High Desert Roundup 2010:  One of CA4WDC's premier events, we attend the four wheel drive run, and have a great time in the desert.  Held each Memorial Day weekend, near Barstow, CA.

Meling Ranch:  You want to get away from the world?  Visit Meling Ranch, in Baja California, Mexico.  Great food, friendly staff and lots of wonderful outdoor activities.

Super Bowl 50 Food:  Jacquie and I enjoy a wide array of delicious Super Bowl finger food, as we watch Super Bowl 50, and witness the Denver Broncos to go on to victory.

Smoked pork:  I dust off the smoker, and smoke a bone-in pork roast and potatoes, over an oak-fueled fire, for a delicious Monday evening dinner, in early December, 2015.

Cowabunga Dude!:  I jump in the pool, and enjoy a swim on Halloween, 2015.

California Capital Airshow 2015:  I enjoy the airshow, but lots more, including aviation exhibits, military, law enforcement agencies, beer, and great food.

Good Times with the Goodchild family:  We enjoy a great Sunday evening with our 15+ year friend Pam Goodchild, and some of her family members.

Jerseydale Camp Trip 2015:  Family, friends, food, and good times!  Check it out.

My New Weber Grill:  My first meal, a "surf 'n turf" special, cooked on my new Weber Spirit S-310 gas grill, that was delivered to our house today.

2015 Gold Country Chaplanincy Crab Feed:  We enjoy a great evening out with friends, pigging-out on crab, to help support a very worthy cause.

Tortas de Carne Asada:  Tortas, with grilled beef, in the style of Tijuana, ham, veggies, and more.  Of course, all is served on a grilled bouillo...

Roseville Subdivision Railfanning:  I spend the day railfanning Union Pacific's Roseville Subdivision, around m.p. 159.1, between Baxter and Midas, on Donner Pass.

Baby Back Ribs:  Today, I sear the ribs on the outdoor grill, and later bake them for three hours in the oven. Result: Delicious, tender ribs.  Dinner also included stir-fry veggies and steamed rice.

Low-tech Dinner:  I cook pork, potatoes and squash in a 8-quart iron pot, over a wood, and charcoal-fired kettle grill.

Another Jerseydale Camping Trip:  I spend four enjoyable nights camping with family and friends at Jerseydale campground, near Yosemite National Park.  Six weeks later and it's all good...

Jerseydale Camping Trip:  I spend three enjoyable nights camping with family and friends at Jerseydale campground, near Yosemite National Park.  Good times and good food...

Painting Our House:  Check out painting the inside of our house... It was a three day-job for professional painters, so we're glad we didn't have to do it.

Rosi's French Bread:  My friend Rosi provided a delicious loaf of home-baked French bread, so I though it a good idea to post photos of it, and a delicious ham sandwich.

Dinner at Rosi's:  My wife and I enjoy a wonderful afternoon, and a delicious dinner at the home of my 50+ year friend Rosi...

Seligman Railfanning:  Railfanning just east of Seligman, Arizona, along historic Route 66.

Flagstaff Railranning:  I spend a pleasant day on BNSF's Seligman Subdivision, and manage to photograph 26 trains.  Album is only a sample of the many trains I photographed.

Ham Sandwich:  Ham sandwich is taken to another level with bacon, cheese, avocado, and a lot more.

Hawaiian Barbecue:  Sorry, no Spam tonight, but we enjoy delicious grilled Hawiian-style pork, pineapple, rice, squash, and more.  Oh yeah!

Post Spring Break Dinner:  OK, it may be "after the fact, but for a lazy Monday, how can you beat grilled pork, potatoes and squash, grilled to perfection outside on a Weber propane grill?

Barbacoa:  In the style of southern Texas, I purchase a cabeza, smoke it over oak, and serve it with corn tortillas and fresh salsa as... barbacoa!

Saline Valley Adventure:  Spring break trip, late March 2014,  to Saline Valley, CA, which is one of the most remote spots in the state.  Lots of photos of beautiful desert scenery.

St. Patrick's Day Dinner:  Corn beef, potatoes, carrots and cabbage, slow cooked all day in a crock pot, made a delicious dinner.

Italian Sausage:  Grilled Italian sausage, along with grilled onion and pepper.  Grilled potatoes, served in the form of fries, with ketchup for dipping sauce.

Grilled Bacon Basted Chicken:  Friday evening, I grilled chicken, with bacon tucked under the skin, twice-baked potatoes, and yellow squash, on our Weber outdoor grill.

February 20, 2014:  Breakfast, lunch and dinner... it's all posted here.

All in a Day's Eating:  February 19, 2014, I post photos of everything I ate today.

Pollo Asado:  Grilled chicken, in the style of Tijuana, cowboy beans, fresh salsa, and corn tortillas.  Grilled, "old school" style over charcoal and wood-fired kettle grill.

Dakota-style Bratwurst:  Grilled indoors on my electric George Foreman grill, I enjoy a delicious Bratwurst dinner.

California Style Cheeseburgers:  Grilled hamburger patties, on ciabatta rolls, complete with bacon, avocado, tomato, onion, lettuce and more.  Delicious!

Super Bowl 48 Food:  Appetizers, pizza and beer to enjoy the big game... Here's what we came up with for the 2014 Super Bowl pig-out fest.

Barrett Bridge:  If you're interested in seeing the remains of Barrett Bridge, and much of the Yosemite Valley Railroad right-of-way, the 2013/2014 California drought offers the opportunity...

Railtown 1897:  The only original, fully-functional steam engine roundhouse in the entire U.S.A.!  It's complete with lots of vintage rolling stock and four operating steam locomotives.  A "must-see" for history buffs...

Christmas 2013:  Another crazy Christmas, celebrated with many family and friends.  Always a good time at our place!

December 07, 2013:  Snow railfanning!  Colfax, Gold Run and Dutch Flat... with lots of winter snow.

November 26, 2013:  Donner Pass calls again, Troy, in particular, as I catch a few trains on this late fall day, before the snow starts.

November 16, 2013:  I take a quick Saturday railfan trip to the Troy area, on Union Pacific Railroad's  Donner Pass overland route.  Lots of great railroad photos!

UP 1983:  Union Pacific Railroad #1983, an EMD SD70ACe, painted in Western Pacific Railroad "heritage" colors, leads a westbound freight, just east or Roseville on July 20, 2005.

Various Meals:  Photos and write-ups of various meals, main dishes, appetisers, side dishes and more that I've posted on my Facebook page.


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