We spent one week in the central London area and took train trips to Brighton Beach and Bath. All areas exceeded our expectations on all levels. We bought some Radney purses in Bath, a rare 1848 map of Sacramento in London, some cool Mod clothes in Brighton Beach, and saw the musicals Book of Mormon and Kinky Boots in the Piccadilly Circus area. We also toured Kensington Palace, the Banqueting Hall, and the Roman Spas in Bath, rode the British Airways i360 in Brighton Beach, and toured the Royal Observatory in Greenwich.
I’m a typical history nerd who daydreams while driving about old trains or historical events that took place on the same road I’m driving over. The daydreams turn obsessive when I’ve read and researched about certain historical events and I can almost recreate them in my mind. A good example is the path the California Central Railroad took from Folsom to Roseville, California, in 1861. I’ve driven and walked over so much of the rail grade that is accessible, and thought about its construction and daily operations, that I finally made a video about retracing the long forgotten railroad grade.
As the lake level drops, the history is revealed. As Folsom Lake hit record low water levels in 2015, a whole lot of history was revealed. A drought shrunken Folsom Lake of 2015 was the highlight for a guy like me who had been hiking around the reservoir for years looking for historical sites. After numerous hikes around the North and South Forks of the American River at Folsom Lake, I finally organized my photographs and historical research into a book, Hidden History Beneath Folsom Lake – Hiking Across a Dry Lake in Time of Drought.
When it comes to taking great photos with you mobile or iPhone, I’ve learned a few lessons of the years. I follow a few simple procedures when I’m taking photos. The fun part comes when I edit the photos to make the images stand out.
On August 4th Covered California rolled out another enhancement to their CalHEERS program called “identity proofing”. Before an account holder, Covered California customer service representative (CSR) or Certified Insurance Agent can either Report a Change or create a new enrollment for a health plan, the primary applicant’s identity must be verified. This “Identity Proofing”, as it […]
For years the UC Davis Picnic Day parade name has belied the truth of the event. Far from a mid-western farm festival, the Picnic Day parade has consistently had the most diverse participants of any celebration I’ve attended. The parade is a spectrometer of the local area showing the variety of community and religious groups, liberal protests, conservative causes, campus groups and parade music from different bands. All of these folks from different races, cultures, religions and political philosophies walking together down the parade route. This is America. This why I keep coming back to Picnic Day. This renews my faith and hope for the future of humanity.
The Whole Earth Festival zero waste event is great because I don’t have to eat from flimsy paper plates and plastic sporks that always break.
While there were fewer fun distractions, the exhibits of the different departments seemed better organized, more hands-on and information packed.
Similar to the appeal of an old fashion county fair, the annual camellia show in Sacramento mixes nostalgia with the affection and dedication of people who love camellia japonica blooms.
These are pictures I took of life as we walked from the Bart Embarcadero station to Fort Point under the Golden Gate Bridge.