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Lego Chain Reactions ~ Tuesday, May 14, 2019

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House Moving: Half-Way There ~ Sunday, May 12, 2019

Seen on the way to Niles for the Laurel and Hardy show.

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House Moving ~ Friday, May 10, 2019

A historic building, the Lathrop House, is being moved across the street this weekend in Redwood City. It will become part of the History Museum.

This is actually not the first time it has been moved.

We'll stop by to watch the slow motion action.

I'm reminded of a ghost story I once read in which a moved house provided a twist. You can read it here: https://archive.org/details/anitineranthouse00dawsrich/page/n6

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Caterpillars ~ Sunday, May 05, 2019

We've been seeing a lot of these guys around lately.

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Thursday Morning MoW Train ~ Thursday, May 02, 2019

I always enjoy seeing CalTrain's switch engine out on a job.

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Catching up with 2018: Fort Bragg and the Skunk Train ~

Fort Bragg is the western end of the California Western Railroad, known as the Skunk Train. Currently, due to a tunnel that needs to be fixed, the western end and the eastern (out of Willits, CA) are separate operations.

If you want to ride through giant redwoods, go to the east end. But the west end's ride along Pudding Creek is scenic too.

You can also enjoy a beverage along the way.

This was the colorful car we rode in:

Back behind the depot was this old self-propelled car, one of the ones that gave the line it's nickname--apparently the exhaust was pungent!

There's a pretty nice model railroad next door too:

Fort Bragg has a few other attractions, such as the glass beach

and a few things that looked intriguing but which we didn't have time for, such as the Guest House Historical Museum (next to the station) and the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens.

This place is called Piaci Pizza, is close to the Skunk Depot, and is pretty good:

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Catching up with 2018: The Mendocino Coast ~ Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Last July, I posted some pictures of Trains, a trolley, and strange sculptures in Petaluma. This was just the first stop on the way to more remote areas. I meant to keep the posts coming, but it turns out we were heading to parts of the Northern California coast so remote that internet access was hard to find!

Our home base for this trip was in Point Arena.

It's a small town, but it has a movie theater.

The Point Arena lighthouse is worth a visit. There's a lot of steps, but the view is worth it.

There is great coastal scenery and interesting wildlife.

Zebras are admittedly not endemic to the Mendocino coast, but they and other African wildlife can be seen at the B. Ryan Preserve.

We took a few side trips. This is the Taoist Temple of Kwan Tai in the town of Mendocino.

There are some great rivers to go paddling on. They are tidal, so if you time your trip right, you can substantially reduce the effort you have to spend rowing.

This is a small museum in Greenwood/Elk River CA. It's worth stopping by to see how logs were once transferred from train to ship via areal cable (Here's an history of the operation, with pictures).

Back closer to Point Arena, here is an abandoned school in the town of Manchester. Spooky!

This is a very tasty cafe. The name Rollerville doesn't actually have anything to do with rollerskating--another lumber operation used to be here, one that used rollers to get logs down to ships.

We also made a trip to Fort Bragg--but that's worthy a whole post in itself.

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Catching up with 2018: Catalina (Funicular!) ~

A somewhat delayed post. I've been busy!

Last November, Sue and I took a trip to Catalina Island.

About 100 years ago, Catalina had a funicular called the Island Mountain Railway. (Actually, a double funicular with one line up from Avalon, and another down to an otherwise-inaccessible beach).


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Making a golf-cart tour of Avalon and its surrounds, we found the location of the top station and some remains of the railway.


View from the road.


The inclined right-of-way.


Rails.


Funicular car!

We stayed at a B&B called The Old Turner Inn. The owner is a multi-generational local who told us her grandmother had ridden the funicular up to have tea at the top station.

Another point of archaeological interest is the remains of Bird Park, a former aviary, now apparently a daycare center.

The botanical gardens and Wrigley memorial are also worth a visit:

A few items of interest from a local historical museum:


The old phone exchange.


An earlier generation of island ferry.

And I'll round out this post with a picture of a house I'm pretty sure is built out of the cabins of one or more old ships:

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