Category Archives: View from the Road

Wandering thoughts.

The Sand Tufas

About a mile from South Tufa, on a dirt and gravel road, is Navy Beach, where you can see limestone towers that are more otherworldly that the South Tufa constructions. The towers here form exactly the same way, except they … Continue reading

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The Lake of Limestone Towers

Mono Lake may be a million years old. Conservative estimates put it at 750,000 years. Once part of an inland sea, the lake, which covers about 69 square miles, is a shadow of its former greatness. It’s still great, though. … Continue reading

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The Ibis Dances

Bridgeport Lake is about three miles northeast of the town. It’s a water source and a recreational spot, I would say mostly for fishing. We passed a small marina and parked in the boat ramp area, a narrow inlet of … Continue reading

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Bridgeport

Towns have identities. Some towns, like my hometown, struggle to decide what their identity is, or try to change it. Some embrace what they are: a college town, a company town, a working-class town, a tourist town, a bedroom community. … Continue reading

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27 Vultures

I’ve ridden or driven past the turnoff for the South Shore of Camanche Lake Reservoir a hundred times, literally, but I’d never driven up to it. Linda and I weren’t on a clock, not really, so we took the turn … Continue reading

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Flowers

I got to the botanical garden during peak dahlia season. The banks of lush blooms, looking like time-frozen fireworks, have benches interspersed so you can sit and rest your feet after you’ve walked down from the terrace, through the first … Continue reading

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MCWC 2021 Finished Up

Another conference is in the books. Like last year’s, this conference was online. Like last year’s this worked pretty well for me. It worked better for me in one respect; I participated online from a room at the Alegria Inn … Continue reading

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The Way We Live Now #18: Backing out of Lockdown

The second quarter of 2020 was stressful for me. There was a highly contagious, life-threatening virus making the rounds, and absolutely zero national response. We had a president who openly lied about the seriousness, often making things up on the … Continue reading

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The Virus Collaborator

There’s an eatery in Mendocino Village whose owner took pride in preventing his employees, or customers, from wearing face coverings during the long months we’re been facing the novel coronavirus. In the early stages of the pandemic he put up … Continue reading

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The Way We Live Now #17: Litter

More and more people are now fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. It’s starting to show in many ways. There are more people on the sidewalks, more traffic, more people going to the coast or taking trips. And face masks are … Continue reading

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