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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Coastal Storm

Morro Bay State Beach

A costal storm blew in one night and I being the odd one I am,
decided it was the perfect time to go down to the beach.
 
The wind was blowing in and the sand was going everywhere.
The fog almost covered Morro Rock.
 
I did get a pretty cool shot so it was worth it.
 


Friday, July 25, 2014

I Love Vineyards

J Dusi Winery


I am slowly working my way through our beach vacation pictures
and I do have a lot to share over the next week.
 
Leading up to our vacation I didn't get a chance to blog much and
I'm hoping to get back into it more now that Summer is wrapping up.
 


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Sometimes pictures need their own post...

 
And this is one of those pictures. Probably my favorite picture of Isaac in the last few years. It totally captured his personality.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

San Francisco Randomness

 
Last weekend was our 9th annual BFF weekend in San Francisco.
 
It's the weekend I look forward to every year and it always ends way too quickly.
 
This year...it ended even quicker than usual as we both had things happening at home we needed to get back to.
 
But...we still had a wonderful time and I have pictures to prove it!
 
Golden Gate Bridge 

Bliss Statue on Treasure Island 

 



I'm totally intrigued by these locks and who put them there. Telegraph Hill 


 A perfect view from Telegraph Hill
 
 
We are already planning next year's weekend!
 
 

Friday, June 27, 2014

The day I landed my best friend in jail....sorta

My best friend's husband has warned told her for some time I would land her in jail. Apparently he thinks I'm a trouble maker!
 
So I figured I would prove him right and I booked us tickets to Alcatraz.
 
It's the closest I will ever get to a real jail cause in real life I'm quite an angel.
<enter evil laugh here>
 
 
 
I absolutely loved Alcatraz. I know that sounds weird but the history of "The Rock" is incredible and there are so many stories to share.
 
The walking tour with the little head phones was awesome. They have done a great job at sharing the stories of the guards & prisoners'. It was such an interesting tour.
 
Plus...the view of the city...can't be beat.
 
 
 Hard to believe this is on the island...the grounds were beautiful!
 
 
 There are these little windows on the block that housed the worst prisoners'. Torture to have to look out them all day and see the city.
 
 
Approved reading material in prison.
 
 
I was surprised at how small the prison really was. It's only 4 blocks long. I loved how they gave each block such pretty names.
 
If you haven't gone to Alcatraz, GO! It's so worth the trip. The tickets sell out weeks in advance but it's so worth going.
 
 
 


Thursday, June 26, 2014

Wine Tasting Paso Robles

 
When my mom and mother in law were up for Matt's graduation, we took them wine tasting in Paso Robles. As always, we visited our favorite wineries and tried a new one that is now a must stop of us.
 
My mom took most of these which was nice cause that meant I'm actually in them - LOL
 
 

 Me & my mom


 
Chris & I at Tobin James - we had our first date here & two years later got engaged here.

 We had to take Isaac with us. He was a trooper and had fun checking out all the places we stopped.
 
The best photo bomb of the day...
 
Here's some of the pictures I took....
 
 




Monday, June 9, 2014

Allensworth State Historic Park

Every so often I kick myself for not visiting a place sooner....
Allensworth is one of those places.
 
Located between Bakersfield and Hanford on Highway 43, I have driven past Allensworth many times. I knew it  was a community built Colonel Allen Allensworth and four other settlers and founded, financed and governed by African Americans but that is all I knew. With my mom in town, we decided to take our cameras out there and see what it was all about.
 
The small farming community was founded in 1908 by Lt. Colonel Allen Allensworth, Professor William Payne, William Peck, a minister; John W. Palmer, a miner; and Harry A. Mitchell, a real estate agent, dedicated to improving the economic and social status of African Americans. Colonel Allensworth (1842–1914) had a friendship with Booker T. Washington and was inspired by the Tuskegee Institute and development in its neighboring town. Allensworth hoped to develop the "Tuskegee of the West".
Uncontrollable circumstances, including a drop in the area's water table, resulted in the town's demise
 
 
Allensworth Family Home 
 
In 1908, United States Army veteran Lt. Colonel Allen Allensworth and Professor William Payne, Rev. William Peck and John W. Palmer, and Harry A. Mitchell sought to build a town where African Americans could own property, learn, and live the American Dream. They chose an 800-acre Tulare County site for a new town near the present location of Earlimart, California, and about 45 miles north of Bakersfield. The site was chosen for fertile soil, adequate water, and its location along a railroad corridor. Black men and women — craftsmen, artisans, businessmen, farmers, ranchers, retired military — moved their families to the newly purchased land.
 
 
Elementary School 
 
 
In 1908 the southwest corner of Tulare County had abundant water from wells drilled into the then-shallow water table. The artesian wells and water mains laid throughout the residences during and since 1912 were controlled by Allensworth Rural Water Company, a state corporation. But water problems began developing in 1912 and by 1914 had become serious. The declining water tables throughout the area and increasing problems with alkali salts helped to doom the community. As the original settlers moved away, the land values declined, some of the houses were left empty, and others were rented or sold.
 
 
First Baptist Church
 
 
In 1968 Cornelius "Ed" Pope, a former resident of Allensworth, worked in Sacramento as a draftsman and planner for the California Department of Parks and Recreation. With the help of a professor at California State University, Sacramento, he wrote a proposal to restore the Allensworth settlement as a state historical site.  In 1972 "Allensworth Historic District" was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Finally, in 1974 then-Governor Ronald Reagan authorized the department to establish the park. Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park was established on 240 acres (97 ha) in 1976. 
 
 
It's not a destination stop by any means, but if you find yourself in the area and have a few hours to spare this is worth the stop. The buildings are far enough apart that walking may not work for everyone, but you can drive through the community and stop at the homes. The bathrooms are clean, there is a visitor center and park benches if you want to take a break and eat your lunch.


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