September 2015
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Independence Day Thoughts

As I sat and listened to “Amazing Grace” by Condoleezza Rice and Jenny Oaks Baker I could not help think of the founding fathers and their belief in God. Their understanding of the importance of freedom as a God given principal. As the founding fathers were guided by the spirit and their wisdom, we have a nation that has grown and a land of people that have had freedom. As we pass through challenging times, it would seem that our nation needs to turn their eyes towards God rather than secularism and those things contrary to faith, hope and charity. Enjoy this rendition of Amazing Grace. Perhaps it will touch you as well.

One can only hope that people realize they are celebrating Independence Day and should be walking away from a government dependence lifestyle.

Regatta 2015

For the past six years the Riverside Community Sailing Program has hosted the Mayor and City Council Regatta for the City of Riverside. Today was year Seven. All went well. I only have two pictures of the event. I am tired and happy that it is over. It is time to rest and soon enough it will be time to prepare for year eight.


Sailing with Emily

It was a warm day and I wanted to get out of the house. I looked and Emily and we thought about a walk. It was a little warm for that. How about sailing was the next thought. So it was off to the lake for a evening of sailing. The breeze was cool and it was a lot of fun.



Every year I let a volunteer sunflower come up in the backyard. It grow about 8 feet tall and is covered with sunflowers. This year I let two come up. One grew up tall and the other one laid over in the parking area. The one that was close to the ground gave Elizabeth and I a chance to pick some sunflowers. We put them in a vase and then decided it was a good place for a picture.


A Hot 102

Today was hot. As I was headed home two neighboring communities were at 104 degrees. Riverside only hit 102. I still did a little work in the garden tonight as the sun was setting. As for today, the chocolate ice cream after dinner was the highlight. As for tomorrow, the forecast is for 90 degrees and a 40 percent chance of showers. I think I would rather have the 102 than rain and 90. Either way there is ice cream left for tomorrow.

Hazy Hike - Operation On Target Workshop

Today I took a little time to hike up to high point on Box Springs Mountains to flash a mirror at some Varsity Scouts that were at the Operation On Target workshop. Each one of the youth got to make their own signal mirror.


The Scouts successfully signaled me on the mountain. I did not have a camera to record their flashes. However, I saw a lot of flashes.


They had a camera and recorded my flash.


As I was on Box Springs Mountain, I took time to look at Mt San Gorgonio off in the distance. I need to bet out and exercise more so I am prepared to get up to that peak on the third Saturday in July. The mountain barely shows through the haze.


A Bear of a Good Hike

Last year in the month of May I hiked almost 90 miles. This year in the month of may I cot close to 20 with this hike. It was tough as I was not in shape. We started out early leaving the house at 5:00. We were at the trailhead of the San Bernardino trail at 6:00. There was a group of Boy Scout sleeping in the parking lot when we got there.

The hike up the first part of the trail is a little steep and has several switchbacks. I found myself chasing my daughter Emily and her friend Michael. Emily was out front leading the way.


As we got further up the trail I noticed a tree stump that as freshly torn up. I was going to show Emily and Michael the tree stump. However they were about 100 feet in front of my and I was breathing too hard to feel like garnering their attention. I just keep up the pace trying to stay up with them.

We came around another switchback and headed up the trail further. Emily was out in from of Michael by about 20 feet. I was about 40 feet behind Michael. All of a sudden Emily stopped, turned, had eyes as big a saucers and said, “Dad, it is a bear”. I hustled up the trail and sure enough there was a black bear off in the distance slowly making its way through the woods. It looks like it had been stirring up the pine needles about 50 feet off the trail where Emily saw him.


There was not enough time to get the camera out an get a picture of the bear in the distance. We just got the picture of where he was. We hiked on. However, Emily did not get out in front as far. She stayed closer. She had never seen a bear before. She told us the reason she called for me is because I had hiking sticks. What on earth am I going to do with a pair of lightweight aluminum hiking sticks when it comes to a bear?

As for bears, if you treat them well, they do not bother you. If you do not treat them well or take the proper precautions, it causes a problem. Nothing like a good cartoon used with the creators permission to give bears a point of view.


We hiked on and fairly soon Michel spotted a deer. It was a buck in the distance. (lower right corner area of the picture.)


We continued our way up the San Bernardino trail. We realized that we were not going to make it to the peak before we had to turn around so that Emily could go to work. We ate lunch and then traveled up the trail to Limber Pine Bench to take in the view.


It was a little hazy. However, I though it would be a cool place to camp as you can look out towards all the city lights once night falls. Further up the mountain behind us was some large patches of snow. We will have probably missed our last chance this year to play in the snow on this mountain.

We headed back down the trail, headed to A&W Root Beer for a root beer freeze and as planned, an afternoon nap. Overall, it was a berry good hike. I just need to get in more miles as in July, I will need to make it to the top of San Gorgonio.

Flower on a Mountain

Took a little walk tonight looking for the sunset. On the way up Mt. Rubidoux, I came across a nice flower.


I hiked a little further and I happened upon another one of natures beautiful creations.


I bet she would say that she is a princess if you ask her. The princess of the mountain.

Where is the Princess

Elizabeth and I got to spend some time together today. We were in the back yard doing yard work when I thought, Elizabeth may want something different to do. I went to the garage and got out the log cabin tote and sat down with her and played for a while.

I remember building cabins and forts when I was a kid with log toys. Cowboys and Indians was a big thing. As we were older we were making guns from 3/4″ pine and running around the yard playing cowboys and Indians.

As for the year 2015, when Elizabeth found and Indian Chief in the tub of log toys, her first question was, “Where is the Princess”. I would guess her point of reference is one too many Disney movies or cartoons.


Then again, in today’s world, we need happiness and princesses.

Happy Mothers Day

It is a good day to wish mom Happy Mothers Day. She raised four boys and survived. Her boys survived as well. For the boys there was a few car crashes. Jumping off the roof of the garage into the pool. Sighting of rifles from the kitchen down the long hall. Yes, one of the boys was sighting his 22 using 22 shorts in the house. Chasing birds with a bow and arrow in the front yard. Boys coming home late. The list probably goes on. (I know it does).

So a wishing mom a Wonderful Happy Mothers Day.

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Route 395 - A Place to Drive

This weekend was the 2015 Show and Go. Tradition is to walk from home a couple of blocks to to where the Show and Go is every year. We then walk to Carl’s, which is on the route, for lunch. Today the choice was Clark’s Nutrition for and ice cream sandwich. I just thought I would throw a few picture from the Show and Go up on the blog. There were a lot of entries. I would say better than one hundred. As for Route 395, the signs showed up on the poles in the last couple of days. Nothing wrong with having signs for the Historic Route 395 downtown.



This year was the first year I saw some tractors at the Show and Go. I thought I would get a picture of one of those as well.


The Animals

We let Elizabeth know that we were going to see some turkeys, chickens and lamas also known as the animals at my brothers house. She was excited to see them. However, when she actually saw them, she treated them like aliens. then again, how often to young children come face to face with large feathered of furry friends. We walked past the chickens. She was not to excited about them.

It was off to the lamas. now those were big animals and Elizabeth found comfort in mom’s arms. Of course that did not stop the lama from wanting to say good afternoon.


Curiously they do not lick you. They just smell you. She warmed up a little when she could hold a branch and the lama began eating the leaves off the branch.


We then went back passed the chickens. This time she was handed a scoop of chicken feed. Se really enjoyed feeding the chickens. It was fun to watch her walk around and toss some chicken feed out while being followed by the chickens.


Joseph's Coat

Several years ago I planted a climbing rose along the fence in the backyard. The years I take more care in pruning it during the winter, the showier it is in the spring. Of course, the name of the rose plant is Joseph’s Coat. The flowers change their color through the progression of each blooms life cycle.


As for the yearly volunteer sunflower, it is well flowered as well.


Light Blogging

I really have not been in the mood to blog as much. There is this tube of stuff I have been putting on my face. It has not been pleasant. However, if you get too much sunlight over several years, it becomes the the thing you need to do.


Spring is showing

Every year I have volunteer sunflowers come up in the backyard. I usually thin the crop out to one or two plants. The birds love the seeds and it is nice to have sunny little flowers in the back yard. It lets me know spring is here.