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4th of July Festivities

Just got back from watching this year’s fireworks display. Jimmy wasn’t all that excited about it although he watched some of them. Naturally, being 9 months old, his attention span is all of about 3 minutes.

I took lots of photos with my 35mm camera. Unfortunately, our vantage point from the Jack-in-the-Box parking lot wasn’t the best. I tried to shoot slow exposures so the streetlights caused the forground to overexpose on many of the shots (you shutterbugs out there will understand that last sentence..hehe). Here are a few that turned out fair.

Close Call for the Ol’ Rancho

At about 11am yesterday I walked outside to get in the car to go to the Post Office. Imagine my surprise when I saw 15 foot high flames shooting up from the brush that grows on my neighbor’s property! I ran back into the house, grabbed the phone and dialed 911. I was told the fire was already reported and the fire department was in route. I ran over to the neighbor’s house and did what I could with his garden hose while another neighbor did what he could with a shovel. After what seemed like an eternity (Laura assures me it was 10 minutes) the fire department showed up along with an inmate crew from Antelope fire camp. Those folks all (inmates included) do exceptional work! In no time they had the fire that I’d estimate to be 1/4 of an acre under control. During this time it threw embers on to my property causing 2 small “spot fires”. I took a couple hours off work to run some sprinklers out in the area to make sure nothing was missed. It was quite the wake up call, especially to my neighbor who thought he had his burn pile from the early morning put out before leaving for work.

Here’s a couple photos taken from my driveway. All the trucks you see are on my property. The spot fires that started were near where the green forest service truck is parked. My house is about 50 feet behind where I stood to take the photos. Close enough for me! I didn’t get any shots of the fire actually burning since I was a tad busy at the time!

Note the large tank on the stand in the shade to the left of the frame of the following photo. At present it contains 125 gallons or so of 87 octane unleaded. Note also that there is a puddle next to it. Laura had the presence of mind to run some water in the area while I was over at the neighbor’s house.

Was an interesting adventure for a bit; one that I’m not in a big hurry to repeat, thank you very much!

Jimmy Helpin’ Grandma Sally Out!!!

Just got back from a weekend at Ernie and Sally’s. The memory card in my camera was getting full so I decided to dump it to my hard drive. While thumbing through the images I came across this priceless one of Jimmy tieing Sally’s shoes for her (or something like that!) and couldn’t wait to share it.

More to follow.


Baby Burn Out!!!

This morning Jimmy and I got up as usual. As usual, I gave him his breakfast and changed his pants. After hanging out for a bit I put him in his play pen to play for a bit while I checked my email. I noticed about 10 minutes later that he was being aweful quiet and went to investigate. I guess he decided he hadn’t had enough sleep last night. I couldn’t resist snapping a shot or 2…….

Memorial Day Weekend, 2005

As usual this past Memorial Day Weekend the Lee/Nachreiner clan took it’s annual Lake Almanor get away. For the past 5 years we’ve been staying at Lassen View Resort. Unfortunately the great folks who run the place have decided to retire so this was our last stay at their fine establishment.

Here is a brief photo journal of our weekend:

The Lee Mobile Palace:

Not the Lee Mobile Palace:

Jimmy taking it in on the first evening:

The marina at dusk:

Grandma Sally taking Jimmy on a morning stroll:

Our fishing chariot awaits:

The view from the back of the boat while chasing the elusive trout:

Some of the dirt cheap real estate (facetious)on the banks of the lake:

Jimmy and Carly supervising the fish cleaning operations:

Carly loves fishing:

Jimmy loves his life jacket:

Jimmy and mom enjoying the Sunday afternoon boat ride (the fishing was terrible but the weather was great that day):

Jimmy and Carly in our camper:

Jimmy and Pooh Bear in our camper:

Jimmy and Carly sitting at the campfire:

Jimmy, Carly and Laura at the campfire:

Jimmy and I at the campfire:

Ernie, Laura and Jimmy at the campfire:

The whole motley crew at the campfire:

Jimmy babysitting Sally while we were breaking camp:

Be sure to check out the 2 photos of some of the fish we caught on my fishing blog too!

Have a fast internet connection? Click here for a 2 minute video of our Sunday afternoon boat ride!

We always have a blast on our Memorial Day trips and this year was no exception! We sure are sorry to see the folks from Lassen View hang it up. They did a tremendous job of running the place. Hopefully, we can find another resort to stay at next year so our little 10 year tradition will stay alive.

Ernie’s Bone

Ernie and Sally recently took a vacation to Belize. Naturally they had to spend a little time chasing bonefish. Ernie actually caught a fish a good bit bigger than this one but the picture isn’t very good due to some gunk on the guide’s lense (yeah, I know, that’s what they all say)