Sunday, April 20, 2008

Tobin to Rock Creek Hike - April 20, 2008

I drove down to Tobin this past Saturday, partly because it was forecast as a cold weekend, and mainly because I wanted to see Dorothy & Jeffery. The plan was to take a hike from their house, down the hill to the east end of the Railroad bridge over Highway 70 through the Feather River Canyon. We hiked westward, over the highway and the highway bridge (which is why it's called Twin bridges by locals). Shay-pup was a valiant member of our hiking many of you may know, it's not easy walking across ballast, which is what the rocks are called that are used in laying these tracks. We ended up at Rock Creek village, which is a PG&E housing community where men and their families used to live and work here in years past. A couple of the homes are still in use today, but most of them are not. It was a brisk and windy day, but beautiful for taking a hike.

The railroad bridge looking west

Dorothy starts off. Note the highway bridge to the left.

Looking down through the walkway/tracks to the Feather River below.

Jeffery, Shay and Dorothy.

Looking back at the Twin Bridges.
The rocks are so pretty shaped by the high water over the eons. (Click on picture to enlarge)

A little waterfall and mossy grotto.

The tracks right above Rock Creek village.

California poppies!

River rocks below the bridge at Rock Creek.

Lupine! (but you can't eat them...)

Jeffery & Shay.

Not sure what these are, but they're pretty!
Looking west along Highway 70, the way we came home.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Theme postcards (for those who can relate)

More of the postcard collection...these few are addressed to either Mr and/or Mrs. J.A. Irving of 908 1/2 F Street, Sacramento, CA. or Mr. James A. Irving of East Auburn, CA.

"The Awakening---Well I'll be d--d! Here I am in jail again"
Postmarked July 26, 1916

"Cheer Up!! Better be up against it than down and out"
Postmarked June 21, 1911

"Father won't be home tonight"
Postmarked June 25, 1912

"Isn't she the killing thing"
Postmark 1911?
(women suffer, too)

"I'm on the water wagon now"
Postmarked February 27, 1909
(I love the comments penned by the sender-"A.C. and J.A.I. had better follow suit")

"Weather Forecast (Storm expected)"
Postmarked January 18, 1909

"Gone but not forgotten"
Postmarked October 14, 1908

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Postcards from the turn of the last century

Grant's dad gave him a box of old postcards about a year ago, and we looked through them at the time. Most were written to Grant's great-uncle and they are dated from 1907 onwards. Most have been written on, so you get the jist of life from one man's perspective. Some even have stamps (1cents!). I thought I'd post just a sampling as I go through the whole box again. I will continue to post more, now that I have a scanner. Enjoy!

"What I like the best about you is that you have me"

"On the Way to Reno"

"This is what the stork brot to our house. I wish it wus a (dog)"

The Faithful Husband's Toast
"Here's to my wife-wish her long life!
She's mighty good looking, unriveled at cooking
Knows all about medicine, as inventive as Edison
Just plumfull of grit, has no equal for wit
Sees the point when I joke-insists that I smoke
Never chews the rag when I get a jag
She knows how to sew and still calls me her beau"