Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Jungle Tiger


Jungle Tiger author, Mark Rainbolt, was my neighbor and I read his book shortly before his death in 2014. I thought it was a terrific book and fortunately I had the chance to tell him so before he died.


I'm pretty sure he and I were on opposing sides of the political spectrum but I always found him to be an interesting and articulate person to talk with on any subject. Jungle Tiger shows that he could write as well as he spoke. 

Saturday, March 18, 2017

La Jolla Seawatch Birdwalk

The coolest bird I saw this morning on the San Diego Audubon seawatch bird walk at La Jolla Cove was the Pelagic Cormorant.
[Wikipedia pic]

See the full list at:
Joe's Ebird list...

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Oatman, Arizona



Yesterday day I went to Oatman with my brother Dave and his wife Jan. Oatman is an old mining boom town that was resurrected by Rout 66 road traffic after it's early hay-day in the early 20th Century.
The donkeys are descended from the original donkeys that worked in the local mines. Their ancestors were turned loose when the mines shut down. They REALLY liked the carrots I brought to feed to them. Here one of them is disappointed that I've run out. Sorry bud...

Friday, January 27, 2017

Stevenson Canyon Hike & Bike

Yesterday afternoon I biked up to San Diego's Stevenson Canyon for a hike. The trail's only about a mile long and has to be done as an out-and-back hike on the same trail. See the trail profile below... it's not a hard trail. 


Stevenson Canyon Trail Profile

Up near the trailhead the trail and the creek are one.










Then it widens out into a broader canyon. There's a water and sewer main running the length of the valley and a primitive road that is the hiking trail.

While this MAY be public land I don't this it's a designated park.




Stevenson Canyon Bike Rout - 17 miles

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

San Clemente/Rose Canyon Hiking Trail

Last Wednesday, January 18th, I rode the bus up to the start of the San Clemente and Rose Canyon hiking trail shown below.




San Clemente Rose CanyonTrail profile



I dropped down into Rose Canyon next to where the railroad tracks cross under Genesee Ave at the beginning of the 4 1/2 mile hike

The trail is fairly flat and easy to follow.

Just beyond the midpoint of the hike the trail crosses under Hwy 52 close to the railroad tracks. The Mid-Coast Trolley line is under construction here.

Though it wasn't marked very well  when I did the hike this portion of the trail isn't technically open. But I did manage to get through. 


The hike really ended for me here at Marian Bear Natural Park. It's possible to continue on back to Genesee Ave and I-805 if your up for it. I wasn't able to flag down a bus on Regents Road so walked up to the bus stop on Luna Ave.
 For a similar post about a similar hike I did back in 2013 see: 



Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Monday, November 7, 2016

Sunday, July 31, 2016

My Langin's - The Oregon Connection - (continued...)

On a recent trip I was able to visit the small town of Falls City, Oregon where my grandfather Linwood E. Langin lived for a year with his mother Lena Miner Langin Hill and step-father Wellington Hill in about 1914.  My friend Mancil, who lives in nearby Independance, OR was a telephone repairman and covered Falls City for many years and he gave me the tour of Falls City.


Sunday, May 29, 2016

My Langins - The Oregon Connection

The family story has been that my mother's father, Linwood Earl  Langin, spent a couple of very unhappy years living in Oregon. I was never able to confirm this until recently when I happened on the following old newspaper article published in the Alma Record in October of 1913:


I know from previous research that my great grand mother's third husband's name was Wellington Hill and her father's name was Edwin Miner. This news was published in the "Riverdale" section of the newspaper. My great grandmother, Lena Miner Hill, died in Riverdale, Michigan in March of 1915.