Thursday, August 11, 2022

Main Street, Visalia

 


Standing near El Tarasco, looking at a building project





Looking from Main Street at the Darling Hotel


One of the old drug stores on the corner across from Starbucks



An old sign was removed near Link's Menswear, can't really read what it used to say. Maybe the bottom words were 'Advertising Design'


An old furniture store near the Visalia Theater, can't really tell what the name used to be, started with a 'C'


The old Bothof's bakery


The old furniture store front - there is a restaurant in the lower part now. 



you can see that there is a section boarded up next to the old Pacific Treasures, which is also out of business


looking at the same boarded-up section, from the other side near Little Italy



Alejandra's restaurant is boarded up, near what used to be the Renaissance Beauty Salon....:)

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Sequoia National Park

 


lots of fire damage as we drove up to the Giant Forest area










It's not clear why the Crystal Caves were closed




when we got to the General Sherman area, we saw a deer, which was surprising, usually there is no sign of animal life up there. 




the line of people waiting to take a picture in front of the General Sherman sign


the General Sherman tree



another shocking thing, we saw a black bear and her cub right near the Sherman tree. She was digging into the bark for a few minutes, but then a ranger shouted and chased her off. 


some views on the way back down


Morro Rock - you can see a lot of the dead trees








Monday, June 20, 2022

High Adventure camping trip in Santa Cruz

 


Carson and Tucker went with their church young men's group to Santa Cruz for a high adventure camping trip.






They went mountain biking - the yellow line shows their trail. 





and they spent some fun time on the beach. 






example of the racks on the back of the trucks that hauled all the bikes there and back. 





They had a great time.