All Aboard for CritterTown
Oct16

All Aboard for CritterTown

Apparently, I’m not very good at keeping readers up to speed on how our various Sonoma critters are faring. Actually, with this crazy spring and summer of shifting residences and various sidetracking adventures, I guess I haven’t been very good at updating much of anything about Sonoma. But after woefully neglecting Two Terrier Vineyards and Rancho Los Dos Terriers, I’m trying to get back to my regular schedule of...

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More Roadside Impressions
Oct02

More Roadside Impressions

Well, another themed and blogged roadtrip wrapped up. First there was the Golden Girls Tour, where I took my 75 year old mother and her buddy down the California coast. Then I tackled The Mission Mission where I attempted to visit all of California’s 21 Spanish missions. Two years ago, I embarked on The Road Less Traveled where I traversed The Loneliest Road in America (Rte 50 through Nevada, the old Lincoln Highway) and visited...

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Modocs and Casino Madness
Sep30

Modocs and Casino Madness

After yesterday’s long haul through Oregon, I crossed the California border at about 5pm and pulled into Alturas, the largest, maybe even the only city in Modoc County. Modoc County, in the extreme Northeast corner of the state, has the distinction of being simultaneously the most Republican County in California and the county where residents, per capita, rely most heavily on Welfare and other government programs. They are also...

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An Oregon Long Haul
Sep27

An Oregon Long Haul

One of the hallmarks of my roadtrips is just driving. Especially driving on roads less traveled. So the plan from Pendleton on the Lost Coast Then Just Lost Tour was to make a long haul down the full length of Oregon. Oregon makes it easy. Since there are no major interstates out in the Eastern part, I didn’t have to work hard to find an alternative route. It was Route 395 all the way. While it plays a distinct second fiddle to...

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The Cowboy Town Where Indians Rule
Sep26

The Cowboy Town Where Indians Rule

Yesterday, when my Prius was slammed into, I was already running late. I was rushing to beat an impending rainstorm and get to my next stop before dark. So I finished up a full day as if nothing had happened. However, this morning it all hit home. Add to that Lucy, who sometimes gets the seasonal itchies, had a flair up. So all three of us — me, Prius and terrier — needed to regroup. We opted to stay an extra day in...

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Gorgeous Gorge, Ghastly Crash & Cowboy Heaven
Sep25

Gorgeous Gorge, Ghastly Crash & Cowboy Heaven

Having powered our way up the Lost Coast of California and the entire coast of Oregon, the next phase of our roadtrip was to do a reverse Lewis & Clark for a bit. That meant following the Columbia River to the east. We caught our first glimpse of the mouth of the Columbia from Astoria and, wow, is it big. It’s also very very industrial. Besides the ubiquitous piles of logs, there are huge cranes, ships, and rail cars...

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Coasting Up Oregon
Sep23

Coasting Up Oregon

If you’ve been following along, you’ll know I’m on another themed road trip with Lucy the terrier. This one we’re calling The Lost Coast Then Just Lost. Yesterday was mostly about Redwoods as we traversed California’s Lost Coast and headed into Oregon. Meandering along and braking for every Redwood grove, we made it about halfway up the Oregon coast to Yachats. Today, there would be no meandering. The weather report was warning of a...

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Up the Lost Coast to Oregon
Sep23

Up the Lost Coast to Oregon

Having officially gotten myself further up the California coast than I’ve ever been, Lucy the Terrier and I continued our trek along the coastal highways. We’re calling it The Lost Coast Then Just Lost Tour. Today was Day Two. One thing we learned yesterday is that the northern coast of California is beautiful in a somewhat frightening sort of way. But not as frightening as the people. I don’t necessarily mean the people who live...

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On the Road Again
Sep22

On the Road Again

Cue the Willie Nelson. As we do every year or so, Lucy and I are on one of our themed roadtrips. In the past, I undertook The Mission Mission where I attempted, in one long haul, to hit most of California’s Missions. It was a great trip, but would have been more fun to share it with a companion. Poor Andy works so hard, that when he has a vacation, the last thing he wants to do is go meandering backroads on some vaguely themed...

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Project Lawn Be Gone
Sep21

Project Lawn Be Gone

Those of you who have been following along here at Left Coast Cowboys have heard me warning about our historic drought. I’ve even condemned the ubiquitous Ice Bucket Challenge. Despite its noble goals, it still perpetuates the completely irresponsible assumption that we have plenty of potable water to throw around. I could go on for days on the pitifully inadequate response of our state government to this ecological catastrophe....

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