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Knowlesville      

The Internet Ramblings of Matt & Lori Knowles

February 2002

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Tue, Feb. 5, 2002 - Green Grass

Green Grass

No reason for the lack of posts lately other than Lori and I have been busy, and yet there doesn't seem to be much to report. So today I made a point to go out and take some pictures. What struck me the most was how beautiful Ferndale looks at this time of year when the sun comes out. The vibrant green of the pastures and hills is almost shocking it is so saturated. Almost makes all that rain worth it.

Sat, Feb. 9, 2002 - Racing in Ferndale (On a small scale)

Racing in Ferndale (On a small scale)

I saw a notice today about a slot car race meet going on at the Portuguese Hall in Ferndale, so I went down there this morning to check it out. The hall was filled with (mostly) guys racing HO scale slot cars on about 6 different tracks. It starts out as a team sport with teams pairing off against each other. Each team runs races on all of the tracks in different sessions, and each session pits two team against each other at the same track. They have several races at each session, so that each team member gets a chance at each lane. This evens out any advantages or disadvantages between lanes, as well as evening out the results due to the many accidents that occur. All the scoring is done by computers at each track, with the computer turning on the power for the start and then shutting it down after the two minute session. It all appeared pretty serious, and over a third of the hall was dedicated to a pit area, where repairs and tuneups could be performed. Ferndale had its own team, but there were also several teams from the Bay Area, some from southern California and Oregon. But as an indication of how seriously some people are involved in this competition, there were also teams from Kansas City, and Miami. The competition runs all day and night, with teams competing first, and then individuals competing later. I imagine there will be a lot of sore trigger fingers in Ferndale tonight.

Fri, Feb. 15, 2002 - Lost Coast 180

Lost Coast 180

Out on the Lost Coast.

Sat, Feb. 16, 2002 - Lost Coast Arch

Lost Coast Arch

Here the month is half over, and I've only posted two pictures. So I figure I better get busy the next two weeks. Friday, Greg and I took the afternoon off to go explore the Lost Coast, take a few pictures, and talk about our new business plans. I can't remember if I've divulged them yet, but I'm not ready to announce it on the web just yet. The picture for today and yesterday were taken from almost the same spot. The first one is a 180° panorama, while the second one is a detail shot of just the arch.

Sun, Feb. 17, 2002 - Syncronized Duck Shooting

Syncronized Duck Shooting

Today was the annual Fireman's Muster in Ferndale which pits the four volunteer fire companies against each other in several events. In the first one, each team has to assemble several hose sections, turn on the water, and then two gunners have to shoot ducks off of barrels. The score is based upon the average of the time it takes the team to drop both ducks. Most teams have wildly different results on the left and right sides, but this particular run was done quickly, and in perfect unison.

Mon, Feb. 18, 2002 - Old Van Duzen Bridge

Old Van Duzen Bridge

Lori and I celebrated Presidents Day by going for a drive through the backcountry to Kneeland. I wasn't really sure what's in Kneeland, but when I saw the road that goes to it on our trip to Eleanor's house in Bridgeville, I was intrigued. Although we took the truck, it turns out to be a perfect road for the KLR, and I'm sure I'll try it again soon when the weather clears up. The bridge in the picture is the old Van Duzen bridge on Highway 36, shortly before you get to Bridgeville. I suppose Dad would have traveled over this bridge on his way to the ranch, but now there is a newer bridge next to it that actually carries the traffic. Fortunately they left this scenic bridge standing. We really enjoyed our scenic drive, and I stopped at quite a few places to take pictures along Highway 36. Usually I'm too busy enjoying the road on the bike to stop and take pictures, so it was nice to stop and share the sights with Lori. After awhile though it started raining so I had to put the camera away. But I will be sharing a few more pictures from the drive later this week.

Tue, Feb. 19, 2002 - Indian Warrior

Indian Warrior

This is another picture from our trip yesterday. A few weeks ago the bulbs were poppin', and now the wildflowers are starting, so Spring can't be too far away. This interesting wildflower is called Indian Warrior. The leafs and base of the plant look like a fern, but then it has this very bright red flower stalk.

Wed, Feb. 20, 2002 - Daffodils for sale

Daffodils for sale

Going back to the Fireman's Muster on Sunday for today's picture. While I was busy photographing the firemen in action, three little girls came by pulling this wagon full of daffodills. It would have been a very cute picture but I couldn't get to them by the time they had crossed the street. I thought they would make several passes, but I guess sales were dissapointing and they quickly gave up. I saw the wagon parked later in the day and the three girls were nowhere to be seen. So you'll have to picture in your own mind how cute it looked to see three little entreprenurial girls pulling their red wagon stocked full of yellow daffodils.

Thu, Feb. 21, 2002 - Chelsea

Chelsea

A few weeks ago I met Chelsea as she was helping out with our neighbor's cows. I asked her if she would be interested in modeling some of Lori's vintage clothing and since she has a flexible work schedule we planned a day at the beach once the weather got better. Today it looked like it would be a nice afternoon so we headed back out to the spot where I went last Friday. By the time we got there the fog had rolled in so it wasn't quite what I wanted, but it made for some interesting pictures even so. Chelsea is wearing a 1930s silk bias gown, about which she joked, "I usually go rock climbing in my lingerie."

Fri, Feb. 22, 2002 - The Wildcat

The Wildcat

This picture was taken yesterday on our way back from the Lost Coast. We had our backs to the sun, and I kept checking out the rearview mirror to watch the sunset. I had to stop several times to take pictures, and this one was one of my favorites. The fog was really rolling in, and just as I started taking pictures here, the fog started obscuring the grazing cows. But for a few seconds it was very cool looking.

Sun, Feb. 24, 2002 - Chelsea (again)

Chelsea (again)

Dad was wondering when I find time to work, and it basically comes down to this: If it is sunny outside, usually so am I. Then I make it up when it is dark, or when it is raining. In Ferndale during the winter, it is often both, so I actually end up working quite a bit. For example, today it rained all day, so I stayed inside and worked on a couple of web sites, one for a company that makes tie-dyed Christian t-shirts, and another that is a florist who specializes in weddings. They both are not quite done, but they're getting there. So since I wasn't out photographing today, I put up another picture from Thursday's session with Chelsea. You can see more shots from this session on Lori's Vintage Fashion page.

Tue, Feb. 26, 2002 - Just a couple of trees

Just a couple of trees

I had to go up to Eureka today to drop some film off and I brought the digital along since it was such a nice day out. It was tempting to turn the ride into something longer, but I pretty much made it there and back in a straight line. Today's picture is a couple of trees that are near Fernbridge. Nothing special about them, I just love how green the fields get around here this time of year.