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August 2003

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Fri, Aug. 1, 2003 - Ferndale Fire Hall

Ferndale Fire Hall

In what little spare time I have lately, I've been working on a web site for the Ferndale Fire Department. It's not quite done yet, but I thought I would give you a sneek peak. Be sure to check out the photo gallery on the site.

Sat, Aug. 2, 2003 - Wildwood Days

Wildwood Days

My next web site project is going to be for the City of Rio Dell. Today Rio Dell started their weekend festival, "Wildwood Days", including a parade down their main boulevard. Which got rained on. I started on the way over to Rio Dell on the Sprint, but half way there it started sprinkling, and looking over in the direction of Rio Dell it looked like it was pouring. So I came back and got the Del Sol. Good thing too, because when I did finally get there (just in time to see the end of the parade) it was pouring. I was going to take some pictures for the new web site, but it was raining so hard I didn't even take the camera out. So I had to cheat and use a picture I took Sunday.

Sun, Aug. 3, 2003 - Amphibious Sunday

Amphibious Sunday

Today had an amphibious flavor to it. First, during my ritual morning slug and snail slaughter, I spotted a little tree frog. Not really a big deal, I see them all the time. Next I spotted this salamder, whose brown and orange markings almost got him fatally mistaken for a slug. I hadn't ever seen a salamander in our yard, and had to inspect further. That's when I noticed this was a pretty special salamander, and now I'm scared. They say that amphibions are good indicators of the health of the environment. Well this amphibion had four and a half legs. I knew I shouldn't have dumped all that toxic waste in the creek!

Since I didn't have a camera at home to document this oddity, I quickly drove to the studio to retrieve one. Halfway down Rose Ave, a frog jumped off the hood, across the windshield, and then on up to the roof of the Del Sol. I guess he heard about the salamander, and figured he'd get the hell out while he could still hop.

After breakfast, I went back to Rio Dell to photograph the car show, and then I went down to Fort Bragg for a secret mission that if I tell you about it, I'm sure I will jinx it. Maybe more on this later.

Mon, Aug. 4, 2003 - Stupid Slug

Stupid Slug

I'm not sure what's going on here. Either the slugs have also heard about the salamander, or they're beginning to notice that evicerated slug carcasses are starting to pile up in the yard. Once again this morning I made my rounds killing every slug and snail in sight. On the way out to the car I was joking with Lori about being responsible for a genocidal massacre of massive proportions. Then I saw this stupid guy sliming MY door handle. Needless to say, he suffered the same fate as many of his comrades had earlier. And in return for his insolence, I grabbed the shears and dispensed a bunch of slugs that appeared to be having a convention on the side of the garage. Or it's possible they were planning an attack on the Triumph. Again, I'm not sure what's going on here.

Wed, Aug. 6, 2003 - Our Temporary Home

Our Temporary Home

Today we set up our booth at the Humboldt County Fair. This will be our home for the next 10 days. Hopefully it will prove lucrative. Mostly I'm hoping to get my name out there more in the public's eye, but I have some of my landscape and art photos for sale too. Already I have better plans for next year's booth if we do it again. Like have a taller backdrop than the booth behind you.

Thu, Aug. 7, 2003 - Censored


I entered 6 photos in the fair this year, 4 made it. Two got bounced because they weren't G Rated. I didn't realize that the bar was set as low as it was. The two photos that were pulled were "Lady in the Lake" and "Bear River View". But the good news was that the other photo of Katy that I entered, "Ballerina", won best of division (Professional). I guess it's a good thing I shot her from the back in that photo or that one would have been tossed too.

Fri, Aug. 8, 2003 - County Fair at Night

County Fair at Night

I was standing in the photography display at the fair, admiring the other photos there when someone came in and mentioned there was a killer sunset outside. I popped my head out and after confirming it, I made a dash back to the booth to grab the camera. It already dimished a bit by the time I got to where I wanted to take the picture, but it still looked pretty nice with all the lights on the rides lit up.

Sat, Aug. 9, 2003 - It's a bird...

It's a bird...

This is David Smith flying through the air at roughly 70ft of altitude. He's doing this 2-3 times a day for the length of the fair. Human canonball, he is, and second generation at that. Keeping it in the family, his fiance is the one who pulls the trigger. I guess she can feel pretty confident he won't be cheating on her.

Sun, Aug. 10, 2003 - A Million Donuts

A Million Donuts

Yesterday was a historic day in Ferndale. Around the corner from our booth at the fair, Dave is running a little donut machine that cranks out about 5000 donuts a day. Very yummy as they are served piping hot straight from the machine. He came over today and asked if I had a camera which I didn't since it was out on loan, but I told him I could go pick another one up. His donut machine has a little counter on it and it was about to turn over, signifying a million donuts had been made. So later that day we captured the momentous historic occasion. He has promised me free donuts for the rest of the fair. I told him I won't work for peanuts, but I will work for donuts.

Mon, Aug. 11, 2003 - Nothing But Net

Nothing But Net

Dave "The Bullet" Smith is still at it. Here's the view of his landing net. He does a 180 degree somersault so he lands on his back in the net, and then hopefully he's able to grab the net so it doesn't launch him back out of it. He experiences 6g's of force on the blast off, and lands 180ft away from the cannon. They are very careful to never let you look down the barrel of the cannon, so the theory among most of us watching is that he really isn't blasted out the cannon by the powder. The boom is probably only for effect. More likely he's using some sort of spring or bungy cord arangement to do the actual launching. I'm sure it's all some sort of huge circus trade secret.

Tue, Aug. 12, 2003 - Chicken Pox

Chicken Pox

Due to a very infectious disease that is spreading this year, there are no poultry displays at the fair. To make use of the space that normally houses the chickens, ducks, turkeys, and other assorted fowl creatures, they set up two contests for the children to enter. Today's picture is from the first contest, the Decorated Chickens. Here kids had to create a chicken (or other fowl) from whatever materials they deemed appropriate. Some of the displays were pretty funny, but the best part was the notes that the judge left. Judging from the handwriting, and the blunt honesty in the critiques, I would have to speculate that the judge was a kid, but he/she also showed a great sense of humor in each write-up.

Wed, Aug. 13, 2003 - The Latest Barnyard Fashion

The Latest Barnyard Fashion

This is an example of what can go wrong with genetically engineered animals. In a failed attempt to create a smaller, fuzzier zebra that would be ideal as a domestic pet, these scientists accidently created the worlds only pink sheebra.

Thu, Aug. 14, 2003 - Leonardi Pigs

Leonardi Pigs

Two of the workers in the Humboldt Creamery booth that is across from us have been sisters, Margaret and Elizabeth Leonardi. They both entered pigs in the fair, and the pigs also happen to be sisters. Margaret's pig, Skinny Minny, won 4th place, which she was pretty excited about. If I remember right, Skinny Minny is the one with the stripe around the shoulders. When I went to take pictures, almost all of the pigs were taking an afternoon nap so I apologize for the lack of action in the photo. Unfortunately Elizabeth's pig didn't make enough of a pig of herself, and ended up being underweight. This was a big problem this year as many of the pigs were underweight. It's a sorry state of affairs when the pigs are dieting better than many of the folks attending the fair.

Sat, Aug. 16, 2003 - Rough Water Ahead

Rough Water Ahead

Back in June I promised some pictures from our rafting trip on the Trinity River. I finally got them this week, so I'll be featuring them over the next few days. Here we are starting our approach on the hairiest part of the run, called "Hell's Hole". You'll see why it's called that in the middle of the sequence.

Sun, Aug. 17, 2003 - Going, Going...

Going, Going...

Last day of the fair! While the fair gave us great exposure, we are thrilled that we will be getting back to our normal routine. The compliments on my work were great, the daily donuts were yummy, the ice cream was delicious, some of the scenery was spectacular, but one can only listen to a wood flute demo for so long before one's thoughts turn to sabotage or worse.

Mon, Aug. 18, 2003 - Gone


It was such a relief today to go to the office and be able to have peace and quiet and listen to music we like. Today's picture cleary defines how this section of the Trinity got the name "Hell's Hole". Many of the rafts going through this section lost one or more riders.

Tue, Aug. 19, 2003 - We're Back!

We're Back!

Our brave and studdly crew made it through without anybody going AWOL. Our guide, Patrick, was the only guide out of the three rafts in our group to clear it both days. So we were in good hands.

Wed, Aug. 20, 2003 - What a Crew, What a Boat

What a Crew, What a Boat

As my expression indicates, the water was COLD! One major difference between modern inflatable rafts and those we used at the Adventure Unlimited camp in Colorado, is they are now self bailing. The bottom of the raft is attached in a way that there are ports for the water to exit after a major dunking like this. In Colorado, you had to have two people on the raft just assigned to bailing. It really was amazing how fast the raft would empty out. Also the rafts in Colorado didn't have Barney attached to the front.

Sun, Aug. 24, 2003 - Covered Bridge

Covered Bridge

Finally, a day off after working nearly 3 weeks without one. Rewarded myself with a ride on the Sprint, even though I probably should've been doing yardwork or maybe working on the house. But the weather was just too nice. I took a very round-about route up to Hoopa, a local Indian reservation. I wasn't really sure what I'd find there but I thought it would be worth the ride just for the roads if nothing else. It ends up there isn't much in Hoopa. However on the way, I also decided to find a couple of covered bridges that I knew were outside of Eureka. They are both right in the same area and feature similar sizes and construction.

Mon, Aug. 25, 2003 - The World

The World

On the way back from Hoopa, I stopped by the harbor in Eureka to take a look at The World, a condominium complex built as a ship. In case you have a few extra millions you're trying to find a way to get rid of, here's one option for you. At 644 feet long it is one big boat, and I can't imagine what the Queen Mary II must look like at 1,131 feet. Then there is the Jahre Viking, a supertanker that is 1,513 feet long. Try finding a parking place for that!

Fri, Aug. 29, 2003 - Wood Carrier

Wood Carrier

There's something about our wood carrier that is irresistible to our cats. I'm not sure what is so interesting about it that when it isn't filled with logs, there's usually one or more cats sitting in it. Tonight we rented Catch Me If You Can (which I highly recommend) and during the movie I took this picture of Meg and Ricky sitting on the carrier. Later in the evening it was Meg and Galen's turn, and then just to even it out, Ricky and Galen took their turn.

Sat, Aug. 30, 2003 - The Kitty Blanky

The Kitty Blanky

This is a rare shot for two reasons. One, because Lori took it and I'm in it, and secondly and more importanly, both Meg and Trevor are sitting on my lap. Meg still resents that we accepted a cat that doesn't belong to her family and her and Trevor go at it quite frequently. Since Trevor is quite the lap cat too, I think Meg is also a bit jealous and hates losing out on her lap time with us. So in a rare display of civility, Meg decided to rest her feud for awhile and sat next to Trevor on my lap. Shortly after the picture was taken, they both had to change their positions so they weren't looking at each other, but neither one was going to lose their quality petting time so they both stayed there for quite some time.

Sun, Aug. 31, 2003 - Shively Summer Bridge

Shively Summer Bridge

I've been reading a book "Humboldt Redwoods State Park" the last few days, so I decided to use my two day Labor Day weekend to go out and explore. Lori and I worked Saturday so we didn't get the 3 day weekend that many of you celebrated. Still, it was very nice to get two days in a row where I got to go out and play. Lori and I took a drive to Shively. At the fair, the local hobby train club had a layout that had several local towns on the northwest line. Fernbridge made it, or at least half of it did. There were several other towns depicted, and a few that I hadn't heard of or visited. Shively was one of them. I had been past Shively road many times on the way to the Avenue of the Giants, and always intended to see where it went. The book explained that the road goes to Shively, and during the summer there is a bridge that will take you back to the Avenue of the Giants. It's a steep and twisty 10 mile route if the bridge isn't there. We did the whole loop and I'm sure the townfolk are really happy when the summer bridge goes in. You can see the bridge in the picture, it's really just an old rail car. You kind of feel like you're driving into a car wash, as you really need to make sure your wheels are lined up straight.