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Knowlesville      

The Internet Ramblings of Matt & Lori Knowles

March 2004

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Mon, Mar. 1, 2004 - Surf's Up

Surf's Up

This picture really should have been on last month's page, but I'm so far behind I decided to just use it to start this month. We had another in a series of big wind storms hit the coast, and in addition to removing a few more shingles from our roof, large waves were promised. In the 20-30ft range they said. So when it cleared up in the morning in between fronts, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to go check out the waves. Knowing how dangerous it can be at the beach under those conditions, I decided to head out to my favorite view point, the bluff above Guthrie Creek. Two years ago several of you received a print of a sunset taken from that bluff. Well now that print is even more of a limited edition because the whole bluff recently fell into the Pacific Ocean. I guess I'll have to find a new favorite spot.

Tue, Mar. 2, 2004 - Stinky

Stinky

On the way back from Guthrie Creek I spotted this little creek coming down the hillside were the skunk cabbages were in bloom, making it very obvious how they received their common name.

Wed, Mar. 3, 2004 - Tearing Down the House

Tearing Down the House

At least the front porch that is. Work started today on the demolition of our front porch. Last year after I was digging it out of the mud I noticed a bunch of dry rot in the newel posts, and since I wanted to restore the porch back to the original layout, I figured we might as well do that in conjunction with the other front yard work we're doing. As you can see, not much progress has been made in the front. It has simply remained too wet to do any more work.

Thu, Mar. 4, 2004 - Our Model

Our Model

This is a similar house in Ferndale that we will be using as a model for the new porch construction. From the historical pictures that we have of our house, it's pretty close to what was originally there, and we have some good photos of what our balusters looked like so we'll have those replicated.

Sun, Mar. 7, 2004 - Foggy Bottom Race

Foggy Bottom Race

Today was the annual Foggy Bottom Race in Ferndale, and despite the name, it was run under sunny skies. It was so nice in fact that Lori and I even stopped for ice cream. These three girls provided a bit of local flavor for the race, but they were probably wishing it was foggy, the costumes looked a little hot for running in the sun.

Tue, Mar. 9, 2004 - Putting the Porch Back

Putting the Porch Back

Here's the beginning of our new porch. Bill and George from Del Biaggio Construction have been working on it the last few days. We need to get some spindles and balusters ordered before it can be completed, but I'm liking the new design much better. It lets a lot more light into the hallway. Eventually we want to replace the front door with something more historic, and then it will look even better.

Thu, Mar. 11, 2004 - Ken & Sharon

Ken & Sharon

I finally got my schedule to coincide with the sun's. The magazine "Where to Retire", is doing a story on Ferndale and they are featuring Ken Torbert and his wife Sharon, so I got commisioned to take their portrait for the article. The magazine provided some pretty specific guidelines for the photos, but rule number one was they wanted a clear day. Which meant it rained for the next week. The first clear day, I was in my Fire Academy class. The following day was spectacular, but that was the day of the race so with that many people in town it was impossible to do the shoot. We planned a shoot for 3:00 on Monday, the fog rolled in at 2:30. We rescheduled for Tuesday morning, but the fog never burned off. Finally, Wednesday the weather cooperated and we completed the shoot. Ken of course is the retired owner of the Gingerbread Mansion, and in large part was responsible for our move to Ferndale.

Fri, Mar. 12, 2004 - Rio Dell Bluffs

Rio Dell Bluffs

While the sun was out this week, I completed another long delayed project, taking some pictures for the upcoming City of Rio Dell web site. This photo was taken near the Eel River, where there are very prominent bluffs. I thought this was a very pretty scene, but I had to wait about 15 minutes for the horse to turn so I wasn't taking a picture of his butt. Still, not a bad way to spend your Friday afternoon working.

Sat, Mar. 13, 2004 - One Step Closer

One Step Closer

Our porch received the roof and the newel posts in the last couple of days. It sure is nice being able to go out our front door again. Not only do we have steps from the porch, but the ground has finally dried out enough that you can walk on it with normal shoes. Last Monday it was really nice in the morning so Lori and I walked to work and it's such a pretty walk when the sun is out. I was thinking to myself that it only takes one beautiful morning like that to wipe out the memories of three ugly months of wet weather.

Sun, Mar. 14, 2004 - Exploring the South Jetty

Exploring the South Jetty

Lori and I spent the day exploring the South Jetty, starting at a wildlife preserve in Loleta, where we walked, or in some areas, sloshed through the wetlands and eventually made our way to the beach. We came across this large piece of driftwood, which I've mentally filed it's location so I can go back and photograph it when the lupines are in bloom. After we walked around the wetland for awhile we drove out to the end of the South Jetty now that it's open to the public again. There were some pretty large waves coming through the jetty, I can see why it's such a hazardous shipping channel. We finished up the afternoon shopping in Eureka's Old Town.

Sun, Mar. 28, 2004 - Haley

Haley

Two weeks and no updates. Had a trip to Grandma's in there, and finished up my fire academy class except for the final which is this Tuesday. Today was just as the weather reports predicted, absolutely nice! I had a photoshoot scheduled with Haley today and the weather was perfect for a sunset beach shoot. There aren't many days up in Humboldt County where you'd want to be at the beach at sunset wearing only a bikini, but it was reasonably warm today so it worked out. This was taken on a stretch of beach west of Loleta. While I photographed Haley, her two sons and husband had fun building a driftwood fort. Plenty of driftwood to choose from right now, as this pose indicates.

Mon, Mar. 29, 2004 - Haley Once More

Haley Once More

The beach that we shot at yesterday was the same beach that Lori and I explored two weeks ago. But something new this trip was this huge old growth redwood stump that had washed ashore. It was perfect for posing Haley against the crashing waves and setting sun.