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Son Ken spent Saturday night with me. He’s homeless. Temporarily, anyway. Their house sold. He and Laurie followed the movers to the new house in Sparks, but he still has about two months left in his Santa Clara unit. He is bunking around with relatives and friends. He came, did his wash, and took me to Rob’s for dinner.

For anyone visiting the Motherlode, Rob’s has great food, attentive but not overbearing service. Nice atmosphere. Murphys has several good restaurants and this is one of them.

We walked around town and discovered that a comedy club is coming to town. Now that excites me and reminds me how glad I am to live here.  I didn’t take down the particulars, so more on that later. We peeked into store windows, just like any tourist. Ken visited a sister-in-law in Lodi earlier in the day and met a couple from San Francisco who were visiting in Lodi. He invited them to have a look at Murphys. They got on their phone, “Oh, only 44 miles from here. We’ll do it next weekend.”  They were having a grand time. I guess we qualify as quaint.

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This is a picture of Rob’s. I deliberately showed the old rusted metal ceiling. I guess that qualifies as quaint. The building is an old Gold Rush structure. There are several still left in town. Come see, have fun. Ciao.


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Angels Camp, California

Mary is no longer available for RV traveling, but we remain good friends.
Because we have 4,000+ postings, I’ve invited her to continue posting entries on this blog.

The motorhome is parked at Mary’s home in Murphys, California. While here I’ll perform routine maintenance and cleaning of both the motorhome and Bronco.

I’m not sure how long I’ll be here. Mary just found out that she will be having surgery on her right shoulder on April 15th. I’ll want to assist her during recovery however I can.

I assisted her with her left shoulder surgery in 2009. Whenever it’s convenient and I know that she is comfortable after her surgery, I’ll make my future travel plans at that time.


Today is pre-op day, when we meet with the doctor to ready for the operation on Friday.


While hanging out here, I thought I’d post some earlier entries about things and places near here in Murphys, California. I first published this blog October 19, 2014…




Mary’s home is in the gold country of California. The precious metal was discovered about a one hour drive (today) away in 1849. California Highway 49 runs right through the middle of Angels Camp…only nine miles west of her location.

Yesterday we took a break from our routine daily events to attend a street fair called Gold Rush Day which you can read about by clicking this link…


To read about Angels Camp, click this link…,_California


To read about California Highway 49, click this link..





Here are some photos that I took…



























Gold Rush Day – Angels Camp, California




I hope you enjoyed the photos.

 Yesterday was partly sunny and 66 degrees. Forecast for today is partly sunny and 67 degrees.

Enjoying nice weather is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

The red dot on the below map shows my approximate location in the State of California. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…


Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures with low humidity most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein


My current travel rig is a 2006 Fleetwood 26′ Class A Motorhome and a towed 1986 Ford Bronco II, Eddie Bauer Model. This photo was taken in the desert at Slab City near Niland, California…


On October 27, 2012, I created a two-minute video titled America The Beautiful. The music America The Beautiful is by Christopher W. French. The photos, which I randomly selected, are from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia (not shown in that order)…are mine. Yup, That’s me standing in front of the Post Office in Luckenbach, Texas…Y’all!

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Saturday last, as Jim and I made our way around the Motherlode taking barn pictures, we ran into my old friend, Don Cuneo. I told him we were going to Calaveritas for pictures and though this isn’t an old barn, it is definitely an Icon of the gold rush. Don’s sister, Louise Cuneo Greenlaw owns the gold rush era Costa Store. You can still see the lettering on the front of the building. Her house is partially visible on the right.

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The west side of the Costa Store shows the various layers of history, from the old hand made adobe bricks near the roof, to the modern replacement bricks put in at some time to shore it up.  Mostly gone plaster that at one time covered over the brick evidences another time in history.

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Louise’s house was once a gold rush brick building, too, with some brick and enlarged with a native rock foundation on the left.  It has been modernized with a wood frame house on the old foundation long ago. I have wonderful memories of parties, mostly fundraisers in this lovely old garden hosted by Louise and the barbeques or meals cooked by her brother Don, who was the chef and owner of the Black Bart Inn hotel and restaurant for more years than any of us can remember. Their brother Fred lived just across the creek from the Costa Store. Fred, the oldest Cuneo brother, is gone now. And, another Cuneo brother has a similar building at Jesu Maria. A very public spirted family, Don served a couple of terms as Calaveras County Supervisor, and President of the Historical Society, to name a few of his volunteer projects.

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Across from the Costa Store is a beautiful, well kept barn. I don’t know who owns any of the barns of Calaveritas we photographed.

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On this one, I particularly liked the old vine covering, turning color in the fall. Double click it to enlarge it for a better look.

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An old miner’s shack, also shored up as the adobe brick or rock foundations gave way or caved into a basement. Ratty old siding covers the wood, showing a past attempt to preserve the old house.

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We saw three or four old foundations where the buildings finally gave up, probably torn down for their wood.

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I admire that the new owners try to preserve some of these relics of the past. The back part of this building is holding up.

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But the front and both sides are propped up with lumber. This building is probably not used.

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Many of the old shacks people use as storage buildings, like this one, built on flat ground.

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Calaveritas Livery Stable is still intact.

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We drove along and found several still working ranches using the old barns, like this one.

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And, this one. I find it interesting that California barns have a similarity in style that is different from barns in Pennsylvania Dutch country, for instance.

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This old barn shows the peak and loft with a hay hook. Still in decent shape. Couldn’t see any signs of use. I know the loft was a wonderful place to play when we were kids. (At someone else’s barn.)  The hay was pitch forked down for the cows and horses. Some barns had animal stalls below the loft, others did not keep animals where manure soiled the hay barn, especially in California where weather isn’t harsh. We began anew on Sunday and did more barns. I think the only thing missing from the picture is an artist set up with an easel to paint. Many are worth painting, in my opinion.

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Just Before Sunrise On The Colorado River…

Note: This blog entry was originally published January 11, 2009. As all seasoned photographers know…some of the best photos you can take are just before sunrise and just after sunset. Most of my photos tend to be taken under the mid-day sun…the worst of conditions. I just wanted you to see these two photos…hence to older Blog entry.


Mary and I went down to the area known as the Yuma Crossing early this morning. In the photos below you can see what remains of the once mighty Colorado River. This spot is rich in history especially around 1850 when prospectors were headed to California to participate in the gold rush.

In this below photo (looking West) of the full moon reflecting on the river is the actual location of the of where they crossed as it was the narrowest location for 1,200 miles. Back in those days, the river was 1/4 mile across. Thanks to mankind daming the river in many locations upstream the width today is about 250 feet. The structure on the upper right is the underside of a bridge of Interstate Highway 8. California is on the right and Arizona is on the left.

Full moon reflecting on the Colorado River

In this photo (looking East) you can see the Ocean to Ocean Highway Bridge. It was completed in 1915 and completed the road from the Atlantic to the Pacific Oceans. California is on the left and Arizona is on the right. Directly beyond the bridge and to the right is the location and remains of the famous Yuma Territorial Prison which we will visit in the near future.

The Ocean to Ocean Highway Bridge

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My daughter and grandchildren came to play and one of their favorite places is the old historic gold town of Columbia. It amazes me that I can go there once or twice a year and always come away with something new.
Having a fourth grader along helps. Owen is studying California History; the gold rush, the Missions, etc., so that much of what we saw was related to his school work and a good review for adults.
A bumpy, authentic stage ride reminded us of how the west was won, often at gunpoint. The faux robber grabbed the driver’s poke and wanted the kids candy. Turns out he didn’t like their particular treats so we were allowed to pass.
We enjoyed a picnic, shops, and a young street violinist. That and history with and the background strains of a fiddlers contest. A lovely day. Its a great place to visit with kids.
This fat cat was the queen of the Candle and Soap Works.
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