Station Fire Maps and Updates

August 31, 2009

Here are several maps of the Station Fire showing its tremendous size. Anonymously posted on that website is a comment that official fire information for the Station Fire is at (Incident Information Web). You can follow their tweets from that site too.

Pretend City Children’s Museum

August 30, 2009

Pretend City Children’s Museum, designed for children from infants to 8 years old, opens today in Irvine, CA. Their educational philosophy is “Children learn best when they’re actively having fun at it!” Erika Chavez of the Orange County Register raves about it! Her 4 1/2 year old daughter loved it! I coould not find today’s newspaper review on-line so here is an earlier review from the beginning of August. It’s great fun for the younger kids.

I Can See The Station Fire 60 Miles Away!

August 29, 2009

We have so many forest fires burning around LA right now! It has been very, very hot and extremely dry. Here are two pictures I took at 8:11 pm tonight (Saturday, Aug 29) from our deck. The Station Fire in the Angeles Forest has been burning since last Thursday. It is getting closer and closer to LA. The links give the details. I hope and pray people stay safe. Many people are not evacuating when they are told to. JPL is threatened. Television and radio towers are threatened, too. Some stations are already dark, according to one article I read. The view from the Mount Wilson Observatory webcam is here.

We can see the whole ridge is on fire – and we are 60 miles away! The flames are to the right of the big white building, which is the Long Beach VA Hospital. TVNZ coverage here.

Station Fire From Long Beach 1

Station Fire From Long Beach 1

Station Fire From Long Beach 2

Station Fire From Long Beach 2

Reno Mountain Bike Race

August 28, 2009

Galena Fest 2009 is a new event in Reno for cycling enthusiasts! Competitive mountain biking in the hills above South Reno at the Galena Creek Regional Park.

The race takes place Sept. 27, 2009, from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. with several events for mountain bikers of every age and skill level.

Activities include
The Bloody Rose Mountain Bike Climb to Relay Peak
The Thorn Mountain Bike Climb to The Wall at Sky Tavern
Kids’ Mountain Bike Race through Galena Creek Regional Park and
Big Fish Contest at Marilyn Pond

The event will raise funds to keep Galena Creek Regional Park accessible and safe and re-establish outdoor programs at the Park.

More info here!

Register for this exciting event at

Los Angeles from Horseback

August 27, 2009

Another great Sunday newspaper article I also found on line is an Associated Press article by Solange Reyner called Seeing the City of Angels on Horseback. Here are photos of the horses. More info is available at Griffth Park Horse Rentals Trail Rides details and Frequently Asked Questions at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center.

Ice Skating at High Camp, Squaw Valley USA

August 26, 2009

Feel like going ice skating, now, at the end of August – not at the North Pole? You can at High Camp at Squaw Valley USA. Maggie O’Neill at the Reno Gazette-Journal shared the highlights in her Aug 23rd, 2009 article.

Places to Visit with Special Needs Kids

August 25, 2009

The website has a good series of articles going on places to go with special needs children or grandchildren. The first article in the series is here and the second one is here. Some of the places I have already blogged. There are some great suggestions for other ones, too.

Thanks for the Memories!

August 24, 2009

Thank you to all of you who have remembered my birthday! 🙂 It sure has been fun!

Teenage Quail

August 23, 2009

Here is a photo of the teenage quail that were such cute fuzz balls back in June.

Teenage Quail

Teenage Quail

Photos of Bunny at Bird Feeder

August 22, 2009

Ok, so we’ve had bear, squirrels, voles, mice and rabbits at our bird feeders lately. This morning we discovered a bunny rabbit munching away and I got a few pics from around the corner and through the window screen (inside the house) before he scampered away.

Bunny at Bird Feeder

Bunny at Bird Feeder

This morning we woke up to find this critter munching away at the quail food.

Bunny Profile

Bunny Profile

Bunny feels somebody looking at it from inside the Big People House. Can’t see ’em but can sense ’em!

Bunny Scamper

Bunny Scamper

Bunny is caught in mid-hop as it runs to hide.

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