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Trip to the Old Gordon Cemetery

April 19, 2022

Madison, CA

We were able to make connections through the Cache Creek Conservancy with Jim B. who contacted the owner of the property where the old Gordon Cemetery is located and got permission to visit.  Not only did we visit the cemetery but we were shown the old dam site where the first irrigation network was set up on Cache Creek.  That’s another post.

The picture below is the monument set in place in 1948.  The cemetery has been preserved by the slab of concrete and pipe fence you can see in the background.  All the remaining headstones are lying on the concrete.  According to the landowner the county archives, which are accessible, had a map to the property and people would drive out and visit without permission.  He told us that that’s no longer happening because the map has been put away.

 

This is the plaque at the base of the monument.  The rectangular space that you see above on the monument is inscribed and very difficult to read.  The landowner said that other visitors had brought paper and pencil and had shaded over the inscription.  I tried to read it but the sunlight made it almost impossible to see.  There’s a lot on there.

Here are some of the headstones.

The story, as I understand, is that three trappers came to this part of Yolo County.  Their names were Wolfskill, Gordon, and Knight.  Wolfskill went down to Putah Creek, Gordon stayed here on Cache Creek, and Knight went to the area north of Woodland.  Gordon brought his family west in 1841.  They were given a land grant of about 6,000 acres on Cache Creed by the then Mexican governor of the area.  Gordon farmed the area for a number of years then moved to Lake County where he died in 1876.  The place on Cache Creek was called Rancho Quesesosi.

Lots more history here.  William Wolfskill was also given a grant and his brother John Wolfskill planted vines and trees along both sides Putah Creek.  John is recognized as the father of the horticultural industry in northern California.

I have always wondered where the name Putah came from.  According to the book I have the word is the Spanish approximation of the name of the Patwin tribe that lived in the area.

What a great day.

 

By |April 19th, 2022|0 Comments

Bodega Bay

April 2, 2022

Bodega Bay, CA

Went to Bodega Bay this morning to look at birds and boats. I parked myself on a picnic bench above Campbell Cove and looking out at the entrance to Bodega harbor.

I saw Heermans and Western (?) gulls, Pelagic Cormorant, Buffleheads, Harbor Seals, Lincoln’s Sparrow, Snowy Egret. I heard Spotted Towhee but did not see them.  It was a delightful morning.

Also, the boats, coming and going.

Nothing commercial, just people going fishing or sailing.

Some went fast, some went slow.

I missed a large sailboat with quite a few people on it that went out the mouth of the harbor and turned left towards Doran Beach and parked itself.  Party on the water?

I moved over to the regional park just south of the town of Bodega Bay and walked on the trail there with several stops to sit on the benches and watch. Saw a Canada Goose here.

What a great day and I need a spotting scope.

By |April 3rd, 2022|0 Comments

Memorial

San Luis Obispo, CA

March 19, 2022

After too long a hiatus it’s time to get back to work on this blog.  Saturday, March 19, was the day of the memorial.  This was the location of the memorial.

This was a dairy or a milk processing facility years ago.  The memorial wasn’t in here it was in what looked to me to be a milking barn or the processing facility.  This is the interior of the octagonal barn.  No idea why it was built in that shape or what its purpose was.

More interior of the octagonal barn.

More interior.

Some history.  I wish it were more readable.  The memorial was in the rectangular building to the left.

Cal Poly, a cow in spandex and a bike helmet.  Of course.

The rectangular barn and some other outbuildings on the left.  Restrooms and offices in there.

This is Virginia, we will miss her terribly.

Luminaries of Life honors Yolo County leaders – Daily Democrat

This is from the Okawville Times in Okawville, Illinois.

Virginia Lea Shubert

Virginia Lea Shubert passed away one day before her 75th birthday, on December 21st, 2021 in San Luis Obispo, California. Born December 22nd, 1946, the daughter of Roy (Buster) Shubert and Beatrice (Betty) Shubert, nee Palek. She grew up on a dairy farm near Addieville with her three younger brothers.

She graduated from Okawville Community High School in 1964. She then went on to become a nurse for the next 50 years, graduating from Barnes Hospital School of Nursing in 1967, the University of California, San Francisco school of nursing (Bachelor’s degree in 1976) and the University of Washington (Master’s degree in hospice care) in 1981.

She spent the last 40 years of her career in hospice care, receiving local, state and national awards for her work in this developing field. She was a founding member and past president of the National Hospice Nurses Association and the National Board of Certification of Hospice Nurses, serving on both governing boards for many years.

She married Thomas Edward Farris on January 6th, 1978 and they were extremely happy together until his death of a neurological disease on Christmas Day 2014.

   Her own health was severely impacted by multiple progressive autoimmune diseases from about the same time forward. Friends and family cared for her in her own home until her passing….and she is forever grateful. She had to give up her beloved fishing due to poor health, but despite poor vision, was able to continue lifelong joys of reading, word games and pinochle. In her later years she became skilled in embroidering vintage linen and cotton fabrics.

She is survived by brothers Dwight (Mary), Russell (Kathy) and Scott (Nancy) Shubert and Will and Mike Farris, and by beloved nieces, nephews and friends. She is also survived by three “adopted” sisters. Her best friend since age seventeen and sister of her heart, Dianne Williams of Chicago, Illinois, Sharon Valk of Fresno, California and Sue Citkowski of San Luis Obispo, California.

Per her wishes, she was cremated and a memorial service will be held in Illinois “in the spring when good fishing weather is here”.

If you read between the lines you will notice that she was one of pioneers of hospice care in the United States.  With a handful of others she also wrote the  textbook on Hospice and Palliative Care and with that group wrote the exam to receive accreditation as a Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse

I know she would not want anyone to be sad so I will say it was a great day for a great lady.

By |March 27th, 2022|0 Comments

Sightseeing

Solvang, CA

March 18, 2022

We took a long drive on Friday, the Santa Ynez Valley, Los Olivos, and Solvang.  Los Olivos was crowded as could be.  I had never been there before.  Nice but touristy.  Here’s Lynn and Chris.

The Santa Ynez Valley is about 60 miles south of Morro Bay.  We stopped here for a bloody mary but the bar had no bloody mary mix.

We could not find a bar in Los Olivos, the town is totally given over to wine tasting.  Lots of grapes in the valley.  So we drove on to Solvang.  I had never been there before either.  Here’s a small park with a statue and a tour bike.

I did not read the inscription on the statue, I wish I had.  I would have learned something.

Solvang is even cuter than Los Olivos.

We walked around looking for a bar, got to get those bloody marys.  We could have taken the bus.

Finally found the bar.  I had a diet coke.

The outside of the bar/restaurant.  It was kind of a high end steak house.

Here’s Dolly.

It was a great day.  We barbecued oysters when we got home.

By |March 23rd, 2022|0 Comments

Virginia’s Memorial

San Luis Obispo, CA

March 17, 2022

Today was a travel day.  We are headed to the Robinson’s in Morro Bay.  They have graciously allowed us to stay with them while we are here to attend a memorial for Virginia Shubert.  More about that later.  We left Davis about nine and made our first stop at the Casa de Fruta.  It’s sort of a little less refined version of what the Nut Tree used to be.  It’s on highway 156 about two and a half hours from Davis.

Succulents for sale along with restaurant, gift shop, merry go round, and little train just like the Nut Tree had.

We packed our own lunch so we ate in the parking lot while this gentleman watched us and waved.

Next stop Paso Robles about two hours later.  The drive from Davis to Morro Bay is about five and a half hours if you don’t stop for too long anywhere.

If you’re going to stop why not make it a Starbucks?  Lynn has an app on her phone that vectors us right in.

Almost to Morro Bay.  We are just north of Cayucos, about six miles from the town of Morro Bay.  There is Morro Rock in the distance.

Here we are on the Robinson’s front porch in Morro Bay.  With the lunch stop it took us six and a half hours.  We are looking down the street and at the Pacific Ocean.  We’re here.

It was a great day cruisin’ down the freeway.

By |March 22nd, 2022|0 Comments

Back on the Bike

March 16, 2022

Davis, CA

I am riding my bike today.  Testing my knee.  I had to promise my in-house doctor that I would go slow and stop if there was discomfort.  I am happy to say all went well.  So as the picture shows, the road beckons.

Made it into town with stops for coffee, the hardware store, the co-op, and the library.  Made the turn around to head home.  Here is the bike path that connects Fifth and Second streets.  The north wind was a little stronger than was predicted.  If I ever get an electric bike it will be because of the north wind.

Off to the left is a Davis hill, an overpass.  This is the Pelz over crossing, bikes and pedestrians only.  I need to use it to get to the south side of I80, or the eighty if you’re from Southern California.

Made it home.

What a great day, my knee feels fine.

By |March 17th, 2022|0 Comments

Another Day for Knee to Heal and Trip to the Oral Surgeon and It Rained This Morning

Davis, CA

March 15, 2022

It started raining about two this morning. What a great sound when the area is in a drought.  It rained steadily until about seven.  I checked the rain gauge I have in our side yard and we got 2/8 of an inch.  Not bad.  It won’t end the drought but we’ll take it.  My weather monitor at my desk said .18 inches so they were close.  Here’s the rain gauge.

I didn’t do much today.  Staying off the knee but hope to ride tomorrow.  Only scheduled event today was a trip to the oral surgeon for an inspection prior to getting another implant.  I should have taken better care of my teeth earlier, maybe, or maybe it wouldn’t have made any difference at all.  Oh well, I will avail myself of the miracles of modern medicine.

Waiting, waiting.

Still another great day.  New tooth.

By |March 16th, 2022|0 Comments

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