Western Railway Museum Trains pt 2


The second train ride we had  was an example of the interurban rail system. Again this was also electric. I always thought that the telephone poles you see next to the train tracks were  the remnants of the telegraph lines, but it turns out that some of them were electric lines to power the trains. The interurban train got it start when…

Western Railway Museum Trains Pt 1


This last weekend I was visited by  my grand daughter and since she has never been on a train ride,  we took her to the Western Railway Museum  off of  Highway 12 in Suisun City, Ca. It was quite the experience. I have been on steam trains and diesel, but this is the first for historical electric trains. Most of us…

Robert Morris, Founding Father


The portly merchant sat with a rather large group of other merchants at the local tavern in Philadelphia.  He was raising his mug full of Metheglin. (A mead made with spices and herbs) to St Georges whose day they were celebrating.  The year was 1775 and Robert Morris had just received word of the Lexington Massacre.  He was no fan…

Noyo River Redwoods

I would have been wholeheartedly disappointed if I went on the Skunk train only to go through deforested land. Lucky for me, the  Redwoods League out of San Francisco, did much fundraising n order to buy 462 acres of old growth redwoods.  It cost them 7.5 million dollars but it ensures the trees will not be harvested.  The acreage is flanked…



I have been taking a walk for my health and  to lose weight.  While my main exercise has been walking I have added other things as well. I go swimming, workout on the rowing machine now and then, the treadmill once in a while. All the other exercises are to break up the monotony. I know if I get bored I will quit….



Every morning starts with coffee. Or should it be said that no morning starts unless there is coffee.  Many of us are unable to function without the jumpstart caffeine gives us. In fact, caffeine is the number one sold legal drug in the world. Whether you drink coffee, soda, tea or energy drinks chances are you play a part in the 120000 tons of caffeine consumed each year….

Ivanhoe’s Black Balls

The Ivanhoe reservoir in In Los Angeles is actually a part of the Silver Lake reservoirs.  The Ivanhoe reservoir is separated from Silver Lake by a spillway. The lower lake was named after the 1906 Water Board Commissioner at the time, Herman Silver, and the upper bay was named after the Sir Walter Scott Novel, Ivan hoe.  Both of the…