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Welcome to May Edition of the News
Final update: June 21, 2006

This month we toured the "island paradise" called California! The travels included a stay in San Francisco to a long scenic ocean drive along highway one.

Plus May brings the annual draining of the fish pond and liner scrub down! This signifies the start of the summer season, as Pam hosted the Memorial Day BBQ and ended the last Sunday attending a play.

The resource links webpage has been update and don't forget to check Cody's pics for May!

Wishing you a great fun filled summer, and be sure to stay cool and don't forget to apply that sunscreen!

Steve & Pam


May 3, 2006

Right out of the gate on May 3rd, we began our California vacation in San Jose, with a quick check in at a nearby hotel, and then scurried off to an arrival kick-off dinner in Sunnyvale!

Yes, cousin Rita and her husband Chris, who displayed his great culinary BBQ skills for a most enjoyable dinner! My uncle Morris and his wife Joan, who live just around the corner from their daughter's home, also attended the dinner.

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May 4, 2006

The next day Morris and Rita accompanied us to the Filoli Center! The gardens and historic house were beautiful in their own right, but we came back with an appreciation of those individual bricks that my uncle dutifully pointed out during our tour of the grounds!

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May 5-7, 2006

Pam and I checked into a hotel near fisherman's wharf and spent a few days checking out the sights, from Pier 39, Ghirardelli Square, Alcatraz Island. Plus a wine tasting tour with stops at Madonna Estate, Viansa, and Cline Cellars wineries. The final evening of our stay in San Francisco was in the company of my aunt Sharon and her husband Peter, talking about life, love and family over dinner at the renown Boulevard Restaurant! And again, Thank-you!


May 8-9, 2006

The morning of May 8th we drove across the Golden Gate Bridge and hopped onto California State Route 1 for our drive north. The coastline was beautiful on this long day's drive as we spent the night in Garberville. The next day we toured the Avenue of the Giants on our way into Eureka!

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Pam's cousin Deb became our expert tour guide, and one of the first stops was the Arcata Community Forest and Redwood Park, near Humboldt State University. The next stop included a walk along the Trinidad State Beach and the nearby Trinidad Pier.

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May 10, 2006

Today we visited the unique Victorian town of Ferndale and rode over the Fern bridge which spans the Eel River. The tour also included a stop at Fort Humboldt State Historic Park. The day ended with a enjoyable dinner at the The Sea Grill located in Old Town Eureka.

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May 11, 2006

The Blue OX Mill, located in Eureka is a fascinating Victorian style sawmill featuring one of the largest collections of human-powered tools. Plus a drive by the The Carson Mansion.

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May 12, 2006

Today Deb's navigation skills routed our path to the Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, which included a hike into Fern Canyon. The Pacific Ocean provided the background view during lunch. The final drive included a stop the Lady Bird Johnson Grove in Redwood National Park and also a stop at the Thomas H. Kuchel Visitor Center


May 13, 2006

Saying our goodbye's to Deb for her hospitality as we leave for the long drive back to our original arrival hotel in San Jose and the final evening BBQ with the Taylor family

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Taylor BBQ

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May 14, 2006

Cody was glad to see us back home!

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May 22, 2006

The annual cleaning of the gold fishpond!

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May 28, 2006

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On the afternoon of Sunday May 28th Pam and I drove downtown to The Denver Center for the Performing Arts at the Temple Buell Theatre to attend the production play of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
 
 
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