Tuesday, October 30, 2018

#SAD!: Doonesbury in the Time of Trump

Taking a break from the 1,000 page third volume of the biography of Lyndon Johnson, I read #SAD!: Doonesbury in the Time of Trump by Gary Trudeau in October. As I have said before, when I was working for the farm credit banks in Sacramento in the 1980s, I used to stop every morning and buy a San Francisco Chronicle. The Chronicle had Doonesbury, while the Sacramento Bee refused to publish it. One of my highlights every morning was reading the comic strip.

Trudeau started using Donald Trump as a character in his comic strip on September 14, 1987. #SAD! is a "sequel" to Yuge!: 30 Years of Doonesbury on Trump that was published before the 2016 presidential election.

#SAD! tracks Trump's victory, the transition and POTUS’s First 500 Days. It is organized into four sections: The Gathering Shitstorm; American Carnage; Team of Deplorables, and; Stormy Weather.

While I enjoyed it, this book is not as good as Yuge! Given that Trudeau is only drawing a Sunday comic at this point, there isn't as much content to draw from in the last two years as there was for the first book. As a result, this edition feels thin.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Volvo XC60 T8

Since the Lexus turned 10 years old in June, I have been starting to think more seriously about getting a new car. My requirements included an all-wheel-drive SUV that supported CarPlay. I wanted another hybrid and, if possible, a plug-in hybrid. The list of vehicles that checks all of these boxes is small. I have been focusing over the last two months on the 2019 Volvo XC60 T8.

Saturday morning, Sharon and I went to Niello Volvo and test drove a black Momentum XC60 T8. This is the base model. We were both pretty impressed.

Afterwards, we walked around the lot and looked at a number of other models. In addition to the Onyx Black Momentum, they had one other Ice White Momentum. They had five R-Design models: Bursting Blue; two Crystal White Pearls; Fusion Red, and; Onyx Black. There was a pretty wide variety of different options on the five cars. The R-Design is a step up in trim from the Momentum. They didn't have any Inscriptions in stock; these are the top of the line models.

During my run on Saturday afternoon, I decided to go back and figure out the cost. We headed to the dealer after lunch on Sunday and drove one of the white R-Designs. We spent about an hour running different lease and purchase scenarios. I finally settled on buying the vehicle.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Lexus RX400h Day 3,772

On Friday, the Lexus turned over 230,000 miles. Without a doubt, it has been the most reliable vehicle that I ever owned. Nevertheless, after more than ten and a half years, it is getting worn. Although it still looks pretty good from a distance, it is looking rough around the edges up close.

On Monday, just before we left for the Georgetown Family Weekend, the Lexus wouldn't start. I struggled getting it into the dealer. Although the problem was fairly minor, I have a sense that it is a harbinger of things to come...

Lexus RX400h Day 3,772

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Farm Credit Dinner

Farm Credit Dinner

Saturday night, Sharon and I went to Holly and Van's for a Farm Credit Dinner. In addition to Holly and Van, the group included Larry and Jeana Hultquist, Sue and Mike Olsen, Margaret Heiser and her husband Dave, Susie Connelly, Sharon and I. Sharon worked with all of the women plus Larry in the legal department at the Farm Credit Banks.

Sharon worked for the Farm Credit Banks from 1988 to 2002. I worked for the Farm Credit Banks from 1980 to 1998.

I finished the evening with Mike watching game four of the World Series. Trailing 4 to 0 in the top of the seven, the Boston Red Sox scored 9 runs to win the game by the score of 9 to 6.

Friday, October 26, 2018

2018 Kings versus Wizards

2018 Kings versus Wizards

Sharon and I went to the Sacramento Kings versus Washington Wizards NBA Basketball game at Golden 1 Center. We met the Sanborns for dinner at Foundation Restaurant and Bar before the game. Larkin and I had dinner at this restaurant before a game at the end of the Kings first season downtown. Sharon had a steak salad, while I had a chopped Italian salad.

The Wizards, who led by six going into the fourth quarter, committed three turnovers in the final 24 seconds. The Kings won the game by the score of 116 to 112.

The high scorer for the Kings was Nemanja Bjelica. He had 26 points on 9 for 16 from the field, 6 for 10 from three and 2 for 3 from the free throw line. Bjelica also had 12 rebounds. I am not clear where they got Bjelica... The Kings got nice contributions from Fox, Hield and Cauley-Stein.

The Wizards' high scorer was John Wall. He had 26 points on 9 for 20 from the field, 1 for 6 from three and 7 for 8 from the free throw line. Wall added 8 assists. I was shocked how much bigger Wall looked than Fox. Although Wall is only list as an inch taller, he is 35 pounds heavier.

At the half-time, the Kings invited us downstairs to a VIP lounge in an attempt to sell season tickets. I ended up talking to an Accenture consultant and a Kings salesperson. I am somewhat interested in trying to get a loft for one of the games this year.

I always have a hard time focusing on the game when I am with Sharon. It is more of a date night.

The attendance was listed as 14,101 in an arena that holds 17,500. It seemed like a lot less.

The Kings have one win and no losses in games that I have seen in the 2018-2019 season. Like last year, my goal is to see one game a month.

Monday, October 22, 2018

2018 Georgetown Family Weekend - Day 6

Great Falls National Park
Jack and I at Great Falls National ParkSpending the night at the Nooters, we slept fairly late again. I got up just before they left for work and spent an hour plus cleaning up timecards and sending out my weekly status report.

The plan for the day was hiking in the Great Falls Historical Park. We ended up hiking about two miles. We stopped at the three overlooks and then continued up River Trail to Mather Gorge. We hiked back to the Visitor Center on the Patowmack Canal Trail. We could have spent all day there. Interestingly, this park was recommended by the Uber driver on our way into the city on Wednesday.

We had a late leisurely lunch at Founding Farmers in Tysons Corner. Sharon had Spicy Fried Chicken, while I had a Turkey and Aged Provolone Sandwich.

From there, we headed to Dulles airport and dropped the rental car. Winding our way to the terminal, we checked our bags at United and used CLEAR to get through TSA Pre. In a fit of frustration, I signed us up for ClEAR when we were traveling to Vancouver in August.

Boarding at 4:45 pm, we caught a 5:20 pm United flight nonstop to Sacramento. It left early. I read volume three of the Lyndon Johnson for the whole flight. We were on the ground in Sacramento by 7:45 pm and home in Carmichael by 8:45 pm.

It was a great mini-vacation.  This has been a year of a series of smaller trips.  I really enjoyed the opportunity to spend some time with Jack.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

2018 Georgetown Family Weekend - Day 5

Walk to get the rental car...Sharon was moving a little earlier than me. I eventually walked down and got some food from Starbucks.

We walked to campus and met Jack for the 9:30 am Mass in Gaston Hall in Healy Hall. While last year seemed empty, there were more people at Mass this year. After Mass, the three of us walked to the reception in the Healy Family Center for donuts and coffee. Saying goodbye, we walked back to the hotel.

Packing up and checking out, we dropped our bags with the bellman. Catching an Uber, we headed to Bobby's Burger Palace for lunch. Sharon had lunch there in July and raved about the burgers. After lunch, Sharon took an Uber back to Georgetown to do some shopping, while I walked to get a rental car at Union Station. I went out of my way to walk by the White House and up the Mall. It took longer than it should have to get the rental car.

I picked up Sharon and the luggage at the Georgetown Inn about 3:00 pm. We headed out to the Nooters. We spent the late afternoon visiting with them and catching up. Rob made a nice dinner, including mussels for hors d'oeuvres and ahi tuna for the entree. With the Nooters both working on Monday, we crashed fairly early in the bedroom on the bottom floor. I really enjoyed having a chance to spend some time with Rob and Barb.

As a footnote, Wes was back on the east coast.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

2018 Georgetown Family Weekend - Day 4

An odd day. I struggled with a range of different emotions and second guessed myself seven ways to Sunday.

Sleeping fairly late, Sharon suggested that I go out for a run, while she wandered up the street to a juice place to get some breakfast. I ended up running just over five miles from the hotel, along the Potomac River and then up the Mall to the Washington Monument and back. Burning off some of my emotions, I carried a much faster pace than I normally do...

Jack working at Uncommon GroundsAfter getting cleaned up, we wandered on to the campus and picked up our registration package for the family weekend. In the last two years, we haven't taken much advantage of the program. From there, Sharon wanted to walk down to the Potomac River waterfront. We wandered across the C&O Canal and down to the Potomac Boat Club. We discovered one end of the Capital Crescent Trail. We need to rent bikes and explore this trail on a future trip.

Heading back to the campus, we wandered through the bookstore and then met Jack for lunch at the tailgate. They moved the food service into the business school this year. It has always been a pretty good lunch.

Jack took us to Uncommon Grounds after lunch. He is the General Manager and Director of Operations. We ended up sitting there for a couple of hours while he alternatively helped behind the counter and visited with us. I enjoyed having the opportunity to watch him interact with the other employees and the customers.

With Jack taking off to study, Sharon and I wandered all the way to the Watergate Hotel. We had a drink on the rooftop bar. Walking back to the hotel, Sharon did a little shopping along M Street.

On the roof of the Watergate Hotel

We had dinner at Leopold's Kafe. Jack had schnitzel [veal schnitzel; arugula; potato salad served with mustard], Sharon had Brathenedl [roasted chicken; warm escarole, mustard chicken jus] and I had Bratwurst [skillet cooked bratwurst; celery sauerkraut; roasted potatoes & mustard].

We finished the night in the bar at the hotel watching the first couple of innings of game seven of the Dodgers versus Brewers NLCS game. The Dodgers ended up winning by the score of 5 to 1. As we started back to the room, someone at the bar commented on my World Cup Rugby Sevens shirt. Sharon and I ended up talking to the couple for over an hour. They were from Connecticut and their youngest was a freshman at Georgetown.

Friday, October 19, 2018

2018 Georgetown Family Weekend - Day 3

On the Appalachian Trail heading towards Mary's Rock

We have had several lazy mornings on this trip. By the time we wandered over for breakfast in the inn, it was after 9:00 am. We had the breakfast that came with the room and spilt a pear and goat cheese omelet.

Packing up the room, we were rolling before 11 am. We headed towards the Shenandoah National Park. The plan for the day was to hike the Mary's Rock Trail on the Appalachian Trail. We hiked part of the Appalachian Trail in New Hampshire and Connecticut last fall.

We got to the trail head about 11:30 am. Sharon hadn't brought her hiking poles or heavy shoes. We ended up hiking about 2 1/4 miles in an hour and twenty minutes. A map of the hike is here. We didn't make it to Mary's Rock... Leaving the park, we made a stop at the Pinnacles Overlook.

At the Pinnacles Overlook

Heading back to Washington DC, we made a stop at the Grey Ghost Vineyards. We tasted a few wines, bought two glasses and wandered upstairs to have some crackers and cheese. We were much more impressed with the wines than we were in '11... We also bought a bottle of wine to take to the Nooters.

We rolled back into Georgetown about 4 pm. I dropped Sharon at the Georgetown Inn. We are spending two nights there. In the past, we have always stayed at the Georgetown Marriott, but Sharon convinced me to stay here this time because it is so much closer.

I looped back in Rosslyn, fueled up the rental car and then dropped it back at the Key Bridge Marriott. This included more than a little bit of drama with several people waiting for rental cars at the tiny Hertz office. I walked back to the Georgetown Inn to catch up with Sharon.

We eventually wandered to Cafe Milano for a drink and to meet Jack. Sharon and Jack had dinner there in July. From there, we headed to il Canale. Jack and I had lunch there when we were doing the college tours in 2015. Sharon and I spilt spaghetti and meatballs, while Jack had gnocchi. Although the night started with everyone more than a little stressed, everyone was relaxed by the end of dinner.

We finished the night watching the end of the Raptors virus Celtics game and the beginning of the Dodgers versus Brewers NLCS Game 6 in the bar at the hotel. Behind strong performances by Leonard and Ibaka, the Raptors won the game by the score of 113 to 101. The Brewers scored four runs in the bottom of the first and won the game by the score of 6 to 2 forcing a game seven...

Thursday, October 18, 2018

2018 Georgetown Family Weekend - Day 2

The Inn at Little Wahsington

Sleeping late, the plan for the morning was to work out. I grabbed a couple of oatmeals for breakfast from the bistro in the hotel. Sharon had made a 9:45 am reservation for a SoulCycle class in Georgetown. While she did the class, I ran 6.6 miles on the treadmill.

Getting cleaned up, we packed up the room. I walked to the Key Bridge Marriott to pick up a Hertz rental car. We got Jeep Grand Cherokee using award points. From there, I drove back to the Courtyard to pick up Sharon and the luggage.

Heading into Georgetown, we met Jack for lunch at sweetgreens. Although he is stressed about midterms, it was nice to see him. I will never understand why they schedule parent weekend right in the middle of midterms.

After some running amok around the parking lot ticket, we headed to Washington, Virginia. We are spending one night at The Inn at Little Washington. It was about an hour and a half drive west of Washington DC. We ended up getting there just after 3:30 pm.

We checked in and got settled in the room. We stayed in The Parsonage House. Afterwards, we took a walking tour of the property with a guide that lasted almost 45 minutes. Like our tour of the Mount Washington Resort last fall, it was a small group; just us and one other couple.

After the walking tour, we had tea. After the tea, we headed back to the room and got cleaned up for dinner.

We headed to dinner about 7:00 am and had a cocktail. We got seated for dinner about 7:30 pm. It was fabulous. Sharon had the "Four Decades of Our Enduring Classics" menu with the wine pairing, while I had "The Astronaut's Menu" with the wine pairing. The menus are here. It was one of the best meals that we ever had.

We wandered back to our room in the Psrsonage House and crashed after 11 pm...

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

2018 Georgetown Family Weekend - Day 1

Jack and Sharon

Up before 5 am, Sharon and I were out of the house a little after 6 am. We caught a 8:20 am United flight nonstop from Sacramento to Dulles. For the first time in recent memory, we didn't upgrade our seats to extra legroom. In a stroke of luck, we ended up with one of the few empty seats on the plane in our row. We were able to spread out... I spend most of the flight working on the Wifi until my battery gave out. We were on the ground just a little before 4 pm East Coast time.

By the time we wound our way to baggage claim, the bags were already there. We caught a talkative Uber drive into DC. The traffic was horrible; it took us an hour and twelve minutes from the airport to our hotel. We are spending one night at Courtyard Arlington Rosslyn using a free certificate. It was after 6 pm by the time we got into our room!

I convinced Sharon to walk into Georgetown from Rosslyn. It was about a mile from the hotel to M Street. We met Jack at the corner of 34th and M. From there, we walked over half a mile to the restaurant at the other end of Georgetown on M Street.

We finished the night with a leisurely dinner at La Chaumiere. Sharon had Carré d'Agneau Rôti [Roasted Rack of Lamb with Dijon Mustard, Garlic and Herb Crust], I had Steak au Poivre [Angus Beef Center Cut Aged New York Strip Steak] and Jack had Moules Marinière [Mussels Steamed in White Wine]. The food was average.

Sharon, Jack and I wandered back up M Street. With Jack heading back to his room, Sharon and I walked back to the hotel and crashed about 11:30 pm.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

2018 Fall Dinner Party Menu

Drinks at the Gin Mill
Pink Flapper
OG (“Original Gangster”)
Rosemary’s Charleston Cheese Puffs
Mixed Nuts

Dillinger’s Deviled Eggs
Melon with Jamón
2016 Capitel Alto
Soave Classico

Lou Malnati’s
Chicago Style Deep Dish
Sausage Pizza
2013 S. Andrea in Colle
Chianti Classico Riserva

Capone Rib-Eye Steak w/Blue Cheese Butter
Frank the Enforcer Bruised Green Beans
Packing Heat Tomato
2015 Pruett Judy Marie Estate
Cabernet Savingogn

North Side Gang
Individual Baked Alaska
Fennellys Irish Cream Liqueur

Saturday, October 13, 2018

2018 Fall Dinner Party

2018 Fall Dinner Party

Sharon and I have made it a tradition to host a fall dinner party [2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 20112010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003]. This year, the group included the Gainsleys, Sanborns, Janie and Terra. For the first time, we had someone cancel at the last minute [Renterias]. In the hour before the party, we scrambled to invite another couple, but failed.

This year's theme was the Roaring 20s. It was loosely based on Sharon and Janie's trip to Chicago in September. Everyone wore period costumes!

Janie and Terra made a great before dinner gin drink. We had a nice dinner including Chicago deep dish pizza and barbecued rib-eye steaks. I was relieved that the pizza turned out much better than the test pizza we did. The menu is here.

Although I wasn't prepared for it, we ended up watching a version of Dinner for One that I could find on Youtube. Playing in a golf tournament on Sunday, the Sanborns rolled early. By the time, Tiber and I walked the Gainsleys to the front gate, it was about 11:30 pm. Janie and Terra rolled right after them.

This was our 22nd wedding anniversary. It was a nice evening, but I missed the Larkins. This is the first fall dinner party that they have missed since 2009.

2018 Fall Dinner Party

Friday, October 12, 2018

The Sacramento Kings as Catastrophe

If the NBA has taught us anything, it’s to expect drama—everywhere! So we paired each team with a TV drama, then the NBA Forecast panel ranked how central each subplot will be to this season.

This is particularly poignant because Sharon and I finished watching season one and season two of Catastrophe in the last month!

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Carmichael’s Jenson Brooksby set for the U.S. Open

Our neighbor's 17-year-old son qualified for and played in the US Open in early September.
Jenson Brooksby won the USTA Boys' 18 National Championships in Kalamazoo, Michigan to secure a wild card spot at the U.S. Open.

Carmichael’s Jenson Brooksby set for the U.S. Open. Why ‘there’s no pressure to win’

Jenson Brooksby has found success on the junior tennis circuit this year. Now the Carmichael teenager will look to excel on a much bigger stage.

Brooksby will face John Millman in the opening round of the U.S. Open next week in New York. The draw for the final Grand Slam event of the year was announced Thursday.

The 17-year-old, who is coached by Joseph Gilbert at the JMG Tennis Academy, secured a wild card in the tournament’s main draw earlier this month by winning the USTA Boys’ 18 National Championships in Kalamazoo, Mich.

“It feels amazing,” Brooksby said after the tournament. “It’s what I’ve always wanted. It’s one of the biggest tournaments in the world, so I’m extremely pumped for it.”

Brooksby also won the Easter Bowl in Indian Wells in April.

Gilbert calls Brooksby’s playing style consistent and skilled — something he needs now as the 6-foot-2, 140-pound teen gains experience and works on his power.

“He wins with his skill set,” Gilbert said in a phone call from New York. “He’s very competitive and works on hitting targets to score points.”

Gilbert has coached Brooksby for “about 10 years.” They met when Brooksby was 4 years old.

“I used to give his parents private tennis lessons before I started coaching him,” Gilbert said.

Brooksby will face the world’s 54th-ranked player in Millman, a 12-year pro who has experience in all four majors but hasn’t won one. But Gilbert won’t be upset with a loss.

“This is a big jump from the juniors to the pros, so here’s no pressure to win,” Gilbert said. “I just want him to enjoy the experience.”

That experience includes being around professionals and taking advantage of the perks that come along with playing a Grand Slam event, such as massages, physical therapy and the meals offered to the players.

“These are all amazing things for a 17-year-old,” Gilbert said.

Brooksby isn’t the only player out of JMG competing at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

Collin Altamirano, also coached by Gilbert, can make the main draw with one more victory in qualifying. He defeated Tomislav Brkić 6-2, 6-0 Wednesday and beat Ivo Karlović 7-5, 6-4 on Thursday. He will face Lorenzo Sonego on Friday.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Catastrophe - Season Two

Sharon and I finished watching season two of Catastrophe. We are watching it on Amazon Prime on the AppleTv. We finished watching the first season in late September.

As I noted before, over the last year or two, Sharon has watched the first three seasons of Catastrophe on her iPhone on planes as we were traveling. She enjoyed it immensely and she wanted to go back and watch it on a bigger screen!

Season two originally started airing on October 27, 2015 on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom. Like the first season, it consist of six episodes.

The first episode of the second season has a very nice twist. While I am enjoying the series, it is starting to turn darker. I enjoyed it more when it was a light adult comedy, rather than a dark adult comedy.

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

California Historical Landmark #831

With my job change in the fall of 2016, I haven't been traveling quite as much. Taking advantage of Sharon and Janie being in Wichita, I decided to spend the afternoon tracking down a number of historical markers. I ended up visiting eight markers, including: First Tehama County Courthouse [#183]; Hooker Oak [#313]; Old Suspension Bridge [#314]; Tidwell's Bar [#330]; Last Yahi Indian [#809]; Posted Water Notice Site [#831]; Chico Forestry Station and Nursery [#840.2], and; Mother Orange Tree of Butte County [#1043].

Site of First Posted Water Notice by Will S. Green
California State Historical Landmark #831

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This landmark is located at the northeast corner of Cutler and 1st Avenues, 3.7 miles north of Hamilton City, California. There is one other California State Historical Landmarks in Glenn County. The GPS coordinates for this location are 39° 47' 11.6" N 122° 02' 54.8" W.

California Historical Landmark #831

Coming via Panama, William Semple Green (1832-1905) arrived in San Francisco on October 10, 1849 and in Colusa County on July 6, 1850. He was a ferryboat captain, mail carrier, surveyor, editor, writer, legislator, Surveyor General of the United States, California State Treasurer, irrigationist, and friend of man. On December 18, 1883, on an oak tree on the west bank of the Sacramento River immediately east of this spot, he posted the first water notice, stating that 500,000 miner's inches of river water was being diverted for irrigation of lands on the west side of the Sacramento Valley.

California Historical Landmark #831

Sunday, October 07, 2018

Annual Rebecca L. Frame Memorial Invitational Scottish Rules Bocce Ball Tournament

Sharon and I spent the afternoon at the 6th not-so-annual Bocce Ball tournament at Tom's house. I got knocked out in the first round. We were missing a large contingent of the Frame Family, including Eric, Kevin, Tim, Kathy, Erin and Eileen.

Saturday, October 06, 2018

Good Will Hunting

Saturday night, Sharon and I watched Good Will Hunting. This was triggered by a recent Bill Simmons Podcast. We had both listened to the podcast interviewing Matt Damon. They talked a lot about Good Will Hunting and Rounders.

Released in 1997, the film stars Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Minnie Driver, and Stellan Skarsgård. Written by Affleck and Damon, the film follows 20-year-old South Boston laborer Will Hunting who becomes a client of a therapist and studies advanced mathematics with a renowned professor.

It was nominated for nine Academy Awards, including the Academy Award for Best Picture. It won two Oscars: Best Supporting Actor for Williams and Best Original Screenplay for Affleck and Damon. Other films nominated for Best Picture that year include: TITANIC

Sharon and I must have seen the movie together, probably on DVD, but neither of us had much recollection of the plot. We were both surprised that Mimi Driver was in the movie. It was also shocking to see a very young Casey Affleck. I enjoyed it. We are going to find some time to watch Rounders this fall.

Friday, October 05, 2018

Thursday, October 04, 2018

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

The Two Bills

Saturday while Sharon was in Chicago, I watched The Two Bills. This is the twenty-third installment of ESPN's 30 for 30 Volume 3. An episode guide for Vol 3 is here.

The film traces the four-decade relationship between Bill Belichick and Bill Parcells. I frankly didn't realize how long coached they together. They were together at the Giants in the 1980s and the Patriots and the Jets in the 1990s. They won two Super Bowls with the Giants. There was quite a bit of running amok when Belichick was with the Jets as Parcell's assistant head coach and the Patriots wanted to hire him to be their head coach.

There are also a couple of interesting intersections with several other 30 for 30s. In 1990, the Giants coached by Parcells and Belichick beat the Buffalo Bills in the first of Buffalo's four straight Super Bowl losses (The Four Falls of Buffalo). Belichick was also the coach of the Cleveland Browns when they announced that they were moving to Baltimore (The Band That Wouldn't Die).

I was surprised how much I enjoyed this 30 for 30. It was very well done. Weaving the interview of the two coaches in the Giants' locker room through the film was a different approach. Given Belichick's success with the Patriots over the last 18 years, it is an interesting look at his coaching roots.

Monday, October 01, 2018

California Historical Landmark #314

With my job change in the fall of 2016, I haven't been traveling quite as much. Taking advantage of Sharon and Janie being in Wichita, I decided to spend the afternoon tracking down a number of historical markers. I ended up visiting eight markers, including: First Tehama County Courthouse [#183]; Hooker Oak [#313]; Old Suspension Bridge [#314]; Bidwell's Bar [#330]; Last Yahi Indian [#809]; Posted Water Notice Site [#831]; Chico Forestry Station and Nursery [#840.2], and; Mother Orange Tree of Butte County [#1043].

Old Suspension Bridge
California State Historical Landmark #314

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This landmark is located in the Lake Oroville State Recreation Area, Bidwell Canyon, Bidwell Canyon Road, Oroville in Butte County. There are 10 other California State Historical Landmarks in Butte County. The GPS coordinates for this location are 39° 32' 15.4" N 121° 27' 18.0" W.

California Historical Landmark #314

The Mother Orange Tree of Butte County was planted at this spot by Judge Joseph Lewis in 1856. The Bidwell Bar Bridge, first suspension bridge of California, was transported from New York via Cape Horn 1853 and was completed 1856. Its site is now inundated by Oroville Reservoir.

California Historical Landmark #314
California Historical Landmark #314