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California Vacation 2009
This is the time of year we always fly out to visit with my sister, Andrea, and her husband, Jim. We revisited several places we have gone before. We have such a lovely time together.

This year, we stayed at Baywood Inn again at our favorite place, sort of a bed and breakfast.  

We didn't get to karaoke at the little bar there which was a bit disappoiinting, but hey!  There were awesome costumes, and mostly we just sat, had drinks and observed, and maybe sometimes gawked. Maybe nothing! We GAWKED! It was so much fun.

We can't go without visiting the elephant seals.

Due to the lack of water, it was sad to see where once there were crops, there were only brown fields.

One of the fun things we did in Fresno was to visit the world-renowned Underground Gardens of Artist-Builder Baldassare Forestiere. If you haven't been, you simply wouldn't believe what one man did.

For 40 years, Forestiere labored in his spare time, chipping and carving away at the unforgiving earth.  With only his farmer’s tools—picks, shovels,wheelbarrows, and a scraper pulled by his two mules, Dolly and Molly. No dynamite or modern mechanical methods were used.

Forestiere hand-carved in his spare time, a work unlike any this country had ever seen.

http://www.undergroundgardens.com/amazingfacts.html

http://www.forestiere-historicalcenter.com/Forestierebio.html

"To make something with lots of money, that is easy.  But to make something out of nothing -- that now, is something!"
            Baldassare Forestiere
Date(s): October 28  November 4,  2009. Album by Jacqueline. 1 - 18 of 256 Total. 442 Visits.
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Farmer's Market
One of the lovliest you'll find and usually the first place we hit upon arriving.


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An unusual array of mushrooms.

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I would love to try some of these, but I wouldn't EVEN have any idea what to do with them.

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Table Mountain Casino

We had great fun donating a few dollars to the casino. We usually go there while Jim and Andrea work.


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One reason we love to come here is for their fabulous Ham Steak breakfast..and it's only $7.00. A word to the wise should you ever go there. They will let you share breakfast. Just remember that! And the coffee is terrific!
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Sister, Andrea. Isn't she beautiful?  She loves Spanky.

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Spanky's brother Butch.  They are 13 but he is forever a 5 year old.

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The avocado at the back of Jim and Andrea's property.  This avocado is a Suzanne, and other than the seed, you can eat the whole thing.

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There are three on the tree.  They still had some growing time to go.

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Butch and Spanky's green pepper bush.  They love those peppers. The peppers are part of their daily diet.  Isn't that funny!

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Spanky - the boss.

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Butchy is getting so gray, but he's a lovely boy.

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Bad hair day??

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No, it's old man cactus.

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The bosses.

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My honey of 43 years, 44 in January.

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Peggy works for Jim and Andrea.

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