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Day 32 - Hidden Figures

rain 13 °C

We had a quiet morning discussing recent events.

After lunch we drove over to Three Rivers Medical Center which is owned by Asante. Shirley now works in the new Outpatient Center. She took us to her old office on the fourth floor to admire the view, and then down to the first floor where her new office is, to meet her co-workers.

On the way to Three Rivers we spotted this trailer hitch cover on a half-ton truck or pick-up truck, or, according to old Metro, the Canadian comedian, a "pick-me-up truck". The owner of the truck is obviously a hunter.

Hunter's trailer hitch on pick up truck

Hunter's trailer hitch on pick up truck

Reta took pictures of the new Outpatient Center. The Three Rivers Medical Center is on the left in the picture of the end of the building with the Asante sign.

Entrance to Outpatient Unit where Shirley works

Entrance to Outpatient Unit where Shirley works

End view of outpatient building

End view of outpatient building

We met Shirley's friend, Linda, in the Outpatient Unit. She had been there for a meeting in the morning and, after the meeting, realized she did not have her cellphone, so she returned to the building and found that Security had her phone. So we got to have a visit with her.

We planned to go to the 5:45 showing of "Hidden Figures". Linda went her way and we went to do a bit of shopping.

We had an early supper/dinner and headed for the Southgate Cinemas to meet Linda and see the movie. We were admitted as seniors for the price of $7.00 each. When have any of you enjoyed such a bargain?

When we arrived at the theater we were the only viewers. Later, two more seniors were seated in the theater. When the show started, there were only the 6 of us watching the show.

We were very impressed by the story of young African-American women who had such fine math skills that they assisted NASA in the early days of space exploration and in operating computers. This story was true and the three main characters were the real women who were so talented, and were part of these programs. Granted, one of these women is now 97, so the women were represented by young women actors.

We had a cool rainy day here and like rivers in California, the Rogue River seems to be near flooding.

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Day 31 - Sundial Bridge, Lassen, more rain & snow

rain 9 °C

Our cousin, Sharon, had told us not to miss the Sundial Bridge at Redding, CA. After breakfast and loading the car we set out to find this bridge.

We found this remarkable bridge in the Turtle Bay Park.

Sundial Bridge is in Turtle Bay Park

Sundial Bridge is in Turtle Bay Park

This bridge spans the Sacramento River which is in flood stage at this time. This foot bridge was designed by Santiago Calatrava at a cost of 24 million dollars. It took five years to be constructed. It appears to float over the Sacramento River even though it weighs 1600 tons.

We parked the car and walked over the bridge in spite of the pouring rain. On our way to see the bridge we spotted some feral cats hiding in the bushes.

Feral Cats at Sundial Bridge

Feral Cats at Sundial Bridge

Sundial bridge in Redding CA

Sundial bridge in Redding CA

Looking south at the overflowing Sacramento River

Looking south at the overflowing Sacramento River

Looking north at the flooding Sacramento River

Looking north at the flooding Sacramento River

A Canada Goose was grooming in the shallows at the foot of the bridge.

Canada goose grooming

Canada goose grooming

The deck is covered by glass panels.

Glass Deck

Glass Deck

The graceful white "sundial" is 217 feet high.

Tall sundial

Tall sundial


This picture of a person walking by the base of the "sundial" shows how large it is.

Showing a person walking by so you can see how large this is

Showing a person walking by so you can see how large this is

After marveling at this bridge we drove toward Lassen Volcanic National Park which is east of Redding. We had visited this park in 1989 with our sister and her family and thought it would be interesting to see it again. Lassen features bubbling mud pots and other hydrothermal sites. The rain continued during our drive. The elevation of Lassen is 8500 feet. The higher the road went, the more snow we saw beside the highway. We did not realize that this is not a winter park. The park was closed.

Lassen closed

Lassen closed

Closed

Closed

We found an area where we could park our car and eat our picnic lunch. Reta took a picture of the snow bank in front of our car. We also took a picture of the snow on the level in the trees.

Snow in front of our car

Snow in front of our car

Forest floor covered in snow

Forest floor covered in snow

We took a different highway back to Interstate 5. We experienced two places where the road was flooded. One spot on the road was just a little wet but the second spot on the road we needed to drive on the shoulder where the water was only maybe 5" deep.

When we got to Shasta City we found that even though it was raining the hills were brown.

Dry brown hills

Dry brown hills

We drove from Shasta City to Grants Pass, OR to visit sister, Shirley. Along the way we found a rainbow. The rain didn't stop but there was a rainbow.

Rainbow

Rainbow

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Day 30 - Petrified wood, Geyser and swollen rivers

rain 19 °C

This morning on the news we heard that the road we had taken from the San Francisco/San Jose area over the Santa Cruz mountains via highway 92 to Half-Moon Bay was closed because a tree had fallen across the road due to the high winds and ample rainfall. This road winds up almost 2,000 feet to go over these mountains and then back down to the coast, and going home you get to do the climb all over again. We were happy that we had our trip yesterday.

The other item we did not mention is that the Half-Moon Bay area has, at times, substantial waves known as "The Mavericks" which surfers enjoy because the waves can be 60 to 100 feet high. We certainly did not see waves like that yesterday.

Today we set off heading north. We drove to Napa Valley and on to two parks we were not aware of when we spent some time at Napa in 2012.

Our first stop was a private park of petrified trees but the park was closed today so we drove on.

Petrified Trees

Petrified Trees

Locked Gates

Locked Gates

Our next stop was at California's Old Faithful Geyser. The geyser erupts about every 10 to 15 minutes and is about 15 to 20 feet high. The geyser erupted likely four times while we were there. They had a museum which did a good job of explaining earthquakes, geysers and volcanos. They had a pool which is empty but at one time was a popular spot to "take the waters" as they used to say. The guests would be looking for relief from various illnesses and aches and pains.

Entrance to Old Faithful Geyser

Entrance to Old Faithful Geyser

California's Old Faithful Geyser

California's Old Faithful Geyser

We also walked through the mud to view baby goats and sheep that had been born in the last week.

Fainting Goats

Fainting Goats

Baby Tennessee Fainting Goats

Baby Tennessee Fainting Goats

We liked the name of the four-horned sheep as we have a grandson named Jacob.

Jacob's Four-Horn Sheep

Jacob's Four-Horn Sheep

Baby Four-Horned Sheep

Baby Four-Horned Sheep

We were amused by this goat who really got into his meal.

Goat in a trough

Goat in a trough

We traveled through rain on and off all day. California is getting too much rain now after having many years of drought. We saw many swollen rivers.

We did not know the name of the first one in our pictures but the second one was the Sacramento River.

Flooded River

Flooded River

Flooded Sacramento River

Flooded Sacramento River

Maybe rain today. Tomorrow, maybe sun. We will see.

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Day 29 - Half Moon Bay

rain 15 °C

A cloudy morning greeted us this morning.

We went for a walk and then Art worked on a Sudoku and Reta worked on a knitting project.

After lunch we drove over to Sharon's. We had a visit and then set little Nico, the dachshund, into her play area. We drove to the coast to Half Moon Bay.

We had dinner/supper at Sam's Chowder House.

Sams Chowder House at Half Moon Bay

Sams Chowder House at Half Moon Bay

We were amused as we ate our dinner by the owl bobble heads sitting on the deck outside.

Bobble head owl

Bobble head owl

We had clam chowder, crab cakes and key lime pie.

When we left the restaurant it was pouring rain but Reta was determined to get a photo of the ocean. We have seen the ocean in a much more angry mood during a rain storm.

Pacific Ocean on a rainy day

Pacific Ocean on a rainy day

We drove back to Cupertino. We were happy to be traveling south on the freeway because the northbound folks were sitting in a parking lot.

We said our goodbyes to Sharon and Nico. We enjoyed our visit with them. Tomorrow we drive north towards Oregon.

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Day 28 - Stone River and Patriot's win

overcast 12 °C

We were greeted this morning by an overcast day.

We traveled to Sharon's. We drove to Stanford University. We explored the "Stone River" created by Andy Goldsworthy. The wall is made of stones that fell off buildings at Stanford during the 1906 and 1989 earthquakes. The wall was built by eight dry-stone masons from Britain. It took 6 days a week, working 11 hours a day for 3 1/2 weeks to create this sculpture during August 2001. This wall included 6500 stones including 700 triangular top stones. An interesting piece indeed.

Stone River

Stone River

We also visited the Cantor Arts Center. We visited the new exhibition "The Wonder of Everyday Life: Dutch Golden Age Prints", "TheConjured Life: The Legacy of Surrealism" , The "Golden Last Spikes" and the Rodin displays.

We then returned to Sharon's to cheer on the Patriots in the Super Bowl. We were dismayed by the first half when the score was Patriots 3 and Falcons 21. Thankfully the tide turned and by the end of the fourth quarter the score was 28 to 28. Patriots won the coin toss for the beginning of the overtime and quickly scored a touchdown therefore winning the game. We were happy.

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