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Calico Days at Calico Ghost Town, October 8-10

September 3, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Calico Days at Calico Ghost Town, October 8-10

Kick Up Your Heels and Celebrate the Old Mining History! Passing through to Los Angeles on the I-15, or heading toward Las Vegas, you’re sure to want to stop off at Calico Ghost Town on the long holiday weekend, October 8-10. The old mining town will come to life celebrating its history during Calico Days. For those of you who love the history of the Old West, Calico was once the site of the largest silver strike in California history. Yes, sir! Finding the mother lode in its hills put Calico on the map back in the 1880’s. To celebrate this time, Calico Days is all about remembering its hey-day. There’s a camping special of $100 for the entire weekend. This includes admission to the park and events for up to six persons per unit. Reservations may be booked online at www.sbcountyparks.com. Camping prices for the weekend include admission to the events for up to 6 people. And what will you see at the festival? A full-blown parade of men and women dressed in period outfits –... [Read more...]

Oregon State Fair

September 2, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Oregon State Fair

I think that one of the staple of the United States is the State Fair.  Today, I took some time to attend the Oregon State Fair.  The only other State Fair I’ve attended was the New Mexico State Fair (been there lots).  I would assume that there are staples at each State Fair, and, while I missed some from New Mexico (for example, Navajo tacos and Kachinas), I found new ones in Oregon (for example, fish and chips and tie-dye). The first part of the trip to the fair is our “base” location:  Phoenix RV Park, which is just over a mile from the fairgrounds (some people said they walked there).  And, this explains why they asked us if we were Fair vendors when we made our reservations.  Since it is on the same street (Silverton), we just hopped on the local bus ($2.50 for a day pass) and they dropped us at the Fair.  The driver was extra friendly, and even showed us where to catch the bus home. The Fair was what I expected; a lot of livestock and produce, 4H competitions (did you... [Read more...]

I Think I’ve Been “Snake Bit” (at Westmoreland State Park)

September 1, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

I Think I’ve Been “Snake Bit” (at Westmoreland State Park)

Years ago, when things did not go right, my Granddaddy often said, “I’ve been Snake bit.” It’s funny how I remember that after fifty plus years but can’t remember where I set my glasses down a few minutes ago. Well, anyway, this past week-end I thought for sure I had been Snake bit. It all started out on Friday when Nancy and I decided to spend the weekend at Westmoreland State Park in an area known as Virginia’s Middle Peninsula. Westmoreland is an absolutely beautiful park situated on the Potomac River where George Washington’s historic Mount Vernon home is located.  The views of the river from the bluffs and the trails throughout the park are mesmerizing. Anyway, back to the Snake bit part of the story…….. The camping sites at Westmoreland have size limits.  Forty feet is the maximum for any of the water and electric RV sites.   Since Westmoreland was only accessible to us by 2-lane secondary roads with low speed limits, we decided to pull the Cedar Creek... [Read more...]

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