Wednesday, July 8, 2020

ZOOM Upside Down And Backwards

The WOOZ, member of the defunct theme park club, was located in Vacaville, CA...right across the highway from the Nut Tree. Billed as "America's Biggest Human Labyrinth", it was basically a wooden corn maze. What the developers didn't seem to realize was that Vacaville in the summer is HOT, and paying money to find your way out of an un-shaded maze in 100-degree weather was kind of a tough sell.

Opened in August1988 (as you can see from the ticket timestamps, TSG visited shortly after the attraction premiered), the ill-fated attraction languished for almost a decade before being sold off and eventually burned down as a training exercise for regional firefighters.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

The LARC XV* Amphibious Cargo Vehicle

*Lighter, Amphibious Resupply, Cargo, 15 ton
TSG encounted this 60s military surplus hardware along Rt 66 in Barstow. If one were so inclined, you could catch a ride on a working "Wash Monster" from Searles Seatours in the English seaside town of Hunstaton.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Our Response To A "Just Bluffing" Comment

Here you go: a rather perturbed raven, twittering swirling swallows, a tide pool and some wave action:

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Just Bluffing

The beaches may be closed in Santa Cruz County, but that doesn't prevent one from enjoying the sea breeze and views on Wilder Ranch's Ohlone Bluff Trail

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Begins In Zz, Ends In Zx. Why?...It's In The Middle

This week, we take you to Zzyzx, so named by evangelist/entrepreneur Curtis Howe Springer in hopes that his mineral spring spa would be the last word in the health resorts.
Nowadays, Zzyzx is home to CSU's Desert Studies Center.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

As Bad As A Murder Hornet?

Seen on the trail yesterday, a velvet ant, aka "Cow Killer".  Its sting rates a 3 out of 4 on the Schmidt sting pain index, supposedly comparable to that of the Asian Giant Hornet, which recently enjoyed 15 minutes of fame in the 24-hour news cycle. TSG did not endeavor to assess the stinginess of the little critter, but if you're curious you can search out the species-specific Coyote Peterson youtube episodes.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Green In The Glen Of Gold

A visit to Rancho CaƱada del Oro open space preserve

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Poster Boy

TSG dips into the archives once again...

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Have A Drink On Us

...but please use a coaster!

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

My Friend Flickr & P Bucket

(aka: images one might see on two of TSG's online photo collections) 

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Willow Glen In Bloom

While they're not nearly as cool as huge swaths of desert wildflowers stretching out to the horizon, these spring blossoms are nice to see whilst on our urban hikes around the 'hood.

Bonus kid's chalk sidewalk art image: Heart eating/pooping dragon:

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Y2K Roadtrip Ephemera

Touristy opportunities available to folks traveling in the vicinity of the Black Hills
 at the turn of the century

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Walk This Way

Soundtrack: Dream on/Rockabye Baby

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Another Burning Man Post? Yep

Pickup truck seen on TSG's walk this afternoon...

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

More Burning Man Stuff

Assorted artifacts from the Oakland Museum's
 No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man exhibition.