Thursday, January 31, 2008

Parrot Wings?

No. Not parrot wings.

Even though the weather map reminds me of my friend's parrot, Sophie.

No, this is our current weather and why I decided to let my fingers do the walking instead of my feet. It is pouring out!!

I have been walking around Wales and England via two new links I have added to the left side of this page; Dave's Walk Eryri and M&G go for a hike. Both sites are currently concerned about camping rights but if you dig deeper into their blogs.., well, I found them quite interesting.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Back to Work

I hit the streets early this morning in search of more city limit signs. I found this one on Cedar Street by Rasmussen Lane.

And this one on Oak Street where it becomes the County's Sherwood Road.

Like so.

Along the way I spotted this "Two-fer".



Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Taking a break for History

I woke to a light but wetting rain and decided to let "bed gravity" win this round. Later, checking various webpages I noted that Larry of Wandering Around Kansas put rain to good use.

But in my effort to stay dry and warm I decided to dig in the archives for some old time photos of Fort Bragg.

This bank, which survived the 1906 earthquate, is now Rewood Investments. You can see just the southern side of what is now the Guest House Museum on the right.

I believe this is looking north on Franklin with the Old Coast Hotel on the northwest corner of Redwood Avenue.

The caption I have for this photo is "The last logging train from 10 Mile" going over the Pudding Creek Trestle. 1947?

Monday, January 28, 2008

First Snowman in Fort Bragg!

Well actually, probably, the first snowman ever built on a windowsill of Mendo Litho at 6:30 in the morning!!

And it probably isn't really a snowman. It is more likely a sleetman but I was surprised to discover this stuff piled up here and there during my morning walk. We are experiencing highly unsettled weather; wind, sun, rain and sleet.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Sign Music

A rainy day. A computer. Microsoft Movie Maker, U-Tube and me.
Caution. A big download for not much!

Local Talent

A young boy and a trampoline. Woo Woo!

just a test

A rainy day so I'm playing around with Google Map Satellite imagery and a software program called Snagit. I am seeing if I can make information "balloons". In this case a couple to point at our southern city limit signs. Just to the left of the lower balloon you can see the Hare Creek Bridge. During this process I noticed the Harvest Market addition is not in this satellite photo. Makes me wonder how often Google Maps update their database.

It's Over.

A sure indication the holidaze are done.

Another stretch of new sidewalk. This on the south side of Cypress between Franklin and Main by the Fort Bragg Transmission Service shop.

The matching pattern of fence and cart caught my eye.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Couple More

A break in the rain so I resumed my hunt for the city limit signs. Blog reader Valerie suggested I search a bit south of the HWY 1 and HWY 20 intersection and by golly, just north of the Hare Creek bridge on HWY 1, thar it be!!

Since I was in the area I decided to walk a bit east to see if I could find the city limit sign for folks arriving via HWY 20. Sure enough, just east of the turn into Harvest Market, I found another one. All in all a nice round trip walk of 4.5 miles.

Here they are.

Recently Observed Signage

Good advice!

Friday, January 25, 2008

Found One

'Twas a Dark and Stormy Morning but I ventured out and found a city limit sign. This one is located just east of the recycle center on Pudding Creek road. I waited for a car to come along to light up the sign with its headlights!

This city limit sign is located where I put the marker on this map.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Looking for the Limit

I received a comment from one of my readers telling me there is a Fort Bragg city limit sign at the intersection of HWY 1 and HWY 20. This morning I decided to walk down there and find it. Along the way I decided to see if I could get a photo of the streetlights along both side of the Noyo Bridge. It was 6:30 AM but folks were starting to head for work and there were only short opportunities to run out into the middle lane, focus and shoot without getting run over. Hence the rather jumpy photo!

At the intersection I checked all the signage....

but didn't fine any city limit sign.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Beats Me

A reader recently posted a comment to my blog:

"Hi there... if anyone would know this, it's you: what are the city limits of FB to the south? I've been on the city web site and seen the zoning map. I still am not sure where the official city ends.
As you walk around have you ever seen a "city limits" sign for Fort Bragg? If not, why not? It would be kind of interesting, I think."

I stopped by City Hall this morning and asked the city planner. He referred me to the map on the city webpage which is probably the same one you mentioned. He said, "If it is in color, it is in the city". Here is the link for a more detailed image. (It is a 2.24 MB PDF file.)

I have walked as far south as Mendocino, as far north (on HWY One) as Happy Lane and as far east as Monson Way. I don't recall any city limit signs but I will pay closer attention now that you ask.

Blog Filler because of Rain

It was raining this morning so here are some photos I took during a walk yesterday afternoon. First, the ubiquitous shopping cart, with cat!!

I have noticed some flowers seem to get a jump on the rest of their "buds". Here is the first Camelia, located behind the "The Fort Building" just north of City Hall.

And I couldn't let this photo opportunity get away.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Ghost Rider

I'm walking south on Franklin this morning and I noticed a bicyclist approaching because of his bright white LED headlight. I managed to whip out my camera in time to capture a fleeting image of the light from the LED but no bike or rider! Cool!

Returning home on Laurel Street I noticed sunlight had arrived on the tops of the clouds to the west but it will be another fifteen minutes or so before it reaches Fort Bragg.

Monday, January 21, 2008

70's DRESS UP?

It was sort of a shock to my system when I walked by this reader-board this morning. "70's DRESS UP" What's up with that? I remember when I was in school we would some times dress up like the 40's but the 70's? E-gad!
By the way, the "Future" I mentioned in my previous post? I should point out, for my out of town readers, the proposed site for the new senior care center is a big empty field right across the street from our hospital's emergency entrance!

Friday, January 18, 2008

Have I discovered the Future

During my wandering I have been thinking about what's next for Fort Bragg. The commercial fishing days are over. The redwood mill has closed. Current hope is for tourist dollars but the way gas prices are going, good luck. During this morning's walk I happened upon this little pink sign at the east end of South Street. I think it may predict Fort Bragg's Future. And, mine!
Notice of Pending Permit
Proposed Development: New 2-story 102 unit residential care building for elderly. Project also includes (5) single story cottages for seniors, residents 55 years & older.

Thursday, January 17, 2008


Along with various sidewalks being installed around town there are also a lot of corner curbs being remove and replaced with handicap accessible curbs and warnings. This work is being done at the corner of, as you can see, Fir and Perkins.
This is just across Perkins on the northwest corner of Fir. There are quite a few other places around town where this work is ongoing or being marked up for replacement soon.
This morning was the first time I noticed our local police has web-presence.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Generic Morning

Just another Wednesday morning here on the coast. Aren't we lucky!
This is Virgin Creek heading out to sea north of Fort Bragg.
Yesterday I had to go to San Francisco, to the VA, for a stress test. After ten minutes on the treadmill and fifteen minutes of recovery the doctor pronounce me fit, for an old fart and I am good to go! So, today, I ripped off five miles at 3.4 mph. Life IS good! E-ha!

Monday, January 14, 2008

Good Things

Welcome to Fort Bragg's new Dog Park!
Read about it here.
In various places around town sidewalks are being installed where for years there was nothing but "social trails". This one is on the west side of South Franklin Street between Maple and Madrone.