Posted tagged ‘California’

Weddings, Yosemite and More…

October 14, 2013

Well, I’m starting to get used to this traveling back and forth between Oregon and California.

Glad to be here this weekend as it was a fun one with a family wedding at Yosemite. Amazing to see the destruction first hand from the Rim Fire earlier this summer, but the venue, the Evergreen Lodge, was a spectacular site for the wedding (even though the original site for the ceremony was lost in the fire as was most of the surrounding area.

At least 20 miles of road (Highway 120) was charred on our drive in. I can’t imagine the scene when the fire was raging!

Even with the Government Shutdown, we got to see some sites and took some great pictures. No hassles from anyone, which was a good thing.

Anyways, congrats to my cousin Tom and his new bride Adrienne! Welcome to the family!


Taking Some Time Away…

July 28, 2011

Not for anything serious like a couple of months ago. This time…10 days of vacation starting tomorrow!

Look out West Coast…the Kreuzer’s are driving up and down the region from San Jose to Seattle and back! Can’t wait.

Don’t miss me too much! 🙂


Are You Ready for a South California?

July 12, 2011

A politician in my home state of California, Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone, is proposing that the state split in half as a way to address political and logistical issues.

I’ve heard this story many times before and it’s never had enough legs. Maybe this time? Who knows…

From Time:

“This has struck a chord with a lot of people in the state who have suffered economically,” Stone, a Republican, told the Los Angeles Times. “We know it’s going to be a challenge to form a second state, but it’s not a impossible. We’re sending a message.”

Although actual secession may be unlikely, Stone and his supporters are sending a disgruntled message to Sacramento, where they allege Democratic Governor Jerry Brown is engaged in policies that do not reflect the ideals of half his state. In fact, Stone’s proposal calls California an “ungovernable” state in financial crisis where residents are suffering steep taxes to pay for welfare and illegal immigrants.

“After local governments have been cut to the bone, the state Legislature again passed a local government grab in their 2011-12 quasi-balanced budget with the same old gimmicky and overstated revenue predictions that will not materialize,” Stone wrote in his proposal report. “I have come to the conclusion that the state of California is too big to govern, that the political priorities of Southern California and Northern California are completely different.”

Ricki Lake Sued Over Rental House Fire

June 14, 2011

After a fire destroyed her $20,000-a-month Malibu rental house last fall, Ricki Lake felt “gratitude and blessings” nobody was hurt.

From CNN:

Now she’s feeling the heat from a lawsuit filed by her landlord alleging that the talk show host negligently set the fire by improperly refilling oil into a portable space heater.

“[Lake] caused the oil to spill which was ignited by the hot heating coils which [Lake] had not allowed to cool,” says lawsuit. “The flaming oil quickly caught hold and began to burn items inside the property. [Lake] failed or did not attempt to extinguish the fire.”

California Tsunami Victim Washes up in Oregon

April 13, 2011

The body of Dustin Douglas Weber, a 25-year-old California man who was swept out to sea while trying to photograph the tsunami’s arrival from Japan last month, has been found 380 miles away, in Oregon.

From CNN:

Dustin Douglas Weber of Klamath, California, was standing on a sand bar near the mouth of the Klamath River in Del Norte County, California, when he was swept away March 11, authorities said.

His body was found on the shore south of the Columbia River in Oregon on April 2 by a person walking the beach.

Road Trip….

March 22, 2011

Yeah. I spent the weekend in Reno and if anyone saw the Sierra Nevada range on the news, you know we got like 2 feet of snow.

It took approximately 11 1/2 hours to get there and 7 to get back. Mind you, we took backroads that pretty much no one else was taking. If you know the area, we took 395 North out of Reno, cut to the 70 then 49 South back through Nevada City, Grass Valley and Auburn. Finally made it to I 80 and home!

What were we thinking??? We thought we might end up like the Donner Party there for awhile! 🙂

Here are a couple pictures…

We got out of it!

The Three Amigos!


Earthquake, Tsunami Rock Japan; West Coast Next?

March 11, 2011

A magnitude 8.9 earthquake struck offshore of Japan overnight and it was followed for hours by more than 50 aftershocks, many of them measured more than magnitude 6.0 on the Richter Scale. Much of the damage, though, was caused by a massive Tsunami which brought waves of more than 23 feet high ashore.

While there is a Tsunami warning here in the Bay Area, it’s anticipated that the surge will only be 1-3 feet, far less than the waves that hit Japan overnight. Evacuation orders have been issued along the entire West Coast, from Northern California up to Alaska.

From the Associated Press:

A ferocious tsunami spawned by one of the largest earthquakes on record slammed Japan’s eastern coast Friday, killing hundreds of people as it swept away ships, cars and homes while widespread fires burned out of control.

Hours later, the tsunami hit Hawaii but did not cause major damage. Warnings blanketed the Pacific, putting areas on alert as far away as South America, Canada, Alaska and the entire U.S. West coast. In northeastern Japan, the area around a nuclear power plant was evacuated after the reactor’s cooling system failed.

Police said 200 to 300 bodies were found in the northeastern coastal city of Sendai, the city in Miyagi prefecture, or state, closest to the epicenter. Another 110 were confirmed killed, with 350 people missing. Police also said 544 people were injured.