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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Need to get away? Try an Alpine ranch for a change!

We met some real nice folks in the wine & cheese room of the Giant Artichoke one day in February. They were asking about the local area and looking for some "off the beaten path" types of things to do on a rainy weekend. We told them we had just taken the Salinas River Wine Road and thoroughly enjoyed it. This seemed to be the type of thing these self-professed down to earth ranchers would enjoy.

They themselves were opening up a “working ranch” vacation rental up in Sierraville CA, by Lake Tahoe. They were so excited about it, I promised them I’d spread the word about their fledgling operation. Their names were Cindy and Tony Maddalena, and I can say they were very nice, and we immediately could tell we had a lot in common with them. I can’t vouch for the business yet, but it does look interesting, and I'd love to wake up in the morning to a hot cup of coffee and a view of the ranch right off the porch. In turn, we hope they enjoyed the Wine Road as much as we did!

If you're thinking of a family or group getaway, this might just be the type of thing you'll like. They'll even let you bring your own horse, if you're so inclined!

Maddalena Ranch House – Vacation Rental
Cindy and Tony Maddelena, owners
Phone Cindy at 530-994-3553
or fax to the same number.
Their cell phones: 530-514-3554 or 530-514-0011
934 W. Willow St.
P.O. Box 121
Sierreville, CA 96126
Emailto: maddalenaranch@psin.com
The Maddalena Ranch House website

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

One World - Literally!

I was lucky enough to catch a viral video through email that was so cool and heartwarming, that I had to share it with my blog friends. If you go to the Concord Music Group site on Vimeo.com, you'll see that there is more! I love the premise of bringing together many types of musical talents from all over the world to perform these golden tunes!! Paul Simon was on the vanguard of the "world beat" craze in the 90's, and now the premise of his work has been extended by technology. Enjoy.

Playing For Change | Song Around The World "One Love" from Concord Music Group on Vimeo.

Monday, April 06, 2009

A Long Lost Photo

My sis found this old picture in her Dad's photo album. I wasn't traveling with the family on this particular day, but I'm pretty sure this was taken right around 1964. Lynn looks like she's close to 1-1/2 or 2 years old.

That's my Aunt Gaye and Aunt Charlotte at top with cousins, Barb, Nita and Deanie standing, Donna sitting on the right, and Mom and LynnTJones down in front. We used to drive cross-country with our cousins quite often. I think this is one of the trips where Mom dropped off Mike and I at our Grandparents' in Castroville, then met up with her sister Charlotte, who also lived in Castroville at the time, and the they all got their photos taken together.

LynnT looks like she's getting ready to head off on her own track...pretty much the way she's always been!

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