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Picture of the Moment—Zoey the Cool Cat talks….

Picture of the Moment

I left at 4:18 on the morning on Wednesday, May 8, to go to northern Utah for the sesquicentennial celebration of the completion of the first transcontinental railroad.

I lived in northern Utah—Hyrum, Wellsville, Logan, and Brigham City—from mid-1961 (unsure of the actual date) to December 18, 1965.

Union Pacific #844 and #4014 meet in Ogden, UtahI visited the historic railroad depot in downtown Ogden, Utah, to see two historic steam locomotives re-enact the meeting 150 years ago at….

Promontory Summit, Utah, the place where the eastern railroad, Union Pacific, met with the western railroad, Central Pacific;

Buffalo on Antelope Island, Great Salt LakeAntelope Island, a huge island in the Great Salt Lake, where there is a very large herd of buffalo;

Red Butte Gardens on the campus of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City;

Lagoon Amusement Park, one of the few places that I have positive memories of my years ages 6-10 in northern Utah;

visited my oldest aunt and uncle in Provo, Utah. Mom was the oldest child, and this uncle was the second oldest. Aunt & uncle were the two who drove me from Brigham City, Utah, to Kingsville, Texas, in December 1965 when I was to be adopted by my wise old (paternal) grandmother.

and I chased the two steam locomotives from Ogden to Morgan to Echo to Evanston, Wyoming, on May 12.

I will have lots of pictures and videos to share in the coming days, weeks, and months.

I got home at 7:50 on the morning of Monday, May 13.

I’m not sure whether I got a “Welcome home!” or a different message from the little queen, Zoey the Cool Cat.

What do y’all think?

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Santa Catalina Island — The land of tiles

Michelle Molinari, Certified Property Consultant in Abbeville, LouisianaThis post is dedicated to Michelle Molinari, an award-winning Certified Property Consultant and Founder/Lead Virtual Designer for “Feature This…”a real estate staging and curb appeal consulting company in Abbeville, Louisiana. I have known Michelle for several years through a real estate professional networking site and highly recommend her and her team for anyone needing real estate staging, curb appeal consulting, or interior decor services in the New Orleans area. Make your home look its best!

Dedications are my way of trying to provide a little extra Google juice for people I have come to know and respect over the years.

Out & About San Diego

Pictures copyright 2010 by Russel Ray Photos

My recent trip to Santa Catalina Island took me to the land of tiles. From the moment you get off of the boat, tiles everywhere, beginning with the official welcome sign and map of Avalon:

Welcome to Avalon!

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Map of Avalon

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After leaving the dock,  you see tile fences, tile walls, tile ceilings, tile, tile, tile, ad infinitum.

The tiles in the following five pictures were set in a residential fence. Each tile had its own little display (loggia? portico?), and these were just the five tiles that I could get a good picture of. Each fence section all the way around the house had its own tile.

Fence tiles on Santa Catalina Island

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Fence tiles on Santa Catalina Island

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Fence tiles on Santa Catalina Island

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Fence tiles on Santa Catalina Island

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Fence tiles on Santa Catalina Island

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There are tile retaining walls:

Tile retaining wall

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Tile location signs:

Bay of Seven Moors

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Tile ceilings, walls, and water fountains:

Tile ceiling

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Tile wall

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Tile water fountain

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More tile fences, these at commercial or goverment properties:

Tile fence

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Tile fence

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Tile fence

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Tile fence

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The last picture shows buffalo, and there really are buffalo (American bison) on the Island. I’m not sure how they got there, but I know that William Wrigley Sr., chewing gum magnate and founding owner of the Chicago Cubs, had a lot to do with it back at the beginning of the 20th century. I’ll know more by the time I finish this series on Santa Calalina Island because we still have to visit the Conservancy, Avalon harbor, the William Wrigley Sr. Memorial, and see some wildlife.

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This post approved by Zoey the Cool Cat