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Category: San Jose

Lace, Paper Mache Angels, and Grass Flip Flops

As part of the Peculiar Things theme, I’ll periodically share forgotten surprises (read: images) that upload themselves from my various…

Raging Waters, San Jose

We try and pick a theme for each summer and plan activities for one day a week based on that…

Alviso Marina County Park

The one great thing about the time change is it means there is more light in the evenings… which means…

Sunrise over Alviso

I’m introducing a new adventure series to my site. This week I was upgraded to a new “special” car: a…

Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum

To begin with (and prevent confusion), there are three names/places that should be called out when referencing the Rosicrucian Egyptian…

Alum Rock Park

Alum Rock is another park full of lost things, crumbling structures, stone archways, mountain lions, vegetation, skunks, hikers, bikers, and…

Santa Clara Depot

The Edward Peterman Museum of Railroad History (a.k.a. the Santa Clara Depot) positively buzzes with activity. I was surprised because…

Hacienda Cemetery

While Hildalgo Cemetery is devoid of bodies, Hacienda Cemetery is not. This little Victorian Era cemetery is located on Bertram…

Hidalgo Cemetery

Part 1: Almaden Quicksilver Park Part 2: Spanishtown and English Camp Hidalgo Cemetery is one of three mining cemeteries that…

Spanishtown and English Camp

Part 1: Almaden Quicksilver Park I mentioned in my last post that the New Almaden Mines were in operation from…

Almaden Quicksilver Park

The drive to the Almaden Quicksilver Park is breathtaking… but nothing compared to a hike though the park. I “walked”…

Luis Maria Peralta Adobe

One of the downsides of staying in California for an extended period is after a while it becomes harder and…

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