Thursday, June 26, 2008


Monday was our 3rd annual Family History Trip. All of our family and some cousins walked into the Springs and had a snack and talked about the history of the ditch. All the grandchildren got small booklets with pictures of their ancestors ending with their picture and a history and photo's of the falls and ditch. Thanks to Scott, my cousin, who is the Ditchmaster for spending a good part of a Saturday earlier in the month so we could have this fun day.

My Great-Great Grandfather and his three brothers all homesteaded in the same area in the valley where we have lived for 6 generations. They decided to grow fruit along with running a logging mill at the canyons entrance. With help from some men from town that owed them for lumber they staked claims to 3 water sources in the canyon and formed The Smith Ditch Company. Over a period of 3 years with picks, shovels and a homemade level made of string and a bottle, they dug a ditch from the Upper Falls to the Lower Falls to the Springs and approximately 3 miles around the mountain to service several farms along the east bench of the valley. Over that 3 miles the ditch drops approximately 30 feet and runs entirely on gravity. Most of it is now piped but a short distance still flows above ground.

Both waterfall sources are up in these cliffs. Yes, I did go to the base of both of them. O.K. I rode on Scott's fourwheeler to the base of the second one but then took the "non-path" to the base of the upper fall.

Non-path between falls. Shortly after Scott told me he had forgot to bring his pistol, he told me he had seen bear scat on the "path" a couple of weeks ago. Last year there was bear in his peach orchard. Bears have only been seen in the area in the past 15 years.

Scott cleaning out the screen at the bottom of Upper Falls

View from bottom of Upper Falls into the canyon below

Lower Falls

Beginning of the "Spring"

40 feet from the beginning

100 feet from beginning

Is this what you call "A Hot Dog".

Scott's and his puppies

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Monday, June 23, 2008

FUN MONDAY --- Clothes that must be kept

I have kept several pieces of vintage clothing that I can't part with and did throw away several more that I wish I had kept. This is a photo of hubby in his college cheerleading sweater and me in my pep club sweater and poodle skirt(except it had a fuzzy cat instead of a dog). The full net slip isn't my original but one I found in an antique store in San Diego. And Yes, this picture was taken 100 years ago.

My Wedding dress is also downstairs in a box. When I was working after high school the really nice dress shop down the block from my office always had a "Wedding Dress of the Month." This was February's dress and I fell in love with it. I wasn't even dating anyone at the time. I put it on lay-a-way and paid small amounts on it for a long time. Two years later I wore it when I married in the month of February.

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