Nickety Nic – Bless Her Tortured Soul

Tenderfoot Tales

It was a cool 45 degree overcast morning in late May at Lake Lahontan, Nevada.  I had a doctor’s appointment in Reno.  Rene, my neighbor from across the highway, had arrived to re-install my swamp cooler for the warm days just ahead. Nicki, my aged half Collie-half Chow dog and Kojack, my new birthday gift, […]

Myrtle and the Loquat Tree

Tenderfoot Tales

During the early 1960’s the first four members of the Hamilton Clan rented a small but well-located three bedroom home on Clovis Avenue in Clovis California. It was well-located, because it was near where I taught school, and it also had easy access and visibility for a new real estate brokerage business that I was […]

Attack of the Whooer

Tenderfoot Tales

Have you ever had an early morning appointment for the following day, and when you lay down you had a “let’s get to sleep quickly” feeling come over you?  Well, that happened to me last night.  I had a morning appointment in the central San Joaquin Valley of California, and I live four hours away […]

How Fast Can Bears Run!

Tenderfoot Tales

It was the summer of 1953, and I was fifteen.  My dad contracted with the U.S. Forest Service to eradicate various types of plants that carried half the life cycle of a disease called Blisterthat’s.  Blisterthat’s disease killed white pines in the California Sierra Nevada Mountains.  The white pines were a major resource and economic […]