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 [...]

I Do It Me-Own Self!

Tenderfoot Tales

One of my favorite events when I go grocery shopping is to meet a mother with a two- to three-year-old child in the seat of a grocery cart.  I will often say “Aren’t you almost three years old?”  Little girls usually look to their Moms for comfort, and will snuggle towards them shyly.  Their body [...]

Of Mice, Money and Junk Food

Tenderfoot Tales

I could not wait until the second week in June of each summer.  My cousin Billy, who lived in Vallejo, would come to visit us on our farm south of Turlock, California.  This particular summer Billy turned eight-years-old, and I had just turned six on Memorial Day.  Billy was tall for his age, and I [...]

I Very Would Like To Get On This Plane!

Tenderfoot Tales

It was 9:50 a.m. three days before Christmas 2010 at the Reno / Tahoe International Airport.  I stood in line to begin the laborious process to obtain my boarding pass, and then engage in my first contact with Airport Security.  There were forty to fifty passengers ahead of me and about the same number behind.  [...]

Ginger’s Secret

Tenderfoot Tales

I was a five year old boy growing up on a dairy and cattle ranch in California’s central valley amidst California’s heyday.  We were in the height of World War II, and we had all kinds of rationing.  The most difficult thing for our farming family was the cutting off of electricity during the nighttime [...]

Fridays are Tenderfoot Tales

Tenderfoot Tales

I have many people in my life for whom I am thankful, but one person who has always been an inspiration to me throughout my life is my father Steve.  I remember long walks with him in the desert trying to catch lizards, the hours spent digging for quartz crystals, or sitting just fishing.  Some [...]