Posts Tagged ‘Amateur Radio Emergency Services’

This story should be written in June. But June was too busy this year and my memories a little hazy so I’m writing it now after a recent trip to the scenes of the stories. Plural? Yeah, it’s a story about a story. (more…)


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The drippy drizzles left us overnight and the morning dawned cool but beautiful. We decided to take one of our favorite drives to Solvang to do some Christmas shopping. For years, I would pick the first rainy day of fall to head to this well-known Danish community, knowing I was safe from the tourist hordes that descend in nice weather. Today the only tourists were people our age, as school isn’t out yet.

We wandered out east of town, remembering our bicycle rides here and The Bicycle Ride…the Solvang Century ride each spring and fall when thousands of bicyclists ride 100 miles through the countryside of northern Santa Barbara County. Our Amateur Radio Emergency Services groups provided radio communication year after year for this ride, giving us lots of practice for communications under difficult circumstances. As we entered Foxen Canyon, we both noted an old concrete bridge across the creek and remarked on one of our all-time favorite stories. (more…)

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