THIS IS WILLIE AND ME.  SEE BOTTOM STORY OF WILLIE AND ME IN AGUANGA, CA,  AT OUR COUNTRYSIDE NEIGHBORHOOD AS WE TROT ALONG THE DIRT ROADS.

 

JIM AND ROSE HALOPOFF 49 TRAIL PICTURES TO
RE-APPEAR HERE SOON.

 

 

 

THAR WE WERE FOLLOWING THE 49 TRAIL STARTING WITH BAGBY, CA,  WHERE WE STOPPED TO FISH AND CAMP AND THEN CONTINUED NORTH ALONG THE WESTERN SIDE OF THE SIERRA NEVADA FOOTHILLS JUST AS THE FORTY-NINERS HAD DONE.  ACTUALLY, WE HAD ALSO STOPPED AT BEAR VALLEY AND LOOKED AROUND THE ANTIQUE SHOP AND OTHER OLD BUILDINGS.  THIS AREA HAS BEEN SETTLED BY THE TRABUCCO FAMILY FOR MANY YEARS NOW BUT  IT WAS JOHN C. FREMONT'S HOME THAT STOOD THERE NEAR HIS TWO MINES.  THERE WILL BE A SEPARATE STORY ON HIS RANCHO LAS MARIPOSAS IN MY PENDING BOOK.  HE WAS VERY COLORFUL AND FULL OF AMBITION.  ANYWAY,  MY GUITAR CAME IN HANDY AS DID MY LONG WIG AND 5 PIONEER DRESSES IN AQUA BLUE, YELLOW, RED,  MOSS GREEN AND WHITE WITH BEIGE POLKA DOTS.  OH, YES, LET US NOT FORGET MY WESTERN BOOTS.  ACTUALLY, THE PIONEER LADIE'S AND CALIFORNIOS' WIVES HAD NO CHOICE OF COLORS. THEIR CLOTHING WAS USUALLY GRAY OR BLACK WITH THE EXCEPTION OF WEDDINGS OR FIESTAS.

 BAGBY HAS BEEN UNDER WATER FOR MANY YEARS NOW.  THIS PICTURE WAS TAKEN IN COLUMBIA, CA, AFTER WE HAD CAMPED AT GOLD BEACH.  WE HAD ALREADY PANNED FOR GOLD IN THE TUOLUMNE RIVER WHERE I ALSO FISHED AND WHERE WE CAMPED OVERNIGHT.  WE WERE IN OUR NEW CAMPER AND FELT REASONBLY SAFE UNTIL I WOKE UP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT AND PEEKED OUT THE WINDOW.  IT WAS SPOOKY AS WE WERE THE ONLY CAMPERS AMONG THE GREEN BRUSH ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD.  IN THE DARKNESS OF THE NIGHT, I SAW A MAN WITH ONLY ONE ARM LOOKING AT OUR CAMPER WHO TURNED OUT TO BE A PARK RANGER.  I THOUGHT I WAS DREAMING AND HAVING A NIGHTMARE UNTIL MY HUBBY AND MY BROTHER WENT OUTSIDE TO TALK TO HIM.  I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN.  THANK GOODNESS IT WAS A GOOD PERSON STANDING OUT THERE AND NOT A CRIMINAL.  AND, IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN OUR LTTLE DOG PIERRE ONE WHO WOKE ME UP.  TODAY, BECAUSE I AM OLDER AND WISER AND THE TIMES HAVE CHANGED WITH PEOPLE COMING INTO CALIFORNIA WITH MANY SORDID MENTALITIES AND CRAZY CULTURES,  I WOULD CARRY A WEAPON FOR PROTECTION AS I DO NOT DRINK ALCOHOL OR GET POTTED AND STILL HAVE GOOD JUDGMENT.  I'M READY TO HIT THE 49 TRAIL ONCE MORE.  THIS TIME, WE WILL TAKE OUR LITTLE DOG PIERRE THE SECOND WHO IS NOW THREE YEARS OLD.  WE NAMED HIM AFTER OUR FIRST PIERRE WHO LIVED 20 YEARS WITH US.  (1962-1982).  AFTER THAT, WE RAISED SEVEN KITTIES. 

OUR TRIXIE WAS RUN OVER BY A POLICE MAN WHO CAME TO OUR DOOR AND REPORTED IT.  HE APOLOGIZED AND SAID OUR KITTY WAS DYING ON THE LAWN NEXT DOOR.  IT'S A LONG STORY WHICH I WILL WRITE ABOUT AS IT WOULD TAKE A WHOLE PAGE.  WHEN I RUSHED TRIXIE TO VARIOUS HOSPITALS AND DOCTORS, I WAS TOLD SHE WOULDN'T LAST AND HER HIND LEGS WERE PARALYZED.  I TOOK GOOD CARE OF HER, SHE WALKED AND DIED 21 YEARS LATER AFTER HER KITTY FAMILY WAS LONG GONE.

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ABOUT ANZA-AGUANGA VALLEY -

 MY HORSE WILLIE AND ME:   IT WAS A BRIGHT AND SUNNY SUMMER MORNING AND WE HAD DECIDED TO GO FOR A HORSEY TROT NORTH ON CARROT LANE.  WE HAD STARTED OUT FROM DEERSPRING TRAIL WHERE SOME OF THE TEMECU INDIANS  LIVED ON THE WEST SIDE OF CARROT LANE AND THE CAHUILLA ON THE EAST SIDE WHERE THEY STILL HAVE THEIR RESERVATION.  THE TEMECU ARE ALSO KNOWN AS THE LUISENOS WHICH LIVED AT MISION SAN LUIS REY DE FRANCIA FOUNDED ON JUNE 13, 1798.  THE AMERICAN INDIANS AT THE PECHANGA RESERVATION IN TEMECULA, CALIFORNIA, ARE A BAND OF THE LUISENOS.  PALOMAR MOUNTAIN HAS BEEN THEIR BACKDROP FOR MANY GENERATIONS.  THE TEMECU AND THE CAHUILLA INDIANS FOUGHT EACH OTHER. 

OUR RANCH WAS NEVER SETTLED BY PIONEERS, WHICH MEANS THAT THE LAND IS IN GREAT CONDITION AS THE BLM (A PART OF THE DEPT. OF INTERIOR) ONLY OPENED UP SOME PARCELS FOR SALE TO THE PUBLIC ABOUT 29 YEARS AGO IN OUR AREA.  BEFORE THAT, WHEN PIONEERS SETTLED ON SOME GOVERNMENT LANDS IN THE 1800S, THEY HOMESTEADED UNDER THE HOMESTEAD ACT SIGNED INTO LAW BY PRESIDENT LINCOLN ON MAY 20, 1862.  IT CONTINUED UNTIL 1976, EXCEPT IN ALASKA WHERE IT ENDED IN 1986.

THERE IS A WONDERFUL WEBSITE FOR THE "HAMILTON MUSEUM" IN ANZA, CALIFORNIA,  WHERE THEY EXHIBIT GREAT FAMILY HISTORICAL PICTURES OF THE PIONEERS WHO SETTLED THERE DURING HARD TIMES IN THE 1800S. A LOT OF THE DECENDANTS OF THOSE PIONEERS ARE STILL AROUND.  I MET MARGARET WELLMAN ABOUT NINE YEARS AGO WHILE SHOPPING AT THE SOROPTIMIST THRIFT SHOP IN ANZA.  AT THAT TIME,  I ALSO MET ONE OF THE YOUNGER BERGMAN GIRLS WHO WAS WORKING AT A MOBILE SALES OFFICE ON "THE PINES MOBILE PARK" PROPERTY. IT WAS MY FIRST TIME IN THE ANZA-AGUANGA VALLEY AND I WAS HOOKED FROM THAT MOMENT ON.  MARGARET HAS ALWAYS BEEN ACTIVE AS A VOLUNTEER IN ORGANIZATIONS AND IS IN CHARGE OF THE HAMILTON MUSEUM NOW.  I BELIEVE THE MUSEUM STARTED TO TAKE FORM IN 2002.   I NEED TO GO THERE THIS SPRING AND BUY MARGARET'S BOOKS AND OTHER ITEMS THEY MIGHT HAVE FOR SALE.  AS FOR THE BERGMANS, THEY USED TO HAVE A MUSEUM AS WELL BUT NEW RIVERSIDE COUNTY RULES AND REGULATIONS BECAME TOO STRICT AND THEY CHOSE TO CLOSE DOWN.  IT WAS ONE OF THE BERGMAN MEN WHO WAS A STAGECOACH DRIVER FOR THE BUTTERFIELD STAGECOACH COMPANY IN THE 1800S.

AS WILLIE AND I REACHED TULE VALLEY ROAD,  WE STOPPED TO REST NEXT  TO TALL RED SHANK CHAPARRAL FOR SOME SHADE.  I ATE A CHICKEN SANDWICH AND GAVE WILLIE SOME HAY AND WATER WHICH I USUALLY CARRY IN A CANVAS POUCH FOR HIM WHEN WE GO RIDIN' THE COUNTRYSIDE.  HE ENJOYS GETTING AWAY FROM THE RANCH ONCE IN AWHILE.  I CAN UNDERSTAND THAT HE FEELS CONFINED BEHIND THE HORSE CORRALS WHICH ARE WITHIN THE MAIN RANCH FENCING EVEN THOUGH WE HAVE 20 ACRES OF HEAVEN.

WE CONTINUED NORTHERLY AND MADE A STOP AT THE COWBOY COUNTRY CAMPGROUND WHICH IS MUCH IMPROVED.  IT TOOK THE OWNER TWO YEARS TO CLEAN OUT THE PLACE.  IT IS NOW A PERMANENT  PLACE FOR SENIORS WHO WANT TO STAY THERE IN THEIR RVS AND BREATHE FRESH COUNTRY AIR.  THEY BEHAVE, HAVE A GOOD TIME, AND RESPECT THE COUNTRYSIDE.  THE GATED COMMUNITY OF LAKE RIVERSIDE ESTATES IS JUST A COUPLE OF MILES AWAY.

WILLIE APPEARED HOMESICK, SO WE HEADED BACK TO THE RANCH.  IT WAS TIME FOR HIS CARROTS OR APPLES WHICH HE ENJOYS AS DESSERT.  ONCE WE ARRIVED,  I  TOOK WILLIE TO HIS STALL.  THE OTHER HORSES APPEARED HAPPY TO SEE HIM BACK.  I  HEADED TO THE CABIN AND HAD A CUP OF TEA AND PREPARED AN EMERGENCY SACK FOR THE ROAD WHICH I USUALLY PLACE IN THE BACK OF MY JEEP.  I HURRIED TO KAMP ANZA ON TERWILLIGER ROAD AS I WAS ANXIOUS TO VISIT WITH THE GOOD FOLKS OUT THERE.  I HEARD THAT PLACE HAD ALSO BEEN CLEANED UP AND THAT NEW OWNERS HAD TAKEN OVER .  ONCE THERE,  I SAW THE NEWER RENTAL TRAILERS AND THE NICE BIG RVS OWNED BY PEOPLE WHO STAY THERE ALL-YEAR 'ROUND.  MANY GOOD THINGS HAVE BEEN HAPPENING IN THE ANZA-AGUANGA VALLEY LATELY.  ANOTHER PLACE THAT ALSO HAS NEW OWNERS IS THE "ANZA PINES MOBILE HOME PARK" LOCATED ON HWY 371.  THEY HAVE REMOVED THE OLD-TYPE DOUBLE WIDES AND REPLACED THEM WITH THE LATEST PARK MODELS OR PRE-FABS.  THE PLACE LOOKS GREAT.

THE  "HIGH COUNTRY JOURNAL" NEWSPAPER IN ANZA SERVICES BOTH ANZA AND AGUANGA AND ALSO HAS A FREE ONLINE EDITION WHICH I FOLLOW.  ONE CAN READ ABOUT CURRENT EVENTS IN THE VALLEY, ESPECIALLY IF ON THE ROAD.  THERE ARE CLASSIFIED ADS FOR REAL ESTATE, ANIMAL VETS, RESTAURANTS, ART CLUBS, YOUTH ACTIVITIES, AND COUNTLESS OF OTHER BUSINESSES.  I FIND IT TO BE AN EXCITING AREA WITH PLENTY OF FRESH AIR.  DURING THE WINTER, THERE IS SNOW AT ABOUT 3500  FT. ABOVE SEA LEVEL.  ANZA IS 4000 FT.  IN MOST AREAS.  THERE ARE SIGNS ON HWY 371 AS A REMINDER FOR SNOW CHAINS.

THE FIRST TIME I SET FOOT IN ANZA NINE YEARS AGO,  MY CHILDHOOD FRIEND CAROL AND I STOPPED AT THE ANZA VILLAGE MARKET AND I ASKED THE STORE CLERK WHERE I COULD FIND THE TOWN.  SHE SAID, "YOU'RE LOOKING AT IT!"  I WAS IN SHOCK BUT SOON GOT OVER IT AS I'M BASICALLY A COUNTRY GIRL FIRST.  SINCE THEN, I HAVE BEEN KEEPING AN EYE OUT FOR INTERESTING ECOLOGICAL LAND.  I HAVE NOT CLEARED THE NATURAL CHAPARRAL FROM OUR PLACE AS I LOVE THE LOOK OF THE RED SHANK, MANZANITA (WHICH IS ILLEGAL TO REMOVE) AND MY GIANT BOULDERS WHICH GIVE THE RANCH A LOT OF CHARACTER.  THE WILD COLORFUL FLOWERS IN SPRING ARE ALSO VERY BEAUTIFUL.  CAROL, WHO IS LIKE MY SISTER, AND I WERE RAISED IN CHINO CA WHEN IT WAS ALL COUNTRY WITH WALNUT GROVES, TOMATO FARMS, ETC.  HER PARENTS OWNED A CHICKEN RANCH WITH THOUSANDS OF CHICKENS JUST  NORTH OF RIVERSIDE DRIVE ON EUCLID AVENUE THAT PAID FOR HER EDUCATION AT UCLA.  WHEN SHE RETIRED FROM HER TEACHING JOB, SHE MOVED TO A  RESORT NEAR ANZA VALLEY.  SHE THEN MOVED CLOSE TO HER CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN.  HER HUBBY DIED A FEW YEARS BACK.  HER BROTHER WHO LIVED IN OREGON AND BAJA ALSO DIED WHILE SCUBA DIVING ON HIS VACATION IN NEW ZEALAND.  THAT WAS A SHOCKER. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





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