Wednesday, June 18, 2014

A Sad Valley Visit

Gentle Friends, recently Rico's father passed away after being ill for quite a long time.  Last Saturday we drove down to the Valley for the services.  It was a beautiful day in the Valley, very breezy, and quite warm, upper 80's, but not oppressively hot, as the Valley can get this time of year.  

Manuel C Garcia - 1936-2014

He made a career in Air Force, and was buried with full military honors - there was a bugler who played taps and a 21 gun salute, both were very moving.

After the services and internment we all went back to  Rico's sister's house for a gathering of the family and a huge spread - his sister had been cooking for a few days and there was enough food to feed everyone and then some.
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On the way back home we stopped at the junction of Patterson Pass and Interstate 5 and I took some snaps of two of the main water delivery systems here in California....



..the Mendota Canall, which feeds the San Joaquin Valley agricultural system and keeps the farms going.... and running parallel to the Canal.....

... the California Aqueduct, which feeds water to Southern California and keeps LA and San Diego from drying up....

... you can see all the grass has dried out and has turned "golden" from the heat, and really will not be green again until next Winter when the rain comes.
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That's about it for today sports fans, thanks for stopping by, do stop again!

Take care,
edgar

39 comments:

Colleen said...

My deepest sympathy's to Rico and his family :)

(((HUGS)))

marly said...

Extending my sympathy to Rico, to you, and all who loved his Dad.

Berit said...

My condolences for the loss; I'll be thinking of you and Rico.

What a handsome picture of Rico's dad!! The other pic you took of the service is also quite beautiful.

Anonymous said...

I'm very sorry to hear about Rico's father. My condolences.

Beth Aalberts said...

I am sorry to hear about your loss, my condolences to you and Rico. My husband and I have fished in the Delta Mendota and the Aqueduct, believe it or not it's allowed!

Mary said...

Rico, my deepest sympathy.

Beth said...

Please let Rico know that I am so sorry for the loss of his father.

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Please extend my condolences to Rico. I'm so sorry to hear of the loss. Take care.

Kristen said...

I'm sorry to learn about Rico's father's passing, Edgar. Please give him my condolences.

Ariadne Skyrianidou said...

I am sorry for your loss!AriadnefromGreece!

Gene Black said...

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Rico's father. Those military funerals with Taps and the 21 gun salute always make me weep.

Peace be to Rico and also to you, Edgar.

Jan said...

Good morning Edgar! What an interesting water system. We get produce from your way ...broccoli and such. It travels a long way to get way up northeast to Ontario.
My condolences and finest regards to Rico on the recent passing of his father

Dirty Martini Queen said...

I'm so sorry for your loss and know that no matter how prepared we think we are that the loss of a loved one is especially difficult. {Hugs} to you both.
Donna

Laura said...

I am so very sorry to hear this - please know all are in my thoughts and prayers....

Laura

Jennifer said...

Please convey my deepest sympathies to Rico. Thank you for sharing the photos of the service. It looks like a fitting tribute to an American hero.

cucki said...

My deepest sympathy's to Rico and his family ...
Big hugs xxx

Cath said...

Sorry for your loss Rico and Edgar . Thinking of you and all the family who loved and lost .xxx

geeky Heather said...

My condolences to Rico and his family (including you). I hope he gets extra snuggles from the Who Hounds.

Frances N said...

I'm very sorry to hear that Rico lost his father. I can only imagine what a beautiful tribute the military service was. I'm sure it was a comfort to all and an honor to experience.

Margaret said...

So sorry to hear of Rico's Father's passing. Looks like a lovely funeral though. Very interesting to see the water systems.

Jodi S said...

Very sorry to hear about Rico's Dad! Please accept my sympathies and extend them to Rico.

Melody said...

Please accept my condolences for the loss of Rico's father. Such a sad event to be sure.

valerie said...

My condolences to you, Rico and his family.

DebbieSFL said...

Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you, Rico and his family,

Sherry :o) said...

My sympathies for your loss, and to Rico as well! His dad was handsome!!

P.J. said...

Thank you for your service Manuel Garcia. Peace be with you Rico and your family.

Denise said...

So Sorry to hear of Rico's fathers passing. You both are in my prayers.

Barb said...

My condolences to both of you on the loss of Rico's father. It must have been a very moving service.

Alice said...

So sorry for your loss.

Natasha said...

My thoughts and prayers go out to you both and Ricos family! ((HUGS))

I was always amazed how the grass always turned "golden" in the summer I always thought it was so pretty .

Take care friend

Roberta said...

Sending condolences to Rico and family.

Kate said...

Deepest condolences to Rico on the passing of his Dad.

Julie said...

My sympathies to Rico, his father looks a very handsome man. xx

CathieJ said...

My condolences to you and Rico. Peace and prayers to both of you.

CalamityJr said...

Please share my message of sympathy with Rico. I'm sure you'll both miss his father; sounds like he was a wonderful role model.

Sharon said...

I am so sorry for Rico's loss. No matter how prepared we think we might be, losing a parent is hard. I'm glad you had a good visit with his family and took some snaps to share with us.

Catherine said...

My condolences to Rico...

Rita said...

My condolences to Rico and the entire family.

Stitchinowl said...

Trying to get caught up on blog reading..Belated condolences to Rico, you, and all who loved Rico's dad.
Carolyn