3- A Sea of Green Unfolding

In Book Three in The Long Trails series, (the sequel to The Hills of Gold Unchanging), Aleksandra and Xavier’s 1860 saga continues over the Pony Express Trail of Utah via the silver and gold mining country of 1860’s Nevada and California and through Old San Francisco to Xavier's family hacienda, the Californio Rancho de las Pulgas. Secession menaces, with Southerners desirous of dragging the new state from the Union and making it their own—and they will stop at nothing to accomplish it.
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Transverse currents: flow from east to west and west to east, link the eastern & western boundary currents; caused by stress of wind on ocean in bands of trade winds at fringes of tropics & from mid-latitude westerlies; Equatorial currents: moderately shallow & broad; mid-latitudes: eastward-flowing currents are wider & flow more slowly - interrupted by continents & island arcs in N. hem

Transverse currents: flow from east to west and west to east, link the eastern & western boundary currents; caused by stress of wind on ocean in bands of trade winds at fringes of tropics & from mid-latitude westerlies; Equatorial currents: moderately shallow & broad; mid-latitudes: eastward-flowing currents are wider & flow more slowly - interrupted by continents & island arcs in N. hem

Empire Mine State Historic Park in Grass Valley, CA, where Xavier worked his way up to supervisor and Aleksandra tutored the children of the mine managers... more pics of mine to follow!

Empire Mine State Historic Park in Grass Valley, CA, where Xavier worked his way up to supervisor and Aleksandra tutored the children of the mine managers... more pics of mine to follow!

City of Sacramento in California Old Sacramento, where Aleksandra and Xavier (with their three horses) boarded the steamer heading for San Francisco in The Hills of Gold Unchanging

City of Sacramento in California Old Sacramento, where Aleksandra and Xavier (with their three horses) boarded the steamer heading for San Francisco in The Hills of Gold Unchanging

San Francisco, CA, the wharf right near Alcatraz (in the pic)  where they docked the steamer coming down from Sacramento after the big floods that wracked California, and bankrupted it in the 1860's... Check out The Hills of Gold Unchanging for details! :)

San Francisco, CA, the wharf right near Alcatraz (in the pic) where they docked the steamer coming down from Sacramento after the big floods that wracked California, and bankrupted it in the 1860's... Check out The Hills of Gold Unchanging for details! :)

San Gregorio State Beach in San Gregorio, CA

San Gregorio State Beach in San Gregorio, CA

San Gregorio State Beach in San Gregorio, CA Where I used to go with Mum and Jackie, and where Aleksandra had her epiphany in The Hills of Gold Unchanging...

San Gregorio State Beach in San Gregorio, CA Where I used to go with Mum and Jackie, and where Aleksandra had her epiphany in The Hills of Gold Unchanging...

San Gregorio General Store in San Gregorio, CA When I was little, mum used to take us in there to get a slab of aged, crumbly cheddar (like Aleksandra made in A Long Trail Rolling), and some Martinelli's Apple juice in the apple shaped bottles... if the nice man with the food truck wasn't at the beach... in the sunny weather.  Otherwise it was hot chocolate... :) Yum. Thanks Mum!

San Gregorio General Store in San Gregorio, CA When I was little, mum used to take us in there to get a slab of aged, crumbly cheddar (like Aleksandra made in A Long Trail Rolling), and some Martinelli's Apple juice in the apple shaped bottles... if the nice man with the food truck wasn't at the beach... in the sunny weather. Otherwise it was hot chocolate... :) Yum. Thanks Mum!

San Gregorio General Store in San Gregorio, CA Aleksandra went out to stay with a family near here in the story... and went past where this now sits... It didn't exist in 1863, nor did the Old Stage Road, but you can read about the first road being put through from San Gregorio toward the north, what's now Half Moon Bay... Can anyone tell me why they put the wagon track in? :)

San Gregorio General Store in San Gregorio, CA Aleksandra went out to stay with a family near here in the story... and went past where this now sits... It didn't exist in 1863, nor did the Old Stage Road, but you can read about the first road being put through from San Gregorio toward the north, what's now Half Moon Bay... Can anyone tell me why they put the wagon track in? :)

La Honda Post Office in La Honda, CA This was my old post office, growing up.. right next to where the old bear fighting pit was back in the day... even before 1860... check out The Hills of Gold Unchanging for details of where it was! :)

La Honda Post Office in La Honda, CA This was my old post office, growing up.. right next to where the old bear fighting pit was back in the day... even before 1860... check out The Hills of Gold Unchanging for details of where it was! :)

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