Ben's room displays the trappings of Halloween. We've had cobwebs nearly this size, but fortunately this one and its inhabitant is a fake. Photo by Glenn.
Ben is dressed up as Ace Attorney for his Halloween costume. Photo by Glenn.
Think we have enough candy for the trick-or-treaters? All those unopened bags were still unopened at the end of the night. Photo by Glenn.
Our jack o'lantern designs were a bit uninspired this year. Glenn's entry greets visitors to the front door. Photo by Glenn.
Ben's jack o'lantern was inspired by The Nightmare Before Christmas. It is two-faced, like the mayor from the movie. This is the freaked-out side. The other side is smiling. Photo by Glenn.
Roni prepares Werewolf in the Waldorf Salad, part of our traditional Halloween feast. Nearby is a large bowl of Bloody Bug Juice. Photo by Glenn.
Ben chows down on Halloween dinner. Photo by Glenn.
This was not part of the Halloween meal, but rather a buttermilk pie that Glenn baked from a recipe provided to him by a friend at work. It met with rave reviews. Photo by Glenn.
Our ship has come in, or rather the tall ship Lady Washington has come in to the visitor dock at the Antioch Marina on Oct. 22. The vessel was open for public tours. Photo by Glenn.
Glenn and Roni pose for a picture in front of the tall ship. Photos were free, as opposed to the price to go on board. Photo by Glenn.
The massive Panamanian cargo ship Navios Celestial makes its way west on the San Joaquin River past the Antioch fishing pier. Photo by Glenn.
Much of our past month has been spent touring the Delta. On Oct. 26 we drove around Sherman Island, just north of us. This is a view of Mount Diablo, looking west across the Antioch Bridge. Photo by Glenn.
An old barn is surrounded by hundreds of acres of farmland on Sherman Island. Photo by Glenn.
A very rare sight, these migrating sandhill cranes have made a stop on Sherman Island. They head south each fall, but usually they don't make it too far into our region. Photo by Glenn.
We aren't sure what these red bulbs are, but they sure are pretty. There were thousands of them growing along the Sherman Island levee near Three Mile Slough. Photo by Glenn.
We ate lunch in Rio Vista, at the "We Toss 'Em, They're Awesome" pizza restaurant. Photo by Glenn.
Part of Rio Vista's charm is its downtown that looks like it never left the 1950s. This sign at the Striper Cafe still works but has seen better days. Photo by Glenn.
As the sign says, Glenn took a solo walk along the Stewartville Trail at Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve on Nov. 9. Photo by Glenn.
Glenn cools his heels on a bench after hiking to the ridge of the Stewartville Trail. Photo by Glenn.
The Diablo Valley stretches to the south from the ridge. The trail leads to the site of the former coal mining town of Stewartville. Glenn decided against the long hike down the hill. Photo by Glenn.
This is the Hazel Atlas Mine, which is currently closed for renovations. It should reopen in the spring. Photo by Glenn.
An abandoned barn at the north end of Black Diamond Mines is a picturesque reminder of Antioch's forgotten past. Photo by Glenn.
Nov. 12 finds us out for a tour of the Antioch Dunes wildlife preserve, home of the endangered Lange's metalmark butterfly and the Antioch Dunes evening primrose neither of which we got to see on our walk. Photo by Glenn.
Our tour group listens as a volunteer docent points out the Antioch Dunes evening primrose. Photo by Glenn.
The primrose might look impressive in the spring when it is blooming, but in November it looks like a common dead weed. Photo by Glenn.
Roni and other tour participants pass around historical photos of the Antioch Dunes. Photo by Glenn.
This is the trail leading east toward the Georgia-Pacific gypsum plant, The dunes area doesn't look like much these days, but a hundred years ago there were 60-foot high sand dunes on this site. Photo by Glenn.
Later in the day we made our way to the Antioch fairgrounds where the annual fall fair and barbecue competition was taking place. One of the barbecue booths displays its array of hardware. These guys are serious about their cooking. Photo by Glenn.
Roni, Ben and his friend Alexis enjoy lunch while listening to the sounds of the Hot Rods band at the fairgrounds. Photo by Glenn.
The Hot Rods rock out on stage with some great '50s cover tunes. Photo by Glenn.
Santa bids us farewell as we leave the craft fair. Actually, he was probably trying to coax a shy kid up to his sleigh for a Christmas wish list consultation. Photo by Glenn.
Ben is in a chipper mood on a bright Monday morning as we head to his school to drop him off before embarking on our next Delta adventure... Photo by Glenn.
...It is Nov. 14 and the skies are looking none too friendly as we head north to the Montezuma Hills of Solano County, where dozens of new wind turbines are being erected. This one is mostly assembled, awaiting its three blades. Photo by Glenn.
Sections of the turbine towers are delivered via cargo ship to the Port of Stockton and then trucked to the job site for assembly. One truck arrived just as this photo was taken. Photo by Glenn.
The finished wind turbines dwarf everything in the hills, including this old barn. Photo by Glenn.
It could be the California coast, but it's actually the beach at Lower Sherman Island Wildlife Area, one of the few spots in the Delta with sand beaches. It can fit about 10 people on it. Photo by Glenn.
We head north to Brannan Island to take a walk on the Brannan Island Loop Trail. This popular Delta camping and fishing spot was cold and mostly deserted on our visit. Photo by Glenn.
A gray heron sits still long enough for us to snap a few photos of it along the Brannan Island shore. Photo by Glenn.
We think these are toyon berries. They were plentiful on several trees planted around Brannan Island. Photo by Glenn.
Our Monday on the Delta concluded with a stop at the Discover the Delta Farmers Market and visitor center outside Rio Vista. They have an extensive wine tasting room featuring wines from Delta vintners. Photo by Glenn.
On Nov. 16 we found Glenn's dream home a place east of Stockton called the Windmill Ranch. True to the name, the place features a collection of antiques and dozens of working farm windmills. Tours are available, but we didn't go in. Photo by Roni.
The destination for our Wednesday morning drive was Lockeford, home of Lockeford Meats & Sausage, which is known far and wide for its quality meats. Photo by Glenn.
The sign on the building says all that needs to be said. If you have ever tried a Lockeford sausage at one of the area's many fairs or festivals then you already know what to expect. If not, you are seriously missing out. Photo by Glenn.
The display case inside the Lockeford Sausage shop is packed with tasty links just waiting to take home and stick on the grill. This is just half of the display counter. Photo by Glenn.
After buying our sausages we had a hankering for a real country breakfast, so we headed next dore to the Country Cafe. Glenn can't wait to dig in to his order of biscuits and gravy. Photo by Roni.
Glenn unintentionally bears a striking resemblance to the infamous Unabomber in his new hoodie and sunglasses, which he forgot to take off after the drive home from Lockeford. Photo by Roni.
A bit closer to home, the Delta Science Center begins to take shape at Big Break Regional Shoreline. Construction crews have been in the process of assembling the components of the modular building that should be open in the spring. Photo by Roni.
Our purple sage is in full bloom, and the local hummingbirds are going crazy for it. One of the hummers flits about in search of more nectar. Photo by Roni.
Fall has arrived in our backyard. The leaves of our crape myrtle take on a beautiful golden hue as the temperatures drop. Photo by Roni.
Summer finds a bit of modesty in the rapidly spreading vine that again has taken over her garden. Photo by Glenn.
This month's newsletter was made possible in part by the new computer shelf Glenn built from scratch and assembled in our bedroom closet. The components are spread out on the back patio on Nov. 8. Photo by Glenn.
The computer shelf is all set up in the closet. It is strong enough to support Ben's old iMac G5 yet portable enough to remove when we want or need to. Photo by Glenn.