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Please share your vacation photos
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Years ago I struck upon the novel idea of inviting readers of the Courier to send us their vacation photos to be printed.

It was probably the best idea I ever developed. Photos poured in from lots of people illustrating their idea of a vacation. We saw the kids in front of Mount Rushmore, the parents in Hawaii and the family in front of the Grand Canyon.

It created great readership. Seeing how your friends and neighbors spend their summer months was a great thing.

Over the years, subsequent calls for vacation photos produced less response. I'm not sure why. But I again invite our readers to submit their favorite vacation photos to be published in the Courier. There is no charge!

Resist the idea that having your vacation photos published is a way of self aggrandizement. You're not foisting them upon us. We're asking you to do it! I believe most of us want to see where our neighbors are going. Besides, your photo might inspire us all to visit a place that we haven't visited before.

If you've taken digital photos, great. Simply email me the photo(s) at Please tell me who is in the photo, where you're at, when you were there and anything else that may be interesting about the trip.

If the prints are actually printed from a film strip, you may bring them down to our office at 2940 Fourth Street, Ceres. Or you can send them by snail mail at The Ceres Courier, P.O. Box 7, Ceres, CA 95307.

I realize that fewer people may have taken vacations with the price of gas. The economic downturn created by the housing foreclosure problem and the price of gas has kept a lot of folks home this summer. The term "staycation" has been coined to describe how some folks have taken time off only to vacation at home. But what about a photo from your day trips?

It would be senseless to stay at home, being located where we are in the world. I can't think of a better place to be "stuck" for day trips than Central California. We really have a great offering of places to visit.

I am dumbfounded at all the local people who have not visited Yosemite National Park for years - or ever. It has to be the most gorgeous place on earth, and it's located in our backyard. The park's vistas as timelessly beautiful.

There's Columbia State Historic Park and Gold Rush towns of Jackson, Sutter Creek, Jamestown, Sonora. In Stanislaus County there's the fun of rafting down the Stanislaus River from Knights Ferry or the hikes in the Del Puerto Canyon on the west side. We're a short hop from the coastal communities of Monterey, Carmel, Aptos, Half Moon Bay and others.

In Sacramento I've taken advantage of seeing the state Capitol and the Leland Stanford Mansion this year.

All the excitement of the casinos at Tahoe, Reno and Carson City are up the hill from there.

This is not to even mention all the things that one could find to do in San Francisco, truly the most metropolitan place in Central California. The tourist locations there are endless.

Please consider sharing your vacation photos with us. I thank you in advance.

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