A-Wandering Up The California Coast

I just got back from a road trip to San Francisco to attend a friend’s wedding, and I wanted to share some of the shots I got on the drive home. I just didn’t have the time to stop at every wonderful place I saw along the way, and oh there were SO many, but I managed to squeeze in a few choice stops. I’m not totally happy with the editing on some of these, but I’m nursing an old back injury that has been aggravated by three nights on lousy hotel mattresses, so it’ll just have to do. Enjoy! šŸ™‚

My friend’s wedding was held at a palatial villa on a forested hilltop, and it was just stunning. I haven’t had a chance to ask him if he’d be alright with sharing pictures from the wedding, so I will leave those out. I can, however, share a photo of this awesome birdhouse city that was in a tree on the front lawn the villa. I need one of these in my yard!!

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Once I got out of San Francisco I headed for the coast and highway 101. I haven’t driven the coast in a few years, so I was eager to see what I found. One of the places I stopped briefly (in part because I desperately needed a bathroom) was Fort Ross. There’s a reconstructed Russian fort and some lovely trails to walk. Here’s some info about the fort if you have an urge to visit some day.

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I walked around the trails near the fort for a little ways and got a few nice shots. Oh I love the California coast šŸ™‚

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I have no idea what kind of flowers these are, but they’re gorgeous and I love them!

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Back on the highway, heading north. I can’t remember where I was, but somewhere along the way I saw this gorgeous little shed being devoured by nasturtiums, just sitting there and glowing in the afternoon sun.

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I ended up spending the night in Fort Bragg. The town itself isn’t overly exciting, but the views around there are beautiful.

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As I was driving along north of Fort Bragg I saw a vulture perched on a fence by the road. I’ve never been able to get close enough to a vulture to get a shot, they’re usually very shy, but this one didn’t seem to be going anywhere. Just as I raised my camera two more burst out of the grass. Darnit, if only I’d been pointing my camera a little more to the right! They were gone before I managed to take another shot, but I’m just happy I got what I did šŸ™‚

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Farther north and into redwood country. I wandered along the Avenue of the Giants for a little ways, but I was so tight on time that I had to get back on the highway. Before I did, though, I enjoyed some lovely woods and stopped by the famous Drive-Thru Tree.

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After I left the Drive-Thru tree, I was driving up a large gorge and happened to see a little chunk of abandoned highway clinging to the side of the cliff. Since I absolutely LOVE old abandoned things, I couldn’t resist hopping the fence and exploring a little ways. I didn’t get very far, it was just too hot and I was running on only 3 hous of sleep (curse you, crappy hotel mattress!), but one of these days I’m going to go back and see how far that old highway goes.

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I happened to find a little lizard hiding on the cement railing along the old highway. He kept doing pushups at me. I think that’s lizard-speak for “Come at me, bro!!”. I reassured him that I was not interested in taking over his territory and went on my way.

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Heading north again I finally got back to Oregon, near Klamath, where you can stop and enjoy the gigantic and amusing statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Big Blue Ox. My friend Artie Groovebot wanted his picture taken. He’s such a tourist…

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So that was my trip. These photos represent only a tiny fraction of the wonderful things I saw along the way, but someday maybe I’ll get to go back and take my time exploring.

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6 comments on “A-Wandering Up The California Coast

  1. rangewriter says:

    Oh, I enjoyed this little virtual trip. I haven’t been on that stretch of road for many years. I’ve been to many of the places you shot, but certainly not all of them. That little side road, oh…that looks so inviting! I like the variety of shots and processing in this little photo essay. Hope your back will soon be feeling better.

    • I’m so glad you enjoyed it. I wish I could have had about a week longer to travel, as well as a lot more money. Maybe someday I’ll find that rich husband I’ve been looking for šŸ™‚

  2. betunada says:

    woooweee! don’t know where to begin (i should go back, slowly, take notes)… the birdhouse tree! i was driving a week or so up north and saw 4 or so buzzards on fence posts. i KNOW if i slowed or stopped to try to pixure, they would-a left, as yours.
    THIS photo essay could/should also be FrashPrest, like your (what wuzzitt cauld?) trip into central oregon, john day area?

  3. I was wondering if you ever thought of changing the structure
    of your site? Its very well written; I love what youve got to say.
    But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so
    people could connect with it better. Youve got an awful lot of text for only having one or 2 images.
    Maybe you could space it out better?

    • Well I do think a bit about making my posts enjoyable for people, but I’m not quite sure which post you’re refering to as far as lots of text and only one or two images. Many of my posts are just images with no text at all, especially the ones earlier in the life of the blog. A few have a little text explaining what’s happening for context, and one or two have quite a bit of a story going on just because I wanted to share an adventure, like the post about being an archaeologist.

      While I do want people to enjoy what I share, if I start worrying too much about how I need to craft everything to please others then the quality of my work always suffers. I decided a while ago that if some people didn’t like some of my posts, that was fine. Certainly can’t please everyone. Better to make images that I feel happy with, give a bit of background if it seemed appropriate, or a long into if I thought it necessary, keep on doing what feels right to me, and let myself be okay with the fact that some people won’t like it šŸ™‚

  4. harrison1984 says:

    Reblogged this on Brook Of Inspirations and commented:
    Good job.

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