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CA Part 4 - Pacific Coast Highway

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by s0nus, Nov 5, 2011.

  1. s0nus

    s0nus Mu-43 Veteran

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    Dec 13, 2010
    Chicago
    This is the last of 4 sets from a quick one week jaunt to California earlier this year.

    After exploring the Giant Forests of Sequoia National Park, the secluded beauty of Kings Canyon, and the classic vistas of Yosemite, we headed West, hitting the ocean at San Francisco hoping to catch a glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge. Unfortunately, fog, cloud, and drizzle rendered the visibility to near zero, which unfortunately would be the weather pattern for much of our drive south to LA along the Pacific Coast Highway. I've driven this stretch of road before, and many of the views of the beautiful coastline were simply not visible in the fog. A bummer for sure, but we tried to make the best of it!

    As usual, comments and criticism are certainly welcome!

    1. Eating the last of our peaches for breakfast in a motel in Santa Cruz:
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    3. We were reminded of the amount of food California produces ...
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    4. ... and more importantly, that human beings are involved in the process.
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    6. A large motorcycle sculpture next to a biker leather shop:
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    7. The next few are from a big pottery shop:
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    8. The man behind the lens
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    11. Vicious?
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    12. Fresh seafood anyone?
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    13. Monterey
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    14. Final days of summer break
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    15. Point Lobos State Reserve:
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    17. The fog cleared for a moment
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    18. One of the many bridges along the way:
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    20. Unfortunate private property
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    21. Camping in style
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    23. Elephant seal
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  2. Nice, mate. My faves were #3, 5, 10, 14, 24, 25 & 26.
     
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  3. s0nus

    s0nus Mu-43 Veteran

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    Dec 13, 2010
    Chicago
    Thanks Nic for taking the time to look! I'm glad you found some snaps that caught your eye. :)
     
  4. 0dBm

    0dBm Mu-43 Top Veteran

    859
    Jun 30, 2011
    Western United States
    I viewed the first three parts as well.

    I thoroughly enjoyed the images.

    I trust that you had a memorable time in our State.

    I need to set aside about 30 days to explore California before I turn sixty.:wink:
     
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  5. BarefootPilgrim

    BarefootPilgrim Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Dec 23, 2009
    Westchester, IL
    Bob
    Love #26 (gull walking rail)! :2thumbs:

    Nice series that makes me homesick.
     
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  6. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    SoCal
    The Central Coast is such a treasure chest of photographs, unfortunately the fog kept you from diving deep into its gold and precious stones . I've made many trip to San Francisco this summer. The City reminded me of King Kong's Skull Island, always shrouded in perpetual fog (while not entirely true for San Francisco, just seems that way).
     
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  7. s0nus

    s0nus Mu-43 Veteran

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    Dec 13, 2010
    Chicago
    I really need to go back and spend a solid week just exploring that Central Coast. There are so many little state parks that we were forced to skip due to time constraints, it was painful!

    I envy you Californians!
     
  8. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    SoCal
    When you come back, let me know I'll bring you some tacos. I miss Kings Canyon ... I'm thinking of making a quick drive up to the Bristle Cone Pines (oldest trees on the planet) for some light snow and gnarly tree shots.

    Lately, there has been unusual whale activity within a couple hundred yards or so of the shore. Humpbacks and Blues are popping up all over Santa Cruz and Long Beach. Spotting and getting a snap or two of some Blues would have made your trip.

    G
     
  9. Canonista

    Canonista Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Sep 3, 2011
    L.A.
    Just came across your California vacation threads. Very nice. :smile:

    I was up in Carmel/Monterey this past August for the Monterey Historic Races, and true to form, lots of fog, or marine layer, as we call them out here. To avoid the fog, your best bet are the Spring and Fall seasons.