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From Happy Camp, Heart of the Klamath, To San Francisco (Before the Digital Disaster)

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We headed south out of Port Townsend, Washington back on September 18, is search of warmer climes as the fall chill set in the northern Puget Sound. (We departed last year on August 6, 2017).

We haven’t posted many photos since then, so thought we’d celebrate Thanksgiving with this thankful post that we made it through northern California and the Sierra Nevada’s just weeks before the Paradise disaster.

Here’s the thumbnail travelog, written from Cannery Row, in a¬†touristy and no longer Steinbeck funky Monterey¬†(thankfully, the Peninsula is still gorgeous):

We toured the western shore of Puget Sound, down to Seattle, but bypassed the city and instead headed to central Oregon and the Cascades and Columbia River. We entered California along the Klamath River, and as these photos show, the conditions were extremely dry. At Happy Camp, we then proceeded west to the Redwoods and northern coast. We spent about a week on the coast around Crescent City, then the cold fog set in and we headed inland across the Sierra’s, then south along the eastern Sierra foothills to lovely Lake Tahoe and south to Twin Lakes. We managed to catch a powerful lecture on Native American history of Yosemite and Hetch Hetchy at the Bridgeport public library. Then we headed west over awesome Sonora Pass to San Francisco to visit my son (my brakes almost caught fire headed down from the Pass). Highlights included visits to City Lights bookstore and Coit Tower, whose murals show San Fran before the Digital Disaster the city has become.

Klamath River, California

Klamath River, California – extremely dry conditions

 X National Forest

Six Rivers National Forest

Smith River, Redwoods National Park

Smith River, Redwoods National Park

Pacific coast, Crescent City, California

Pacific coast, Crescent City, California

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X National Forest - extremely dry conditions

El Dorado National Forest – extremely dry conditions

Twin Lakes, at base of Sawtooth mountains

Twin Lakes, at base of Sawtooth mountains

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe

X National Forest - extremely dry conditions

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest – extremely dry conditions

I left my heart ...

I left my heart … (view from Coit Tower)

Cost Tower, SF

Coit Tower, SF

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Monterey Bay, looking at Lovers Point in Pacific Grove, California

Monterey Bay, looking at Lovers Point in Pacific Grove, California

pelagic red crabs wash up on Lovers Point beach - warm ocean temps pushed  them north from Mexico and they died from cold shock of Bay. Reportedly a sign of El Nino

pelagic red crabs wash up on Lovers Point beach – Another sign of climate chaos. Warm ocean temps pushed them north from Mexico and they die from cold shock of Bay. Reportedly a sign of El Nino

Bouy checking out the dead crabs

Bouy checking out the dead crabs

 

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