Places (Part 5)

August 24th, 2014 No comments

Los Padres National Forest

is that a campsite, or what?

is that a campsite, or what?

view from the campsite

view from the campsite 

Sequoia National Park

Kaweah River Bridge - Mineral King Valley

Kaweah River Bridge – Mineral King Valley

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Atwell Mill campsite - superb

Atwell Mill campsite – superb

 Eagle Lake Hike

This was one of the best hikes I’ve ever done – 2200 feet elevation gain over 4 miles to the 10,000+ foot Eagle Lake:

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high elevation meadow, just below the lake

high elevation meadow, just below the lake

after strenuous climb, a final 900 foot rock scramble to the top. Exhausting! But well worth the effort.

after strenuous climb, a final 900 foot (elevation) almost vertical rock scramble to the top. Exhausting! But well worth the effort.

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lovely pool to plunge in!

lovely pool to plunge in!

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Next: Half Moon Bay, Golden Gate, Mt. Tamalpais, & Olema

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Places (Part 4)

August 23rd, 2014 No comments

Carmel

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Big Sur

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Next: Los Padres National Forest and Sequoia National Park

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Places (Part 3)

August 22nd, 2014 No comments

It was took expensive to fly my bike out there, but I did get a chance to rent a bike for the day in Monterey. Believe it or not, a minor accident with a golf cart bent my front wheel rim and added many miles to the awesome tour (is it 17 miles going out to Carmel? Or a 17 mile loop?):

Monterey Peninsula

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view from the 18th tee at Pebble Beach

view from the 18th tee at Pebble Beach

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Next: the morning fogs lifts on Carmel and a trip down coastal highway to Big Sur

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Places (Part 2)

August 22nd, 2014 No comments

Monterey

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Santa Rosalia, patron saint of the Italian fisherman

Santa Rosalia, patron saint of the Italian fisherman

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Ed Ricketts - marine biologist, ecologist, philosopher, and friend of John Steinbeck

Ed Ricketts – marine biologist, ecologist, philosopher, and friend of John Steinbeck

Pacific Biological Laboratories - founded by Ed Rickets

Pacific Biological Laboratories – founded by Ed Ricketts

Next: Monterey peninsula, by bicycle

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Places (Part 1)

August 22nd, 2014 No comments

My apologies for the un-announced 2 week hiatus.

My son, who is doing his Johns Hopkins doctoral research out in Silicon Valley this summer with Google, flew me out for a visit, so I got to take my first real vacation since the kids were in school.

I am just downloading the photos – Here’s some of the awesome places we/I went – we’ll do this in 6 posts to make it manageable:

Yosemite

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Hetch-Hetchy

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Central Coast – San Gregorio

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Salinas

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National Steinbeck Center - the modernist architecture clashes with Salinas and Steinbeck's style, but the museum is SUPERB!!

National Steinbeck Center – the modernist architecture clashes with Salinas and Steinbeck’s style, but the museum is SUPERB!!

Next: Monterey and a 17+++ mile bicycle trip around the peninsula.

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