June-July 1979 — We had started out from Vancouver, British Columbia, early on the morning of June 30 and caught one of the B.C. ferries, the Queen of Saanich, which carried us to Swartz Bay, outside Victoria. Our plan was to board the ferry Coho in the morning and reach Port Angeles by around noon. But things didn’t go quite […]
In a previous post I wrote about our recent drive up Highway 1 as far as the Point Arena Lighthouse; but there were a few other, less well-known spots between Gualala and our ultimate turnaround point where we made brief stops for a quick look around. I’m sure we could have happily spent a lot more time at each one […]
The Fort Ross Lodge is located on the Sonoma coast between Fort Ross State Historic Park and the upscale Timber Cove Resort. The lodge actually sits on the south side of Timber Cove, at the base of Windermere Point, and there are a few trails leading from the lodge property to the cliffs, with some really stunning views of the […]
I had so much fun taking pictures on our trip to the coast that I just kept shooting as we headed home along the winding cliffs of Highway 1.
One of the most exciting parts of watching the Tour de France is the mountain climbing; it takes some special skills and the right sort of gear setup to stay in contention while suffering over the peaks of the Alps and the Pyrenees. And while I’ve seen some ferociously steep mountains feature in a few different professional bike races, I’ve […]
Just a short way farther north from the Point Arena Pier is the turnoff, Lighthouse Road, that leads to the Point Arena Lighthouse. There were plenty of tempting sights urging us to pause along this narrow 2-mile road, but we carried on to the end of the cul-de-sac and parked. The first thing I noticed was not the lighthouse itself […]
June 1979 — Our exploration of Vancouver, B.C., continued after we left Deer Lake Park; from there we drove about 12 miles northwest to the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. At the time, I had no appreciation of the size and beauty of the city of Vancouver, sitting between the Strait of Georgia and a number of lakes and mountains. But […]
While staying a few nights at the Fort Ross Lodge, we decided to take a drive up the coast beyond Gualala, farther than we usually go on our escapes to the ocean. Since I failed to consult a map, I had the mistaken impression that Fort Bragg was just a short trip up the coast, and I expected we would […]
I’ve never really practiced meditation, but in a spot like this one, near Salt Point State Park, I could easily sit in solitude and ponder the universe and my place in it. Every place I look, I see details of nature that speak directly to the deepest parts of my being.