Hiking around in the areas near my house, I never can tell what sort of odd things I might find. Some of them are mysterious and raise all sorts of questions in my mind, others… well, not so much. You may recall a post from a couple of months ago when I wrote about finding a dry creek bed scattered […]
I’m not sure how long this young Blacktail buck was standing there watching us approach. He was hiding in plain sight just off the dirt trail — but neither of us spotted him until he decided we were close enough, thanks very much, and turned to trot behind the bushes and out of sight.
I’ve been featuring episodes from Huell Howser’s various shows for awhile now, and I always enjoy seeing him visit parts of California that may or may not be familiar to me. But Huell explored more than just California, so I thought it would be fun to check out his short Alaska series. Most of the episodes are 30 minutes long, […]
It would be almost impossible to find a spot along Gerstle Cove that isn’t breathtakingly beautiful. We explored only the south end of this fairly large cove, so I’m certain there was much more great scenery we didn’t manage to see on this day. For me, part of the beauty was the wild surf. We had arrived at the Sonoma […]
July 1979 — It was only a couple more days until Independence Day, and my mom, dad, and I were on the last leg of our Canadian road trip, making our way toward home. After leaving Portland, we drove east along the Columbia River as far as the Cascade Locks, where we planned to spend the night. Not too far […]
One reason I love exploring around Mississippi Bar is that I never know when I might find something completely unexpected. Like this little spot perched above a dry creek bed, hidden from casual sight by piles of dredger tailings.
I spotted this Phainopepla — or as I call it, the black bird with red eyes and the name I can never remember — while hiking around Mississippi Bar this morning. While I was pleased to get a few good shots, it was a little frustrating that the tree branches blocked my view; and then of course my phone rang […]
Last week I shared some of my images from our hike that started at the side of Highway 1 and ended at Gerstle Cove. There is, of course, an easier way to get to the cove; if you’d rather drive than hike and don’t mind paying the fee, the access road from the highway leads directly to the day use […]
This hour-long episode of California’s Gold starts with Huell having quite the adventure just getting to the island. But once he finally arrives, he finds that humans are greatly outnumbered by the sea birds and marine mammals like Elephant Seals, California Sea Lions, and Gray Whales. I admit to feeling just a bit sad that shore access to the islands […]