On Greenwood Creek

Greenwood Creek State Beach is another beautiful spot along the Northern California coast that I never knew existed until very recently. I’m sure there’s much more to see than the small portion I was able to take in during our short exploration; the Visitor Center is located in the town of Elk and just across the road from where we […]

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Roadside scenery

I really enjoy sharing the driving duties when the Big Guy and I take a road trip, but unless I pull over and stop every time I see something interesting — not an idea that would go over well with my travel companion — I wind up missing the chance to photograph a lot of cool stuff. Here are a […]

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Muir Woods walk

I shot so many photos on my visit to Muir Woods — but there’s quite a few of them that came out rather blurry, really suitable only as personal reminders of my enjoyable day. Happily, that still leaves a load of images for me to share, so here are a few more, in no particular order.

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The beach at Moat Creek

I first discovered Moat Creek back in November 2020 when we stopped there very briefly on our way to the Fort Ross area. At the time it seemed like a popular surfing spot, but I had no idea there were also easily accessible tide pools to explore. During my second visit in late September I had a little more time […]

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Milk Farm

Although I can’t recall ever actually stopping there, the Milk Farm Restaurant was a familiar landmark alongside Interstate 80 in Dixon, California, all during my childhood. The restaurant complex shut down in 1986, and the buildings are long gone now; but the sign remains — at least for the time being. Fearing its eventual demise, I’ve been wanting to stop […]

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Monastery stones

On my most recent trip to the San Francisco Botanical Garden (formerly the Strybing Arboretum) last August I discovered a fascinating bit of history just along the southeast edge near the main gate. Tucked behind the library, there is a quiet little patio surrounded by a collection of medieval stone blocks. These stones have traveled a very long way from […]

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In Muir Woods

I’ve wanted to explore the Marin peninsula’s Muir Woods for quite a long time — it’s one of many suggested outings for visitors to San Francisco — and this week I finally took the plunge, renting a car and making a day trip out of it. And while I enjoyed both the drive and the destination, despite freeway traffic jams […]

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Life along Highway 1

Although it runs the length of California’s coast, once north of San Francisco State Route 1 becomes a scenic two-lane roadway that dips and climbs as it snakes its way across rivers (like the Russian, the Gualala, the Navarro, and the Noyo) and through a lot of small towns, one of which is Point Arena, population 473. It’s all too […]

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Return to the pier

The Point Arena Pier was closed to the public during our first visit in November of last year. This time around, the pier was open and we were able to walk out to the end and have a look around. Things still seemed a bit quiet — but maybe that’s because we’re so used to seeing tourists teeming around Bodega […]

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