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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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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Yolo wetlands

In my lifetime, I’ve crossed and recrossed the Yolo Causeway many, many times. But last week was the first time I actually stopped to explore the surrounding wetlands, now designated as the Vic Fazio Yolo Wildlife Area. I wasn’t precisely sure what to expect when Google told me I had arrived at my destination — and I’ll admit I was […]

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Dragon’s Nose

I’ve spent a fair amount of time along the Sonoma coast in Northern California ever since the mid 1980s, and it has always seemed to me the epitome of a rugged and rocky shoreline. But after recently spending a week a little farther north in Mendocino, I’m beginning to realize I ain’t seen nothing yet! I stumbled upon this particular […]

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In the fire zone

As I’ve watched the news about the Caldor fire in the El Dorado Forest, I can’t help thinking about our June daytrip up Highway 50 to Cody Lake. That area, which also contains a Scout camp, seems to be in the path of the flames. The Big Guy had been planning to look for deer around there during the archery season. Of course, the spoiling of our plans is nothing at all compared to the destruction of the forest and the impact it has on wild creatures. I’m not sure how much this area will be impacted, but I keep reminding myself that if it does burn, nature will restore the habitat, in time.

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