Morning at Olmsted Point. It’s so weird – many people stop at the parking lot, get out, read one or two of the interpretive signs, make a photo, and leave.
I don’t get that… they’re driving for HOURS to go to Yosemite National Park, pay $30 to get into the park, and don’t even bother to walk three minutes to get away from the road, to the scenic lookout?More
After our morning walk at McGee creek and lunch we drove north on Highway 395 to scout some locations that Gary Crabbe mentioned in a video he posted just a couple of days before we left – it was really helpful, thanks Gary!
Our first stop in the afternoon was Dunderberg Meadows and Virgina Lakes. Our initial idea was to drive to Bridgeport via Green Creek, but after a mile or two of a bumpy ride on the dirt road we didn’t really feel in the mood to continue. 😛 Instead, we had a look at Virginia Lakes and I noticed a nice trail starting there. We only had a brief look since it was afternoon already, so I made a mental note to check out that trail on my map of the area (it’s always easier for me once I’ve seen the trailhead with my own eyes).More
When we visited Freiburg together with my sister and brother in law I definitely wanted to see the minster and the bell tower with the big historic bells (general information about the minster and it’s bells can be found on Wikipedia). I’m not a religious person at all, but I like sacral buildings a lot – for their ambiance, architecture, and the sense of calm they often seem to provide.More
This post has moved to my main photography website – find A Story of Boots and Slippers there please.
The ninth day of our road trip was mainly a lot of driving. Originally, our idea had been to go from wherever we would end up on day eight (which turned out to be Klamath Falls in Oregon, after visiting Crater Lake National Park) roughly down to San Francisco or maybe a little bit further south, staying inland and using I-5 as much as possible.
Originally my plan had been to drive a little bit back south again from Crescent City for a day of hiking at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park with a visit to Gold Bluffs Beach and Fern Canyon, but since we had gotten a good fix of redwood forests already on day four, day six and day seven we spontaneously decided to go further north and inland, into Oregon, and more precisely to Crater Lake National Park.
After a good night’s sleep my condition was much improved on Thursday when we continued to head further north from Eureka. Our first stop was at the Arcata Marshes, an interesting area since it is a “natural waste water treatment plant.” While it is a peaceful and beautiful area that is surely very attractive to birders and bird photographers, we didn’t spend too much time there, and continued a little further up north on Highway 101.More
Day 6 of our road trip (September 11th) was pretty much a driving day – leisurely of course, and the distance we covered was only from Petaluma to Eureka (about 240 miles/380 km). It was also good for me because Shuwen was driving and I could doze in the passenger seat, struggling with the cold.More
On day 5 of our road trip I saw no improvement to my sore throat and general condition unfortunately – we proceeded as planned to Point Reyes on Highway 1 via the Golden Gate Bridge (stopped to make photos, but the conditions were really meh). I had underestimated how long and winding the road and drive to Point Reyes is via Highway 1 and we reached Point Reyes Station around noon, just in time for lunch.More
The third day of our trip began with a visit to Point Lobos, an area that I had visited before in May when traveling with Douglas. We began our little hike in the northern part, to Whaler’s Cove and the old Whaler’s Cabin, then continued into the beautiful Allan Memorial Grove with it’s gnarly cypress trees. There was a lot of old kelp and seaweed in the waters of the coves so it wasn’t really a pretty sight and most of all, long exposures didn’t work too well with these swimming beds of crap (it just becomes a blurry dark mass in the water in a long exposure).More