Morning at Olmsted Point 

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? Continue reading “Morning at Olmsted Point “

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Scenic Afternoon Cruise

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). Continue reading “Scenic Afternoon Cruise”

Freiburg Impressions

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. Continue reading “Freiburg Impressions”

Road Trip Day 9 & 10 – Big Sur again and home

Photo of McWay Falls and Cove at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Big Sur, California, United States.

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.

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Road Trip Day 8 – Crater Lake

Black & white fine art photo of Mount Scott, Crater Lake, and Wizard Island.

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.

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Road Trip Day 7 – Humboldt County

Photo of the foggy crowns of Redwood trees at Lady Bird Johnson Grove

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. Continue reading “Road Trip Day 7 – Humboldt County”