Road Trip Day 6 – Avenue of the Giants

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. Continue reading “Road Trip Day 6 – Avenue of the Giants”


Road Trip Day 5 – Point Reyes

Fine art color photograph of the Monterey Cypress tree tunnel at the Historic KPH Pacific HF Radio Site, Point Reyes, CA. September 2013.

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. Continue reading “Road Trip Day 5 – Point Reyes”

Road Trip Day 3 – Point Lobos, Monterey & Big Sur again

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). Continue reading “Road Trip Day 3 – Point Lobos, Monterey & Big Sur again”

Road Trip Day 2 – Hearst Castle & Big Sur

The second day of our road trip began with the drive from Santa Maria to Hearst Castle, where we had booked a tour of the upper rooms in advance (which we were told is highly advisable). We were a bit early and took the time to get some information about the castle and it’s backgrounds from the panels in the visitor center. I didn’t know that William Randolph Hearst was actually the kid of a rich father that went slightly overboard with his “little something on the hill”, for example. It’s an interesting place!

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SAN-2-SEA days 7 to 9

I spent the last 3 days of the trip in Seattle with Doug and his wife so this is just a brief summary and gallery of the photos that I made during these days.

After shopping on Thursday morning for home-cooked dinner and dessert (I made Tiramisu) we headed east a little bit, wanting to do a hike at Mount Si. Just as we reached the trailhead parking lot, it started to rain (Mount Si belongs to the westernmost extension of the Cascade Range and as such is a moisture-barrier). We began the hike, hoping it would only be a brief shower, but when the rain didn’t stop and I remember the sweet walks and hikes on muddy trails in Germany, I asked to call it a day. The two days along the Oregon coast were enough rain and weather for a while for me. 😛 Continue reading “SAN-2-SEA days 7 to 9”

SAN-2-SEA day 6 – arrival in Seattle

Photo of trees in fog by Alexander S. Kunz

After some bites of yet more “continental breakfast” and some coffee, we left Garibaldi and headed north a bit on Highway 101, to Cannon Beach. When we reached it and checked out the beach near Haystack Rock it was raining, so we went to have some breakfast at “Pig & Pancake” first (hoping again that the weather would become at least a little better) before driving into Ecola State Park. Continue reading “SAN-2-SEA day 6 – arrival in Seattle”