Blogs from California, United States, North America


Day 2 We got up to damp foggy weather so packed our water-proofs for the ferry- we were heading to Pier 33 to follow the damp journey of many of America's most wanted to its highest security prison on Alcatraz. This island which stands in full view of the inhabitants of peaceful freedom loving San Francisco had long been a prison and military installation but became infamous by design in face of rising crime in the 20s and 30s. The plan was to house the most infamous, the most unruly and those repeated escape artists in a place of extreme hardship to stand out in front of the public and be a deterrent to criminals. They used to say that if you break the rules you go to jail; break the prison rules and you go ... read more

some photographs of day 2... read more

Left early today so we could find parking at Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. Hiked trail through old forest, saw a sequoia estimated to be 1,800 years old called The Grizzly Giant, the California Tunnel Tree (cut in 1895 to allow horse-drawn stages to pass through), the Faithful Couple (two large trees fused together at their base and sharing the same root system, remain clearly seperated above. The Bachelor and Three Graces is another example of four different trees sharing the same root system. Drove on to Tuolumne Meadows but rain moved in and we turned back to camp. Seeing Yosemite requires a lot of driving and riding. Long day, had to refresh at El Cid Mexican Restaurant in Oakhurst. Highly recommended if you like Mexican food.... read more

We travel today to San Francisco RV Resort in Pacifica, Ca. The park is located on the ocean, but main reason for this park is close location to San Francisco. No travel photos.... read more

Drove north today crossing the Golden Gate Bridge stopping to walk out onto the bridge. Spotted some dolphins swimming underneath the bridge, but I am unable to prove it since we were so high they appeared the size of ants. Leaving the Golden Gate Bridge we continue north traveling through the Napa Valley home to more than 300 wineries. After getting tired of looking at vineyards we stopped for lunch in Lakeport, Ca. at Cheese's Main Street Pizza. Time to turn around and head back to the old corral. Of course we timed things perfectly for a rush hour traffic jam. Yeah!... read more


North America » United States » California » Sacramento July 28th 2014

Day 19- Drove south to Fair Oaks, Ca (Sacramento area) to celebrate our wonderful friends, Dave and Lizzy, getting hitched! It was a hot one, got to be around 110 degrees. Yikes! But it was beautiful and fun to be there with other college friends to share the day with the happy couple. Sven caught the garter and I caught the bouquet. Don't worry, we are not going to run off and get hitched ourselves... At least not anytime soon (be patient). We love you, Dave and Lizzy! Congrats on your happily ever after! Day 20- Checked out of the hotel and found comfort in the heavily air conditioned Roseville Galleria with Irish and Merrit. Had some lunch and took our time to get back to Chico. Spent the evening watching a movie ... read more
Silly boys

North America » United States » California » Chico July 28th 2014

Day 21- Preparation for part 2 of our all time awesome summer road trip adventure! Ran more errands, got packed up all over again. Loaded up the car and we due to head north to Eureka, CA to visit more fam. I can't wait to see my niece, Galena!... read more

I have been fortunate to attend many great and famous sporting events over the years. I decided to make a list, just in case I forget, in my later years. I wish my Dad was still alive so we could go together. Here they are, in no particular order. I did complete for my personal sports-fecta a few years ago. It consisted of Wimbledon (All England Lawn Tennis Championship), the Indianapolis 500 Auto Race, and the Kentucky Derby, often billed as the most exciting two minutes in sports. 1984 Summer Olympics, Los Angeles I saw the tennis and boxing, where Evander Holyfield was disqualified. My friend Brad and I polished off several Heinekens and Carlsbergs on this hot summer day. The UCLA Tennis Center was the site of the tennis matches. We saw the boxing at ... read more
Kaepernick Leads 49ers to Super Bowl!
SF Giants=World Champs 2010 and 2012

North America » United States » California » Venice July 28th 2014

Start: Malibu, Ziel: Venice Beach, Tageskilometer: 31.5, Höchstgeschwindigkeit: 59.8, Gesamtkilometer:7'259.2. Heute spät los und unterwegs einen Kaffe mit Laugenbrötchen gegessen (mangels Alternativen). Dann etwas weiter der Küste entlang und unsere Rettung naht: Mc. Donald's. Dort können wir ins Internet um eine Unterkunft für heute Abend zu suchen. Haben keine Lust mit dem Fahrrad irgendwo in Santa Monica rumzukurven und die Motels abzuklappern... Heute haben wir ja schliesslich nur eine kurze Strecke zu fahren und wir wollen keine Unterkunft welche weit ab vom Weg liegt da wir morgen ja nur noch bis zum Los Angeles Airport fahren um dort unser Mietauto abzuholen. Wir finden dann auch etwas gleich an der Venice Beach zu einem Preis der noch akzeptabel ist, das Art Deco Hotel Cadillac. So fahren wir denn im dichten Verkehr an all den Porsc... read more
Dem Stau entflohen
Santa Monica Beach
Allzheit bereit - the cops

Our first day in the park was pretty relaxed. We got a campsite, and hung out trying to figure out the game plan for the next couple of days. We drove around for a bit, exploring part of the park, then had a campfire and made s'mores. That was the first night that actually felt like we were camping. The next morning we had a quick breakfast then got packed for our hike. We decided North Dome would be our destination. The hike was a little over 11 miles round trip and took about 8 hours, including our time at the top. When we finally reached the summit we were rewarded with breathtaking views of Half Dome and part of Yosemite Valley. We took our time eating lunch at the top, and I even took a ... read more
Lunch at the summit
Half Dome

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