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North America » United States » California » Marin April 4th 2009

The Cataract Trail is located just a few miles North and West of the summit of Mount Tamalpais. You can clearly see the summit of Mount Tam along the drive to the Cataract trailhead, but along the trail itself there are too many trees to be able to see it. The trail is pretty steep in parts, but is a good workout, and you can continue hiking for at least another mile after you reach the Laurel Dell at the top of Cataract. You might even be able to hike all the way to the top of Mount Tam from Cataract, but that would be a several hour hike if it is in fact possible. I highly recommend this hike, especially if you are in need of some exercise.... read more
Same Lake
Dam, looking South
Retained Water

North America » United States » California » Big Sur April 3rd 2009

After visiting Point Lobos today, I decided to make the 30 mile or so drive to Big Sur to experience that stretch of Highway 1 that I have not yet seen. Turns out Big Sur is mostly a camping community, and is not right on the coast. However, most of the road leading to Big Sur from Carmel is right along the ocean.... read more
More Rugged Coastline
More Rugged Coastline
The first of several photos from Rocky Point

Point Lobos sits just South of Carmel on the coastline. Not only does it contain very cool coastline, but you can see Pebble Beach from certain points within the reserve. This day it was really windy and it was a bit interesting to see the waves pound the rocks along the coastline. There were a few Seals on hand and well, some resting on rocks, and some that seemed to be dozing in the water. Check out the 54 second video clip to see how the wind fueled waves were hammering the coastline.... read more
First peek at the South Shore area
No white sandy beach here

I visited the DeYoung museum and the California Academy of Sciences buildings this day. The DeYoung was pretty affordable, but I didn't pay the $10 extra to see the Andy Warhol exhibit so it only cost me $10 to get in there. By the way though, if you want to skip the art housed there, you can still take the elevator to the top for the panoramic views for free. The California Academy of Sciences was fairly expensive though, around $26 as I recall. The planetarium shows were already sold out for the day by the time I got there in mid afternoon.... read more
NW Entrance to Golden Gate Park
Ocean Beach Signage
Concert Stage?

On my way over to Golden Gate Park, I took a few pictures of the Palace of the Fine Arts. A great day for taking pictures.... read more
Picture Spot
Cool area for sure
What's on top?

I had to stop at the bank, decided to park along the Embarcadero, and when I got out of the car, the weather was so nice that I decided to take a couple of photos of the area.... read more
Ferry Building
Looking North
Looking South

I decided to play golf course in The Presidio today. What a great golf course, with lots of big tree lined fairways and elevation changes. Fairly steady winds were coming off the Pacific this day, as I imagine is the case quite often there. I took a few photos during my walk around the 18 holes. Some good views, but really no views of the water, even though it was so close. It was $112 to walk all 18, and luckily it is not a terribly long course, right around 6600 yards, but it definitely did play longer than that. Surprisingly, an Army Corporal by the name of Dick Yost shot 65 at this course in 1954. Had to have been hitting it well that day. After finishing the round, I took a few pictures from ... read more
Walking in the Footsteps of Giants?
10th Hole
9th and 10th

On my walk toward the Transamerica Building, I stopped in Union Square to sit for a couple of minutes and take a couple of photos. Its a nice spot to stop and have a drink or something to eat, especially on a nice day like it was this day.... read more
Outdoor Cafe
Lots of retail messaging

I continued my walking tour of the city today and made my way up to the top of Lombard street, where it crosses Hyde, then back around to Columbus Avenue, taking photos along the way.... read more
Scenic Walk
Cool Trees
Corner of Lombard and Columbus Ave.

On my walk from Union Square through Chinatown and up and beyond the Transamerica Pyramid, I took a few photos. It is a pretty distinctive building.... read more
Still hauling stuff the old fashioned way
Just a couple of blocks away
On the Barbary Coast Trail

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