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North America » United States » California » Monterey July 3rd 2014

We continue our adventure around the crescent shaped Monterey Bay. Just up the road was Natural Bridges State Beach. The park features a natural bridge across a section of the beach. We found the bridge to be home to hundreds of brown pelicans. Wow, do they ever smell awful. With the fog burning off, we decided to kick it into gear to our next destination…Monterey; site of John Steinbeck’s book “Cannery Row”. Besides the Aquarium, the town is filled with trinket and gift shops. After meeting up with our soul mates (the strong silent types) we headed in for HAPPY hour at a local tavern called Sly McFly’s for some local ale. The following day we took the 17-Mile Drive scenic road through Pacific Grove and Pebble Beach on the Monterey Peninsula, much of which hugs ... read more
Locals at Natural Bridges
Cannery Row
Sly McFly's

A visit to San Francisco is not complete without a ride down Lombard Street (the world-famous crooked street). Earlier we walked down it, but today as we departed for Santa Cruz we decided to put caution to the wind and ride the roller coaster! I don't know who was more scared "me" (the driver) or the walkers as they jumped out of our way. Before cruising the coast, we decided to drop in on a few old friends as we made our way out of San Francisco...Mrs Doubtfire (Robin Williams movie) and the Tanner family (Full House TV show)! Unfortunately, they were not there...but we enjoyed seeing their homes and knocking at their door! On our way, we stopped here and there along the coast... Land's End is at the mouth of the Golden Gate, this ... read more
Lombard Street - end
Walking Lombard
Mrs Doubtfire's House

2014 and the girls are on another adventure!! We continue our journey down the Pacific coast. This year we begin in San Francisco. So that we could get the most out of our short stay in San Fran...and not have to drive over the likes of Lombard street, we took a tour bus. Chilly Willy was our driver. We were either laughing or crying with his insanely ridicules jokes. The tour took us from one end of the city to the other. Past the Golden Gate Bridge, through China town, around Lombard street, little Italy, Union Square, Fisherman's Wharf...and of course Haight Ashbury. It took us 50 years, but we finally made it. There is still a "Make Love, Not War" vibe to the neighborhood. As we walked down the street, a certain aroma clung to ... read more
Chilly Willy's Bus
Golden Gate Bridge
Trolley Ride

North America » United States » Oregon » Mount Hood July 13th 2013

Today’s excursion took us up Mt Hood to the Timberline Lodge. Since we did not get to do it yesterday, we took the Grand Tour today. Some of you may already be familiar with the Timberline Lodge, the exterior appeared in the opening of the movie “The Shining” where Jack Nicholson and family drive up to The Overlook Lodge. Timberline Lodge was built in 1936 by Roosevelt’s WPA program. The Lodge is also known as the “People’s Lodge” as it was hewn by public workers into a monumental masterpiece of beautiful paintings, wood sculptures, mosaic glass, carved linoleum, stone and iron. The average age of the workers was 56. They were unemployed, desperate artists who were grateful to have the opportunity to contribute their skills to this monumental project. The huge timbers and gigantic boulders came ... read more
Timberline Lodge
Entry Foyer
Drinking Fountain off Foyer

North America » United States » Oregon » Troutdale July 12th 2013

We had a long, long drive today from La Pine to Mt Hood. On our left, we had beautiful views of the Cascade Mountains; including snowcapped Mt Washington, Mt Jefferson, the Three Sisters, and Mt Bachelor. On our right, we viewed the desert-like terrain with dust funnels and tumble weeds. If we didn't know better, we would have thought we were in Arizona. Late afternoon, we arrived at Mt. Hood only to discover they rolled up the sidewalk at 2:00pm. No more lift rides up the mountain and no tours of the great lodge today. At first we were really disappointed, but, being the flexible people we are, we made an adjustment to our plans. We decided we would view the falls along the Columbia River today and Mt Hood tomorrow. Back in the car again! ... read more
Mt Hood
Mt Hood
Timberline Lodge

North America » United States » Oregon » Crater Lake July 11th 2013

Today we continue our adventure in the interior of Oregon. We stopped at the fire jumper’s museum. These men would load themselves with about 150 pounds of gear, fly to the site of the fire high in the mountains, and parachute down in the middle of nowhere to put out the raging flames before they spread into a major forest fire…all this for $2/hour back in the 1960s. Currently, there are 40 active fire jumper bases in Canada, over 100 in the U.S. and 1,000 in Russia. Hopefully they get paid more than what they use to for doing this dangerous work! Our road followed the Umpqua River, a designated scenic highway. We came upon a spot where the Little River collided with the Umpqua River. Many years ago, an Indian village was located on this ... read more
Smoke Jumper Museum
Smoke Jumper Museum
Umpqua National Forest

North America » United States » Oregon » Grants Pass July 10th 2013

We have left the coast and are now heading toward the interior of Oregon; on our way back up to Portland. During our trip down we travelled only about 30 miles a day, now we will be covering more than 100 miles per day...can we do it? Today, we went for a JET BOAT RIDE on the Rouge River at Grant’s Pass - through the canyon, around the bends, inside, outside, and almost upside down – we had such a great time. The captain seemed to take great pleasure in maneuvering the boat so that we got splashed and soaked. We have been dryer after swimming. Our boat ride began on a calm section of the river. As we floated down stream, the captain pointed out local wildlife: osprey nests, mud swallows, turkey vultures, ... read more
Our chariot
Rouge River
Spotting Wildlife

FINALLY…we had a low tide this morning!! All three of us were up before 6:00am to inspect the seashore (thank goodness, the shore was just outside our hotel door) Lo and behold, the tidepools revealed themselves!! Not quite as colorful as the tidepool at the Ocean World Aquarium, but lovely nevertheless. Today, we finish our Redwood adventure, going south of Crescent City. First on our list was the historic Lady Bird Johnson Grove Trail. This walk winds through upland stands of ancient redwoods, douglas fir, and tanoak to the site where the First Lady, Mrs. Johnson, stood to dedicate the Redwood National Park in 1968. This area is known for its foliage in amongst the redwoods. In the spring, rhododendrons and azaleas abound. Next, we drove along the Newt... read more
Battery Point Lighthouse

Around Crescent City there are 4 Redwood Parks. Today we explored the one east of town; Jedediah State Park is home of the famous Stout Grove and Howland Hill Road. Howland Hill Road is unpaved and offered us an intimate encounter with the towering old growth redwoods from the comfort of our car. It is a winding narrow one lane road used for 2-way traffic. The maximum speed is 25 mph, but our maximum was below 10 mph. Redwoods are the tallest trees in the world and can be more than 2,000 years old. They require a lot of moisture and get at least half from the abundant fog on the coast. Besides driving through the park, we also walked on the Nickerson and Stout Grove Trail. These trails meandered among colossal redwoods, revealing their full ... read more
Howland Hill Road
Really, really, really BIG TREES!
Sharing the Wonders of the Forest

North America » United States » Oregon » Bandon July 7th 2013

Today we traveled along the scenic, craggy coastline from Gold Beach, Oregon to Crescent City, California…54 miles of spectacular viewpoints that take your breath away. The sea stacks are myriad of shapes and sizes with names like Sisters Rock, Whaleshead, House Rock, Arches and Natural Bridges. We had a wonderful time walking the trails; some meandering through fairy-like forests and then leading out to magnificent bluffs…that were rather windy! This area is also known for its tidepools; star fish and sea anomie that attach themselves to rocks and become exposed during low tide. We had such fun exploring the beaches but these sea treasures eluded us yet for another day. The weather was picture perfect, not foggy as is common on the coast. We picnicked along the shore and even had time to take a nap. ... read more
Arch Rock
Arch Rock View
Arch Rock

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