Category Archive: California


Driving north again on Route 1 on a cloudy day, I passed the Moss Landing State Wildlife Area, a marshy refuge for a plethora of birds… and OTTERS!!! From afar I watched these… Continue reading

California’s Central Coast

After spending a day in Monterey, I drove down the coast on Route 1, stopping at beaches and overlooks along the way. I decided I needed to keep moving at the end of… Continue reading

Monterey Bay

Monterey is stunningly gorgeous: the bay an impossible blend of sapphire and turquoise waters, the shoreline lined with smoothed rock and pine, the sky a vivid azure. I spent a day walking the… Continue reading

Mission San Miguel Archangel

Before I returned to Rhode Island I had been in California for another two weeks past what I’ve already posted. After leaving Morro Bay, the next thing I came upon was the Mission… Continue reading

Morro Bay

I spent the better part of a day in Morro Bay, California. Named after the 576 foot tall eponymous rock that helps define the entrance to the harbor, the town is surrounded by… Continue reading

Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa

The Mission San Luis Obispo was another of my favorite missions that I visited. Founded in 1772, San Luis Obispo was the fifth of the twenty-one California missions; the existing church dates from… Continue reading

Shoreline Park, Santa Barbara

On my way north out of Santa Barbara I stopped for a walk at a gorgeous park on the cliffs overlooking a crescent beach. Shoreline Park turned out to be a perfect way… Continue reading

Mission Santa Barbara

The Mission Santa Barbara was the tenth mission founded and is located in present day Santa Barbara, California. The architecture of the church itself is more refined and less primitive than some of… Continue reading

The Getty Villa, Part 2: The Collection

So as I mentioned in the previous post, I had to break my visit to the Getty Villa into two blog posts because I could not whittle my photos down. This post features… Continue reading

The Getty Villa, Part 1. Or, Another Dream Come True.

The real reason I went to Los Angeles was not for The Getty Museum, but for the Getty Villa, which houses the collections from Ancient Greece, Rome, and Etruria. The villa itself is… Continue reading