Shasta, California

I skirted San Francisco and decided to head right to the Redwoods from there, making time by driving the I-5. Overnighting off the highway, I then crossed the gorgeous wooded Klamath Mountains of… Continue reading

Mount Madonna County Park

Driving back inland late in the day over the mountains and through the yellow-leafed trees was rejuvenating, the crisp fall air and late afternoon sunlight streaming through the trees a reminder of the… Continue reading


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

Part Two

This trip was always a finite thing. I had estimated (okay, extensively budgeted) that I could travel for just under six months before moving and finding a new job. The biggest reason for… 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