Reub's journey

23 November 2015

Road trip



 That's why I love road trips, dude. It's like doing something without actually doing anything.
John Green, An Abundance of Katherines

 Recently returned from northern California, I've been looking at the 500 photos taken along the west coast's iconic Highways 1 and 101.  It was a road trip for me because I had no real destination, simply a trip. For John it was perhaps a little different because he was heading someplace.


Yorick tribal lands, Requa, CA,
So it was John's destination paired with a dream-like set of places towards which I steered the car.



Prairie Creek State Park: Redwoods on the Rhododendron Trail
 November is a good time to see the redwoods, so moody and majestic. I couldn't stop photographing them and they deserve their own post.




 This is Elk, CA, north of San Francisco.



 The toll online for our passage on the Golden Gate Bridge: $7.25. Do commuters pay this every day? Maybe they get a deal of some sort.


On cannery row in Monterey the window of our room overlooked crashing waves. The water was crystal clear and every day there were sea otters, pelicans, and cormorants.



Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge
 John's destination: a guitar summit featuring a whole menu of overarching guitar talents. It was a lot of fun for me although I am merely a listener, not a player.




I was just along for the ride, but what a visual treat this trip was. 



There are another 492 pictures; which ones speak the loudest? Sometimes it's hard to decide and so nothing gets posted, but I think there may be more to share about this trip. Pretty sure.
 

23 comments:

  1. looking forward to seeing them unroll here!

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    1. We'll see? I don't want to be tedious.

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  2. A road trip like this is the best. I think I would rather do this than anything, but it seems that I am done with them.

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    1. AC, somehow I doubt you are done. Maybe you should get back into it with just day trips, gateways to something bigger. :)

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  3. Oh my gosh, this is a dream vacation!

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    1. Hi Rebecca! It was dreamy for sure.

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  4. What a nice trip, I have cruised that same route for the entire state many times. Love that redwood shot.

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    1. It's a great route, isn't it? Although highway 1 north of San Francisco is hair-raising.

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  5. These pictures remind me of one of my most favorite road trips, taken 8 years ago. Deb and Dan spent the summer in Santa Rosa CA. I went out to visit, and then Deb and I loaded 2 year old Ani and 5 year old Eliza into the car and we headed north through the redwoods, along the Oregon coast, all the way to Seattle - and back!! Wish I had taken 500 pictures! What a gorgeous part of the country.

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    1. I remember when you did that. How brave to take such a trip with little kids! You can have as many of my photos as you can stomach.

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  6. I love road trips! You picked a great destination. I loved your photos and hope you'll share some more.

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    1. Thanks Linda! Maybe I can share more without becoming a bore.

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  7. I really enjoyed keeping up with you as you drove down to California. It is a trip I have always wanted to do and maybe one day I will. I was thinking Vancouver for Christmas, San Francisco for my birthday... 29th, and then LA for New Years. The spring, summer or fall might be a better time weather wise, who knows? Thank you for sharing your trip, Kerry.

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    1. I've never been to LA except to fly in and out, but Vancouver and SF sound great. San Francisco is a lot of fun: such good food and lots to see and do. If you do this, let me know. We are just 1 hour from highway 101 in Oregon & I'll drive over to meet you! Or you can spend a night with us.

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  8. I could take a hell of a lot more of photos like those. What beautiful sights you captured.

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    1. Thanks! Pauline I thought of you one night while on this trip. We were in a b&b with some NZ couples who were sheep farmers. One of them may have had a paddock in your area, but sold and moved elsewhere, now managing a large sheep farm for somebody else. It was a great conversation that night.

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  9. the west coast is gorgeous and you captured it well.

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  10. Wow.. beautiful shots.. just gorgeous. I would love to see the post dedicated to the Redwoods, for sure. I can so relate to your reasoning of why sometimes nothing gets posted. Keep wowing us!

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    1. Thanks Hilary. Man, the number of pics is overwhelming.

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  11. You are as marvelous a picture taker as you are a writer.

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  12. $7.25 per trip. Yikes!! Oklahoma has many toll roads and most of us have what is called a Pike-pass. Thankfully it reduces the cost a bit to the pass holders. Surely regular travelers over the Golden Gate Bridge would get some kind of discount.

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  13. I love the ocean sunset, this speaks the loudest to me!

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