Southern California – SeaWorld, part 2

The sea lions and seals were SUCH beggars! This guy’s strategy was to just bellow at the top of his voice for fish.

Southern California – SeaWorld, part 1

Saturday night we were able to meet up with Caitlin and Rogue for dinner in San Diego which was awesome! We had a nice meal and then had Ghiradelli ice cream:

Southern California: Palomar

Saturday we drove down towards San Diego, with a sidetrip to Palomar! Here’s a glimpse of the Pacific: and then the mountains:

Southern California: Disneyland!

Doug was out in CA for back-to-back conferences, so I went out the weekend between them. I had a late flight on Thursday night – and saw this lovely sunset:

Northern California 7 – San Francisco

We drove back down the coast and back over the Bridge – here’s the view from the famous curvy Lombard St. You can see Coit Tower in the distance:

Northern California 5 – Monterey

We got to Monterey and did an Amazing Race type navigation to find the Monarch butterfly grove, as Monterey is where the Monarchs winter. We found it, finally, but the butterflies were all clustered on this one tree that was in a neighboring yard to the butterfly sanctuary. They had a telescope trained on them, and I took some pics … Continue Reading →

Northern California 6 – The Golden Gate Bridge, the Pacific Coast, and Muir Woods

The Golden Gate Bridge! It was the first time I’d seen it, so that was fun!

Northern California 4 – Driving towards Monterey, Pinnacles National Monument

Across the San Joaquin Valley we go – maybe orange trees are normal for you California or Florida folks, but they were novel to me!

California Pics 3 – Sequoia National Park

More big trees!! And fog!! Cue the heavenly choirs! It’s the biggest tree in the world! (By volume.) Other trees may be taller, other trees may be wider around, but no tree is as big. By volume. This is General Sherman. Not to be confused with the giant catfish on The Simpsons. More trees! Bad photo of me! Here’s the … Continue Reading →

Northern California 1 – Yosemite

I’ve been meaning to post my November California trip pics, but just haven’t gotten to it! Here they are! Lake Mono, from the airplane. I think this is Lake Powell: The first National Park we saw was Yosemite. Yosemite is kind of special because it’s a Valley carved by a glacier. Unfortunately, our day there was very cloud and hazy, … Continue Reading →

Northern California 2 – Kings Canyon

We stayed in a hotel near Yosemite and the next morning we hit King’s Canyon and Sequoia National Parks.