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Spring Break In Cali (Mostly)

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Offline steelfrog

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Spring Break In Cali (Mostly)
« on: March 20, 2012, 06:23:59 PM »
Well, I loaded up the 6 squid and the wife into the Beast and we headed west.  Intention was to do a big loop involving Crater Lake NP, Yellowstone, etc.  Car trouble west of Flagstaff changed that plan, but we still saw a lot, such as Grand Canyon, Big Sur, Monterrey, whales, San Francisco, redwoods, lighthouses, Lassen N.P., Reno, Death Valley and Hoover Dam.  A heck of a lot of driving and not sure I'd do that again, frankly.  Here are some pics:

Umm--what about going down to the river, up to the north rim, back down to teh river and back up to the south rim, in one day?  Is that ok?

South Kaibab trail, much more scenic, IMO, than Bright Angel:

An example of Cali Highway 1 south of Big Sur--in the 145 miles between Morro Bay and Monterrey, I'd be shocked if there were 10 straight miles:

Monterrey Bay Aquarium is probably the best zoo or aquarium I have ever seen in terms of unique species, attention to detail in displays, etc--just fabulous:

The obligatory Golden Gate Bridge shot:

Now THAT is a big redwood--the Burly Tree in Jed Smith Redwood SP:

There were scads of emerald-colored rivers in the Six Rivers NF, east of the redwoods region in Cali:

Ubehebe Crater is in the far north of Death Valley NP; is a half mile wide and 600' deep and was formed only 2,000 years ago when magma met ground water causing a steamy explosion:

Death Valley NP is much more mountainous than I realized--it has an 11,000' mountain; here, we stopped to go up the side of a mountain to a cool looking ridge:

And as has happened many times before, we get to the top, the harder way, and there is a dadgum trail!

The Devil's Golf Course is a vast area of salt deposits near the low point, Badwater Basin (-282')

This is Badwater Basin, below, from Dante's view, over a mile above it; across the Basin to the left is 11,000'+ Telescope Peak:


Offline trtlrock

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Re: Spring Break In Cali (Mostly)
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2012, 06:51:02 PM »
Great pics -- you & your family really get around!  :eusa_clap:
John & Tess

"...and I'll face each day with a smile, for the time that I've been given's such a little while..." - Arthur Lee


Offline Al

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Re: Spring Break In Cali (Mostly)
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2012, 07:26:14 PM »
You guys wear me out just looking at your trip reports.  We took 10 days going around the Grand Canyon after flying into Vegas.  Thanks!



Offline ambersdad

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Re: Spring Break In Cali (Mostly)
« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2012, 07:50:28 PM »
Looks like a fun trip in spite of the car troubles.
Having decent gear is nice, but wildlife photography is knowing your subject and getting lucky, and I love getting lucky.



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