Saturday, July 22, 2006

Old Truck

An old truck at Ardenwoods Historic Farms, Fremont, CA

Parched Desert of Utah

The scenery changed from one formidable landscape to another when we crossed over into Utah. The desert of Utah was a stark contrast to the beauty of the Rockies.

Colorado River

A calmer section of the Colorado River as it flows through the Rockies

The California Zephyr

Looking back at the California Zephyr on a fairly sharp turn. The car with the long windows and windows in the roof is the Lounge Car. There is a cafe on the lower level that serves everything from wine to hot dogs. The upper level has tables around which groups gather to play board games or cards. There are seats facing the windows to lounge on and enjoy the scenery. (The picture is a little hazy because this is shot through the windows of our roomette.)

Rocky Mountains

About two hours out of Denver, on Amtrak's California Zephyr.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Not quite a rabbit hole

Much bigger than that! The redwoods at Big Sur reached for the sky and had mysterious entrances like this one, which was over 6 feet high.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006


The glow of a warm campfire, ready for marshmallows

Reach for the sky

Redwoods at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park


The bougainvillea reminded me so much of Nairobi...

Tram Ride

Wheee! A tram ride through Chinatown to Fisherman's Wharf...straight to the sea

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Full moon over San Francisco

Slightly over-exposed. A combination of not knowing how to work the camera, cold wind and not being able to see too well in the dark.

Golden Gate Bridge

A long exposure picture of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco. I still have to figure out how best to take these pictures. It was very windy that night and I was without my tripod.

Guru Poornima

Full moon over San Francisco on Guru Poornima

Surreal Monterey

I felt like I was in a dream. Or a movie. I was in Monterey.

Blue Jay

An over-friendly fearless blue jay on my tent. We camped at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. My cell phone had no signal but wireless internet was available near the camp store.

Big Sur Coastline

The gorgeous coast of Big Sur peeks out from the quickly enveloping fog, a common feature in this area.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Golden wheat

Golden wheat that we took from the fields, raked and forked into a wagon, threshed and winnowed, ground in a mechanical flour mill to make delicious fresh pancakes.

On Ardenwood Historic Farm, Fremont, California.

All Aboard?!

The California Zephyr, Amtrak's superliner, that runs from Chicago, Illinois to Emeryville, California. Pictured above at Denver's Union Station.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Edge of the top of the world

A snowy summer day on Pikes Peak, 14110 feet above sea-level. The Cog Railway stops right at the edge of the Peak.

Pikes Peak Panoramic Camera
Pikes Peak Cog Railway
Pikes Peak pictures on Flickr - most on a sunny clear day

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