Category Archives: Stories of my life

Detours: A California adventure… the final chapter; Almost home…

Back in Southern California… sun-drenched… palm trees swaying in the gentle sea breeze… I mean, yeah, a lot of those palm trees now look like burnt matchsticks… And, days after I took these photos, on my three-day adventure through California, … Continue reading

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Detours: A California adventure… part 18; A detour within a detour, a brush with future disaster, and a blackened landscape…

That is the sun beginning to set over the Pacific Ocean. I was on another detour… the last of this three-day, detour-strewn adventure from Northern California back to San Diego. I was firmly back in Southern California now. Traffic really … Continue reading

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Detours: A California adventure… part 17; Now that’s a bathroom!!!

Uh, no, that isn’t a photo of the actual bathroom… you are getting ahead of yourself… Then what, I hear you asking yourself, is this charming little building we are looking at? It is this place… the Madonna Inn, on … Continue reading

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Detours: A California adventure… part 16; High plains drifter…

Yes, the title is a nod to Clint Eastwood… but I think high plains are what I would have to call this broad valley running high among the tops of mountains, through which I was making my way. It was … Continue reading

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Detours: A California adventure… part 15; The big detour, and where it gets crazy… and yes, that is a whale!!!

So yes, there I was, in the early morning, heading South of California’s Highway One, knowing full well that it was blocked ahead by a massive mud slide that wiped part of the road off the map for more than … Continue reading

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Detours: A California adventure… part 14; Driving South on California’s Highway One…

We have reached the last day of my epic, three-day, detour-filled driving adventure, coming home from Christmas in the Bay Area. I had that delightful day-long stopover to visit my little cousins in Santa Cruz. I left them early in … Continue reading

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Detours: A California adventure… part 13; Goodbye, Santa Cruz, the end of the second day…

My cousins and I had so much fun at the tide pools on my first night in Santa Cruz, that we decided to visit the beach again. We had to park at the top of some bluffs… or cliffs… That … Continue reading

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