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A week in California - Riffs and Licks
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A week in California
My job took me out to the west coast last week, starting off in San Diego and finishing up in Silicon Valley, with the weekend between to drive up the coast. I've driven the Pacific Coast Highway once before, in 2002, but starting further north. It's a stunning drive, interrupted every fifteen minutes by the need to pull off and just look at the ocean.

Also, a reminder that I'll be doing my own songs tonight as part of the song circle at the Kings County Opry at Freddy's Bar and Backroom, 6th Avenue and Dean Street, in Brooklyn, starting about 8.30 p.m.





Venice, USA
A very small neighborhood built around a series of canals in the 1930s.
Venice, USA
Venice, USA
Venice, USA
Venice, USA
Venice, USA
Venice, USA
Venice, USA
Venice, USA
Venice, USA


Venice Beach
Still funky, like a thriving version of Coney Island, Venice Beach is touristy but not too much so. Graffiti all over the trees and concrete structures at the beach, with a gorgeous sunset in the background, and street musicians all along the oceanfront walk.
Venice Beach
Venice Beach
Venice Beach
Venice Beach
Sunset on Venice Beach
Sunset on Venice Beach
Sunset on Venice Beach
Venice Beach
Venice Beach


Malibu
Malibu


San Luis Obispo
The first car-oriented hotel was built here in 1925, and architect Arthur Heinemann coined the word "motel" to describe it. It's abandoned and half torn down now.
San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo


San Luis Obispo
"Chop suey" seems to be a big thing in this town.
San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo


San Luis Obispo
This charming little park built around a river is right in the center of downtown.
San Luis Obispo


Elephant Seals
Just north of San Simeon (for the second time, I just passed Hearst Castle by), there's a sign for the "Elephant Seal Viewing Area." I pulled off, and at first, saw just a couple of them lying on the sand. They moved once in a while, so clearly they were OK, but it wasn't much to look at. But then I walked a little further up and saw an entire beach-full of them, flopped down for their molting season. They mostly just lie there, occasionally flipping sand up over their backs.
Elephant Seals
Elephant Seals
Elephant Seals
Elephant Seals
Elephant Seals


Pacific Coast Highway
Pacific Coast Highway
Pacific Coast Highway
Pacific Coast Highway
Pacific Coast Highway
Pacific Coast Highway
Pacific Coast Highway
Pacific Coast Highway
Pacific Coast Highway
Pacific Coast Highway
Pacific Coast Highway
Pacific Coast Highway
Pacific Coast Highway
Pacific Coast Highway


Big Sur
This may be one of my favorite places in the entire country, a lodge and hiking trails among the redwoods. Below is the Colony Tree, the largest redwood in the park.
Big Sur
Big Sur
Big Sur
Big Sur
Big Sur
Big Sur
Big Sur
Big Sur
Big Sur


Big Sur
The view from Nepenthe, the restaurant where I had dinner.
Big Sur
Big Sur


Big Sur
A telephone booth on the stairs up to Nepenthe.
Big Sur

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From: narode Date: April 21st, 2007 12:17 am (UTC) (Link)

California drive

What an impressive group of pix. Venice looks like an enchanted town. Venice Beach is the setting for at least one of Ray Bradbury's novels, as I recall. The Pacific Coast H'wy was made for shooting photos, incredibly beautiful. Are elephant seals the ultimate beach bums?
Couldn't really choose any favorite pictures--they're all impressive.
rednoodlealien From: rednoodlealien Date: April 21st, 2007 09:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
We looked up the bird - it's a Steller's Jay.
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