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  • Day20

    Earth, Wind and Fire

    October 26, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    We spent most of the day driving south stopping occasionally to appreciate the endless beaches. We were happily settled in Bodega Bay making our dinner when we noticed many cars passing. One stopped and told us to "get the hell out of here, and go south!" The town was ordered to evacuate as the extreme winds predicted for the night would likely direct the Kencade Fire burning north towards the coast! Yikes! We drove another 2 hours and settled in Stinson Beach, south of Point Reyes for the night. We hoped to attempt a hike in this region the next day but turns out we could have been roasted ducks.

    Nous avons mis le cap au sud et roulé pendant la majeure partie de la journée, nous arrêtant occasionnellement sur une poignée de plage à n'en plus finir parmi l'infinité d'entre elles qui cisèlent la magnifique côte nord-californienne. Vers la fin de journée, alors que nous attaquions joyeusement la préparation du dîner en bord d'une route a priori peu fréquentée dans les environs de Bodega Bay, une ribambelle de voitures fusa sur la route. L'un des conducteurs ralentit et nous intima "Vous devriez foutre le camp, allez vers le Sud !" Non point la parole d'un local ennuyé par des squatteurs, mais une vraie alerte : une évacuation préventive de la ville face à la menace de propagation du feu de Kencade à la faveur des vents nord-nord-est extrêmes prévus pour la nuit ! Nous rangeâmes fissa notre barda et mirent deux heures de route entre nous et la zone de danger, pour nous arrêter à Stinson Beach, au sud de Point Reyes. Tant pis pour la rando que nous avions prévu, on ne voulais pas finir en poulets boucanés !
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    Tracy Darbyshire

    Love this shot!

  • Day6

    Botega Bay

    May 21, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Heute folgen wir dem HGW 1 nach Norden

    Küste und Kurven, eine Bekanntschaft mit der örtlichen Rennleitung vom Schnittlauch e.V. habe ich auch gemacht 🤗 der war aber gut drauf- zum Glück 🍀

    Hitchcock Alfred hat hier die 🦅 🐦 gedreht

    Einen alten Harley Haudegen haben wir hier getroffen
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    Rosmarie Weißer

    tolle Bilder-weiterhin viel Spaß

  • Day20

    San Francisco II

    July 21, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Day 19: At 5:30 I was awakened by a sweeper.
    I drove the car to the sea side and got ready for the day.
    California needs a Californian vehicle. So I exchanged the car today.
    With the new one I got to the downtown of San Francisco, washed some clothes and ate lunch at a San Francisco style diner.
    After all I went to the northern side checking the beach and area around it.
    The whole day I was extremely tired because I slept just about 4 hrs last night.
    Later I continued to Bodega Bay passing the Golden Gate Bridge. On the way I recognized that driving in the direction of western sea side while sunset is not that best decision 🙈 But the view of the sunset after I arrived was pretty cool!

    San Fran diner ✔
    Took some San Fran photos ✔
    Driving over Golden Gate Bridge ✔
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    Juergen Lingen

    What's a California vehicle. Low Emission ? Toyota Prius ?


    The same (Nissan) in grey 🙈 Looks much better than in black!

  • Day77

    Wonderful Hosts in Bodega Bay

    October 18, 2015 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    We were lucky to be hosted in Bodega Bay by Brook and Orion, friends of Claudia and Sofie who we had stayed with in Squamish. After lunching at the Fishetarian (yummy chowder in a breadbowl!), we headed up to their place. We immediately started talking excitedly with them about adventuring and life on the road, including their past trip through-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, and spending over five years travelling around the western states in their van exploring, hiking and living a minimalist life - which they still do even back at home. Brook is a very keen birder, and she told us about all the different rare birds that pass through Bodega Bay. Before we knew it, it was super late, so we decided to stay another day to chat more with them, and catch the Canadian election results the next evening in a place with internet. The next morning we poured over maps with Orion, planning a route from the coast to Yosemite, where we hope to go after San Francisco. We got a tour of Sonoma county that afternoon (documented in the post 'Sonoma County Tour') and were thrilled with the resulting fruit and veggie 'harvest'. We made sure to get a photo of the four of us off their deck with the beauitful view of Bodega Bay behind us before hitting the road again.Read more

  • Day169

    Bodega Bay, California State

    November 13, 2017 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 15 °C

    Bodega Bay was to be our base for visiting Point Reyes seashore park. We stayed at Bodega Dunes state campground for four days. The town is very picturesque and there are a couple of restaurants/bars overlooking the bay. We had drinks in some over our short stay here, but not the food as was quite pricey. Our first visit down to Point Reyes and the weather was very overcast, we chatted with the guy in the visitor centre and decided to head to Limantour beach. Visibility was poor, but the walk was very quiet and peaceful and we enjoyed a fascinating game of throw the tennis ball in the sea and watch it wash back in again... In the evening we drove down to the local bar and a couple started chatting with us, turned out he was a captain of a boat and said he would leave us a crab behind the bar for the following evening. The next day we headed back to Point Reyes because we wanted to visit the lighthouse. The drive up to the lighthouse was long, but with a beautiful clear day we got views along Reyes beach to the north. We saw lots of deer roaming the headlands around the lighthouse. After an hour or so we headed along to the Chimney Rock trail, but first we had to check out Elephant Seal lookout and this has to be one of the highlights of the US west coast. We spent around half hour watching the elephant seals swimming, sleeping, play fighting and messing about on the beach. We also saw a pelican and turkey vultures, but we saw the latter all the way down the California coast. When we eventually got to the end of the Chimney trail, we could just about see the top of the Golden Gate Bridge. While looking at the gate a huge helicopter came over the cliff and pulled a wrecked speed boat out of the sea, what a sight that was. Tiredness was coming so we decided to head north again, but we really fancied a beer and heard the town of Point Reyes was cool. We sat down at the bar/saloon. The barman puts an amber beer in front of Maddie and an IPA beer in front of me and says 'Charles had that one and Camilla had that one' for a few moments I thought, hmm what! Then Maddie said 'he's not wrong, look up there' I looked up and saw three photos of Prince Charles and Camilla on a visit in 2005 to the bar. Was really cool. We drank up and headed back up to Bodega to get our crab, only to find the place closed for a private function! Very annoying. Eventually it was time to hit the road again and head to San Francisco!Read more

  • Day6

    Die Pazifikküste

    August 15, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Heute fahren wir auf dem Highway 1 die Küste entlang nach Norden.Bald kurvt die Straße in engen Serpentinen an schwindelerregenden Abgründen entlang hoch hinauf in die Berge, bald stürzt sie kopfüber hinunter zum Strand. Mal sehen wir die Hand vor Augen nicht im dicken Küstennebel, mal erfreut uns kalifornischer Sonnenschein. Unser gutes Wohnmobil quietscht und rumpelt und eiert. Zwischendurch immer wieder spektakuläre Blicke auf die Küste.Read more

  • Day4

    The Winding Road

    April 3, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

    This morning we took a short stop on Woodley Island to see the Fishermans Memorial Statue before continuing our journey south. What should have been a fairly mundane task, took a turn when we happened to see the living reincarnation of the statue walking around with a tiny dog and a giant bag of chew tobacco in the parking lot... This obviously led to 15 minutes of trying to figure out if last night was a full moon or new moon or something else that could have caused this phenomenon.

    After finally deciding that he might have just been homeless, we were full of Starbucks and on our way to the Avenue of the Giants. Mouths gaping, we drove slowly down the Avenue with the windows down. At one point, we pulled off at a trailhead just to hear the silence and smell the fresh forest air. During one of our crossings of the Eel River, Danielle saw a beaver making its way upstream! Nature at its finest.

    We made the decision to split off from the 101 to the 1, which was honestly a mixed bag. The highway was nearly empty and the sights were stunning, from the dense, fog-laden forests to the plunging cliffs. We saw scores of turkey vultures and a few ospreys along the way, too. As much as we were happy to take Robert Frost's advice on our road choice, we are DELIGHTED to have it checked from our bucket list. Switchbacks, steep inclines, seemingly vertical declines, speeding up, slowing down, road and shoulder repairs... it was a lot.

    The only real stop we made along the 1 was in Fort Bragg at Pomo Bluffs Park. A bit more accessible than most, this gave us a chance to get up close and personal with the craggy cliffs we have become accustomed to during this trip. We were able to stretch our legs and hear the familiar barks of California Sea Lions before continuing the long, Subaru commercial of a trek. Which leads us to the true star of this trip: our darling, flannel-loving, wool-collecting, AWD-having, safety-hound of a car... Sue (pictured).

    Ready for a steaming bread bowl of chowder and some Russian River Valley wine, we made our way into our third county of the day, Sonoma, where we're staying for the night in Bodega Bay. Worn from the drive, we whipped through the last couple of hours and ended our day in Adirondack chairs overlooking the bay. Tonight we'll get some serious rest.
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