This was a well-deserved trip after months from being pinned down with injuries. Mike Uriell and I dusted off our cameras and lenses, charged batteries, packed bags and jumped in my vehicle and headed out. We left late in the afternoon on Monday, July 2nd, and drove up 5 north for five hours to Cayucos on the central California Coast where we spent the night. On the way, we came across a heard of buffalo grazing in a golden colored field. They ignored us while we photographed them. The next morning we went north on 101 and stopped at the Mission San Miguel Arcangel to take some photos. Then proceeded north to Capitola on Hwy 1. The Holiday traffic was already taking over the roadway. We stopped in Point Reyes Station for a terrific meal in the Stellia restaurant. We highly recommend this place. We continued north on Hwy 1 to Bodega Bay take a few pictures along the way. We passed through the redwoods and stopped to take some pictures but with the sun shining brightly the contrast required some serious camera adjustments. We ended up in Eureka for the night. The town was jammed with a parade for the Fourth of July celebration. The fireworks lasted all night. The next morning we headed east on Hwy 299 to Mount Lassen passing through Redding. The State Park was full of people but we managed to get around and take a few images. We moved out onto Hwy 44 east to find the dirt road to the volcanic cinder cone. We arrive late in the afternoon after the dusty ride. From where you can park it is a long hike to the cinder cone and the campground was full. Hiking on the grey volcanic sand is a slow process. Since there was no place to camp there we headed south to Reno for the night. We had an unexpected tasty Mexican meal recommended by hotel concierge driver to a real local 24 hour, Mexican restaurant.
The weather was getting hot at around 108 degrees so we zipped on home to San Diego. We made a detour to visit the ghost town of Bodie where every tourist in the world had congregated in the high altitude dry heart. Clouds dotted the sky giving the area a painterly feeling. We stopped south of Lee Vining for a good lunch. To get away from the traffic we left highway 395 and drove east on highway 120 then south on highway 6 to Bishop. It was a very pleasant drive with no traffic.
The green landscape of the northern part of the state was very noticeable with masses of flowers blooming and the lakes were full of water. The further south we traveled the green transitioned into orange brown dried up landscape. From Bishop south the plants were dead. The highway 395 south from Kramer Junction on to Victorville was a construction mess where the development is to widen the two lanes into 4 lanes. Crowds and Holiday vacationers altered our original plans and locations resulting in not getting to the places we really wanted to go and photograph but it was nice to get out and away. I’ll go back in September and cover the areas that I could not get to on this trip.
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