San Francisco architecture

09 July 2019 23:06 One of the first things I noticed about the housing in San Francisco is how unique each house is. Initially I thought this was a characteristic of one street. The more streets I saw, however, the more I realised that this was true of much of San Francisco and, as I … Continue reading / view photos San Francisco architecture

The streets of San Francisco

In the 1970s there were a lot of police shows, each of which had a distinctive feature or two. Some of the shows that come to mind include: Columbo: raincoat, “Just one more thing” Kojak: lollipop McCloud: cowboy in the city CHiPs: highway patrol Starsky and Hutch: car Banacek: clever crimes Hawaii Five-O: exotic location, … Continue reading / view photos The streets of San Francisco

Tiger Woods stopped my bike ride

Monterey, our final stop before San Francisco, looks like quite an affluent coastal town. There’s a beach there but we mostly walked around Fisherman’s Wharf and Cannery Row (where John Steinbeck’s novel is set). On the second day in Monterey, some of the group did a bike ride, which was supposed to be about 20km. … Continue reading / view photos Tiger Woods stopped my bike ride

Looking at elephant seals and big feet

After leaving Pismo Beach, we drove north along the coast towards Monterey. We stopped to see Morra Rock where this woman told me that she had retired there having lived in San Francisco. The area had ideal weather: the temperature was moderate all year round. The rock, I learnt, is a volcanic plug (the leftover … Continue reading / view photos Looking at elephant seals and big feet

Pismo and Avila Beaches

The hiking was now over and the group part of my trip was ending. After seeing the giant trees, we returned to the west coast to stay making our way back to San Francisco. The first stop was Pismo Beach; the second, Avila Beach – a few kilometres northwest of Pismo Beach. Avila Beach is … Continue reading / view photos Pismo and Avila Beaches

Walking amongst giants

Hiking lets you see three of nature’s wonders: water (sea, river, snow), mountains, and trees. If I had to pick one to hike amongst, it would be trees. I find them magical. I talk to them. And, yes, I hug them too! I feel trees are our companions. When I pass a tree I’ve known … Continue reading / view photos Walking amongst giants

Beautiful Yosemite

Yosemite is one of America’s best kept secrets. It is a beautiful national park – unspoilt and not commercialised. There are many hikes people can do – easy and hard. After our Half Dome marathon, we had a recovery day, seeing Yosemite’s many faces without much exertion. We were in a minibus. Anyone can drive … Continue reading / view photos Beautiful Yosemite

Hiking to Half Dome

One of the famous peaks in Yosemite is Half Dome. The name will be obvious when you see a photo of it. The hike to the top requires using cables. To avoid a traffic jam, any one hiking to the top requires a permit. The handing out of permits is a lottery: there is no … Continue reading / view photos Hiking to Half Dome

Viva Las Vegas!

I’ve always wanted to see Vegas. I was probably more excited than going to the national parks, which are infinitely more beautiful. Vegas, however, is unique. It brings together some of the world’s great architecture in reduced form. You’ll see the Statue of Liberty, the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triumph, Rialto Bridge and many more structures. … Continue reading / view photos Viva Las Vegas!

Hoover Dam

The Hoover Dam is an incredible piece of engineering. My memory of it will always be the heat. It must have been 35-40c as I walked around. I wondered whether heat stroke and/or dehydration would overcome me before looking at the Dam from all sides. The are two tours that take you inside the Dam. … Continue reading / view photos Hoover Dam