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Day 12 – Olympic National Park

July 16, 2017

I emerged from my hotel, blinking into the light, right around checkout time, still intending to spend 2-3 days in and around Olympic National Park.

I forgot to mention in the last post, but I’ve been through here once before, during my 2008 trip west. On that trip, I was only passing through during the course of one day, and didn’t see much. I didn’t get to the coast at all, so with that in mind, I decided to concentrate on coastal areas today.

With that in mind, my first stop was Salt Creek County Park, on the North coast of the peninsula, across the Straight of Juan De Fuca from Vancouver Island.

2017-07-12_4981_Salt Creek Recreation Area

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Wandering on a Sunday – Canyons, Trails, and a Roller Coaster

August 20, 2012

One of the nice things about Los Angeles is that even though it’s a sprawling monstrosity, there are couple mountain ranges that got in the way of the developers and city planners.  So there are actually quite a lot of open spaces and canyons and things to visit.  On a lazy Sunday a while back, I decided to get off the couch and into the world.  So, choosing pretty much at random, I got on my bike, headed southwest, and wound up at Red Rock Canyon Park, a smaller park about 20 miles due west from Hollywood.

Finding the place is a little bit of an exercise itself.  First, you have to find Old Topanga Canyon Road (Not to be confused with Topanga Canyon Blvd), which is off of Mulholland Highway (Not to be confused with Mulholland Drive).

While on Old Topanga, I saw a road sigh that read “Summit to Summit Mountain Way”.  Being that it sounded like something out of Middle Earth, I took a quick look.  It’s not Great East Road or anything, but it is a cool fire road that I’ll definitely explore in greater depth later.

Summit to Summit Mountain Way

Moving on, as you continue down Old Topanga, you’ll want to keep scanning the roadside to your right, making sure you don’t miss the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it turn-off onto Red Rock Road.  Red Rock Road is a narrow dirt road that winds between trees and rustic houses.  It feels more like West Virginia than LA County, except for the odd house here and there that definitely had a larger construction budget than just about anything in West Virginia.  Eventually, you find a small dirt parking lot with a self pay box.  Welcome to Red Rock Canyon Park

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Amtrak for the Holidays, Part 3

March 22, 2012

After keeping all the people in Tubespace in suspense for the better part of two months, I am finally ready to finish my Amtrak trilogy.  Unfortunately, this post is less The Return of the King and more The NeverEnding Story III: Escape from Fantasia, in that it’s kind of a letdown compared to what came before it.  Parts 1 and 2 covered the 50+ hour trips from LA to Chicago and Chicago to San Fransisco, respectively.  This post will cover the 13 hour trip from SanFran back to LA.  Here’s the thing.  Before starting my Amtrak excursion, a 13 hour train ride would have been an untested adventure.  However, being that it was the smallest part of a much larger whole, it was instead almost entirely blasé.  Really, it felt like a kind of longish commute.

Some morning train-side scenery.

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Thanksgiving Perambulation

January 26, 2012

Hold on to your butts.  This is a long one.

I had some time off for the Thanksgiving holiday, whether I wanted it or not.  Being that the four day weekend wasn’t quite long enough to drive the 2200 miles to Ohio and back, I instead took the time for a mini road trip.  I had wanted to head back out to Joshua Tree, if nothing else to see what it looked like when it wasn’t gloomy and raining all day, had been meaning to get up to San Francisco to visit some friends for a while, and there was a green spot on the map between SanFran and LA called Pinnacles National Monument that looked interesting.

Joshua Tree, Take Two

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Day 18 – From Northern California to San Francisco

October 21, 2008

The shot was straight, the road was rather curvy. It turns out they weren’t redwoods, at least I don’t think so. Either way, they were suitably atmosphere-ide by fog:

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Day 17 – From Raymond, Washington to Northern California

October 21, 2008

Route 3 in British Columbia is gorgeous, and Route 101 in Oregon ain’t half bad either.

First, while still in Washington, and when it was still early and gloomy out, I happened to see a derelict ship just off the road. It took a while, but I finally found a few decent angles for photos:

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