Wednesday, July 31, 2013

~~Pigeon Point Lighthouse~~

The tallest lighthouse on the west coast of the United States, Pigeon Point, was built in 1871 to guide ships along the rugged California Coast.

Sitting 50 miles south of San Francisco, the lighthouse is now a part of the California National Park Service and was named for the first ship that crashed at that point on the shore, "The Pigeon."




Sunday, July 28, 2013

~~Pebble Beach Picture Blog~~

17-Mile Drives Starts....



Seals...


 
Lone Cypress...





Fa Fa Fa....


The best coffee....




Pebble Beach Club House...front...



...and the back...



18th Green...



....and the traveling bear gnomes...


~~Barking Elephant Seals~~

Point Piedras Blancas, along Pacific Coast Highway 1, is home to hundreds of elephant seals at any given time.

The males grow to be 5,000 pounds, while the females grow to "only" 1500 pounds.  The teen-aged males, like most teenage boys, are the most fun to watch. They love to spar, change their voices, butt their chests and nip at each other's necks in play fighting.


I especially liked one warning sign I read, "NEVER get between a seal and the water."  Really?  Oh, really...um at 5000 pounds?  Really?

Listen here to how loud these guys bark:  http://youtu.be/dPJIVQgNVvQ


Saturday, July 27, 2013

~~Big Sur, California~~ (The "Big South")

Although Big Sur has no specific boundaries, definitions of the area include the 90 miles of coastline from the Carmel River in Monterey County south to theSan Carpoforo Creek in San Luis Obispo County, and extend about 20 miles inland to the eastern foothills of the Santa Lucias Mountains that jut directly up from the ocean.




Unfortunately, I couldn't capture the magnificence of the views because the fog was thick, low and heavy, as you can see here at the first stop into the Big Sur area.



Driving on the Big Sur in an RV can be stressful...very stressful!  So a Big Surprise in the Big Sur was welcome!



Fun atmosphere, good food and a needed rest!






The next day, a road trip back to the Big Sur was in order to visit "Nepenthe," a sure Sur icon! 


Nepenthe has a rich history and a visit to its web site is well worth your attention.  http://www.nepenthebigsur.com/



The dense fog kept me from capturing any other photos except the wine labels!  (And Lucia Winery is a keeper!)



Thursday, July 25, 2013

~~Sideways Tour~~

Sideways is truly one of the funniest, classic, movies of all time!  If you haven't seen it and if you have a huge sense of humor, you must!

In this buddy movie, which takes part in the Santa Barbara wine country, Miles (Paul Giamatti) and Jack (Thomas Hayden Church), go on a wine tasting road trip to salute Jack's final days of bachelorhood. 

Although the guys actually make 18 stops in the movie, I just made a few...and watched the movie...again.



The buddies' road trip map.



At AJ Spurs, Jack meets a waitress and goes back to her house for a "visit," only to be chased down the street by her nude husband later!


~~Andrew Murray Vineyard Chardonnay Grapes~~


Jack "waves" through the backroads of the wine country.


Jack and Miles stay at the "Windmill Inn" in Buellton, California. 


Miles gets some VERY disappointing news here at the Fess Parker Winery, and he handles his stress in a most interesting manner. 


Jack and Miles get irritated with the "small pours" here at Foxen and take matters in their own hands.


Miles makes the Hitching Post his "regular" stop in Sideways.

Click here to enjoy Sideways in just a few seconds!  

http://youtu.be/0-_MIZtupzw


(If the link is not hot, simply cut and paste into your browser...and yes...it is well worth it!)

Monday, July 22, 2013

~~The Library~~

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library is less of a lesson in politics and more of a celebration of one of the most remarkably lived lives of all time.  A visit here inspires to be more, do more, live with more love and purpose. 

Sitting high in Simi Valley, the library grounds are as pristine as one could imagine.







As you wonder through the mazes of President Reagan's life, you get the sense that you could know him and befriend him.  You could enjoy a beer with him and laugh with him.



He was serious...and seriously funny, too.




The Oval Office....



....and the President's Choice....



Visitors get to tour the INSIDE of Air Force One.  Way cool, but no photos allowed!



I'm so not a museum person...so I was bored on the inside for the most part....but I never got bored of President Reagan's life story...or wandering around the massive grounds.  

And I certainly never get bored of seeing this section of the Berlin Wall and hearing President Reagan's demand in 1987, "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!"