Episode 18 – Point Sur


There is a lot of beauty along the Central Coast as you head down the Pacific Coast Highway – leave from the Carmel area south you will pass Point Lobos and head to the undefined area known as “Big Sur.”  After you pass over the most photogenic Bixby Creek Bridge you start to see a huge rock off the distance by itself. As you get closer you notice buildings on that rock surrounded by beaches and a large open field – and unfortunately you aren’t allowed to drive in – the area is blocked by fences…unless you plan a trip around a certain time  on a certain days where you get to do one of the great walking tours on the central coast.



Episode 17 – Pulgas Water Temple


In 1934, after years of fighting and arguing, San Francisco completed a dam in the Hetch Hetchy Valley – which would feed water through a series of rivers, pumps, and pipelines across the state to the bay area peninsula which would feed water to the city and county of San Francisco.  To honor this achievement for the people of the bay the San Francisco Water Department commissioned a structure be built at the end of the line where the water enters the Upper Crystal Springs Reservoir – the location, already a historical landmark for being one of the camping sites of the Portola Expedition, became what we now know as the Pulgas Water Temple.


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Episode 16 – John Muir


In 1838, many years before California would become a state, a boy was born in Scotland – the 3rd of 8 kids – it was a rough childhood for someone like him, a restless spirit that would get harsh beatings from his father for spending more time looking at landscapes than reading the bible.  When he was 11 his family immigrated from Scotland to a farm in Wisconsin where he grew up, went to school, and eventually college for Chemistry. After traveling to avoid the Civil War and taking any job that let him move around the country he eventually settled in San Francisco which is what brought him to his eventual legacy – the father of our National Parks.



Santa Maria Sunrise


“Santa Maria Sunrise”

We left the hotel in Morro Bay super early one morning to go exploring – as the sun was coming up we were driving through the hills and valleys outside of Santa Maria and were lucky enough to get this shot.


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Episode 15 – The Carson Mansion

Note: this picture is not mine, I found it online but I could not verify the owner.


Eureka CA has a long storied history that is integral to the California story almost as much as Los Angeles, San Francisco, or Yosemite.  In 1849 one of the early Gold Rush people to come to California from Canada was a man named William Carson. After making a bit of money in gold Carson, a woodsman by trade, decided to move up north to the Trinity Mountains area to pursue the northern gold rush.  In 1950 he felled the first tree in the Humboldt bay area – not long after he went full time into the logging business and sent the first loads of redwood to San Francisco. He made a fortune in logging, shipping, and railroad industry on the Humboldt bay and decided to partner with his company a build a grand mansion – a house that is still today considered the gold standard in American Queen Anne Victorian style houses in America.



Episode 14 – McKittrick Tar Seeps


Kern County is famous for a things – but it was built on the back of oil.  This is an area where the oil was easy to access that there are areas where it comes up from ground just by walking on it – where it slowly seeps out onto the surface.  There are 5 places in the world where these natural asphalt lakes occur – of those 5, 3 of them are in California – and the one we are talking about today is along Highway 33 and the heart of the area that helped fuel the second industrial boom of our great state – that of black gold.



Karl and Sutro


“Karl and Sutro”

Sutro Tower was once considered an eyesore but is now one of the most interesting landmarks in the San Francisco. When Karl the Fog comes around it can lead to some wonderful images.


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