One of my favorite places to visit in the US is San Francisco. I have made a new collection with photos from May 2009, October 2009, and October 2010. I have converted some of the photos into black and white. Check out the collection here.
We were only in Point Reyes for a few days and it was difficult to decide what to do. I was very impressed with how many trail and possibilities for backcountry and day-hiking the park had to offer. Shirin, Liz, and I did a good day-hike starting at the Laguna Trailhead. From there we followed the Coast Trail to Sculptured Beach (see map here). The hike was about 4 km one way and we timed our arrival to Sculptured Beach at low-tide. Sculptured Beach usually has good tidepools, but we did not luck out with the tides. We could still see some great mussel beds. I created two albums of this day-trip, one black and white album and one color-album.
North of San Francisco and along Highway 1 are some of the most beautiful areas in the US. The drive on Highway 1, sometimes called the Pacific Coast Highway, is spectacular. The road winds along dramatic cliffs, passing through lovely small towns and beach areas. Liz, Shirin, and I took this trip in early November with Point Reyes National Seashore as our destination. Point Reyes National Seashore is part of the National Park system and occupies much of the Point Reyes Peninsula, which is geologically separated from the main land by the rift zone of the San Andreas Fault. The park offers great trails for hiking, fantastic views, and is a great place to wind down and relax. I created a black and white album from our trip to the lighthouse .
In Monterrey County in California is the charming town of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Going south on Highway 1 towards Big Sur is the Garrapata State Park. This is a small park that offers the best of the Big Sur region including some steep ascends to the peaks of the Santa Lucia Mountains that offers views of the Pacific. Liz and I followed the Rocky Ridge, Soberanes Canyon Trails, which gain 1200 feet of elevation. The hike is medium hard but well worth the effort. As you move away from the road you enter a nice secluded forest with a little stream, but soon the path takes you higher into areas of wildflowers, before you start to gain elevation and you are stunned by the views of the Pacific and the rolling green hills. Pictures are posted here.
Traveling South from San Francisco we followed California State Route 1 along the coastline. The route is beautiful as it follows the jagged cliffs and the green rolling hills along the coastline. Scattered along the road there are a myriad of small and larger State Parks, and all of these parks have unbelivable hikes and beautiful scenery. Liz and I went hiking in Garrapata State Park and climbed to one of the taller peaks in the area, which gave us a wondeful view of the coastline. We hiked the area during May at a time when tons of wildflowers were blooming. We also explored several other State Parks in the area and pictures are found here.
The arrival of non-native Americans to California introduced Christianity and missions to the native Americans back in the eighteenth century. The spaniards built a chain of 21 missions along the southern coast of California. Many of these missions have been restored and you can visit them. Liz and I went to two of these missions; San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo built in 1770 and San Juan Bautista built in 1797. Some pictures from this trip are found here.
This book gives a picture of the politics and personal devotion involved in the creation of these national parks. After reading the book I will definitely be more aware that these parks may not always be there for us to use unless we do more to protect them. Last May, I visited Sequoia National Park which was unbelieveably beautiful. The park had everything I wanted to see including fantastic sequoias, high altitude peaks, brown bears, and peace and quiet. Visiting the park in May meant that there were still patches of snow at the Wuksachi Lodge at 7000 feet. A day-hike to Panther Peak summit took me to 9000 feet and part of the hike was through snow. The view from Panther Peak was spectacular and well worth the strenuous altitude ascent. Some pictures are posted here.
Today I posted some pictures that I took in New York in the SoHo (south of Houston Street, wikipedia) neighborhood. The pictures were taken on February 1st 2009 together with Jordi. For a full day, we walked through the neighborhood in search of the greatest collection of cast-iron architecture in the world (link). Another set of pictures from our day in SoHo has been posted earlier (link).
In October ’09, Liz and I went for a trip to Los Gatos in California and we had a chance to go into a giant redwood forest. The trees are unbelievable beautiful and impressive (link).
This is my first post for many, many months. Since I last posted on my website a lot has happened in my life. I moved from New Jersey to Norway for the summer of 2009, spent the autumn in Washington, DC together with Liz, and went back to Bergen, Norway after Christmas. Liz and I are currently living in Bergen.
During this last year I have also made many more trips and now I can catch up on posting pictures from them. I am starting today with some pictures from an autumn trip to San Francisco when I had the opportunity to visit the prison on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay (link). I will post more photographs from San Francisco very soon.
Liz and I also made a trip to Saint Louis in November that was great. Saint Louis is architecturally one of the most impressive towns I have ever been to in the US. I found the architecture of both downtown and the suburbs such as University City ( wikipedia) to be stunning and you can see a few pictures here (link).
I will try to post frequently in the coming months, both new pictures and also to create some new pages that will contain some of my current python development projects.
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