To the far-flung places – A year in review (2)

In June we took a road trip on the west coast.

In 2004, we took a cross-country trip — from the east coast to the west coast and back. However, we actually missed a section of the west coast — from San Francisco north. In 2006 we took a trip to Washington and Oregon and covered part of the coast around Olympic National Park. This time, we were determined to cover the California coast from San Francisco north and the entire Oregon Coast.

This we did. And more.

This section, I must say, is in fact the most spectacular of the entire west coast. From San Francisco northward, the coast is rugged, with the road winding almost endlessly, but the scenery is breathtaking. The following two pictures were taken along California 1:

Muir Beach

Muir Beach

Point Arena Lighthouse

Point Arena Lighthouse

Unfortunately, the weather worsened as we entered Oregon, but that did not diminish our enthusiasm. There is abundant wildlife along the coast.

Sea Lion

Sea Lion

We eventually drove into Washington State and visited Mt. St. Helens National Monument.

Mt. St. Helens

Mt. St. Helens

On the way back, we returned through the central part of Oregon and the central valley of California, visiting Crater Lake and Lassen Volcanic National Parks in the process.

Crater Lake

Crater Lake

Mt. Lassen

Mt. Lassen

Because this was my first extended trip to the west coast since I “got into” birds, I was able to “get” quite a few new birds (in fact over 20) on this trip. The following are a few bird pictures:

Cassin's Finch

Cassin’s Finch

Red-breasted Sapsucker

Red-breasted Sapsucker

Rufous Hummingbird

Rufous Hummingbird

This is why I like road trips: it allows me to explore the places at a more leisurely pace. Air travels always give me the sense of being transplanted abruptly from one place to another. And this one was certainly one to remember for a lifetime.

For more about this trip, you may visit the special pages on my website as well.

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