Tagged With "california"

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Re: Under the Cirio Tree

DrFumblefinger ·
What an odd tree! I've been to Baja but never saw one. Guess I've got an excuse to go back now!
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Re: Under the Cirio Tree

My Thatched Hut ·
There are in the Sonoran Desert part of the Baja Peninsula. I drove the peninsula and back. But who needs an excuse to go. It is one of my favourite places.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Jan. 20, 2014: The Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California

IslandMan ·
Thanks for the pic Ottoman. I have traversed this bridge on 2 separate visits and and was fascinated by its size, architecture and grandeur.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Jan. 20, 2014: The Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California

DrFumblefinger ·
It is a great photo of a great bridge! And likely a rare day. Most of the times I've been in SF the fog and gloom preclude a nice photo of the Golden Gate.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Jan. 20, 2014: The Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California

GarryRF ·
I would recommend renting a bicycle at Fishermans Wharf. Take your time crossing the Bridge Stop at Sausalito - Starbucks - Take in the beautiful surrounds. Watch the Fishing Boats. Take the Cycle track and head for the Ferry at Tiburon. Come back to SF on the Ferry and watch as the City rises from the fog. Great day !
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #17: Death Valley, USA

Andredeya ·
Oh thank you i will check it out
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #17: Death Valley, USA

Andredeya ·
So beautiful those Desert Holly
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #17: Death Valley, USA

PHeymont ·
Yes, it's really amazing how colorful and varied desert plants can be. Did you also see the blog from a few weeks ago on the "Spine Garden" of cacti in Arizona? It's at http://www.travelgumbo.com/blo...zona-s-sonora-desert
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Re: Where Gumbo was #22. Skull Rock, Joshua Tree National Park, California

PHeymont ·
Lesson learned! I should have Googled Skull Rock instead of speculating about animated films!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, April 29, 2014: Water Lilies, Mission San Juan Capistrano, California

PHeymont ·
The lovely lilies make it a bit easier to swallow the disappearance of the birds... Sorry for the bad pun, but this cartoon may explain why the swallows don't "come back to Capistrano!"
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, April 29, 2014: Water Lilies, Mission San Juan Capistrano, California

PHeymont ·
More on the swallows, which now mostly nest a few miles away: Staff at the Mission of San Juan Capistrano are trying to lure the swallows back by playing male swallow mating calls, hoping it will attract the females to the traditional nests, and that they will be followed by the males. Here's a VIDEO from the Orange County Register, and more INFO from the Mother Nature Network.
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Re: The Getty Villa, Part 2: The Art

PortMoresby ·
I love the jewelry for the intimacy with the wearers I imagine, and the frescos which, to me, are the most alive of all the Roman artistic expressions. Sculpture and mosaics, to me, much less so. I also love the key and perfume bottles, imagining the individual hands that held and used them.
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Re: The Getty Villa, Part 2: The Art

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks for the comments, PM. It is a fascinating collection, very extensive and thorough. What I was striving for in this piece is to give the reader a sample for what's there and why the museum is worth visiting. My favorite piece of the ones in this gallery is the toy, the very last one. I can imagine some father lovingly crafting it for his child. The glass products amazed me. Several of the sculptures were grand, especially the one of Hercules (which Getty was very proud of), but the...
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Re: Wawona Hotel, Yosemite National Park, California: Where Gumbo Was #60

Dr.Y ·
Looks like a very nice and comfortable place to stay!
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Re: Serra's Church, Mission San Juan Capistrano, California. Where Gumbo Was #46

PortMoresby ·
Somewhere I've got a snapshot of a very young me with a tiny lady holding an object who had insisted my friend take our picture in the garden together. It was in the village of Petra, Majorca and she officiated at the small museum commemorating Junipero Serra's birthplace. I was spending the summer on the island and every student educated in California knows his name almost as well as their own. The address of my high school was El Camino Real, Father Serra's road from mission to mission and...
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Re: Cruising California's 17 Mile Drive

GarryRF ·
Fine houses in their pristinely manicured gardens. Don't think I could even afford the taxes. I do like the areas that remain untouched by golf and the hand of fortune. I prefer the untouched to the "candy box tin" painting of nature. I've been to many places where the presence of paupers - like myself - detract from the ambiance of opulence. Even today I had a note attached to my car, that parking in a non-designated zone was being selfish. Even though they were full !
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Re: Cruising California's 17 Mile Drive

DrFumblefinger ·
Far be it for anyone to say you are selfish, Garry! It is one of the most expensive places to live in California, but I suspect all those drivers going through help subsidize the neighborhood more than that homeowners might want to let on. And I'm not sure most of us could afford the taxes, even if we wanted to. Being an average guy, this is just not my scene.
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Re: Cruising California's 17 Mile Drive

Mac ·
Breathtakingly expensive if I recall. I'm surprised that you are allowed to take photos without paying into the local coffers! :-)
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Re: Cruising California's 17 Mile Drive

DrFumblefinger ·
I'm also surprised there's no per photo toll imposed on the great unwashed masses visiting the shores of the drive, Mac!
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Re: Cruising California's 17 Mile Drive

Mac ·
Well, the unwashed mass did enjoy his time there.... :-)
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Re: Cruising California's 17 Mile Drive

GutterPup ·
The views are really pretty, but no motorcycles??
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Re: Cruising California's 17 Mile Drive

DrFumblefinger ·
Cars and bikes are fine, JP, but hogs aren't. The road is good enough so I suspect the home owners (much of the drive is through residential areas) don't want the noise of a big pack of motorcycles passing their gates and fine-trimmed lawns.
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Re: A Road Trip Gallery: Jane's Garden

PHeymont ·
Of course, I don't know the actual size of Jane's Garden, but I have the sense that it isn't huge. And yet, the variety of shapes, spaces, textures and things you've shown could keep even a much larger space "busy!" Thanks for a great morning view!
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Re: A Road Trip Gallery: Jane's Garden

PortMoresby ·
I think you may be projecting the intimacy of the photos onto the whole garden, which isn't small. I'm trying to be ruthless in my choice of images, editing to remove duplicates and the second rate, to improve the whole. While it can be painful during the process, I'm happier with the result in the end and I think it adds, not subtracts, interest. Leaves 'em wanting more, I hope.
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Re: A Road Trip Gallery: Jane's Garden

PHeymont ·
I'm not sure why I leapt so quickly to the idea of the garden being deceptively small—it may have to do with the intimacy of the images, and my mental image of "cottage," but it also may have to do with my comfort in smaller, but not spare, spaces. In either case...spectacular choices. It greatly cheered my morning chores.
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Re: California cops: How do you ticket a driverless car?

DrFumblefinger ·
I'd hit the CEO with an abandonment of vehicle and reckless driving charge as well!
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Re: California cops: How do you ticket a driverless car?

PHeymont ·
My all-day question about this has been answered. I couldn't figure out how the cop stopped the car—does the car have a blue-light sensor? Did they have to call Google? etc. A friend found another article that clarified that the (non)driver is able to take over and stop and steer the car; Google has now come to an agreement with the police that if he notices traffic backing up behind him, the (non)driver will now pull over and let it pass. So there goes another dream job...riding around all...
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Re: California cops: How do you ticket a driverless car?

PortMoresby ·
I see no conflict whatever. Just put a rearview mirror on your book.
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Re: California cops: How do you ticket a driverless car?

PortMoresby ·
"...so we still don't know how a ticket for a (not)driver would look." Maybe it would look the same as a parking ticket which, presumably, is also driverless. Or possibly an aid, such as a tow truck, would be involved. Let Alphabet bail out their driverless vehicle at the impound lot. Revenge of the non-nerds.
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Re: Apr. 19, 2016: Flower Fields of Carlsbad, California

Travel Rob ·
Absolutely beautiful!
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Re: Apr. 19, 2016: Flower Fields of Carlsbad, California

Ava ·
Gorgeous!
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Re: Eight Ways Hiking in the Worst Weather is the Best Hiking There Is

Annie @OutdoorsyMama ·
my son just asked if we could go camping in the rain this weekend ..... Whattt? PROUD MAMA. thanks for the comments, fellow adventure lovers. looking forward to more! -a
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Re: May 3, 2016: Torrey Pines Gliderport, CA

Travel Rob ·
Beautiful!
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Re: May 3, 2016: Torrey Pines Gliderport, CA

DrFumblefinger ·
As a younger man this sort of thing might have been something I'd do. But now I'm happy to watch others have fun -- and it really does look like fun! Thanks for sharing these beautiful images, Marilyn!
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Re: Eight Ways Hiking in the Worst Weather is the Best Hiking There Is

Travel Rob ·
Great writing Annie and welcome to TG! I often find what I think is terrible about a trip turns out to be my best memories. I've had setbacks on trips, but what I remember is what I learned and the great people that have helped along the way.
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Re: Eight Ways Hiking in the Worst Weather is the Best Hiking There Is

RoadWorrier ·
Gotta admit, I never planned to be out in bad weather; all our bad-weather camping memories are of sitting around together huddled in the tent playing cards with the kids and eating cereal out of the box. Maybe we should have gone out and gotten wet!
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Re: Eight Ways Hiking in the Worst Weather is the Best Hiking There Is

Old Car Guy ·
So true! I remember a camping trip we took when it was pouring rain. Everybody pulled together and it's still one of our favorite trips.
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Re: Eight Ways Hiking in the Worst Weather is the Best Hiking There Is

DrFumblefinger ·
Hiking in the rain can be fun, as Annie outlines. But camping in the rain is just -- wet.
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Re: Eight Ways Hiking in the Worst Weather is the Best Hiking There Is

Marilyn Jones ·
Excellent hiking blog post!!! You are so right too!
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Re: Salvation Mountain: A colourful desert masterpiece

Travel Rob ·
Great piece EmilyLW and welcome to TravelGumbo! I've been wanting to visit Salvation Mountain and now it's definitely high on my list the next time I visit Southern California.
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Re: Salvation Mountain: A colourful desert masterpiece

DrFumblefinger ·
I didn't even know about the place. Will definitely have to look it up when I'm in the southwestern desert next time. Thanks for sharing this piece with us!
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Newport Beach, California. Fountain

DrFumblefinger ·
Newport Beach, California.  Fountain
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Mission San Juan Capistrano, California

DrFumblefinger ·
Mission San Juan Capistrano, California
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Mission San Juan Capistrano, California

DrFumblefinger ·
Mission San Juan Capistrano, California
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Grizzly Bear, San Diego Zoo

DrFumblefinger ·
Grizzly Bear, San Diego Zoo
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Flamingos, San Diego Zoo

DrFumblefinger ·
Flamingos, San Diego Zoo
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