Lost

We took a short vacation out multiple days with the Tag to the Lost Coast in northern California last week. I’d first heard about the area as a backpacking trail which mostly follows the surf line  through the King’s Range National Conservation Area. It took us over 6 hrs. to get there; the last 30 miles from Ferndale to Petrolia on a windy, hilly, barely two lane road. I was very happy to be in the Jeep. The last 6 miles were mostly on an unpaved road with one creek crossing as we headed towards Mattole Beach, the trailhead for backpacking north to south.

The Mattole Beach campground is on BLM land, with only 15 undeveloped sites, and has only potable water and vault toilets. The sites are good sized and we scored one at the edge of the dunes. We were a little disappointed about not being able to see the water directly, but soon discovered the dunes were protecting us from the winds.

morning light
morning light

Looking north and south from our campsite:

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path to the beach
path to the beach

Our first hike was via the beach to Mattole River which empties into the Pacific; maybe a mile one way. The dogs were having a blast running all over and of course Chloe investigated the surf immediately.

little dog-safe distance from the surf
little dog-safe distance from the surf
Chloe retrieving
Chloe retrieving
Mattole River
Mattole River
looking up river
looking up river
river meets the Pacific
river meets the Pacific

 

happy dog
happy dog

We had great weather throughout with one day of severe winds. Unfortunately that’s the day we had planned to hike to the old lighthouse; maybe 3-4 miles south. About 2 miles out with the wind, we knew it’d take twice as long to get back against the wind. Coupled with soft sands  and really tired dogs, we headed back, never reaching the lighthouse.

windy day
windy day

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tide pools
tide pools

 

lighthouse around that bend
lighthouse around that bend

This was our longest time out with the Tag and the first to use our solar setup to keep our trailer battery charged. I’m excited to say, we didn’t run out of juice for the entire trip. Of course, we don’t use much; the refrigerator is on all the time, but we only use the lights for bedding down, and had no use for the fan this trip with cooler weather.

Being so close to the redwoods we took a little diversion on the way home via Avenue of the Giants. K loves trees!

tree hugger

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Chasing Ice

Chasing Ice, a film released in 2012 by photographer James Balog.  An incredible documentary of the effects of climate change.  Balog has used stills, video, and time lapse photography to show what’s happening to our glaziers. Available from iTunes. Let’s ride more……

peace, ks

Castles and Cathedrals

My travels were filled with cathedrals and castles. How they built these structures remains a mystery to me. Every town I visited had at least one castle and many church/cathedrals. Here’s a few…….

Dublin Castle
Dublin Castle
inside St. Patrick's
inside St. Patrick’s Cathedral 

A complicated history of religion, politics, oppression, and revolution in Ireland when one brings up matters of the spirit. I was a bit confused regarding all the cathedrals. St. Patrick’s is actually Anglican, not Catholic, a part of the Church of Ireland. Unusual to have two cathedrals so close to each other; Christ Church Cathedral (below) just a few blocks walk from St. Patrick’s. The story goes that St. Patrick’s was built outside the city walls so as to avoid “rules of the church.”

Christ Church Cathedral
Christ Church Cathedral

We attended a service in Christ Church one evening, called Evensong. The entire service sung by the cathedral’s choir. It was incredibly beautiful.

Kilkenny Castle
Kilkenny Castle

A huge castle in, you guessed it, Kilkenny! Owned by the Butler family for centuries, when the Republic of Ireland was established the family deserted the castle. Left vacant and falling into disrepair it was finally sold to a historic organization for the sum of 50£.

Black Abbey, Kilkenny
Black Abbey, Kilkenny

Black Abbey, so called because of the color of the robes the monks wore.

Ross Castle
Ross Castle

We spent an afternoon hiking in Killarney National Park. After about 2 miles of countryside the end of the path led to this, Ross Castle, sitting on the edge of Killarney Lake.

downtown Cobh&Colman Cathedral
downtown Cobh & Colman Cathedral

Cobh (pronounced “cove”) was a short 20 min. train ride from Cork. A small town of somewhat historical significance. Besides being the last stop for the Titanic before it headed across the Atlantic, Cobh also was the major location for the Irish to leave Ireland during the potato famine in the 1800’s.

Rose Window, Colman Cathedral
Rose Window, Colman Cathedral

More later…….

peace, ks

Foto

There hasn’t been much bike riding for me the last month or so. I’ve gotten out once a week for a road ride.  Half of my weekends have been spent completing assignments for my photography classes.  I’m learning a lot, and I think my skills are improving; I know my knowledge is. Also, I spent one weekend at my mom’s (SoCal) helping her get ready for her big move. Now a bunch of overtime at work is on the books for May and June, and somewhere between that is my 11 day vacation. That’s when I’m hoping to get some more riding in. Looks like I’ll be heading to Tahoe for some camping and mountain biking. Last year this time there was still snow on the ground. Not this year but it’s still pretty cold. I’m going anyways.

Everyone likes pictures……..here’s an example of my latest work, some shooting I was doing in Oakland. This is the civic center, and my first HDR attempt. Hope you like it.

Whew!

Ok, portfolio submitted, final exam completed, and “reflection statement” written.  Not sure if I’ll get on the bike today; rain is sideways. Here’s a few images from my portfolio.

Moonrise
Stanford University
Richard Serra “Sequence”
Memorial Church, Stanford
A big wheel

Undertime

Definition of Undertime: not having enough personal time to stay sane because you’ve worked too much overtime. I survived 24 additional hours of overtime last week. I took a vacation day yesterday but I was just too tired to take a ride. Plus, I had to spend the day getting my photography assignment submitted. Anyways, I’m hoping for the return of the “normal” work week. I know I have this weekend off and I’m going to a Walker Evans exhibit at Stanford Museum, and looking forward to getting back on the bike. Here’s one of my pictures I submitted this week. Notice anything funny?