Continuing with nature scenes

My latest batch of photos have been the big bold nature scenes which are easy to shoot with good results, but hard to shoot with really good results. For this site I was I’d had a drone since access was at the edge of a precipitous cliff.

This is from just north of Crescent City California at some pullout along the western coast and thus the Pacific Ocean.  While in both California and Oregon coastal access is legally available actually getting to an ocean view can be a challenge.

While the Big Sur portion of the California coast gets all the attention I actually prefer the less traveled northern coast. Once while working for a small startup that found itself temporarily out of money we were all required to take a two week vacation without pay. I responded to this by getting a shuttle ride to northern California with my touring bike loaded with camping gear.

It was in October so already my training miles had declined (less hours of daylight) so it was a little tough especially with my bike now bogged down with heavy gear. But I plodded on each day with frequent stops. With a bike it is much easier to stop along the ocean than a car where some kind of pullout is needed. So I saw many more scenes like this one (didn’t have a camera on that trip, so all my photos are later).

I discovered a couple of great things. First, at that time the state parks reserved a large campsite space just for cyclists since it was usually easy to cram in one more. This was handy since coastal state parks are usually jammed with no space. Second, unlike backpacking I was carrying food on my bike since almost all campgrounds are near a town; so I’d set up camp and on my bike now freed of all that weight fly into the town and buy some food and even more important some wine. Third, by piling all the cyclists into one spot created a great opportunity for meeting people, especially with sharing all that wine. And, fourth, artificial light was a magnet, just as it is for insects, so my lantern (I was the only one who had one) became the center of the social circle. It was a lot of fun and I immediately wished I could have had the time to do the entire Pacific Coast, border to border.

Driving along the coast has its advantages (more scenery, but less thorough immersion) but having a digital camera would impose some challenges in comparison to the time I made my bike trip.

BTW: For anyone considering a ride along the west coast you really need to start in the north and go south because the onshore winds, which sometimes can be quite strong, almost always are coming at one from the north, so riding north would put you in constant headwind. And, one other things – PUDs (Pointless Ups and Downs). Despite starting your ride at near sea level and ending at near sea level you’re going to have a ton of uphill riding. Most of the west coast is mountains right down to the ocean and the roads were built for cars so there are lots of uphill stretches. And, also I would discourage casual riders as there is a lot of traffic including logging trucks; cyclists are a sufficient critical mass the drivers are aware of them and decent (most of them) but I had some pretty close brush-bys with logging trucks that are not for the faint-hearted or inexperienced rides.

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About dmill96

old fat (but now getting trim and fit) guy, who used to create software in Silicon Valley (almost before it was called that), who used to go backpacking and bicycling and cross-country skiing and now geodashes, drives AWD in Wyoming, takes pictures, and writes long blog posts and does xizquvjyk.
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