Journey to Portlandia

North we went aimed directly for Paradise. img_4559

Spent a day and a half with our little girl and her mountain family.

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Got the grand tour of Aubrey’s new place of employ in Chico, The Plant Barn

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Aubrey’s workstation

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Chevy Planter

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We then motored out to the Norcal Coast headed towards Oregon with many stops along the way for exploring. The stretch of coast from Eureka north is incredible. Parks, beaches and rivers seemingly every mile.

 

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Klamath at hwy 101

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We spent a night in Gold Beach Oregon

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Rock star

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cathouses

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Shaggin Waggin

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Behold the beach dragon
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The place was filthy with barnacle heads
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Monterey Historics 2016

Debra and I were joined by friends from Chicago for our annual 3 day trip to Laguna Seca for the coolest car event on the west coast. An all out assault on the senses. Smells such as burning fuel, burning brakes, burning oil, marginal paddock food, campfire smoke in your clothes. Sights, the pictures will speak for themselves. Sounds! Ferrari V12 scream! Ground pounder 1200 HP Can Am era McLarens? We have the same campsite every year that overlooks both the Carmel and Salinas valley.

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Great company, Phil’s Cioppino, good times.

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The crew with Nicolaus Cage

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View from Camp

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Plan B team doing Client research

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Golden Gate Salmon

Professional deck men Jerry and Mike joined Debra and I for a Sunday jaunt out the gate. We have had precious few  salmon tries this year due to other distractions so it really felt great to hit the salt. We had an uneventful trip past Point Bonita and turned up the line. Conditions were high overcast and flat ass calm.  Bait was all over. The A.M. fleet was from Duxbury north to the towers and seemed to be enjoying spotty action.

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We ran all cable baiters, 2 on the wire and 2 with releases. A few nets were out but looked slow so we bolted for the channel buoys. Huge fleet there and the bite was snapping. Got a tip From Pacific Ryder as they looked to be finishing up. We dropped deeper and at 60 feet we got a quick flurry. First fish in the high teens  was grabbed by a gluttonous mass of seal blubber before we could get it in the bag. Stellman’s little girly arms and barbie reel could not get it in quick enough. But he quickly redeemed himself on the next bite which we got boxed despite some creative network.

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Mike had the next chance but decided to horse it and busted it off boatside.

Bait was crazy thick and boiling.

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We had a break for home made lamb burgers which really rocked.

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Then the whale show started.

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We were west of the first channel bouys most of the afternoon. This location is a fascinating place to hang out  for a few hours with all manner of skiffs, party boats, Long liners, pilot boats, freighters etc.
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Desert Loop

Debra and I steered the great White Whale east for a most epic road trip. Hwy 108 was the chosen pass this trip. We stopped at the Donnells Overlook.IMG_4126 IMG_4131 IMG_4135 Up and OverIMG_4136 IMG_4137 IMG_4140

Doody Calls

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Leavitt Falls Overlook

 

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We rolled out to Bodie but turned just shy and explored Cottonwood Canyon. THat detour dumped us out North of Mono. We spent the night in the high desert boondocking.

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June Lake loop was the overnight localeIMG_4213 IMG_4214 IMG_4216 IMG_4219 IMG_4221 IMG_4226 IMG_4228 IMG_4229 IMG_4234

Sunday was Yosemite dayIMG_4235 IMG_4237 IMG_4238 IMG_4240 IMG_4241 IMG_4243 IMG_4245 IMG_4246 IMG_4248 IMG_4251 IMG_4253 IMG_4254 IMG_4257 IMG_4259 IMG_4265 IMG_4266 IMG_4268 IMG_4272 IMG_4273 IMG_4274 IMG_4275 IMG_4276 IMG_4277 IMG_4278 IMG_4279 IMG_4280 IMG_4281 The damage from the Rim fire was overwhelming. I was glad to emerge from the devastation. Bark Beetle infestations have really taken a toll.IMG_4282 IMG_4284 IMG_4285 IMG_4286

San Francisco Days

I can’t stay  away from the coast. We have been hanging around the city and coast a lot recently getting out of the valley heat. Even though it is now completely overrun with legions of zombie homeless cheek to jowl with hipster excess, I still love  San Francisco. We have gotten in some live bait drifting with moderate success. Have not been out for salmon in AGES.  The amount of bait in the bay and even in my harbor is huge.

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Home Port

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I do the rock

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Hellacopter

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Always cool to go to Giants games especially when you are berthed at South Beach.

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Fan appreciation day

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Lots of long walks revisiting neighborhoods and trying new restaurants. I just wish I could move back!

IMG_4123Here are a couple of pics from a coastal drive/whale-watching trip with BIL Ric.

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Lunge feeders off of Pacifica Pier

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Van Sickles

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Coastal Dream Machine

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Spicer Family Reunion

Spicer Meadows Reservoir is located  in the central Sierras off of hwy 4 around 7500 feet up. The area is an amazing mix of glacially carved granite and volcanic monoliths towering well over 11,000 feet.  We have made summer boat in trips here for many years.

 

Thelma/Randy, Sue/Doug Patrick Austin Debra and I hit Spicer this fine July. Plenty of water in the lake this year. We were able to ferry everything to our boat-in paradise halfway up the lake in two trips with our 16 ft tin can with the boat loaded to the gunnels and doggin it alll the way.

We camped on the south side  near the no motor border about a 2 mile ride from the ramp. We have this spot dialed. It is set in the granite with space for 4-6 large tents dispersed amongst the boulders with an excellent communal cooking area and huge firepit. Some years it is an island.

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Ospreys worked it the whole time we were there

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Fire pit size was just right

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Guarded by the Dardanelles

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Constant cloud show

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Sue and Doug scout for a place to squat?

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Looking back towards the launch

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Dr. Gu Fee

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Preparing for the star show

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View out my house

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Major Dome, Oh.

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Blood of the Trees

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Our campsite is on the “island” to the right of the goose pond

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Navigator

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Fishing the Forest

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Quack Lives Matter

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Multi-species score and subsequent slaughter of Sausages

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Twisted Firestarter

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Twiggy

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Tilt-shifty

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Lost forest

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Calendar shots abound

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Doog

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A few hundred rounds were expended 22LR and Dad’s 30.06

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Dreaded Contrails

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Careful with that Axe Eugene

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A little bit of this, a little bit of that

All pitched in for the various meals and we did not suffer. Sunsets did not disappoint

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Luz D’Alma

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Ready for the Rapture

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Carson Pass Altitude Adjustment

Co-Pilot and I loaded up Bouncing Betty and headed up the Hwy 88 corridor. I had booked last minute 4th of July reservations at Plasses Resort on the shores of Silver Lake at 8000 feet.

Shot rock Vista

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Nice old school resort if a bit busy with ATV’s.

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Site B-9

After checking in we poked around on 88

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Caples

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Kirkwood in summer slumber

 

over the pass and down into Tahoe. Co-pilot got her gambling bug addressed and I in fact continue to pile up the brownie points. Saturday AM we headed back up to the pass for a day hike on the Pacific Crest Trail.

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We headed south towards Winnemucca lake but stopped somewhat short (of breath).  Wildflowers were abundant  and there was still snow on the cornices.

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Frog Lake

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Looking west down to Caples

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Tenzing Norgay

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Mosquito factory

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Framed

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Somewhere north of 9000 feet

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Ominous Cumulus

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Sexy Sherpa

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Looking for Reese W.

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NYeti

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Did a little fishing at Caples but just for show.

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Lovely dinner by campfire Saturday night.

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Fun trip,been camping now 4 times this summer.