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Intro

Carmel

Sea World

Universal Studios

Mt. Shasta

San Francisco

Eastern Sierras

Kings Canyon

Sierras

Devils Postpile

Prologue

Intro

Spent most of my life in California, all over it, though mostly Southern California.

The family moved to Garden Grove, Orange County, when I was five (I think)! Back when it WAS mostly orange groves.

Joined the Navy when I was 19, spent a year in San Diego for boot camp and Corps school. Restationed in Oakland at Oak Knoll Naval Hospital for three years. During this time period the family moved to San Diego, and I followed after the service.

Residing in Vista and Ocenside both in Northern San Diego. Then in San Marcos also Northern San Diego after my divorce.

Moved to Truckee at Lake Tahoe for four years before moving to Washington state.

Carmel
Along the 17-mile drive in Carmel. This is a very famous tree along the route. A beautiful drive along the coast.
     
Sea World
A great place, while I lived in San Diego and after the divorce I kept up a yearly pass for me and the kids.
They had a huge tank that allowed hand feeding of the dolphins.
A great place to spend a day exploring exhibits and seeing the shows.
Universal Studios
Even the movie studios got into the theme park craze.

Southern California from Los Angeles down had varied theme parks and zoos/aquariums scattered here and there.

Mt. Shasta
San Francisco
Spending three years in Oakland, I considered San Francisco more my town than Oakland.

When I finally moved to Washington, I expected Seattle to be just like San Francisco. Similar in layout only, landscape is more like Tahoe than SF.

Actually he spent a week on our floor (clinical research) undergoing a study before he actually took command.

Earned us a unit commendation as we treated everyone the same, regardless of their rank.

Museum of Fine Arts The Admiral arrives at Oak Knoll.
Spent a whole day on Alcatraz once, only to find out later that the three rolls of film I took didn't turn out for one reason or another.  
The Golden Gate Bridge
Ferry to Alcatraz

Alcatraz

Oakland overview.
Eastern Sierras
I had two routes that I drove to San Diego from Tahoe.

One was along the Eastern face of the Sierras.

Along the desert stretches I have no idea what I was doing as my speedometer only went to 120 mph, so it was the faster route.

This is Mono Lake, so heavy in mineral salts that it forms these `piles' along its shore.
The Eastern route was mostly desert, the Sierras capture most of the rainfall before it gets this far inland.
Typical front of Eastern Sierras.  
Kings Canyon
  A deep inland valley near the Redwood National Forest.
Sierras
The Sierras proper are just dotted with idyllic little lakes.  
Devils Postpile
Volcanic upshoot, this is a very out of the way park in mid California. The road in is harrowing, one-lane for most of it made passing on-coming traffic an adventure.
Prologue
Just a short excerpt of some of my California photos.

There will be other books for specific areas of California.

A lovely state, but very dry except for the high Sierras, I am much happier here in Washington state now.

But still a lot of memories...

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