Trip to San Francisco Bay Area

Trip to San Francisco Bay Area

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My camera can automatically record pictures in two sizes. However, I didn't discover that until I was on the road for a few months. I had arbitrarily chosen this size for the thumbnail pictures. Now I am considering changing the size of the displayed thumbnails to what my camera records. You might as well see the size you download (and it might display a little faster if your computer doesn't have to reformat). Old Size.
Another possibility is half size as shown here. The picture below is shown in full size (thumbnail). What do you think? Half Size.
I started out pretty late on November 7, 2002 as neither Karyn nor I seemed eager to part. I didn't really get out of the Portland area until 11AM. I started out on Route 99W headed SW through Tigard and Sherwood (last place I had worked while in Portland area). That took me to Route 18 which I took headed West. Here is a picture of the road. Route 18, Oregon.
It was raining off and on for my entire trip to the San Francisco Bay area. However, most of the time it was just a light sprinkle which didn't really slow my driving much and didn't deter me from taking pictures. There were a few times it was raining pretty hard and I had to slow down and would defer picture taking (at another similar location) until the rain let up. Here is a stream that went along beside Route 18. Route 18, Oregon.
This is another view of the stream looking upstream. Route 18, Oregon.
When I got to US Route 101, I took it headed South. I realized when I took these pictures that it was the first time on this trip that I had actually gone all the way to the Pacific coast (in Seattle they are on Puget Sound which is much quieter than the open Pacific). Anyway, they had a scenic view up above the cliffs. US Route 101.
If you looked down below the cliffs there were rocks that were getting basked by some pretty big waves. I took a short video (about 120K, 40 seconds to download) of the water shooting up when it was forced between the rocks. This was a small wave which is just as well as my camera couldn't have recorded the top of the 'geyser' from a big wave. US Route 101 in Oregon.
There were lots of impressive cliffs and vicious looking bays (with the waves bashing the rocks). There were also some desolate looking stretches of beach as you can see in the next picture. I imagine that it would look much more friendly on a warm sunny day with light winds, but that is not the way it was when I was headed South. Heh, if it was nice and warm and sunny I wouldn't have been headed South anyway. US Route 101 in Oregon.
I really enjoyed going along the coast, but also wanted to see a little inland scenery as well. Also, I have found that most states have information centers just when you enter the state on an interstate, not on ordinary highways. So, as I got close to southern Oregon I wanted to head East (through some National Forests which looked interesting) so I could enter California on Interstate 5 (and pick up some good maps of California which can really help me out during my stay). US Route 101 in Oregon.
So, after I past Coos Bay I took U.S. Route 42 East past Myrtle Point and then on to a road just labeled 'Powers' (and I presumed it was the road to Powers, OR). There was lots of pretty rolling hills and farm land, mostly pasture. I have noticed that there is lots of pasture land throughout the U.S.. We must eat a lot of beef and it got me to wondering what would happen if Americans started eating much less beef. Most of the pasture land I have seen is not really suitable for crops as it is too hilly and often does not get enough rain/water. I expect it would be a real environmental disaster if they converted most of that pasture land to crops, but, fortunately, Americans seem pretty attached to eating beef. U.S. Route 42, OR.
I passed through Powers, OR about 4:30PM and wasn't nearly ready to stop with about an hour of light left. The road I was on changed to NF33 when I got into the National Forest and it got quite desolate. When it got dark I was many miles from any to wn, so just stopped at the ' information center'. I ate my dinner and meditated. By then it was pitch black (no lights for miles and clouds blocking the stars and moon). It was good that I have been living in my car for a bit as I was able to get settle d in from memory of where everything was. I slept about 11 hours from 7PM to 6AM (and then meditated in the dark before having breakfast just before dawn). I could use the rest though, as Karyn and I hadn't slept much the night before (though she did ha ve a nice birthday surprise for me after midnight on the sixth). When I left it was still pretty dark and so had to lighten this picture so you could see anything. Siskiyou National Forest.
As I proceeded in Siskiyou National Forest the markings for roads got worse. Shortly after the 'information center' the road split with the choices being Agnes and Glendale. Both were towns on my map and so I took the road to Glendale. Some interse ctions had no markings, though. At one fork my choices were two roads to Glendale. I took the right (southern route). However, the scenery was quite beautiful everywhere. Here is a view of the pretty stream that I drove along beside for a bit. Siskiyou National Forest.
The road also got pretty narrow and winding. Just before I took this picture I saw an elk crossing the road. Wow! Also there were lots of pretty colors as I seem to have hit the fall colors at their peak. I have been told that the Northwest often doesn't have hardly any fall colors but I have seen a fair amount throughout. Siskiyou National Forest.
There was also a fair amount of rain at times. For a brief period, there were big wet snow flakes mixed in with the rain, which made me a little nervious. I remembered my encounter with snow and a deer on my way to Seattle in May. However, it never stuck and wasn't a problem at all. Siskiyou National Forest.
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