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California Round Up

So I didn’t end up posting every night and detailing every minute of every multi-hour drive. Nor did I post a lot of photos from my journeys (yet). I hope you will forgive me. I am still surprised at how tired I was after each day’s drive, and, frankly, it was becoming cliche to tell you how astoundingly beautiful the drives through Northern California are. Every drive, every bend, every rise showed me natural beauty that I never knew existed in reality – only in the words and pictures of others. Now I know that the legends are true and in the gap, there indeed be dragons.

I have long been a proponent of staying in the US to travel. Sure, the rolling green hills of Ireland might be calling your name – the savannas of Africa may tease you with visions of big game and exotic people – but I tell you that all of that exists in the US. In less than two weeks, and in just one state, I encountered natural wonders that people from all over the world come to see. I experienced and drove through myriad geological and eco systems in the span of just hours – sometimes minutes!

I saw purple mountains majesty, amber waves of grain, sunsets over snow capped mountains, flat dry desert, rain forests, 8 foot snow drifts, orchards, groves, and vineyards. I saw sea lions, deer, birds I have yet to identify, crows, and free roaming cows.

Where I once was a proponent of domestic tourism, I am now an evangelist. I was blown away and amazed at the beauty of just one part of one state. I can only imagine the riches that wait in the other states I have not yet visited.

Watch those air fares and get the hell out of Dodge!

Speaking of – here are some:

Road Trip Rules, Suggestions, and Guidelines

  • The journey is as important as the destination.
  • Invest in a GPS. They are invaluable for finding your way through side-trips.
  • Keep a good paper map with you! That GPS can also lead you very far astray and only a paper map can save you.
    * My GPS led me to a dead end down a dirt road in the middle of the Sequoia National Forest. It was only with the help of a paper map in the hands of a few volunteer firemen that I found my way back to the way I needed to go (3 hours off track!)
  • Use online travel sites for suggestions of cool places to go, fun places to eat, and off-beat things to see.
    *Tripadvisor.com
    *Diners, Drive Ins and Dives
    *Roadsideamerica.com
  • Whenever possible and bearable listen to local radio.
  • There is no substitute for satellite radio service when local radio is tedious and boring!
  • Never EVER eat at a place that is also in your hometown.
  • Whenever possible drink the local beer, wine, and soda. There are some damn fine regional drinks out there.
  • Never miss a chance to pee.
  • Carry a bottle of hand cleaner.
  • Stop and smell the roses (and the trees, and the diners, and the factories, and the oceans).
  • National parks and forests are your best friends. Treat them with respect and dignity, and have fun!

Tomorrow I catch a flight back home, and I look forward to the day when I can bring my beautiful wife to Northern California to share with me the beauties I saw.

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  • Photography by Ed Selby
  • Portrait and Pet Photography
  • 9645 Old Riverside Lane
    Ball GroundGeorgia 30107
  • 678-860-1546

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