Winchester Mystery House

The Winchester Mystery House, located in San Jose was the last stop on our trip to California, actually we stopped on the way to the San Francisco Airport.  I would not go so far as saying I was disappointed, but the awe and mystery just was not there.

Beautiful Parlor
Beautiful Parlor
Sarah Winchester
Sarah Winchester

So the story goes, Sarah Winchester was the widow of William Wirt Winchester and heiress to his estate.  He died from tuberculosis in 1881.  Sarah felt that her family was cursed, and sought out spiritualists to determine what she should do.  A psychic told her that the Winchester family was cursed by the spirits of all the people who had been killed by the Winchester rifle, and she should move west to build a house for herself and the spirits.  She believed that if construction on the house ever stopped, she would die. … Continue reading

Playing with Kangaroos

The kangaroos in Australia are as common as deer are here though the roos are not as timid.  This place was near Adelaide in South Australia and was a refuge for kangaroos.  The area was very large and the public was only allowed in a small area.  If the kangaroos did not wan to socialize they just hopped off.

Petting a Joey was quite the experience.  These are all scanned from 35mm negatives.

Yosemite National Park

I have been fortunate to see some amazing things in my life including The Twelve Apostles and the Great Ocean Road in Australia.  I have stood  atop of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and strolled through the crater of an old volcano in Hawaii.  Nothing was as spectacular and beautiful as Yosemite National Park. … Continue reading

California Architecture

I really was impressed by some of the buildings we saw in and around San Francisco.  It was refreshing from all the cookie cutter architecture I see (and design) on a daily basis in Atlanta.  Unfortunately it costs money to build something different and unique.

Face to Face with a Bald Eagle

I met this guy and came eye to eye with him this weekend and he was beautiful and stunning.  He was shot when he was two years old and had to have his wing amputated.  What kind of person shoots a Bald Eagle?

He holds his head high in pure magnificence!

Bald Eagle - Rock City, Georgia
Bald Eagle – Rock City, Georgia

Sequoiadendron Giganteum

Sequoiadendron Giganteum or Giant Sequoia are absolutely indescribable.  They are similar to the giant redwoods at Muir Woods.

These are located in the Mariposa Grove at Yosemite National Park in California.  The pictures do not do these giants justice as to how large they actually are.   Being in the grove is stunning and just beautiful and very surreal.

We paid $25 each for an hour and a half guided tour on a tram which was well worth the money.  You can hike through the grove but it is several thousand feet in elevation change.

California Dreaming (Day 4)

I was up early on our fourth day, my day, a bucket list day. Growing up I became a Beach Boys fan, not just Surfin USA and Help Me Rhonda, but the great harmonies of the late sixties and early seventies like Trader and California Saga. They sang about John Steinbeck and places like Salinas,… Continue reading California Dreaming (Day 4)

Pebble Beach

Every where we went in California the terrain, vegetation, trees and landscapes were all different and Pebble Beach was no different.  They even have their own tree which only found there called the Monterey Cypress.

Pebble Beach is not just a golf course but a rather large private community that  you pay $10 for the privilege to drive through…worth every penny.