2019-08-12 Eureka and Points South

… and then it happened. My stay in Crescent City was a good one. The harbor had been especially rewarding. I enjoyed the birds I met and the weather was lovely. Driving south on Highway 101, I stopped when the scenery demanded I take pictures. A beach called “False Klamath” was the first such place … Read more

2012-06-10 A Weekend in Idyllwild

I spent an early June weekend with my ex in Idyllwild, a quaint little town nestled a mile high under the peaks of San Jacinto Mountain. Idyllwild has shopping for artsy stuff scattered around the center of town, which appeals to my ex, and nearby restaurants and scenery which appeals to me. There are trails … Read more

2013-05-15 Tijuana River Valley

My plan for this Wednesday morning was to explore the Tijuana River downstream from the Bird and Butterfly Garden and discover how far it would take me into the estuary. My traversable path ended before I reached the reserve where a ‘political’ boundary would have prevented further advance. Instead, it just petered out in a … Read more

2014-11-30 Birds At Vendel Road

No trip to the Salton Sea is complete without paying a visit to Unit #1 of the Sonny Bono NWR at Vendel Road. In winter, it is an exceptional birding destination. Snow Geese and Sandhill Crane numbers are at their peak. Fifteen years ago my visits here might turn up the occasional two or four … Read more

2017-09-16 San Simeon and North

(as far north as I could go) I drove all day Friday. It was the longest day single day of driving for this entire trip (368 miles). I left early from my camp at Gray Lodge, had breakfast in Yuba City, then drove Highway 99 to Fresno where I got off on the 41. Further … Read more

2017-09-15 Sacramento Valley Trifecta

Sacramento NWR, Colusa NWR, Gray Lodge Wildlife Area The Sacramento NWR mostly had puddle ducks, with a few Raptors and herons. They have not flooded the fields, yet it looks like the preparations (grading and the weeding) have been done. Birds seen there were Great Blue Heron, Common Yellowthroat, Western Meadowlark, Northern Pintail, Cinnamon Teal, … Read more

2017-09-10 Mail Boat Ride (Plus Pistol River)

I parked Saturday night in a space along the main road going south out of Gold Beach. All day I’d been parked along the South Jetty, but it was questionable if I would get rousted in the night and asked to move. There were no signs at the place I’d been staying, but at the … Read more

2017-09-09 South to Gold Beach Oregon

Having booked a ticket on the Mail Boat for the 108 mile white water of the Rogue River, I had a whole day to look for subjects to satisfy my “bird-tooth”. I did not have to go far, only a quarter mile to the South Jetty of the Rogue River mouth. Dozens of Osprey were … Read more

2017-08-31 Abert Lake To Klamath Falls

After my adventures at the Malheur NWR, I left Burns Oregon, heading east on US-20 and continued my zigzagging journey across southern Oregon. Reaching Riley Oregon, I turned south on US-395, a highway I’m rather fond of, though this section of the highway is new to me. A little further south at Lake Abert I … Read more

2017-08-16 Promontory​ Road

My friend Jerry drove north from Albuquerque with a plan to rendezvous with me in Layton Utah. He told me is plan was to spend the night in Green River before pushing onto the Salt Lake. I looked at the map and saw a road I’d never travelled that put me near Green River and … Read more