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The flowers and gardens of The Lost Whale Inn, Trinidad California

Here are some more photos from our lovely night’s stay in Trinidad California at The Lost Whale Inn.

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A place to sit and relax

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Artichokes

The inn keeper invited guests to enjoy the blueberries and strawberries in the garden. What a treat.

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Blueberries

Yummy!

Yummy!

The path down to the viewing platform was filled with ferns, wildflowers and trees.

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Wildflowers

Many varieties of flowers bloomed in the gardens.

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The flower garden

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More colors

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Poppies

Dahlias

Dahlias

Jetty Beach, Florence, Oregon

South Jetty Beach or just South Beach in Florence Oregon is vast. The beach flanks an extensive dune park that is a national park. Drive through the national park to get to the jetty, where there is no park fee, as the last parking lot is not part of the park. People camp along the jetty, in camper trucks and small RVs. Driving out on the jetty looks very treacherous for the undercarriage of a vehicle. The campers and vans parked had a lot more clearance than the average vehicle.

This was my favorite picture of the day.

South Jetty Beach Florence Oregon

South Jetty Beach Florence Oregon

Sand Dollar

Sand Dollar

The sign at the entry warns you not to eat razor clams. They are toxic, and “cooking doesn’t get rid of the toxins.”

Razor clam

Razor clam

A lot of jelly fish lay inert in the wet sand. I am not sure if they are dead. A lot are at least mangled. There was one that seemed perfectly formed, though. I’m not sure because I don’t know what a perfect jelly fish is supposed to look like, but this one was clear as glass and symmetrical. It seemed to the inexpert eye to be in much better shape than the one we scooped up on a stick.

Jelly fish

Jelly fish

Jelly fish

Jelly fish

Eddies around the jetty

Eddies around the jetty

I didn’t get a good shot of the dunes because I accidentally left the camera on macro, so it’s out of focus, but I wanted to include this photo because it shows the soft sand on the dunes. The sand is amazing.

Sand dune

Sand dune

The big dunes are behind this range of dunes that lines the beach. The national-park dunes are huge enough for ATVs (all terrain vehicles) and boarders.

Here’s another of the beach-side dunes. I fiddled with it, which is why it is so bright.

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Road trip Day 2: Trinidad breakfast, arrival in Florence Oregon

First I must show you a shot of the sky at twilight in Trinidad, though it was technically on day 1.

Twilight in Trinidad

Twilight in Trinidad

Breakfast at The Lost Whale Inn was noteworthy.

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After a long day of driving we arrived at The Best Western at Pier Point in Florence Oregon. This place sits right on the estuary with lovely views.

Sunset in Florence

Sunset in Florence

Today we are going to explore the beach in Florence. The Oregon coastline is different from the California coastline. There are no redwoods. There are a lot of sand dunes and what looks like a fun time to be had boarding down the dunes, but we are going to go out for photos at the jetty. Lunch will be back at the hotel on our deck overlooking the estuary, enjoying food we brought with us in our plug-in cooler, then we head off to Portland, Oregon!

Panorama from lookout point at The Lost Whale Inn, Trinidad, California

Road Trip! Day 1: Trinidad California

Located on the cliffs just past Trinidad, in Northern California, The Lost Whale Inn is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited.

Panorama

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On the lookout platform

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The inn’s gardens and view

Hawk Weeds against the sea

They have two nice pets who live here, a golden retriever and this cat, Spooky, who followed us all the way down to the lookout platform.

Spooky Spooky 3

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Spooky

I have many more photos of the gardens, but here is one shot for today before we have to check out!

Flowers at The Lost Whale Inn

Flowers at The Lost Whale Inn

Off in the distance, this rock created wonderful wave crashes.

Exploding wave

Exploding wave

A walk in La Jolla California

I’m answering the Wild Rider Fitness Challenge issued by Susie Lindau! http://susielindau.com/2015/06/08/join-the-wild-rider-fitness-challenge/

Here are some photos I took on our walk in La Jolla. First, the evidence that I was actually outside, a key part of the challenge.

Nicci on a walk in La Jolla

Nicci on a walk in La Jolla

Look at that pale writer’s face!

My husband posed for a shot on the beach where we walked for a while.

Walking on the beach

Later we walked around the neighborhoods of La Jolla and Bird Rock. Some houses are grand, and some are quaint. I dreamed of living on this street:

Belvedere Street

Belvedere Street

And here is the end of our walk.

Night walk

Just kidding! We did go for several walks a day, though, because it was easier than getting in the car to go do errands.

Chronicles of the #CaliforniaDrought

Traveling to southern California last week, we stopped so I could take some pictures of a typical California landscape, rolling hills dotted with oaks. This area near Santa Barbara doesn’t have many oaks. This is looking to the east. The other side has the mountains that flank the coast, and those have oak trees.

Cachuma Lake near Bradbury Dam

Cachuma Lake near Bradbury Dam

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Cachuma Lake, Santa Barbara

Here is a picture of the coastal mountains, which are right across the freeway from the above shot.

Santa Ynez Mountains

Santa Ynez Mountains

You can see very different vegetation. The coastal mountains get water from the fog. A little bit inland, and it dries out. The more inland you go, well, the drier it is.

Of course, when you arrive in La Jolla, which is in San Diego County, it looks like this. Water, water, everywhere, and desalination, too.

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La Jolla, California, on a foggy late afternoon/evening

I have some links to share. The first is a very interesting interactive government link on climate change that lets you look at predictions in any region in the USA.

http://nca2014.globalchange.gov/

The next one was curated by @concretecamping and is what we are all hoping for.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-07-14/california-get-relief-drought-el-ni%C3%B1o-rescue

In deference to one of my blog followers, El Niño does not always produce more rain. (El Niño is a warm tide along the western coast. The last big one produced a huge amount of rain, enough that our family all went out to watch the water crest one of our big dams.)

Hibiscus

Oh my word, I have been busy. I have so many posts floating in my head, so many things to tell you and lots of photos too. Here is one little installment.

Hibiscus

Hibiscus

I love the hibiscus because it symbolizes the tropics or at least a place with really nice weather. We can’t grow these in Northern California. Yes, I confess, I went to San Diego over the weekend and passed by this very large hibiscus hedge.