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  • Sights from ‘el sur grande’ or Big Sur

      A long-time ago, there was a place known as el pais grande del sur on California’s Central coast. This was the ‘big south country’ that lay south of the Monterey Bay area and was defined by its wilderness and its notorious jagged coast. It neither helped the vessels that sailed...
  • High Camp, Squaw Valley

    The scenic snow-clad slopes of Squaw Valley

    Over the Spring Break when the winter storms were almost winding up for the season, we decided to hit the road, and make our way towards the snow-clad mountain range aptly named the Sierra Nevada. Sierra in Spanish means mountains and Nevada means, snow-covered. This chain of mountains lies...
  • Big and beautiful Shasta Lake

    Shasta Lake This is Shasta Lake. Shasta lies in northern California and also dons the sash of the largest reservoir in the state. It lies in the Shasta – Trinity National Forest Area and is not far away from Mt. Shasta, a volcano of the Cascade Range. The first...
  • Needles and Haystack, Cannon Beach

    Cannon Beach and its army of rocks

    US’s Pacific Northwest has only around three months of predictable beach-weather. If it is not summer, you might want to look up the forecast to see if the rain will permit you to go to the beach. If it’s a good day, here’s a recommendation — Cannon Beach on...
  • Folsom Lake, California

    Our World: Folsom Lake

    The weekend before last we drove through Patterson Pass Road and saw what the rains had done to the Diablo Range this winter. Then last weekend we went east to see Folsom Lake, a reservoir whose level has been an indication of how bad California’s-drought-of-five-years has been. Folsom Lake, which...
  • Patterson Pass

    The hills are alive again

    East of San Francisco Bay Area in California lies a mountain range known for its considerably low hills that are dry in the summer but turn green when winter rains call upon the area. This chain of hills called the Diablo Range is alive again thanks to the many...
  • From the Window Seat | Honolulu

    I’m Hawaii dreaming and keeping my fingers crossed. 😉 So today, I’m sharing some pictures from my window seat aboard a Hawaiian airlines flight to the Hawaiian capital, Honolulu on Oahu Island. It was my first visit to the Aloha State, a few years ago. And we were flying...
  • Vistas from California’s ‘Devil Mountain’

    Several Springs ago, we had driven to the top of Mt. Hamilton and seen Santa Clara Valley from a height of 4,200 odd feet. Then last Fall, in what was like a follow-up trip, we drove up the same range, this time to the top of Hamilton’s little brother...
  • Astoria from Astoria Column

    I told you a bit about the Astoria Column and showed you a little bit of Astoria. Now let me show you Astoria from Astoria Column, which is over 600 ft above sea level. Being in that seaside town where the voluminous Columbia River meets the Great Pacific, called...
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