Monterey at night
After our hike in the pinnacles Dan, Martin and myself had a nice quiet day in Santa Cruz, we visited the art museum, wandered around down town and played the new board game that they got.Then I was on the road again this time a short drive to Monterrey. I was staying at the Monterey hostel so it was a short walk down to the waterfront by cannery row to take a few night shots.
The next morning I headed out along the beach to where harbour seals had gathered in a cove with their new pups.
I also walked along Cannery row and photographed some of the historical buildings such as “Doc’s” laboratory, this is Ed Rickets original Pacific biological laboratories building.
Pacific biological laboratories
Pacific Biological laboratories
By then it was late enough in the morning that the aquarium was opened and so I decided to go on in and take a few more pictures.
I still had one more stop before heading on to Bakersfield, but I’ll write about that next time.
Once more I find myself apologizing for the lack of posts lately. This time I have a good excuse, really. I do. For several years now I’ve been saying I should go back to school and complete my degree. I’ve managed to coble quite a few college credits but since I keep changing my major/career goals they’re all over the place. For that matter I still haven’t settled on a major but I’m hoping to meet with a counsellor and have them look over my transcripts before making a decision in that regard. Anyway I came to the conclusion that I would never take enough classes to finish any degree while working full time so I quit! This will of course mean some major life changes. I’m spending the next two months tying up loose ends here In Sacramento. Then I’ll be moving to Southern California where hopefully I can find part time work to supplement my income while I go to school. It’s amazing how busy I’ve been since I quit working! Today I completed step one which was completely emptying the contents of my storage unit. It’s amazing how much junk I’ve collected over the years. Sorting through it has been interesting, but I’m confident now that I’ll be able to condense it down to just a couple of boxes of the most important things. Course the dive gear, camping equipment, caving gear and all my photo gear has to come with, so maybe more then a couple boxes will be necessary:)
It’s all been a little scary and nerve wracking after all change isn’t easy, but I’m truly excited to see what the future has in store and just think of all the new places I’ll be photographing and blogging about now.
I’m sure the bug is excited to hit some new roads and trails.
Oh and Happy NEW YEAR !
Last weekend I took my newly fixed up baja bug and headed on down to Bugarama to check out all the other bugs. There was some wonderful looking cars on display and a massive area of parts for sale so I had a great time wandering around. I came to a stop though when I spotted this lowered landrover though. Wondering a. why would someone lower a landrover and b. why was it at bugarama?
A quick look at the back answered this question.
Air cooled landrover engine?
Yes, that’s an air cooled vw engine. A pretty impressive mod job if I ever saw one.
Later on they started the races and here there really was more to the cars then meets the eye, as some old beat up looking cars srceamed down the track at speeds in excess of 100 mph while some shiny like new cars didn’t do as well.
This VW bus went over 95mph!
This red bug deployed its braking parachute at the start of its run and still finished going over 90mph!
I spent a fair bit of the afternoon hanging out with some kind folks who drove up from Manteca and who were nice enough to let me have a seat in the sun shade they’d brought. In spite of that I managed to get to much sun and was a little on the pink side the next day. So notes for next time- bring a chair, bring a sunshade, more sunscreen and more water. Of course then it’ll be raining but hey its worth a try.
Its a dogs life!
Everyone seemed to enjoy bugarama
Can’t wait for the next one.
Upgraded baja bug
After some extensive work done by Tunas buggy works I got my bug back on the road just in time for this years speleo-ed. This was to prove a good test of the road worthyness of the work done on the bug as I was looking at over 1000 miles of driving, a lot of steep mountain roads and plenty of bumpy dirt roads. It was a great trip and I’ll write more about it once I finish going through the hundreds of pictures I took. Here’s a few of the bug though.
Sunset baja bug