So I admit it, I enjoy browsing through the stats on my blog trying to see where folks have come from when they stumble onto my little corner of the internet. I have to say though that the search terms that lead people here sometimes baffle me. Here’s a few recent search terms:
yellow baja bug
haunted castle halloween
jenny springs florida cave
eagle photographer attacked
map of captain nemo’s voyage
images spooky tower
sea caves pirate
auburn photo locations
dawn center indian falls apple picking
cactus v4 triggers and couple
trail driving with baja bug
what snakes are on isla holbox, mexico
pictures of captain nemos cabin
captain nemo’s prague
pictures of posey cave blountsville alabama
bow and arrow grass caving
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captain nemo information
captain nemo’s house in morro bay, ca.
Now going through them most are quite obvious: i.e.
Yellow Baja Bug
Haunted Castle Halloween
Some though were less then obvious, I have no pictures of “posey cave blountsville alabama ” however I did post on Cavechat shortly after this post “http://www.forums.caves.org/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=16773&sid=205ec90499230fa359cb762ceba009fd” So I assume that’s how the search engine came to the conclusion I might have.
I have no idea what “bow and arrow grass caving” might be referring to and my attempts to follow this search back to my webpage proved fruitless so perhaps that was one of those strange coincidences that led them there?
“Tortoise log”? that’s a strange term but I assume the search engine found my pics of traveling on the “Green Tortoise bus” and combined the fact that I wrote about it in my Log.
most of the rest of them are pretty straight forward so I’ll just leave you with this
Lowered Landrover (VW bug chassis/engine with Landrover body)
Indian Wells Valley
Since its been a surprisingly warm and dry winter,
last month I headed out to join a group hiking up to Owens peak.
Now this would be no simple task as Owens peak is the highest point in the southern Sierra Madre Mountains at more than 8,400 feet. Also the trail starts fairly far up in Indian Wells Valley at the end of a jeep trail so this called for the bug to do a little trail driving. As it was I totally underestimated the drive time and arrived a good half hour after the rest of the group had already left. I headed up the trail anyway hoping Id see them near the top. Somewhere around 7600′ of elevation (according to my gps) I lost the trail though. It was not well marked at higher elevations and as I scrambled over weathered granite and piles of loose scree I realized I was following what was probably a mule deer trail. I reached the rocks just below the peak (approx 8000′ elevation) and decided that the crumbly nature of these rocks didn’t lend themselves to a safe ascent so I began making my way back down. A little disappointment I didn’t reach the peak, but that’ll give me a reason to come back and enjoy the wonderful views on a different day. Once back at the trail head I waited around till others from the group came down and i found out that several others had missed the upper part of the trail as well. apparently it veers off to the left even though the peak is to your right as you go up, then follows a ridge around to the top. So now I know for next time.
slope of loose decomposed granite
Snow along the trail – not much for January though!
Something got hungry! Prickly pear (opuntia)
the peak is just on the other side of those rocks
Rocks back by the trail head
Baja bug along the jeep trail
Windmills on the way home
Joshua tree, sunset
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.
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.