April 13, 2012

Where did the time go?

We found ourselves rushing to Bellingham Airport on last week's Wednesday to catch a plane last minute to California and enjoy once again our friends' hospitality. They had a few days off as well, and we had the rare opportunity to roam around together and re-discover the bay area.

The weather was kind and we had mild temperatures and sun. We made good use of our time and spent it outdoors on foot or on wheels as much as we could and far away from computers.
My need for walks as well as my interest in the geology, specifically in the San Andreas Fault were completely satisfied in the Midpeninsula Open Space Reserve. The fault line goes right through this area.
the fault line

The same fault bisects the Point Reyes peninsula from the California mainland, and we had some wonderful beach time, visited the lighthouse and listened to the crashing of the waves going to shore.

Another day we went wildlife viewing at Año Nuevo State Park to see the elephant seals.

Way too soon we had to return home back into the treadmill called work. Needless to say, we had a blast, and made the best out of the long Easter weekend.

And here's to the proud owner of a brand new Tiger 800.

One thing my friend said got stuck in my mind: Let's buy some scooters, he said, put knobbies on and ride down to Baja. Darn you, Guido. You are giving me all the wrong ideas... yet again. Thanks for a wonderful time, guys!

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  1. Great trip, didnt realise you could actually see the fault line. Nice choice in bikes your frieind has also.

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    1. He certainly has an eclectic taste when in comes to bikes ;-)

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  2. LOL. You can ignore my question now. :)

    This looks like a great trip! Good friends, good weather, good sights. I want to visit all those places!

    And darned if a knobbied off road scooter in Baja doesn't sound like a perfect trip. Daydreaming starting again.

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    1. Indeed it was. We are so lucky. And nothing wrong with daydreaming, some of it might even come true one day.

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  3. SonjaM:

    I think it's great to find some solitude with friends in a warmer place and also to escape from work for a few days. It is energizing. Plus you get to touch "THE TIGER"

    We were very close to Point Reyes last June when we visited Stinson Beach/Bolinas.

    bob
    Riding the Wet Coast
    My Flickr // My YouTube

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    1. For sure it is. Next time around you should give Point Reyes a try. It's a great place but beware of the potholes and bumps in the road.

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  4. Great pictures, thanks for posting them. I want to ride out to the west coast again. There is so much more I want to see.

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    1. Thanks Erik, I can't get enough of the west coast either, especially when exploring it outside the tourist season.

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  5. I love the second photo of the Golden Gate and the Point Reyes pictures. I so rarely explore on the north side of the bridge. Point Reyes is another one of those locations that I never explored much. Maybe this summer but I don't care to ride my bike through San Francisco...

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    1. Thanks Richard, I haven't been on this side of the bridge in many years as it was mostly covered in fog. But this time we got lucky. Traffic wasn't too bad, as we were there on a Friday noon.

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  6. FUN! You got to visit with moto-friends, touch the tiger, and play in the sunshine. That is great.

    I am envious, but in a good way.

    Beautiful pictures Sonja. It looks as though you had a fabulous time and weather

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    1. Thanks, it was good timing, too as our friends were able to take a few days off work, and the weather played along. Not to mention the awesome food we enjoyed. Life can be good!

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