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Places I loved on our roadtrip in January 2013 - from Bakersfield to Morro Bay, San Fran to Los Angeles
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Venice Fishing Pier, Los Angeles, CA 90292, USA
"a beautiful sunset that was mistaken for a dawn..." (Claude Debussy)
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Morro Rock, Morro Bay, CA 93442, USA
Maybe birds are your passion, maybe not. Me, I like watching them do their collective thing - but prefer to do so in comfort, with a hot coffee, and after having slept in past 8am. Wherever you are on the scale of bird-lover, from 'meh' to...
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Plaza del Cavalier, 250 San Simeon Ave, San Simeon, CA 93452, United States
We were driving south from Monterey, hugging the coastline for the views, when we found the elephant seals. Thousands of them, heaved up onto stretches of sand to give birth and suckle fat-rich milk into skinny black pups, the males keeping a...
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998 Monterey St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, USA
We reserved a quiet tucked-away table for 2 at Koberl at Blue for New Years - an early seating because, well, we're parents and all that. We like to ring in the New Year in bed. (watching movies on the laptop, of course) I couldn't resist a great...
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Bakersfield, CA, CA, USA
It was Christmas Day, and the fastest route from Bakersfield to Morro Bay. The route that didn't involve freeways. {We like that.} So we headed west on Highway 58, through the otherworldly power stations and desolate cotton fields of Rosedale and...
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Cayucos, CA 93430, USA
We never intended to spend our afternoon walking the length of Cayucos State Beach (then Morro Strand State Beach), picking our way over rocks and around tidals washes, chasing shorebirds and hunting for tiny unbroken shells. But there we were in...
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4519, 261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
A personal shrine of mine, in the basement of City Lights Bookstore. Mysteries that way-->
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Lombard St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
Such a cool street. Amazing how well maintained and kept it is!
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Venice Fishing Pier, Venice, CA 90292, USA
A walk along Venice Beach is an immersion in the gritty side American seaside culture. I'm not saying that's a bad thing, but if you're after the Hamptons, this is not it. Venice Beach is a little run-down, a little dirty, but the beach is smooth...
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1200 Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049, USA
The Getty Center, perched on the hills above Brentwood in Los Angeles, is one of America's great museums. Free to the public and accessible via a computer-operated tram, the complex is a citadel of art and education, all covered in Italian...
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1702 18th St, Bakersfield, CA 93301, USA
A roadtrip west brought us here, to Bakersfield - cold and quiet on Christmas Eve. The sky, the sidewalks, the parking lots - everything outside seemed gray, but not this hotel. The Padre originally opened in 1928, and still retains much of its...