Category Archives: California

Housesitting

Housesitting can be a good way to experience a more “local” kind of living, and a great way to save money too!  We were asked to stay in, and look after the home of a long-time friend, while we were in California, and so we decided to investigate further. Continue reading Housesitting

Topanga Canyon, California

On our journey south through California, we decided to book an overnight through airbnb, in an interesting looking artist commune in Topanga Canyon. We had fun in this quirky place! Click here to book it!

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Monterey & Big Sur California

At the end of November 2013, we sold and left the beautiful place we had called home for 20 years in San Jose, and set out on our journey through the rest of our lives. We love Monterey and the beautiful Big Sur coast of California, so we spent a couple of days revisiting old loves. Here’s some photos to remind us:

Monterey

at the beginning of Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey California

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Joshua Tree California

In December 2013, we stayed overnight in a simple, but comfortable, homesteaders cabin,

homesteaders cabin in Joshua Tree

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Monterey & Big Sur & places south!

When we left San Jose in early December 2013, we decided to spend a little time in one of our favourite areas, Monterey and Big Sur – the beautiful coastline south of Monterey and Carmel.  So we booked a couple of nights in Monterey and visited the aquarium, one last time. Then we wandered slowly down the Big Sur coast, stopping to enjoy the amazing scenery. We were lucky that at this time of year, some of the elephant seals are around on San Simeon beach, near Hearst Castle. They’re always fun to watch.

Monterey & Big Sur

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Pebble (no) Beach

As we recently drove south down Highway 1, leaving Monterey and heading for our next stop of Cambria, just south of the famous Hearst Castle, I was reminded of our first visit to this area, over 21 years ago, in 1992. Continue reading Pebble (no) Beach

A Strange Thanksgiving

It’s Thanksgiving Day, nearly 20 years since Chris and I arrived in the US, and we’re now planning our departure. We’ve sold the house (completed and closed escrow yesterday), we’ve been in a small studio with kitchenette for several days, and today is Thanksgiving. Continue reading A Strange Thanksgiving

Death Valley

Death Valley is just stunning. It’s hard to find words that haven’t been used before. The colours and shapes are endlessly beautiful, the sense of vastness, of infinite age are awe-inspiring. We went in February 2013, and it was pretty warm then. I almost can’t imagine how hot it gets in the summer! Since my words are not new I’ll let the photos speak for themselves. If you go, take plenty of water!

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Death Valley 2012

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