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ablarc
September 20th, 2007, 10:36 PM
CALIFORNIA

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Pacific Coast Highway: several hundred miles without a billboard or a convenience store. There are occasional discreet gas stations that blend right into the landscape.

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Fog dropping into the water of San Francisco Bay.

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Five Bugattis at Pebble Beach.

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Swimming pool of Citizen Kane.

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Sea lions at Pier 39.

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School of Mines, Berkeley.

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City Hall, San Francisco.

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Dining room, San Simeon.

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The view from Hearst's terrace with a biblical palm.

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ablarc
September 20th, 2007, 10:37 PM
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Entrance to the River Styx. The sea serpent that lives here has never been found.

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Chassis and engine by Ettore Bugatti, body by Van Vooren, original ownership by Shah of Iran, financing by you and me.

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San Francisco City Hall.

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San Simeon in Arcadia.

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Alcatraz with fog blanket.

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Rivals Dalmatian coast.

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Hearst's domain.

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Julia Morgan: Hearst Castle.


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ablarc
September 20th, 2007, 10:39 PM
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San Francisco City Hall.

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Pluto's realm.

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Harst.

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Handmade dream cars at the country club.

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Eternal antiquity stalks the Chronicle's publisher.

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As in Croatia and Amalfi, the mountains plunge into the sea.

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San Francisco City Hall.

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Speedy at rest. A bargain in 2001 at $1.9 mil.

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ablarc
September 20th, 2007, 10:40 PM
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One pool is never enough if you're a megalomaniac.

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Austin, Baby.

You know the rest...

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View from The Rock.





"It's like a foreign country," my well-traveled kids declared.

Indeed, California --like New York City-- is so different from (dare I say "better than"?) the rest of the country that I'm not quite sure why Californians should be burdened with the remainder of us clowns in the other 49 states.

Unlike New York, I daresay California could go it alone. Its incredibly diverse economy -- agriculture, technology, culture, tourism-- suggests it doesn't really need the rest of the country and the idiots in Washington. Some day it will probably secede; I wish it well.

The most populous state also seems the least spoiled except Alaska. Part of the reason is that about half its incredibly scenic territory is owned by some branch of some government: parks, forests, military bases, nature preserves, Indian tribes. It all looks good, and you can see the effects of environmental regulation and more enlightened zoning in the rest of the state as well. Los Angeles, however, is a cesspool.

California....158,302 sq.mi., pop. 33,871,648, density 217/sq.mi.; GDP $1.62 trillion, $38,956 per capita
Spain.........195,364 sq.mi., pop. 45,116,894, density 220/sq.mi.; GDP $1.26 trillion, $27,950 per capita
Poland........120,728 sq.mi., pop. 38,518,241, density 320/sq.mi.; GDP $0.63 trillion, $16,599 per capita

It ain't Utopia, but it's the closest you can get in this sorry world.

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czsz
September 21st, 2007, 12:35 AM
All yours? I really envy your job and its generous travel allowance.

turkishann
September 21st, 2007, 04:26 AM
wow they are fantastic photos

ablarc
September 21st, 2007, 07:05 AM
I really envy your job and its generous travel allowance.
Job? Ha! I'm the one who should be envious. Owning an office is a ball and chain; gone more than four days and it all falls apart. So travel is targeted quickies.

czsz
September 21st, 2007, 11:43 PM
^ Well, count yourself lucky, still. For most people, the "quickie" is a cab ride and a windowless conference room in an anonymous office building. At least you're able to stop and appreciate the view.

On these subjects, actually: I once spent a day trailing an SF architectural photographer on the job. Said job consisted of driving down to Stanford, checking out a housing complex but determining it wasn't the right time to actually photograph it, and driving back to SF. That seemed like an enviable position, for sure.

ablarc
September 22nd, 2007, 10:32 AM
^ Unusual.

Folks who work for themselves usually have a hard-ass for a boss. (Exception: MidtownGuy!!)

krulltime
September 24th, 2007, 11:39 AM
Great job Ablarc! Oh how I missed my trip to this area already.

Fabrizio
September 24th, 2007, 12:28 PM
Ablarc: how does the Cadillac 16 look in the flesh? Nice? Cartoonish or coulda been a contender?

ablarc
September 24th, 2007, 05:12 PM
Ablarc: how does the Cadillac 16 look in the flesh? Nice? Cartoonish or coulda been a contender?
If GM execs had cojones in place of jelly beans they would have produced this car to propel Cadillac once again into the rarefied company of Maybach, Bugatti and Rolls Royce --marques of which it was a peer in the Thirties, when the 16 represented with Duesenberg the in-your-face flaunting of wealth by the few who had it in Depression-era America.

Never again; the present Cadillac management is determined to wallow in Volvoland.

MidtownGuy
September 24th, 2007, 06:09 PM
Folks who work for themselves usually have a hard-ass for a boss. (Exception: MidtownGuy!!)

LOL. :D
Yup, only one chance to live life right!

BrooklynRider
September 30th, 2007, 04:45 PM
I wish you had included short captions.

thuylan
November 4th, 2007, 09:47 PM
Woa !!Cali is so nice!!!!!
I wish to be there one day.

pricedout
November 6th, 2007, 09:49 PM
Hi I agree with BrooklynRider. Captions would have been nice. Could you let us know generally where you are? This is lovely.

lofter1
November 6th, 2007, 10:59 PM
Many of the shots are from Hearst Castle / San Simeon area along the central coast north of San Luis Obispo -- except, of course, for those around San Francisco Bay.

Concours d"Elegance possibly at Pebble Beach, yes?

That entire Pacific Coast is about as pretty as it gets -- and especially nice because, for the most part, it is not built up but is still in a wild and natural state.

ablarc
November 12th, 2007, 10:23 AM
I wish you had included short captions.


Hi I agree with BrooklynRider. Captions would have been nice. Could you let us know generally where you are? This is lovely.
OK, there are now captions.

Meerkat
November 16th, 2007, 01:49 PM
Nice pictures.

I might be going to California next year as a friend has asked me to visit for a few days. I've always wanted to go, so i'm quite excited.

ablarc
November 16th, 2007, 06:00 PM
^ The next best place in the U.S. after New York City.





(But stay north of L.A.)

lofter1
November 16th, 2007, 08:36 PM
I'd make that ^ north of Ventura :cool:

Bob
November 17th, 2007, 08:50 AM
The People's Republic of California is beautiful, indeed.

Meerkat
November 17th, 2007, 09:43 AM
^ If all goes to plan i'll be in Los Angeles for a few days with my friend, then San Francisco for a few days and finish in Vancouver in Canada, as i've now found my relatives (who live in Los Angeles during the winter) spend the summer there. Very exciting!! I'll post my pictures on WNY- assuming i go of course.

ablarc
November 17th, 2007, 11:29 AM
^ Plan to spend at least the whole day (preferably more) getting from Los Angeles to San Francisco by the Pacific Coast Highway (Highway #1), perhaps America's most scenic drive: hundreds of miles of unspoiled views.

Be sure to look around in Santa Barbara (great Mission, nice downtown) and Carmel (terminally picturesque little town full of millionaires and movie stars pretending to be Hobbits), and visit Hearst Castle. Monterey, however, is overrated and worth bypassing.

A good place to stay over is Big Sur, with its magnificent scenery. Stay in one of the lodges, a cabin or a campground.

If you have to return to Los Angeles to catch a plane after seeing San Francisco, the much faster Interstate 5 will take you through the splendid farmland of the Central Valley.

In San Francisco, don't miss Muir Woods, just across the Golden Gate. If you have a car, enjoy a leisurely meal at the Pelican Inn. http://www.pelicaninn.com/

Meerkat
November 22nd, 2007, 03:36 PM
^
thanks for the tips. Just a last email to confirm and then i'll book, probably for June. I'll fly to LA and spend a few days there. Get the Amtrack to San Francisco and then fly to Vancouver. I'll try to see the places suggested if i can - i'd love to visit carmel / Monterrey. Isn't that where Clint Eastwood is mayor?

romeo
November 22nd, 2007, 05:43 PM
Great pic's I go to SF almost every day because I live in the bay area but I'm moving to NY.

Do you think its worth it too move from the bay area to NY?

ablarc
November 22nd, 2007, 06:07 PM
Do you think its worth it too move from the bay area to NY?
Ask lofter1; seems like he did exactly that (maybe decades ago; that should tell you something ;)).

romeo
November 22nd, 2007, 06:09 PM
Ask lofter1; seems like he did exactly that (maybe decades ago; that should tell you something ;)).


will do, thanks for the tip:)

ablarc
November 22nd, 2007, 06:19 PM
i'd love to visit carmel / Monterrey. Isn't that where Clint Eastwood is mayor?
He used to be mayor of Carmel.

romeo
November 22nd, 2007, 06:21 PM
He used to be mayor of Carmel.


wow, carmel is a very nice area. I'm in castro valley myself.

I dont go toward montrey, carmel much however.

TREPYE
November 23rd, 2007, 10:42 AM
^ The next best place in the U.S. after New York City.

Id second that. The one time I went I was mesmerized by the organic land that looks so alive. It looks like its moving in front of your very eyes, which it is, but its so perceptible for something that moves a few inches every few years.


(But stay north of L.A.)

Had a convention in San Diego for a few days and didn't have enough time to go too far up. I could only get up to the breathtaking Santa Monica Mountains. :-/

ablarc
November 24th, 2007, 10:50 PM
Id second that. The one time I went I was mesmerized by the organic land that looks so alive. It looks like its moving in front of your very eyes, which it is, but its so perceptible for something that moves a few inches every few years.
Well, in one way or another it shimmers just about all the time.

lofter1
November 25th, 2007, 11:53 AM
Ask lofter1; seems like he did exactly that (maybe decades ago; that should tell you something ;)).

Decades? Eons ;)

It was definitely the right move at the time.

My stomping grounds when I was growing up were the little inland valleys to the east of San Francisco.

Among the things I loved (from a very long list):

The "tule" fog (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tule_fog), which would creep up from the ground beginning in November and obscure everything (http://flickr.com/photos/emdot/73257387/) farther than 15 feet away (different from the marine fog which sweeps over San Francisco from the ocean).

April, when the hills are covered by brilliant orange California poppies (http://www.laspilitas.com/classes/pictures/hillside_of_california_poppy.jpg) and the fields are an endless mass of yellow mustard flowers (http://www.fotosearch.com/photos-images/mustard-plant.html) (which are also planted amidst groves and orchards as an aid to pollination).

The blazing heat of summer when everything gets parched (one reason that swimming pools were created).

The grand oak trees, some of which stand alone atop (http://www.davidsanger.com/prints/0-8-22.oak) a ridge and others which seemingly hang off the side of a hillside as it slopes down to a dry creek bed.

Unfortunately there are now an additonal 15 million people living in California, so much has changed and I find that when I return it is very bittersweet.

But there are still many fantastically beautiful places -- and it's well worth a visit.

ablarc
November 29th, 2007, 08:17 PM
Unfortunately there are now an additonal 15 million people living in California, so much has changed and I find that when I return it is very bittersweet.

But there are still many fantastically beautiful places -- and it's well worth a visit.
Population or no population, it's remarkably unspoiled by American standards. Reminds me of Europe.

pianoman11686
November 29th, 2007, 08:49 PM
I've been to California twice, and visited much of the best of what it has to offer.

Although it wasn't the most breathtaking sight I'd seen out there, I'll never forget a short span of the drive from Monterey to San Francisco. For perhaps a mile, the road weaved through a span of forest whose trees were so tall, and so dense, that the sun was almost completely obscured. It was both eerie and enchanting - a feeling I've rarely experienced, and one that I think California, more than most other places, can give you every now and then.

ablarc
November 29th, 2007, 09:00 PM
^ Highway 17 from Santa Cruz north is as you describe for miles.

lofter1
November 29th, 2007, 10:05 PM
The very road ^ we'd take to get to Santa Cruz for a day at the beach & a ride on a great old wooden roller coaster (http://www.beachboardwalk.com/02_giant_dipper.html).

ablarc
November 30th, 2007, 05:58 AM
You can tell how nice Santa Cruz once was, but it now suffers from parking lots. Consequently its urban fabric has unraveled, and it's no longer really walkable.

Gregory Tenenbaum
December 1st, 2007, 06:07 AM
You can tell how nice Santa Cruz once was, but it now suffers from parking lots. Consequently its urban fabric has unraveled, and it's no longer really walkable.

Thats a shame.

I would live in LA if there were less cars and more people on the streets which I think it will return to (one day).

Could you post any pictures of Downtown LA?

lofter1
December 1st, 2007, 10:49 AM
Please, don't ^

Spare us :cool:

ablarc
December 1st, 2007, 11:39 AM
^ Relax, I wouldn't dream of it.

You can't really take photos in Los Angeles, anyway; the ugliness will corrode your camera's innards.

lofter1
December 1st, 2007, 03:04 PM
L M A O ^

pianoman11686
December 2nd, 2007, 01:39 PM
^ Highway 17 from Santa Cruz north is as you describe for miles.

At first I thought this was it, but after looking on a map, I'm having second thoughts.

I think the route we took from Monterey north was State 156 east. If that stretch of forest wasn't there, then it must have been shortly after hopping back onto US 101.

Speaking of US 101: most scenic major highway in the country?

The Benniest
December 3rd, 2007, 11:06 PM
ablarc, your California photos are awesome. Very nice work. :cool: Your first picture is breathtaking and I love the photos you took of the Golden Gate.

Meerkat
January 11th, 2008, 11:26 AM
Tickets booked for flight to LA June 2nd and back from Vancouver (via San Francisco, Seattle and some distant realtives) 2 weeks later. I'm very excited :)

I'll try to find the same spot you took the picture of San Francisco Ablarc, i really liked that picture.

ManhattanKnight
January 11th, 2008, 02:59 PM
I'll try to find the same spot you took the picture of San Francisco Ablarc, i really liked that picture.

That spot is Alcatraz Island (not at all hard to find or get to). A shot from the same camera position, minus the fog:


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Meerkat
January 13th, 2008, 10:18 AM
^
Thanks - that's already on my 'must see' list for San Francisco - so little time so much to see.

ablarc
January 13th, 2008, 11:16 AM
I'll try to find the same spot you took the picture of San Francisco Ablarc.
Alcatraz. In my opinion, San Francisco's best attraction; in a city full of great things to see, this is the best. Get the recorded self-guiding commentary: 100% told in the words of prisoners and guards. You'll see where the Clint Eastwood character (only one who escaped) fooled the guards with a fake head in bed.

Suggestion to make your visit MUCH more pleasant: know when you're going and buy your ferry tickets in advance on the Internet. The ticket includes admission to Alcatraz, a national monument run by the National Parks Service. The main reason to buy tickets on the 'Net, however, is that you can go straight to the window and pick up your ticket, while the unprepared wait in line for half an hour or more (means you get to catch the ferry that's ready to go the moment you arrive).

Also in San Francisco, don't miss Chinatown, Telegraph Hill, Pacific Heights, Golden Gate Park and its Herzog & DeMeuron museum (they did the Tate), and the F-Line to Castro. And don't forget Berkeley, an easy subway ride.

If you have a car, cross the Golden Gate to Muir Woods for awesome Redwood nature; and if you don't have a car, book a ticket on one of the frequent vans that go there. Anomalous find on the way back: The Pelican Inn at Muir Beach, a genuine re-assembled English pub from Tudor times (you can even spend the night upstairs if you get tanked). Also, Sausalito's nice (a short ferry ride); it has a working model of San Francisco Bay, complete with tides.

lofter1
January 13th, 2008, 02:08 PM
You've made me ^ homesick

pianoman11686
January 13th, 2008, 03:09 PM
In addition to what ablarc suggested: Coit Tower and Alamo Square (for their great views); Lombardy Street (you can drive down it if you have a car); Ghirardelli Square and Fisherman's Wharf (for great seafood); and the restored Embarcadero (best sourdough I've ever eaten).

ablarc
January 13th, 2008, 07:19 PM
Coit Tower is at the top of Telegraph Hill. Even better than the view are the murals inside.

lofter1
January 13th, 2008, 07:41 PM
There is a great long wooden staircase that takes you down the east side of Telegraph Hill to the Embarcadero.

Around Hallowe'en the entire staircase is lined with punkins :cool:

amlegalaid
January 14th, 2008, 01:11 PM
wow i live in california, and i havent even seen as many amazing sites as you have! nice work, i love the pictures :)

lofter1
January 14th, 2008, 01:49 PM
Welcome, amlegalaid ..

What part of California?

And what field of law?

Scraperfannyc
January 14th, 2008, 11:29 PM
I've been in SF during school, and in SF, you also should go to the top of twin peaks (1000 foot hill) for the best unobstructed views of the bay and the ocean; take a cable car from the wharf through hyde street, walk the filbert steps near coit tower and see the lush foliage and wild parats, travel highway 1 north up and down the winding cliffs past Point Reyes and up to the russian river vinyards and pretend you are in Lyon; stand at the top of Lafayatte park or Alta Vista Park and soak in the views; go down to the presidia and walk around the Palace of the Fine Arts; and spend time at the Legion of Honors Museum where you can get incredible views from a different vantage point, have a Jazz Brunch, or go see a movie with food served in a museum like theatre.

lofter1
January 15th, 2008, 01:06 AM
If you have a car and want a good day trip you could drive east across the Bay, past Oakland & Berkeley and on through the Caldecott Tunnel (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caldecott_Tunnel) and into Contra Costa County -- then a bit farther east up to the summit of Mt. Diablo (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Diablo).

It's only about 30 miles, and the road up to the top (through Walnut Creek to the "North Gate (http://www.mdia.org/parkmap.htm)" or through Danville / Diablo to the "South Gate (http://www.climbbybike.com/climb.asp?Col=Mount-Diablo---South-Gate&qryMountainID=7714)") is spectacular and not at all busy. On a clear day from the top of the mountain you can see all the way to Mr. Shasta to the north, the Sierra Nevada range to the east and down the Central (San Juaquin) Valley to the south.

If has been said that one can see farther in more directions from the summit of Mr. Diablo than anywhere else on the planet.

There are terrific hiking trails (http://www.savemountdiablo.org/Hike_Schedule.htm#Access%20Point%20Map) all through Mt. Diablo State Park (http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=517) (which covers a great deal of the mountain). And many great places (http://graphics.stanford.edu/~merrie/Camping/index.html) for picnics. (http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/05/23/FDG1QPU1I31.DTL) ROCK CITY (http://www.tommangan.net/twoheeldrive/index.php/2007/11/26/rock-city-at-mount-diablo-state-park/) has some great sandstone caves (http://bp1.blogger.com/_NDvJlp7t_FI/Rj1IURopcmI/AAAAAAAAAhQ/eDCyJixIzQQ/s1600-h/blog-rock+city+wind+caves.jpg)for climbing and exploring (http://glenn-snapshots.blogspot.com/2007/05/rock-city-adventure.html).

There are also many other great hikes (http://gorp.away.com/gorp/publishers/menasha/60hikes_sanfran_4.htm) in the vicinity of Mt. Diablo.

Here's 360 vista from Lookout Rock (http://virtualguidebooks.com/CentralCalif/EastBay/MountDiablo/LookoutRockRockCity.html).

The summit of Mt. Diablo was also the Initial Point (http://www.mdia.org/mdiaipt.htm) from which surveys were taken and maps of California laid out in the 1800s.

There are theories that the Zodiac (http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/zodiac/) killer used the summit of Mt. Diablo as the cardinal point from which to plot his killings (http://www.zodiackillerfacts.com/radian.htm).

There is a webcam (http://www.mtdiablocam.com/) in the nearby town of Alamo which is trained on the summit o Mt. Diablo.

Looking east from the Berkeley Hills across the valleys of Contra Costa County to Mt. Diablo ...

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/c/c8/MountDiablo.JPG/800px-MountDiablo.JPG (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/c/c8/MountDiablo.JPG)

A 1915 touring brochure advertising the scenic drive up to the summit ...

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NYatKNIGHT
January 15th, 2008, 10:41 AM
^Great to know! I was just out in SF the first week of January. Spent some time on a ranch in Sonoma then headed north to Mendocino and the coast. Spectacular as always. I'll be heading out there again when it gets a little warmer, so it's great to have another destination. By the way, Pt. Reyes (http://www.nps.gov/pore/) is another highly recommended park to explore.

Meerkat
January 15th, 2008, 05:43 PM
Alcatraz.

Suggestion to make your visit MUCH more pleasant: know when you're going and buy your ferry tickets in advance on the Internet.

A friend suggested i do that, so i'll book a couple of weeks in advance, and thanks for the tip about the audio guide - i usually don't bother with those, but i will when i go to Alcatraz. Most of the other places you mentioned are on my list to see, i'll be in SF for 4 days so it'll be a bit of a rush.

Pianoman, whats sourdough? I've never heard of that.

pianoman11686
January 15th, 2008, 06:54 PM
^Type of bread. I'm not positive about this, but I think it was invented (or at the least, popularized) in San Francisco. Something about the briny air of the cold bay gives the bread a delicious, "sour" flavor.

lofter1
January 15th, 2008, 07:45 PM
... whats sourdough? I've never heard of that.


Now I'm really getting homesick and HUNGRY ...

San Francisco Sourdough Bread is some of the GREATEST bread ever baked -- and the type of sourdough that one can get in San Francisco is amazing. The unique taste has to do with the yeast (http://www.yankeegrocery.com/sourdough_bread.html) & the temperature & the humidity. The crust is hard and chewy -- and the inside is just delicious.

Go down to Fisherman's Wharf to one of the funky joints near the water and get some crab or chowder with sourdough bread.

When I was a kid we'd go down to the Wharf -- back then food was cheap and the crabs were big and fresh. And the sourdough was ...

yummmmmmmmmmmm ;)

At one time Fisherman's Grotto No. 9 (http://www.fishermensgrotto.com/) was good.

Not sure where one would go for eats down there now.

Boudin Sourdough Bakery (http://sf.tastyr.com/rd.asp?r=658) (opposite the Wharf on Jefferson at Mason) now seems to be well liked ...

Back in the day this was the joint (http://www.greenspun.com/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg.tcl?msg_id=00AkDf) for cocktails at the Wharf:


http://www.ccsf.edu/Library/alice/menucollections/dimaggios/dicovmed.jpg


http://www.matchcovers.com/ebay/spts1949a.jpg

Radiohead
January 17th, 2008, 11:38 PM
I've seen many pics of SF but have never been there. Hope to change that by decade's end.



Back in the day this was the joint (http://www.greenspun.com/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg.tcl?msg_id=00AkDf) for cocktails at the Wharf:*

Found this at a DC thrift store of all places..for 50 cents. Great for cocktails.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2325/2201236220_923551cf0c.jpg




Now I'm really getting homesick and HUNGRY ...

Looks like we may be losing Lofter to Wired SF:eek:

JCMAN320
January 18th, 2008, 04:25 PM
If you have a car and want a good day trip you could drive east across the Bay, past Oakland & Berkeley and on through the Caldecott Tunnel (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caldecott_Tunnel) and into Contra Costa County -- then a bit farther east up to the summit of Mt. Diablo (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Diablo).

It's only about 30 miles, and the road up to the top (through Walnut Creek to the "North Gate (http://www.mdia.org/parkmap.htm)" or through Danville / Diablo to the "South Gate (http://www.climbbybike.com/climb.asp?Col=Mount-Diablo---South-Gate&qryMountainID=7714)") is spectacular and not at all busy. On a clear day from the top of the mountain you can see all the way to Mr. Shasta to the north, the Sierra Nevada range to the east and down the Central (San Juaquin) Valley to the south.

If has been said that one can see farther in more directions from the summit of Mr. Diablo than anywhere else on the planet.

There are terrific hiking trails (http://www.savemountdiablo.org/Hike_Schedule.htm#Access%20Point%20Map) all through Mt. Diablo State Park (http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=517) (which covers a great deal of the mountain). And many great places (http://graphics.stanford.edu/~merrie/Camping/index.html) for picnics. (http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/05/23/FDG1QPU1I31.DTL) ROCK CITY (http://www.tommangan.net/twoheeldrive/index.php/2007/11/26/rock-city-at-mount-diablo-state-park/) has some great sandstone caves (http://bp1.blogger.com/_NDvJlp7t_FI/Rj1IURopcmI/AAAAAAAAAhQ/eDCyJixIzQQ/s1600-h/blog-rock+city+wind+caves.jpg)for climbing and exploring (http://glenn-snapshots.blogspot.com/2007/05/rock-city-adventure.html).

There are also many other great hikes (http://gorp.away.com/gorp/publishers/menasha/60hikes_sanfran_4.htm) in the vicinity of Mt. Diablo.

Here's 360 vista from Lookout Rock (http://virtualguidebooks.com/CentralCalif/EastBay/MountDiablo/LookoutRockRockCity.html).

The summit of Mt. Diablo was also the Initial Point (http://www.mdia.org/mdiaipt.htm) from which surveys were taken and maps of California laid out in the 1800s.

There are theories that the Zodiac (http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/zodiac/) killer used the summit of Mt. Diablo as the cardinal point from which to plot his killings (http://www.zodiackillerfacts.com/radian.htm).

There is a webcam (http://www.mtdiablocam.com/) in the nearby town of Alamo which is trained on the summit o Mt. Diablo.

Looking east from the Berkeley Hills across the valleys of Contra Costa County to Mt. Diablo ...

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/c/c8/MountDiablo.JPG/800px-MountDiablo.JPG (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/c/c8/MountDiablo.JPG)

A 1915 touring brochure advertising the scenic drive up to the summit ...

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Moutn Diablo!!I was there I have pieces of rock from it. I visited San Fran back when I was 6 years old when my aunt and uncle lived in Martinez. San Fran and Northern Cali was great. I was to Alacatraz and took the the recorded self walking tour, rode the BART, went to Yosem. National Park, Monterey, Pebble Beach, etc... It was great I would love to go back. Great pics makes me miss it.

SkyHigh
February 6th, 2008, 09:55 AM
Ahhhhhhh California, sweet sweet memories, what a stunning state that is, one of my favourites of the 14 states that I got to travel around on my last 3 month stint in the States. Got around 1,100 photos here of the western states, will post a few up at some time.

Of all the cars in the very first post, just love that lil Austin Healey, who my father used to actually work for here in the UK. Donald Healey used to own Trebah in the 60's and we had the lodge just behind the main house. His sons still live locally. (Callestick cider farm).

San Francisco I fell in love with and Humboldt Redwoods and Mt Shasta all stunning places. Great location too, to reach many other fantastic sights within a relatively short drive, Grand Canyon etc, Mojave and Death Valley.

Will post up some of my photographs on a new thread soon. Got plenty of architecture ones too, which this forum seems to have a bent towards.

Great photos, thank you for sharing them.