Category Archives: View from the Road

Wandering thoughts.

Winchester House

The first thing to remember about the Winchester Mansion is that this is a private concession, like a ride at Disneyland, not a museum or a state preserve. The owners have no commitment, contractual or otherwise, to historical accuracy. Those … Continue reading

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Tioga Pass

Highway 120 runs through Yosemite National Park in a roughly east-west direction. We had to get park reservations to drive through (it cost $2) and Linda did that on her phone. The turnoff for 120, also called Tioga Pass Road, … Continue reading

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Hot Creek

Driving south on US 395 past Lee Vining, turn left on Hot Creek Hatchery Road. You’re going to make a pretty long, and pretty slow, drive east before you come to the overlook and parking lot of the hot springs … Continue reading

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Devil’s Postpile Monument

The ski town of Mammoth is southwest of Lee Vining, on Highway 203. A drive about 13 miles north brings you to the Devil’s Postpile National Monument Park. You crest a ridge and drive down the other side, into a … Continue reading

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The Sand Tufas

About a mile from South Tufa, on a dirt and gravel road, is Navy Beach, where you can see limestone towers that are more otherworldly that the South Tufa constructions. The towers here form exactly the same way, except they … Continue reading

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The Lake of Limestone Towers

Mono Lake may be a million years old. Conservative estimates put it at 750,000 years. Once part of an inland sea, the lake, which covers about 69 square miles, is a shadow of its former greatness. It’s still great, though. … Continue reading

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The Ibis Dances

Bridgeport Lake is about three miles northeast of the town. It’s a water source and a recreational spot, I would say mostly for fishing. We passed a small marina and parked in the boat ramp area, a narrow inlet of … Continue reading

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Bridgeport

Towns have identities. Some towns, like my hometown, struggle to decide what their identity is, or try to change it. Some embrace what they are: a college town, a company town, a working-class town, a tourist town, a bedroom community. … Continue reading

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27 Vultures

I’ve ridden or driven past the turnoff for the South Shore of Camanche Lake Reservoir a hundred times, literally, but I’d never driven up to it. Linda and I weren’t on a clock, not really, so we took the turn … Continue reading

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Flowers

I got to the botanical garden during peak dahlia season. The banks of lush blooms, looking like time-frozen fireworks, have benches interspersed so you can sit and rest your feet after you’ve walked down from the terrace, through the first … Continue reading

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