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Hearst Castle Pool

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Hearst Castle PoolThe indoor Roman Pool at the Hearst Castle was designed to be a replication of the old Roman bathhouses. The story goes that back when the house was full of guests every night, this was the place to go after dinner to “get to know someone better”, once Mr. Hearst went to bed.

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Hearst Library

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Hearst LibraryThis is the main library in the Hearst Castle, stitched together from four different photos. The room is only about 15′ deep, and I literally had about 2 minutes to take all the shots I needed to get this panorama in the middle of the tour. I wanted to ask if I could re-stage the furniture slightly to make it more symmetrical, but I figured once Erin wandered onto the carpet and set the alarm off, it might be in bad form to ask.

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Somewhere Between Big Sur and Cambria

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Somewhere Between Big Sur and Cambria

This area is about an hour north of Cambria, on one of the many turnoffs along the 1. It’s a really good idea they put in turnoffs almost every quarter mile or so along the drive, because the views make you constantly want to stop and look around. We must have stopped at just about every 3rd one for at least a few minutes, and this was one of them. I lost track after about 17 or so, and I forgot to geotag this one…

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McWay Rocks

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McWay RocksThis is the view from the other side of the ruins of the old Waterfall House that was torn down in 1965, after trying to save it for years. The amazing thing about this area, is that the McWay Falls from the prior post originally fell directly into the water.  After a massive landslide on this side due to fire and highway construction in the early 1980’s, all the dirt, rocks, and other material was actually moved by ocean currents to form the beach cove that the waterfall now drops down onto. The scars from this landslide are still visible as on the upper right of this picture, look at the area that has little to no regrowth, it still is slowly spilling directly onto the beach to this day.

It’s always awe inspiring that mother nature takes what it can get to make such things of beauty with zero human interaction, and it’s always in flux. It’s also hard to believe that such a massive change can take place in a short 30 years.

 

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McWay Falls

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McWay Falls

Next time going through this area, it is a must that we must camp in this area. Yes, there is a camping area here, and yes, that is a red tent in the trees just around the ridge to the waterfall. And no, unfortunately, or rather quite fortunately for the preservation of this area, there is no safe way to get down to this cove, except by boat.

Reverse of this view, stands the ruins of the old Waterfall House that was torn down in 1965, after trying to save it for years.  Interesting bit of local information and view from the other side of the ruins, coming tomorrow.

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The Stars, Like Dust

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The Stars Like DustLooking straight up into the sky from in the middle of 200′ tall redwoods at our cabin. I highly recommend looking at the full size version of this one. I might have to finally convert my old camera for astrophotography and take another few trips out to the middle of nowhere.

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Big Sur from Valley View

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Big Sur from Valley ViewView from the top of the Valley View Trail looking back down into Big Sur. The other trail goes up to Pfeiffer Falls, both are a quick jot of a hike, and a definite must see. The clearing just to the left of the road with the cabins is where we stayed the night under the Redwoods, though at the time of taking this picture it didn’t dawn on me. In the full size image, you can clearly see the ridge of road and start of the ocean in the far distance.

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