My First SLR “Selfie” – Coalinga, California – 1977
I lived on the ‘Left Coast’ for a little over ten years. I moved to California in the mid-70s to attend undergraduate school. In the late 70s through the mid-80s, I lived at various addresses around the Seatlle-Tacoma area of Washington. In 2008, I visited Hawaii for a week on a cruise ship. In 2023, we spent over four weeks touring California, Oregon, and Washington during Excellent Adventure 2023.
I moved to Santa Maria in 1975. I went to California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) in San Luis Obispo in 1976 and graduated in 1978. In my last year, I lived near the beach in Los Osos near Morrow Bay. I made several trips up the coast highway while living there and spent time in southern California when my parents lived there when I was in school.
I bought my first camera – a Canon AE-1 – when I worked for Union Oil in Coalinga in the summer of 1977. Later, in the 80s and 90s, I spent much time in the San Fransisco Bay area while working for various high-tech companies headquartered there.
Joshua Tree National Park
I visited in late Spring 2023 on Excellent Adventure 2023. It had rained quite a bit in the winter, and the colors peaked. It was sad when I heard it burned later that summer.
The central coat area around San Luis Obispo. It was taken during Excellent Adventure 2023.
I visited in late Spring 2023 on Excellent Adventure 2023. Some of the park was flooded from the winter rains. The falls were spectacular.
I visited in late Spring 2023 on Excellent Adventure 2023.
Photos taken in late spring 2023 on Excellent Adventure 2023.
Columbia River Gorge
I visited in the summer of 2023 on Excellent Adventure 2023.
Crater Lake/ Rogue River
Returned to Crater Lake 45 years later. Exporered the Rogue River sights in the surrounding area.
After graduating from Cal Poly in 1978, I moved to Seattle to go to graduate school. I got a job with Boeing and then on to Hewlett-Packard before I moved to Germany in early 1987.
It was a truly beautiful area when the weather was nice. Puget Sound was particularly stunning with its many islands and deep, swift blue waters. I loved riding the ferries. The Cascade mountains, with highlights of Mount Ranier and St Helens – which erupted right after I moved- are great places to visit.
Photos were taken in the early Summer of 2023 on Excellent Adventure 2023. They include the Hoh Rain Forest, Rialto Beach, Fort Worden, and Port Townsend.
I spent a week visiting the islands on a cruise ship in 2008. I visited Hawaiʻi, Maui, Oʻahu, and Kauaʻi. The highlight of the trip was a helicopter ride on Kauaʻi.