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Northern California Road Trip

I took a solo Northern California road trip this week. Pictures!

Like any good All-American road trip, mine started with an All-American road-side diner! The food kinda sucked, though. It was cold.

This is where that diner was:

I stayed at an ocean-side hotel for a couple of nights in Fort Bragg, CA. I like how Google Maps satellite view only has half the town in hi-res. Guess what this next picture is; I'm pretty proud of it:

It's the building next door! That's a 15-second exposure I took with my mini-tripod. :)

The view from my back porch in the morning:

Reverse angle shot from the Glass Beach:

Okay, so you can't actually see the hotel, but at least it's a reverse angle shot of that group of trees!

This store reminds me of those "Chinese Food and Donuts" joints, except even more peculiar:

(It's not a joke! They really do sell both music and photography equipment!)

The highlight of my trip speaks for itself:

It reminded me of this picture I took of Arnold Schwarzenegger Stadium in Graz, Austria, though that's not named after him any more! And yes, the State Park is actually named after a different Van Damme. :P It still makes me want to go find places named after Stallone and Seagal, though. And then I can go on a real scavenger hunt and look for a landmark named after Lundgren!

I wanted to check out the the Pygmy Forest, but it was closed because the bridge was damaged by a storm. :(

This is a cool bridge, and I like how you can see the river peeking through the trees here:

It's a tiny town where people looked at me funny when I drove in, so I drove right back out, but I think it's quite photogenic from afar. :P

Sunset panorama in Mendocino:

Closeup:

I got back to Fort Bragg, went down a side road, and found the littlest Sears you ever saw:

Had some decent dinner at Mendo Bistro, where they had this odd ginger ale:

(I was also amused that my fish came with baby bok choy. I guess it's a theme!)

I love the way this building looks. I love the logo font, and the texture reminds me of suede:

They have a restaurant across the street, where I had the best fish sandwich ever. Locally caught fresh fish makes a big difference! I didn't drink their beer, but I did try their "Mendocino Mustard" that's made with their beer, so I guess that counts! :) (It was good and interestingly textured mustard, too.)

The next day, I drove up through the Avenue of the Giants in Humboldt State Park, where you wind through a redwood forest. It was very pretty, but I don't have any good pictures from it. :P

It rained the whole way back down to Santa Rosa. This picture I took along 101 is kinda spooky and pretty at the same time:

I love how all the roadside attractions proclaim themselves as "World Famous". :) This is supposed to be the house with the tallest ceiling or something like that. It was closed, though, but I took this vertical panorama:

Next to my motel in Santa Rosa was a very nice steakhouse. (The $25 prime rib was great stuff!) I also liked the juxtaposition of the classic Bates Motel look of the building and the modern sans serif font on the sign:

Good Ol' Charlie Brown! The pattern on his forehead is a drawing of the Charles M. Schulz Museum, which is where this was:

In the courtyard was this odd sculpture:

My favorite part was Woodstock's clipboard:

:)

Finally, I checked out the Pacific Coast Air Museum, where I saw lots of nifty planes, and also this other kind of flyer:

I like the part that reads: "Equipped with a full one horsepower 24 volt electric drivetrain, the best way to describe the power capabilities of the E-200 is that it is equal to the power of one person, struggling, to move the aircraft." :)

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EXTREMELY WITTY COMMENTS, & EXCELLENT SNAPS. LOVED THEM. WOULD HAVE PROBABLY TAKEN EXACTLY THESE QUAINT PICTURES,IF I'D TAKEN THIS TRIP. ENJOYED YOUR SNAPS, THANKS

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