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cewillis

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Posted: 10/16/15 04:03pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

This was a short trip primarily to see some 'old' friends near Los Altos, Ca. And also to restock our favorite dessert wine.
On the way there, I drove past Lake Nacimiento and on through the Los Padres National Forest and central coast mountains in the vicinity of Big Sur. A relatively tame trip with a few good dirt roads; nothing like some of my off-road trips, but a scenic way to get where I was going. Going home, I went over Sonora Pass in the Sierras, with a side trip to Leavitt Lake. Again, fairly tame, just a little rough on Leavitt Lake road, but a very pretty area.
A few pictures below -- more and larger on my web site.

First, the South Coast Ridge Road, NW of Paso Robles.
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Heading west on Nacimiento-Fergusson Road. Can I make it up that 'shortcut' I see?
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Almost had to pull a tree out of the way.
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Farther on, the road got too steep and slick (deep powder). Even 4-lock wasn't working. Interesting 7 or 8 point turn around with the tires sliding sideways.
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Now on the Coast Ridge Road.
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At San Martin Top - and a view of the Pacific
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Sunrise.
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Going down Los Burros Road to the coast highway.
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Wow --
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One of the most spectacular coast lines in the world.
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Now on the north Old Coast Road.
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A different perspective on the Bixby Bridge.
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First destination -- Kirigin Cellers. Great place - great wines. Many a nice picnic here when we lived in Los Altos Hills.
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A few days later, after visiting friends, on to the Sonora Pass.
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Heading up Leavitt Lake Road.
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Unfortunately, my camera broke right past here - so only lousy cell phone pictures from here on. Sorry about that. (I 'fixed' it when I got home.

A few rough spots on this road.
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But I made it. Leavitt Lake. 9570 feet by my GPS. Thanks to profdant139 (Dan) for the suggestion.
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The wind was trying to blow my head off --
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And going back down.
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Last stop - Nevada desert NF near Las Vegas.
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Thanks for looking.Hope you enjoyed the lousy pictures.

* This post was edited 10/17/15 09:14am by cewillis *


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Posted: 10/16/15 05:34pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for the trip report. Glad you could find something to suit your level of adventurousness in California.


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Posted: 10/16/15 05:44pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Pictures look great from here.


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Posted: 10/16/15 06:00pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Beautiful country! and no prob with the pics [emoticon].


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I hate to say it but, California definitely has it all! Beautiful state. Great pictures!


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Posted: 10/16/15 08:23pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Nice scenery and weather Cal!

We haven't seen nary 5 minutes of sun here since September 12th (and probably won't see any sun at all till we get to Florida, in February!). Good to see dry desert and mountains.

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Like it.


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If you have seen the weather today, you'll know it has it all,

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Good stuff.





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Posted: 10/17/15 10:29am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

On my bucket list... Been all around those coastal roads from Eureka, Capetown, Petrolia, Honey Dew, all on the Mattole road to 101... What a great run! Want to do it again and take my ZUKE.


Nice report, thanks for posting.

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