2020 Jan 24 | Crescent City in northern California
Ogii went to a Buddhist temple.
I went to SFO. Very simple image on these products.
Nice panorama of the city.
Alpaca my bags.
Have to plane check because the small regional jet has tiny overhead bins.
Downtown San Francisco, the Bay Bridge, and the Golden Gate Bridge.
Snow-capped rocky mountains.
A giant butte.
A giant mountain.
It's cold outside; I'm staying on the plane until I see them unload my bag.
First ads in Orgeon: multiple pot shops.
Stop for a few hours of poker at the Southern Oregon Poker Club.
The people there were friendly.
And there was pizza, drinks, and snacks.
The highway was wide and open for the first hour's drive. The second hour was twisty with hills right on the edge of the road.
Staying right by the docks.
I'm here for a week, and the plan was to work in the mornings and then check out the sights in the afternoons. However, it's going to rain the entire week except Monday. So, since I have Monday off, I guess I'll see how many sights I can jam into that day instead.
Although the floor is freezing, so I scattered towels around.
With breakfast for hotel guests.
I don't think I've ever seen that sign.
Nor that one.
A very nice house.
A not so nice one.
Down the stairs.
To the beach.
Some huge pieces of driftwood with the lighthouse in the background.
Looking to the north.
Looking south at the lighthouse through a chain.
This house has a little lighthouse, too.
Grassy area looking out to the ocean.
A bit of a drop if you slip.
Unique octogonal room.
Stairs down to a beach or another path to the edge.
This house has a nice view, too.
People collecting agate on Pebble Beach.
A cool seashell.
A Countach, my dream car as a kid.
How am I responsible to know park rules and regulations? I guess that's a bit like "ignorance of the law is no excuse," but maybe they should post them somewhere.
Driving through the trees.
It's a tight fit in places.
Literally driving through the trees.
Maybe they should spend some taxes on fixing these potholes.
Fog in the trees.
A few other hikers out here early.
Roots growing over another tree.
A fragile spiderweb covered in dew.
Me with a tree behind me.
I wonder if people used the tree as a bridge before the actual bridge was built.
A fallen tree cut in two.
Lots of small growths on this one.
Some stringy stuff.
Not only through but also under.
It cracked when it fell.
Absolutely beautiful inside.
Don't run into this.
Moss in groups up the tree.
A curving path.
Lots of roots sticking up here. Don't want to twist an ankle.
I thought this tree part was a bear at first. Scary.
I should have checked how much farther this trail goes before I started it, back when I had cell service. I don't know if it curves around or ends up somewhere. Time to head back, I guess.
Tons of other trails a bit south of here. I think I'll skip them for now; I have other stuff to see.
Like the Del Norte County Historical Society museum.
Nice stained glass windows.
A gold coin.
From a shipwreck.
Native American artifacts.
What is this?
An Eskimo raincoat made out of seal gut lining. I'm glad I live now and not back then.
With farm equipment inside the cells.
Old post office boxes.
With lots of pictures.
First female driver.
This place looks small from the outside but there are a ton of rooms inside, each with a ton of items packed in.
Back upper room.
Old lighthouse light.
Changing the lens of the lighthouse.
First residence built.
A thick safe.
A huge saw.
Lighthouse light from below.
Aw, the lighthouse is closed.
You can still walk out to it.
But only when the tide is low.
Lots of animals you can see.
People look for agates here, too.
Lots of pretty ones.
This was my favorite.
Lots of mud on that.
The pier from the south.
A large park.
With a huge play fort.
Billy Boone Square.
SS Emidio memorial.
A piece of the hull.
A plaque with an explanation.
It was the first ship torpedoed on the Pacific coast by a Japanese submarine.
Which is an aquarium.
Take a picture with a pirate.
These signs are fun. My favorite is "shoes optional."
A petting pond.
One in a shell.
Lots of them.
Part of the aquarium is under water.
You go down the stairs...
...and look at the fish.
More over here.
Lots of skinny fish.
A leopard shark.
A dome above the stairs.
A shark tank.
With another leopard shark.
You can pet this one.
Me inside a giant shark mouth.
Time for seals and sea lions.
This one was feeling lazy.
This one shot some hoops.
And jumped up to touch a ball.
Painting of a cute little guy.
A ton of sea lions out on a pier.
They've really taken it over.
More out on the water.
A shark carving.
A beach to the south.
Some massive anchors.
Nice little lamp.
They jetty doesn't look that unsafe to me.
Oh, wait, these waves would knock you right off. The sign is correct.
The waves come up over the jetty...
... and then wash down the other side.
The lighthouse after sunset.
A video of the waves and the lighthouse.
Some fishermen getting ready.
Since I was gone for the week, I hid some snacks around the house for Ogii. Here's one.
It's Tuesday, and the rains have come. Walmart might have some good rain jackets.
Along with custom Monopoly boards.
And jigsaw puzzles of locations around California.
Very open inside.
Another gift for Ogii.
This place was closed on Monday, so time to go back.
It's nice inside.
But best of all, you can watch the sea lions.
Prime rib and poker.
A cheap tournament on Wednesday night.
There were three tables of players.
We were all-in on the flop and I made my ace-high flush on the turn! Except the other guy made a straight flush. He was the most fun guy at the table to play with, though, so I'm glad my chips went to him.
More candy for Ogii.
Some BBQ would be good.
Except it wasn't BBQ.
And, while I'm thankful they gave me a lot of food, it was a little too much when I tilted the box opening my hotel room door and it spilled down my shirt.
And all over my tie.
Good timing, though, because I was thinking of doing laundry anyway.
I'd be scared of falling off.
Onto another casino on Thursday night.
This one is Lucky 7.
The poker area is more open.
Inside the area.
Although the chips aren't labelled. Thankfully they had a poster on the wall that said which color is which denomination.
Eagle wood carving.
A tree one.
Another Ogii gift.
And a huge chocolate coin.
Driving back through the trees.
The road followed a river.
It never got too wide.
A little waterfall.
And another one.
Into Oregon for the flight home.
The mountain in Medford again.
A burger place.
And one last poker room; the Medford Social Club this time.
Drinks and snacks here, too.
Don't forget to tip the dealer.
Double board bomb pots with every dealer change; these are fun.
This old guy built up a massive stack. He made a bunch of full houses and would sing about boats every time.