Summer 2018, Day 29

Shabbos dispersed camping on the California/Oregon border was peaceful.  We went for a walk and turned around when we ran into a bull.

This morning we wanted to visit Lava Beds National Monument.  We decided to double up on the motorcycles and drive there.

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We decided to explore the Catacombs cave, which we last visited on Day 473:

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Today we’re exploring a portion of the cave that we didn’t explore the last time:

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The floor and the ceiling are not mistake friendly:

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The lava made interesting patterns as it cooled:

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We eventually ran into reduced ceiling clearance:

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We arrived at Howard’s Hole:

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Subsequent lava flows create tunnels at multiple levels.  Howard’s Hole is a break between levels, and we used it to explore the next level up:

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At some point, B and I continued on.  We eventually arrived at “Cleopatra’s Tomb”:

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These arrows point to “The Crossover”, a one-foot high passage connecting to the part of the cave we explored last time:

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We all cut our heads or backs on the ceiling:

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On the way back, we went up a level:

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The map shows our last visit in red, our current visit in blue, and the overlap in purple.  Click the photo for a larger view:

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Out we go:

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All of this would have been a lava tube had the ceiling not collapsed:

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After our spelunking, we motorcycled back to the RV, stowed the motorcycles, and drove north.  We stopped to look at what’s left of Tule Lake Segregation Center. Built during World War II in response to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Tule Lake was one of ten Japanese American internment camps used to imprison over 100,000 US residents of Japanese ancestry, two-thirds of whom were US citizens.  This is the fifth internment camp we’ve visited:

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We visited the visitor center for the Tule Lake Unit of World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument.  The Tule Lake unit preserves the Tule Lake Segregation Center, not yet open to the public:

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The facility, also used as a county museum, has one of the guard towers from the camp:

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We continued north to Oregon.  It’s good to be home:

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Trish has been working on a crochet project in the car:

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We continued east to overnight at the Shell station in Fairview, Oregon.  See the alternating yellow line on the trip map for today’s drive.

Summer 2018, Day 27

It was pretty quiet overnight here at the Walmart of Willows, California.  We thought it was snowing, but it was actually raining ash from the Carr Fire:

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We drove north to Lassen Volcanic National Park:

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Visibility was limited here thanks to the Carr Fire:

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Our first stop was the Sulphur Works area.  We checked out the boiling mud pots:

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For the Lassen Dark Sky Festival, NASA scientists set up a display about Astrobiology here:

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We continued north to our dispersed camping Shabbos location near Lava Beds National Monument:

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Good Shabbos!

Summer 2018, Day 26

After a second night at the State campground in Half Moon Bay, it’s time to leave.  While waiting for everyone to get ready, I partially disassembled the motorcycles to tighten up some bolts that had vibrated loose.  I applied threadlock compound to the bolts, then reassembled the bike:

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We said goodbye to the beach:

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We drove over to the day use area and unhitched the RV:

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I drove up to Pacifica to meet Mark for a tandem flight.  Mark flew over to our launch location:

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We hitched up to the wing and ran off this cliff:

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With no engine, we relied on updrafts from on-shore winds deflecting upwards along the cliffs:

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We flew north towards San Francisco:

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We had some company:

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We flew past the Olympic Club, where my grandfather was a member:

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Remnants of the old Route 1:

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Thanks Mark, that was amazing!

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Meanwhile, back at the RV….

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A kitten stopped by to say hello.  I found its sibling under the hood of the truck this morning, keeping warm:

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I drove the truck south a bit and launched my PPG for flight #120:

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Right after I launched, a wall of fog moved in and the temperature dropped dramatically.  Since the air mass below the fog was still warm, it began to rise through the colder upper layer, essentially generating thermals.  It got a bit bumpy, so I landed:

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Views of the beach from the day use area:

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We hitched up at sunset and drove north over the Bay Bridge:

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We continued north to overnight at the Walmart of Willows, California.  See the alternating yellow line on the trip map for today’s drive.

Summer 2018, Day 25

What a difference a day makes!  We’re loving the cool weather!

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We received a package today at an Amazon Locker in Half Moon Bay.  This is great for RV travellers:

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We left the RV in Half Moon Bay and drove into San Francisco:

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Our first stop was Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park:

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The park is located in a Ford plant used during World War II to outfit tanks.  With so many men serving in the military, 50% of the workers here during the war were women:

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Oh boy:

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We crossed the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge:

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Our next stop was Point Reyes National Seashore:

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Point Reyes is on the ocean side of the San Andreas Fault, slowly sliding north relative to the rest of California on the mainland side of the fault.  We walked out the the Fault:

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This fence shows the location of the fence at this location after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.  The fault slipped, causing the earthquake and displacing the land on either side of the fault:

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The blue posts show the location of the fault.  It will slip again someday:

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We wanted to visit Muir Woods National Monument, but there’s no longer public parking there and all the shuttles were booked for the day.

We next visited Golden Gate National Recreation Area:

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This area used to be a military base:

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A former Nike Missile site:

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There are bunkers and gun emplacements scatted all over the area:

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We crossed the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco:

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We next stopped at Fort Point National Historic Site, a Civil War-era fort.  The Golden Gate Bridge was built over the fort 50 years later:

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I remember visiting the fort as a kid, but it’s now only open on weekends:

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We could see San Francisco and Alcatraz Island in the distance:

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We drove into San Francisco.  Parking was easier than I would have thought.  We waved at the cable cars going by:

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We walked a couple blocks to San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park:

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The visitor center was well done:

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Turns out this area was built on fill that left many abandoned ship hulls buried under the new land.  Before the fill arrived, ship owners sunk their hulls to claim what would become valuable real estate around their ship.  Sky scrapers were built on top of these hulls:

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We checked out the boats at the pier:

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The tug Hercules:

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Alcatraz prison:

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Inside the tug:

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Heading back to the truck:

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San Francisco City Hall:

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On the way back down the coast to Half Moon Bay, we saw a paraglider free-flying at Pacifica.  I texted my PPG instructor Mark, who I knew was nearby, and we visited briefly.  He offered to take me for a flight tomorrow, so I’ll be back:

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Summer 2018, Day 24

We said goodbye to Sequoia Field and the adjacent prison this morning:

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We drove west to Pinnacles National Park.  It’s over 100 degrees today, so a long hike out into the Pinnacles was out of the question.  We decided to do a short hike to a cave:

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Checking out the pinnacles along the way:

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Heading into the cave:

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On the other end of the cave is a small reservoir:

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The staircase up to the reservoir:

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Back down:

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Oreo isn’t much for spelunking:

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We drove northwest from Pinnacles:

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Within an hour we went from over 100 degrees inland to low 60s on the coast at Santa Cruz.  We continued up the coast to overnight at the state campground in Half Moon Bay.  See the alternating yellow line on the trip map for today’s drive.