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Old 16th Apr 2018, 05:27
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Originally Posted by sitigeltfel View Post
Solvang...Danish.

It means "sunny field".
Thank you!

Posted after a 15 hr day and a couple of rum...

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Old 16th Apr 2018, 05:29
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I second this----take IEX helicopters---you might even fly with me.....
Wave at me next time you buzz us on the way to Avalon

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Old 16th Apr 2018, 08:50
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That is a tough one.
Sparse vegetation, little rainfall, forest fires , lots of rainfall = moving hills.
A couple of well placed cruise missiles would clear it ready for the next slide waiting in the wings. Well, maybe 10 or 12.
The scale is massive. The repair efforts include taking precision measurements to monitor any shifting of the hillside both above the new road and below. Geologists have been part of the engineering crew.
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Old 16th Apr 2018, 12:50
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Driving round the curving road road and being confronted with Bixby Bridge was a breathtaking experience. A real feat of engineering, considering the landscape.
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Old 16th Apr 2018, 14:06
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Originally Posted by herman the crab View Post
Wave at me next time you buzz us on the way to Avalon

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You sail across...? I keep a sailboat in Shoreline Marina.....

Headed to fly the Island right now.....
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Old 16th Apr 2018, 14:48
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I 2nd the idea of visiting the Computer History Museum in Mountain View. I contribute enough to get my name on the wall.

The Revolution exhibit is very interesting.

Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing | Computer History Museum

They have 2 working IBM 1401 Systems. Demo on Wednesday 15:00 and Saturday 11:00.

http://www.computerhistory.org/exhibits/ibm1401/

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Old 16th Apr 2018, 20:19
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Originally Posted by Gordy View Post
You sail across...? I keep a sailboat in Shoreline Marina.....

Headed to fly the Island right now.....
No, I work for the other 'Express' transportation.

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Old 16th Apr 2018, 22:11
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Originally Posted by goudie View Post
Driving round the curving road road and being confronted with Bixby Bridge was a breathtaking experience. A real feat of engineering, considering the landscape.
And the time - 1932. The bridge was built at a cost of a mere $200K, the equivalent of $3.4 million US today. In 1996, a project to retrofit the bridge for seismic compliance cost $20 mil.

The bridge eliminated the additional 11 mile journey, impassable in winter, on what is now known as the Old Coast Highway, a dirt road described by a former librarian of the region as having been laid out in a replication of the engineer's signature, because of its sinewy nature.

There is some kind of magical energy that exists in the region - my own family and natives of the area often attribute it to the meeting of mountainous terrain and the vast expanse of the Pacific ocean. Radio waves are practically nonexistent with no cellular phone service. It's a great place to truly "get lost". Margaret Wentworth Owings, perhaps, a friend of John Muir and Rachel Carson, and founder of the Otter Wildlife Reserve, puts it best:

There’s something about Big Sur that puts people in their place. Something they have to come back to, because it does something to you. And it gives you a responsibility to keep it like this.
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Old 16th Apr 2018, 23:52
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day trip to Santa Catalina Island.
I second this----take IEX helicopters---you might even fly with me..
Agree, Been There, Done That, fly around at 1,000 agl ( actually asl ) then climb up to the 1,400 ft threshold ! Stop before you fall off the far end! Such fun.

Very jealous, did it reverse, i.e. San Fran. to Long Beach in 1956. ( after driving across from Detroit, but that's another story.)

Just read that Lefty O'Douls bar, just off Union Sq. in San Fran. has closed, you've missed that, but Earthquake McGoons jazz club may still be there ?
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Old 17th Apr 2018, 01:09
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No, I work for the other 'Express' transportation.

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Aha.....Who knew.

I am the one who flies lower than the rest, typically 200 feet. I am not here full time as I run a company up North doing fires and power lines. I am the owners "insurance policy" to fly when we are short staffed.

I saw you guys tried one more trip last Thursday to the island mid-afternoon and turned back....I cancelled the remainder of my day----the wind and seas were nasty.....
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Old 17th Apr 2018, 10:55
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vapilot - completely agree. I'm not a spiritual person but I keep going back to Big Sur whenever I can. I'm not sure why, probably its beauty, but there's a special feeling there being up on the cliffs with the mountains behind and the ocean in front of you and all you hear is the wind. It is a magical place.
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Old 17th Apr 2018, 13:30
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Good to know others appreciate Big Sur. I would also recommend a harbour tour in San Diego - so much naval power in one place. Also do enjoy sunset drinks and dinner in Poseidon at Del Mar - as good in 2009 as it was on a weekend away from Red Flag in 1979.
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Old 17th Apr 2018, 16:25
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Originally Posted by Gordy View Post
Aha.....Who knew.

I am the one who flies lower than the rest, typically 200 feet. I am not here full time as I run a company up North doing fires and power lines. I am the owners "insurance policy" to fly when we are short staffed.

I saw you guys tried one more trip last Thursday to the island mid-afternoon and turned back....I cancelled the remainder of my day----the wind and seas were nasty.....
Yep, I made one of the 3 trips we managed and got to go home 3 hours early. I didn't think it as the bad - although based on where I used to work I am amazed by what they consider 'rough' here.

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Old 17th Apr 2018, 18:52
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It's possible now to drive the best bits of Big Sur, but a bit of an adventure. There's a road called the Naciamento Highway (they were kidding when they added Highway) which will take you from King City on 101 through a National Guard training centre/center then over the mountains to Route 1, from where you can turn right and see all the best bits before ending up in Carmel.

You will need your passports and up-to-date registration papers for the car, because the military check those. It is a truly spectacular road and worth driving in its own right. It descends 3000' in what seems like about one mile.

One thing you'll quickly discover in the US in general is that there are aviation museums everywhere. Some are fantastic, others are half a dozen tired, unflyable warbirds sitting in a corner of a hangar. There's a nice one at Santa Maria, on 101.
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Old 18th Apr 2018, 06:47
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Thanks, n5296s, I "drove" that road via google maps just now - looks wonderful and will try it next time I'm there later this year. Doesn't look like a good place to have brake failure though...
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Old 18th Apr 2018, 08:03
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Lots of tight turns and not a road to drive at night for the first time. We knew a local boy that didn't make it home one night.

Now, the Old Coast Highway with a high clearance vehicle is a bit of a rough bounce up and down around some switchbacks and through the middle of a farmer's field that paid for miles upon miles of stainless steel fencing. Often closed to the public during periods of rain there are a few creeks and lots of redwoods. It's one way - south.

Hokulea, good on you, man! That's nice to hear.
Hawaii has some magic of its very own. Plenty of folks from around the Central Coast are connected to Hawaii - in many ways, going back to the sugar plantations and early pineapple farms.
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Old 18th Apr 2018, 09:27
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Thanks, vapilot. The Road to Hana and "highway" 30/340 (Kahekilli Hwy) on Maui compare to the Big Sur for beauty but can be as scary as hell, especially when you meet a school bus on one of the one-lane switchbacks. You know you are the one that has to reverse on a narrow road with a rather nasty drop a foot away from you!

The first time I visited the Central/North CA, Oregon and Washington coast some years ago was preceded by lots of conversations with people in Hawaii about the best places to visit. An awful lot of people have retired on my island (Big Island) that used to live there. I'm thinking of doing the reverse and retiring somewhere on the west coast! Yachats has caught my interest but also like the idea of living in Cambria.

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