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Really Big Trees Near Guernville (Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve)

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Whatever you do, make sure you visit the amphitheater (though this time of year it might have better been called the “amphibian-theater”). Also visit a winery and catch a buzz before you park the car.

The posse

Amy dwarfed by a giant redwood

The band at the crest

Crown

More crown

Hiking the David Joseph State Park (near Jenner, CA)

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On a beautiful Spring day (one of the first for months) we went to the edge of the continent with Uncle Jim and Chloe. Just south of the Russian river is Shell Beach and across Highway 1 from that is a nice set of trails traversing the coastal hills.

All told, we may have hiked 3.5 or 4 miles.

From the Pacific

 

Vernal mud on the trail

 

Spring mushrooms were everywhere (irises too)

 

To the fern forest

Then it was back down to the ocean.

College and the Arts 2015 Reprise

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It’s really nice to be home after ten days on the road, but the College and the Arts trip with Eli was fantastic. Here are some highlights and pointers from the trip.

Laguna and Los Angeles
school: UC Irvine
hotels: 14 West and Palomar Los Angeles
arts: LACMA
highlight: visiting Bob and Espie in Topanga
special thanks to: Louise Schlegel and Carter Jones

Kandinsky

Kandinsky

Santa Cruz
school: UC Santa Cruz
hotel: The Paradox
arts: Driving up the California coast on CA-1
highlight: getting sunburned on CA-1
we missed: Brian Chess (who got sick)

Sequoia Trees at UC Santa Cruz

Sequoia Trees at UC Santa Cruz

San Francisco
school: UC Berkeley (Cal)
hotel: Palomar San Francisco
arts: The Elias String Quartet
highlight: the berkeley tour with Jonathan
special thanks to: Jacob and Jonathan

The Elias Quartet

The Elias Quartet

Fossils and Bells at Berkeley

Fossils and Bells at Berkeley

Colorado
school: Colorado College (Eli’s favorite by far)
hotel: Garden of the Gods
arts: um, well, grappa?!
highlight: hanging out with Pier and Debra
special thanks to: Pier and Debra for the hospitality

Now THIS is art.

Now THIS is art.

Colorado College and Pike's Peak

Colorado College and Pike’s Peak

Maine
schools: Bates and Colby
hotel: Maple Hill Farm Inn
arts: Colby College Art Museum
highlight: who knew there could be snow in April?!

View from Maple Hill Farm Inn

View from Maple Hill Farm Inn

The World

The World

North Carolina
schools: Duke and UNC
hotel: the umstead
arts: North Carolina Museum of Art
highlight: Our docent Francesca’s incredible tour

UNC: Football stadium or prison?  Hmm.

UNC: Football stadium or prison? Hmm.

Francesca

Francesca