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the big trip, chapter 2: big sur

We finally reached Denver after an adventurous last leg of our roadtrip. Once we got our brakes fixed in Fresno, we continued to the Grand Canyon – only to realize that the car was now permanently overheating. On the first day after we got back on the road, we managed to drive a whopping 300 miles in ten hours – with cooling stops every 50 miles or so. The following days were better, but only after we began stockpiling large water canisters in the car, driving uphill at a dizzying 15 mph and crossing the Arizona and New Mexico desert with the heat on full to help cool down the engine.

Yesterday, 2,711 miles after we left San Clemente, we arrived at our new place in Arvada, a suburb of Denver. A few hours later, we ran into a wonderful gentleman named Eric Wilper whose bike broke down right where we made a cooling stop during a test drive to see if a new radiator cap would fix the overheating problem (it didn’t). He happened to be an avid hobby mechanic, and after we gave him a ride home, he helped us out in turn by exchanging the thermostat of the Aerostar during a 2-hour operation. What a warm welcome to beautiful Colorado!

But to cut a long story short, we now have internet access again, and I can finally post the second chapter of our Big Trip: Big Sur.


After we woke up Thursday morning in the shade of giant old redwoods at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, we started exploring the beautifully rugged coastline between McWay Cove and Point Sur. We happened to be there at the perfect time. Spring had just arrived and the wildflowers were in full bloom. Add to that the spectacular scenery of the Santa Lucia mountain range rapidly falling of into the roaring Pacific, and you have the recipe for possibly one of the most beautiful places on earth…

Please note: I tried my best to identify the wildflowers in the following pictures correctly. However, I am not an expert. If you notice any inaccuracies, please leave a comment at the end of this post!

Mountains and ocean meet to create the unique scenery of McWay Cove at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park in Big Sur, Calif., May 19, 2011.

Mountains and ocean meet to create the unique scenery of McWay Cove at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park in Big Sur, Calif., May 19, 2011.

California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica ssp. californica) lines the entrance road of Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Calif., May 19, 2011.

California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica ssp. californica) lines the entrance road of Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

A park visitor walks through the Overlook Trail pedestrian tunnel at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Calif., May 19, 2011.

A park visitor walks through the Overlook Trail pedestrian tunnel at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

Island False Bindweed (Calystegia Macrostegia) grows on the cliffs of Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Calif., May 19, 2011.

Island False Bindweed (Calystegia Macrostegia) grows on the cliffs of Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

Sea and sky meet at the Pacific Coast of Big Sur, Calif., May 19, 2011.

Sea and sky meet at the Pacific Coast of Big Sur.

Waves crash through an opening in the rocks at Pfeiffer Beach in Big Sur, Calif., May 19, 2011.

Waves crash through an opening in the rocks at Pfeiffer Beach in Big Sur.

An unidentified wildflower blooms at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Calif., May 19, 2011.

An unidentified wildflower blooms at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

The sun breaks through the clouds at Point Sur, Calif., May 19, 2011.

The sun breaks through the clouds at Point Sur.

3 Comments June 5, 2011

urban magic hour

Some street shots taken during magic hour…

3 Comments October 21, 2010

a day out at the cabin

David Rees invited Calin and me to spend Friday afternoon with him and his family at their cabin in northern Boone County. Calin and I had helped him redo the roof last year and David wanted us to get some time out there without a hammer in our hands. It was a gorgeous, warm fall day and we had an amazing time just hanging out under the oak trees and by the lake fishing. I lost five lures on underwater logs, but I also caught two beautiful bass. Together with the one Calin caught, this should be enough for a nice fish fry sometime soon.

David had prepared some lunch – sandwiches and an amazing soup that he had cooked for 36 hours…

Calin is getting ready to fish…

…but then decides to take a nap instead.

Trying to pick up service at the cabin…

1 Comment October 10, 2010

honor guard for adam smith

The community of Macon, Mo., has recently lost one of their own when Navy Seal Adam Smith died along with two other soldiers in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan on Tuesday, September 21, 2010. This Friday, Adam Smith’s visitation was to be held at the First Baptist Church in Macon. The American Legion Riders provided an honor guard. The previous night, Wayne, a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks in Macon (the MPW hosts) who is also part of the American Legion Riders, came up to me and asked if we could send a photographer to document the occasion.

With things at the workshop going smoothly, I was able to free up some time and walk over to the church to photograph. Here are some of the shots I came back with.

1 Comment October 1, 2010

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