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south of the border


South of the border, from here in Vancouver, is the USA, our huge neighbour just across the 49th parallel. The United States of America is a vast and varied country, with many fascinating places to visit. Although I do not spend a lot of time there, occasionally there are day trips, and sometimes longer excursions.

The first of these took place during April 2011, too early in the year to hope for good weather all the way, particularly along the western shoreline. Starting in Cannon Beach, the route followed was down the Oregon coast and into northern California. From there a weather-driven dash was made inland to Sonoma, and finally three days were spent in San Francisco. Those five days in California were largely sunny.

A second excursion in July 2011, a quick foray to Seattle for a sports event, also netted a few shots.

A third visit was in September 2011, when, based for 6 days in Fort Collins, I managed a few trips about the immediate area, north-western Colorado, and south-eastern Wyoming.

A fourth sojourn south of the border during late September 2012 began in Fort Collins, Colorado, yet extended to the southwest, with stops at Mesa Verde, Monument Valley, and the national parks around Moab Utah. This started with a visit with my son and family, and culminated with a mini-pbase meetup in Moab.
blustery
blustery
seaside
seaside
haystack
haystack
style
style
harrowing
harrowing
rainforest
rainforest
tempestuous
tempestuous
key link
key link
fleet
fleet
bellowing
bellowing
assets
assets
charming
charming
opening night
opening night
alone
alone
stark
stark
high-rise
high-rise
thirsty
thirsty
California Street
California Street
emblematic
emblematic
flair
flair
triumph
triumph
popular
popular
crooked
crooked
strip
strip
eat at joe’s
eat at joe’s
menu
menu
bustling
bustling
precaution
precaution
modern
modern
low key
low key
Jones Street
Jones Street
F Castro
F Castro
bluesman
bluesman
bathing beauties
bathing beauties
waterfront
waterfront
cruise
cruise
Golden Gate
Golden Gate
Jailhouse Rock
Jailhouse Rock
sleeping giant
sleeping giant
half way
half way
towering
towering
party
party
fresh
fresh
Vedauwoo
Vedauwoo
photo-stop
photo-stop
shapes
shapes
squadron
squadron
neighbours
neighbours
bushy
bushy
enduring
enduring
fierce
fierce
eagle's nest
eagle's nest
basking
basking
ghosts
ghosts
heavy metal
heavy metal
mountains
mountains
Lily Lake
Lily Lake
ponderosa
ponderosa
new growth
new growth
perils
perils
exhausted
exhausted
bright
bright
prime
prime
Longs Peak
Longs Peak
slash
slash
meetup
meetup
red rock ramblers
red rock ramblers
struggle
struggle
canyonlands
canyonlands
dynamic
dynamic
layer cake
layer cake
mittens
mittens
famous
famous
scurrying
scurrying
precipitous
precipitous
addition
addition
in touch
in touch
bite
bite
source
source
steady
steady
valiant
valiant
fins
fins
gallivanting
gallivanting
Square Tower House
Square Tower House
limited
limited
intertwined
intertwined
lesson
lesson
scale
scale
palace
palace
snug
snug
shelter
shelter
hardy
hardy
wool
wool
eagle
eagle
spires
spires
flurry
flurry
disheveled
disheveled
amorphous
amorphous
erosion
erosion
rabbitbrush
rabbitbrush
varnish
varnish
looming
looming
the call
the call
expired
expired
drought
drought
changes
changes
ice cold
ice cold
aspens
aspens
last look
last look