Saturday, May 28, 2005
Paso Robles Wine Country
Heading to and from San Simeon State park we drove through the Paso Robles Wine Country. This is a beautiful area and has more than 70 wineries and more than 200 vineyards. We drove through this area on highway 46 and there is a group of wineries on this stretch that have joined together to form a passport promotion. This passport promotion includes 17 wineries along highway 46. After you taste wines at the participating wineries they will stamp your wine passport, which is available at the wineries. Check out the passport promotion website to get more information. You can also check out their home page to get more information about the wineries on highway 46. This is a real nice area to drive through and stop at wineries along the way. Those who were not driving on our trip got to sample some wines at a few different wineries in Paso Robles Wine Country. We stopped at Bonny Doon Vineyard, Peachy Canyon, Castoro Cellars, and Mastantuono Winery. I have linked their websites to their names so check them out. Now, only being in California for three weeks, I would have to say that highway 46 is a real nice view with beautiful rolling hills and vineyards. At one section of highway 46 you can see the ocean and Morro Rock. I was not able to get any pictures since I was driving. It would have been difficult to get all of the stunning countryside into a picture.
Friday, May 27, 2005
Antelope Valley Links
I just came across another website with some information about the Antelope Valley. Click HERE. I also found a website with some more information about the communities in the Antelope Valley. Click HERE to see that page. There is also a website with frequently asked questions about the Antelope Valley that looks like it has some interesting information. Click HERE to see the frequently asked questions page.
Wednesday, May 25, 2005
HERE. We did notice a lot of signs stating no rock climbing on this massive rock. It must be a real nice view at the top but I guess the view is left for the birds. I was not able to get a picture of the entire rock but click HERE to see one. You can also check out the web site for Morro Bay to learn more, click HERE.
Tuesday, May 24, 2005
Trail in San Simeon State Park
San Simeon State Park
San Simeon State Park. This park is located about 215 miles northwest of Lancaster, CA. It is located on the central coast of California about 35 miles north of San Luis Obispo. It was a very pleasant drive out to this state park from the Antelope Valley. We took 138 to 5 to 46 to scenic Highway 1. The ride along 46 was also very nice with all of the rolling hills and vineyards. This picture was taken just behind our campsite and is located a mile from the coast. At our campsite we could hear the ocean as well as coyotes at night. The sounds of turkeys gobbling woke me up in the morning. It was a very nice time camping there. With the shore only a mile from the campsite it was nice to walk down there. The shore was a mix of dirt and rocks but nice to walk along. There are also trails inside the park that take you through pine forests. It was strange to see a sign warning us about mountain lions but luckily we did not see any of them. We did see a couple of deer on our drive out of the park Sunday morning. I think they were black-tail deer. You can learn more about the park by clicking here.
Monday, May 23, 2005
As you can see I am able to share my digital pictures with you on this blog. I am using Flickr to do this. If you would like to set up a free Flickr account click here. There are security settings you can set so your photos can not be seen by everyone. In order to attach a photo to a blog the photo must be public though. The process is easy to get your photos on Flickr. You will just need to upload the digital photos. There are a lot of great features Flickr has to offer and I am just beginning to learn them. Check out this blog post I came across about features of Flickr.
Hermosa Beach Cam
Good Stuff Restaurant and thought that would be a good place to grab a bite to eat. While waiting for our table the camera got a picture of us. The Strand Cam archives the photos on the internet so if you go see if it got your picture. It is a great place to grab some food and has a nice outdoor dining area. After we ate our delicious lunch the sun returned.
Sunday, May 22, 2005
Antelope Valley and Beyond
I have just changed the description of this blog to "Information about the Antelope Valley and Beyond." It was previously "Information about the Antelope Valley and moving across the country." Although I have moved across the country I think this blog will be more like this new description. These past couple of weekend I have traveled outside the Antelope Valley and would like to inform you not only of the Antelope Valley, where I now live, but also the surrounding areas and the beautiful things to see and do in this part of the country. I have some good materials to share with you in my upcoming posts so check back soon. It is hard to believe I have been in the Antelope Valley for over two weeks now.
Thursday, May 12, 2005
Rabbit in the Prime Desert Woodland Preserve
Prime Desert Woodland Preserve
Tuesday, May 10, 2005
Finding Hikes in the Area
One of the things I like to do in my spare time is go for a nice hike. Now that I am in a new area of the country I have to find out where to go. I found a website that will help me out. Localhikes.com You can simply enter in your zip code and a list of hikes in your area will appear. The zip code for Lancaster is 93534 if you want to see the hikes nearby.
Monday, May 09, 2005
Arrive in the Antelope Valley
I have arrived in the Antelope Valley. I flew in on Thursday, May 5th. I had a nice flight out although when I arrived in LA it was cloudy and raining a little. When I arrived in Lancaster I was tired from the day of traveling and had a lot of unpacking to do on Friday. Saturday and Sunday were nice days and I began to explore the area a little bit. I have a AAA Tour Book for Southern California and it says that Lancaster has a population of 118,718. The elevation of Lancaster is 2,355 feet. It is so nice to see the big mountains that surround the area. I can even see snow capped mountains in one area to the south. The Antelope Valley is located between the Sierra Madre & San Gabriel Mountains, south of here, and the Tehachapi Range Northwest of here.
Sunday, May 01, 2005
Location of the Antelope Valley
The Antelope Valley is located an hour to an hour and a half north of Los Angeles, California. The two main cities of the Antelope Valley are Palmdale and Lancaster. You can view a map of Palmdale and Lancaster by clicking on their links. You can also view satellite images of the areas through those links by clicking on "satellite" which will show up on the upper right hand side of the page. There is some more information about the area click Here.