Around the US, pictures – California

Here are some pictures from the California part of the trip.

Eureka – a small city in northern California – surprisingly has many buildings with interesting architecture.

Eureka, The Carson Mansion
Eureka, The Carson Mansion

Eureka, CA - another interesting building
Eureka, CA – another interesting building

Eureka, CA - another interesting building
Eureka, CA – another interesting building

Took an exit to have a look at the “avenue of the giants” – a road through huge trees in Redwood Park. And quite unexpectedly ran onto some hippy commune:

Some hippy commune near the Alley of the Giants
Some hippy commune near the Alley of the Giants

Chandelier Tree – one of the “drive through” trees. This one is not far from Leggett, CA. The tree is 315-foot (96 m) tall, 21 ft (6.4 m) in diameter, and ~2400 years old (it’s just crazy!)

Chandelier Tree
Chandelier Tree

In the early 20th century, inhabitants of Fort Bragg threw their garbage including glass bottles in the ocean not far from the city. Years later, the nicely polished small pieces of glass cover the beach.

Fort Bragg, CA - Glass Beach
Fort Bragg, CA – Glass Beach

Near by Fort Bragg, CA
Near by Fort Bragg, CA

City of Ten Thousand Buddhas - one of the first Buddhist monasteries built in the United States and probably the biggest Buddhist community in the country.
City of Ten Thousand Buddhas – one of the first Buddhist monasteries built in the United States and probably the biggest Buddhist community in the country.



Beautiful Santa Cruz …
Santa Cruz, CA
Santa Cruz, CA

… and its beautiful surfers:
Santa Cruz, CA
Santa Cruz, CA

Santa Cruz, CA
Santa Cruz, CA

Santa Barbara, CA - "ta-ta-da-dah!..." :)
Santa Barbara, CA – “ta-ta-da-dah!…” :)
Santa Barbara, CA - The Golden State
Santa Barbara, CA – The Golden State
On my way to Death Valley
On my way to Death Valley
Death Valley
Death Valley
Death Valley, Zabriskie Point
Death Valley, Zabriskie Point
Death Valley, Zabriskie Point
Death Valley, Zabriskie Point
Death Valley, Badwater Basin - the lowest point in North America, with an elevation of 282 ft (86 m) below sea level.
Death Valley, Badwater Basin – the lowest point in North America, with an elevation of 282 ft (86 m) below sea level.
Death Valley, Badwater Basin - the lowest point in North America, with an elevation of 282 ft (86 m) below sea level.
Death Valley, Badwater Basin – the lowest point in North America, with an elevation of 282 ft (86 m) below sea level.
Death Valley, almost 5pm.  Thermometer shows 127F outside (+53C).  Can't stay outside longer than 10 minutes, even with my cap on, it feels terrible.  It was a good idea to get a cooler, fill it with ice and bottled water.
Death Valley, almost 5pm. Thermometer shows 127F outside (+53C). Can’t stay outside longer than 10 minutes, even with my cap on, it feels terrible. It was a good idea to get a cooler, fill it with ice and bottled water.
Death Valley, Artist's Drive and Palette. The heat is killing me, took the picture from inside the car and headed to Las Vegas, Nevada.
Death Valley, Artist’s Drive and Palette. The heat is killing me; took the picture from inside the car and headed to Las Vegas, Nevada.

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