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California National Monuments


Cabrillo National Monument

5/26/1996 Drove to Pt. Loma to Cabrillo National Monument. We were so early the road (on a military base) was closed so we circled around for a while. At the monument, first went to the visitor center for beautiful views of North Island, Harbor Island, etc. Down to the ocean to explore the tidepool area and more great views.

The park sign
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Me being silly with a lens
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A tidepool
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The rocky beach
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Castle Mountains National Monument

Not visited.


Cesar E. Chavez National Monument

Not Visited.


Devils Postpile National Monument

9/12/1988 Drove to and hiked into Devil's Postpile [National Monument] - similar to Devil's Tower, WY only smaller.

An informative sign
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Cool extrusions
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A close-up of a pillar
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Another view
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Lava Beds National Monument

5/13/2009 Arrived at Lava Beds NM around 3:30 and headed down to the visitor center, stopping at many cool pull-offs. The cinder cones all around were obvious, as were the extensive lava flow fields. At the VC, went on a trail to the Mushpot Cave. Down a ladder into a cool lava tube cave. The park has made a path lined with small red lights and a few information signs, so I could just see to walk. Unfortunately, while filming I whacked my headed on the low ceiling and got a cut through my hat – ow!

The park sign
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A good panorama of the lava field
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Close-up of the lava
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A cinder cone
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Mushpot Cave outside ...
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... and inside
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Muir Woods National Monument

7/1972 Drove back to San Francisco, stopping at Travis Air Force Base and Muir Woods National Monument, and over the Golden Gate Bridge.

Ken on a bridge along the trail
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A look skyward
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5/1984 Drove to San Francisco, toured Muir Woods [National Monument], walked down to Muir Beach - very cold, lots of jellyfish.

A look at the deeply creviced bark
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Friends Todd and Jim on the trail
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10/28/1991 Drove across Golden Gate to vista point, then on to Muir Woods [National Monument]. Beautiful sunny, cool day to walk around woods - saw some deer close up.

Me by a cross-section of a tree
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Some of the giants
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Maureen showing the scale
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A look up a tree
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11/5/1993 Drove down to Muir Woods [National Monument], had lunch and walked around.

Maureen in front of a big one
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8/25/1994 ... drove down to Muir Woods [National Monument] (had lunch right before getting there). Nice walk through forest, even took Hillside trail up on hill at mid-tree level.

Me, George and Marty on the path
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