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Roughly nine months out of the year, there are beautiful wildflowers in bloom here Somewhere-in-the-Middle-of-the-USA.  The purple coneflower may be my favorite of them all.  Here is a shot of one in bloom in my backyard garden. You Might Also Enjoy: Butterfly on a Coneflower Purple Coneflower Wordless Wednesday:  How Shutterbug Sage Works in the […]

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The Pigeon Point Lighthouse was built in 1871 and is the tallest lighthouse on the West Coast of the US.  The point is named after the ship Carrier Pigeon that wrecked in this spot in 1853.  Unfortunately, the lighthouse was closed in December 2001 when its rusting cast iron walkways and collapsing brickwork made it […]

As we continued our drive north along the Pacific Coast, we neared Big Basin Redwoods State Park.  It was the most magical place with the Pacific Ocean on our left and views of Montana to the right.  Unfortunately, we were on a schedule and couldn’t spend the time I would have loved to take in […]

At home we pay nearly $1.00 each for artichokes.  Along California’s lush, Central Coast, you can purchase ten artichokes for $1.00.  Wow, what a bargain!  Except that when you’re traveling there’s really no way to cook them and enjoy them.  Thankfully nearly every restaurant serves artichokes in one of many ways. Here is an artichoke […]

As our time in Monterey (sadly) came to an end, we hugged the Pacific Coast as we made our way back to the big city and catch our flight home.  We passed fields of lettuce, artichokes, and garlic.  The magnificent Pacific Ocean was rarely out of sight on our left, and we saw this cheery […]