Birding @ Sutro Baths and Sutro Heights Park (SF)

After birding hardly at all in August, I finally made it out this morning to see what was a-wing in northwestern San Francisco.

It was a typical early September day, warm and sunny, without a cloud in sight. For those of you who don’t know SF’s somewhat unique weather patterns, the coast is socked in with fog for most of the summer, blanketing roughly the western half of the city, and keeping temperatures mild (mid-60s) in the rest of it. September is typically our most summery month, with a good two solid weeks of warm’ish weather, almost, but not quite warm enough to get the shorts out of the back of the closet, where they live for 11 months of the year.


Brown Pelicans, Heermann’s Gulls, Brandt’s Cormorants and Western Gulls on Seal Rocks

Oregon Road Trip – Day 9 – Eureka, CA to San Francisco

We woke at 8:15, checked out of our hotel, then had some tasty breakfast bagels in downtown Eureka at Los Bagels, which had an interesting mix of Jewish and Mexican decor, as befitted the name. While downtown we drove by the Carson Mansion again, since, although its best lighting is near sunset, across the street is a lovely and more modest (only by comparison) Victorian dubbed “the Pink Lady” that Carson built for his daughter.


“The Pink Lady,” Eureka, California

Oregon Road Trip – Day 5 – Portland, OR to Pacific City, OR

Sarah & I woke up early, had a quick breakfast, said our goodbyes, and were on the road at 8:30, heading west toward Tillamook. The drive was only about 90 minutes, and was very pretty as well as traffic-free once we cleared the Portland metro area.

Tillamook Cheese Factory
A tourist-trap for cheese addicts like myself

(warning, this is a lonnnnng post with many pictures!)