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Adsos Letter

(19,459 posts)
Mon Aug 27, 2012, 12:23 AM Aug 2012

Above the fog at Mt. Tam

Last edited Mon Aug 27, 2012, 01:05 PM - Edit history (1)

EDIT: That's Mt. Tamalpais for those unfamiliar with the area.

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Last, but certainly not least, my trusty companion of 35 years:

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Above the fog at Mt. Tam (Original Post) Adsos Letter Aug 2012 OP
Lovely views. Speck Tater Aug 2012 #1
Thanks. This is a typical summer late afternoon at the coast here. Adsos Letter Aug 2012 #3
I used to see that sort of thing a lot Speck Tater Aug 2012 #6
I hear ya. Adsos Letter Aug 2012 #10
Willamette Valley (Eugene) WcoastO Aug 2012 #28
Go Ducks! Speck Tater Aug 2012 #29
Sweet! Very sweet! Solly Mack Aug 2012 #2
Thanks Solly! We wanted to stay late enough to get deep sunset shots... Adsos Letter Aug 2012 #4
My very first kiss from my first wife was at the summit of Mt. tam OffWithTheirHeads Aug 2012 #5
I lived in Bolinas, too, Blue_In_AK Aug 2012 #7
I lived there at the same time! Hmmm. OffWithTheirHeads Aug 2012 #9
I lived on the Mesa, too, Blue_In_AK Aug 2012 #13
Dosn't sound like it. I lived on Fern road behind the geodesic dome house. OffWithTheirHeads Aug 2012 #18
Are you talking about Bill and Debbie Beckman's dome house Blue_In_AK Aug 2012 #21
I've visited most of the Lower 48, and Arizona is still one of my favorites. Adsos Letter Aug 2012 #11
I grew up in California. Lived everywhere from Shasta to Tahoe to Lemoore OffWithTheirHeads Aug 2012 #19
I fell in love with Arizona during a family summer vacation there... Adsos Letter Aug 2012 #22
Beautiful, familiar views. Blue_In_AK Aug 2012 #8
No guarantees on the weather this time of year, as you know. Adsos Letter Aug 2012 #12
One of my favorite spots on Earth pscot Aug 2012 #14
Thanks! Adsos Letter Aug 2012 #15
Awe inspiring photos!...They bring back fond memories of hiking up to Mt. Tam red dog 1 Aug 2012 #16
Sounds a lot like either Redding or Oroville. Adsos Letter Aug 2012 #23
David Crosby weighs-in, Musically nikto Aug 2012 #17
Thanks! It really is a magical area. Adsos Letter Aug 2012 #24
You hit it perfectly Mz Pip Aug 2012 #20
Thank you. I wish I could say that I planned it but the conversation went something like this... Adsos Letter Aug 2012 #25
I love seeing Mt. Tam AsahinaKimi Aug 2012 #26
I love it on Mt. Tamalpias...what a way to spend the day...aaahhh Tikki Aug 2012 #27

Adsos Letter

(19,459 posts)
3. Thanks. This is a typical summer late afternoon at the coast here.
Mon Aug 27, 2012, 12:29 AM
Aug 2012

Fog rolls in like clockwork. Some of our clearest days are actually from late Fall through early Spring.

 

Speck Tater

(10,618 posts)
6. I used to see that sort of thing a lot
Mon Aug 27, 2012, 02:32 AM
Aug 2012

when I lived in Southern Oregon. Now that I'm living in the flat Willamette Valley instead of among the mountains I only see it from the underside, which is nowhere near as attractive.

Adsos Letter

(19,459 posts)
10. I hear ya.
Mon Aug 27, 2012, 01:02 PM
Aug 2012

I lived in Amity (just south of Mac) for a couple of years; it's quite lovely around there, but the lack of sunlight was all too often a serious downer.

My in-laws live in southern Oregon between Selma and Kirby. Beautiful country, and filling up with Californians as we speak (as I suspect too much of Oregon is).

WcoastO

(55 posts)
28. Willamette Valley (Eugene)
Tue Aug 28, 2012, 11:43 PM
Aug 2012

one hour form the ocean one hour from the mountains; dozens of wineries, craft breweries, mild climate, farmer's markets and the Oregon Ducks!

Adsos Letter

(19,459 posts)
4. Thanks Solly! We wanted to stay late enough to get deep sunset shots...
Mon Aug 27, 2012, 12:35 AM
Aug 2012

...but we also wanted to get down to Stinson Beach to do some beach walking before it closed; problem is, both parks close around sundown and the road down from the top of Mt. Tamalpais is steep, narrow, and crooked.

So, we opted for a hand-holding walk on the beach...

 

OffWithTheirHeads

(10,337 posts)
5. My very first kiss from my first wife was at the summit of Mt. tam
Mon Aug 27, 2012, 01:52 AM
Aug 2012

It was a long time ago and we were together for 16 years. We lived in Bolinas, San Anselmo, Mill Valley, funny how life changes. Now I live in Tucson with my wife of over 25 years.

 

OffWithTheirHeads

(10,337 posts)
9. I lived there at the same time! Hmmm.
Mon Aug 27, 2012, 01:00 PM
Aug 2012

I lived on the Mesa, drove a powder blue porsche 911 and had an Old English Sheepdog named Charlie Goodfellow. Played a lot of tennis downtown. Ring any bells?

Blue_In_AK

(46,436 posts)
13. I lived on the Mesa, too,
Mon Aug 27, 2012, 01:44 PM
Aug 2012

a few different places. My oldest daughter, heather, was born in a house up there on Birch Road, I believe, delivered by Helen Swallow. I played a lot of music (flute) with Chuck Alexander (who was still living there when we visited a few years ago) and other guitar players whose names don't come to mind immediately. I lived with Chris Hersey, who I later married (for a while). Do I know you?

 

OffWithTheirHeads

(10,337 posts)
18. Dosn't sound like it. I lived on Fern road behind the geodesic dome house.
Mon Aug 27, 2012, 10:16 PM
Aug 2012

And God, it was so long ago. it's hard to remember names. We do have one other thing in common though, I was born in Kodiak.

Blue_In_AK

(46,436 posts)
21. Are you talking about Bill and Debbie Beckman's dome house
Mon Aug 27, 2012, 11:49 PM
Aug 2012

or that wood one that looked like a mushroom on the corner of whatever and whatever? if you're talking about the Beckman's, I lived in their guest house for a while.


Ed. I just did a google map of Bolinas, and if you lived on fern road, it was the Beckmans' dome. We must have been neighbors. .

Adsos Letter

(19,459 posts)
11. I've visited most of the Lower 48, and Arizona is still one of my favorites.
Mon Aug 27, 2012, 01:08 PM
Aug 2012

Nice variation in terrain/climate, so much to see and do.

I prefer it to California, actually, but we're here until retirement.

 

OffWithTheirHeads

(10,337 posts)
19. I grew up in California. Lived everywhere from Shasta to Tahoe to Lemoore
Mon Aug 27, 2012, 10:51 PM
Aug 2012

But I grew up in S.F.

I love Tucson but we didn't move here until I retired. My wife misses the trees but this desert is amazing. The housing is sure a whole bunch cheaper! The house I'm renting now would go for about a million five in the bay area but Is costing me about $400.00 a month less than my tiny condo in San Jose costs.

Adsos Letter

(19,459 posts)
22. I fell in love with Arizona during a family summer vacation there...
Tue Aug 28, 2012, 12:42 AM
Aug 2012

when I was about 12 yrs. old. Tuzigoot, Wupatki, Montezuma's Castle and Well, etc., gave me a lifelong desire to work in archaeology; a dream I was never able to fulfill. I was quite the dreamer when I was younger, and had a real thing for the "Lost Dutchman" story. One of my goals is to hike the main trail through the Superstition Mountains. Our yearly road trip this year was through the Southeastern United States; next year we are doing Switzerland and Spain, but the following year we are planning for the Southwest. So, maybe I'll get that hike in. Don't expect I'll find any gold though.

Housing costs in the Bay Area are insane! My daughter just finished a paid internship with KPMG in their Silicon Valley office, and if it weren't for the generosity of a relative she'd have paid a good chunk of her earnings in rent.

We bought our place 25 years ago, and are fortunate to be paying a fraction of what people entering the market now are enduring. Five years ago prices were even crazier.

Blue_In_AK

(46,436 posts)
8. Beautiful, familiar views.
Mon Aug 27, 2012, 03:44 AM
Aug 2012

I used to hitchhike out there from the City and then hike down to Muir Beach to visit friends. I love being above the fog like that.

We're going to be down that way in a couple of weeks for about five days. Order up some good weather for us.

Adsos Letter

(19,459 posts)
12. No guarantees on the weather this time of year, as you know.
Mon Aug 27, 2012, 01:19 PM
Aug 2012

Still; it's been beautiful, and no sign of change in the foreseeable future. The City has been cool, but not bad at all. Some lovely days, actually, so your weather should be excellent.

My wife and I have been visiting this area since we were kids. The hike from Muir Woods to Stinson Beach used to be one of our favorites. Unfortunately, her knees don't handle those long downhill sections well anymore, although if we really take our time she can manage it.

This time we transited the park on the Bolinas road. The fog had settled in to the trees along the way; it was semi-raining, but still in the mid-50's so not cold.

The smell of the Bay Laurel was incredible.

EDIT: ...punctuation...

Adsos Letter

(19,459 posts)
15. Thanks!
Mon Aug 27, 2012, 04:03 PM
Aug 2012

My wife and I have been driving/hiking this area since we were kids (lo those many years ago).

red dog 1

(28,364 posts)
16. Awe inspiring photos!...They bring back fond memories of hiking up to Mt. Tam
Mon Aug 27, 2012, 05:37 PM
Aug 2012

back when I lived down there.

I now live 3 hours north of S.F.(inland) and it's 95o to 100o or more every single day from May through September

I sure do miss that wonderful, cool fog.

Adsos Letter

(19,459 posts)
23. Sounds a lot like either Redding or Oroville.
Tue Aug 28, 2012, 12:47 AM
Aug 2012

I've got an uncle in Palo Cedro, and friends in Redding and Oroville Beautiful country, but it gets darned hot during the Summer. Lovely trout fishing in both areas, if you're in to that sort of thing.

Adsos Letter

(19,459 posts)
25. Thank you. I wish I could say that I planned it but the conversation went something like this...
Tue Aug 28, 2012, 01:00 AM
Aug 2012

Me: "Hey, lets drive over to the coast."

Wife: "Sounds good. Let me put on some walking shoes."

Me: "Hey, lets drive over Mt. Tam and down to Stinson for a walk."

Wife: "OK."

Me: "Check it out, the fogs coming in! I gotta' get some shots of this!"

That's about as much planning as my photography ever gets. I generally rely on Nature cutting me tremendous amounts of slack. On an afternoon/evening as lovely as Saturday was it's hard NOT to get some nice shots.

Having said that, nothing I took at Stinson Beach really turned out...

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