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California in June 2013

In June 2013, I had to return to California for a series of conferences and meetings. It had only been two months since my last time in the city, and things seemed very familiar this time around. I started my trip by spending one evening seeing friends in Los Angeles, before moving on to San Francisco the next day. There, I had very little to do, as I had seen most of the city so recently, although I managed to see more of the golden gate park, and also finally got around to visiting the USS Pampanito submarine.

A strange coincidence happened onboard the Pampanito; I met a couple from Leeds, who lived only about 3 miles from me! It's a small world. After San Francisco, I worked in San Jose and Santa Clara for a week (revisiting Big Basin Redwoods forest and Carmel) and then drove east to Sonora. From here, I managed to spend a couple of days exploring the Yosemite National Park (in 110 degree heat) and even got to see the High Sierras. It was a lovely trip.

Me standing at the top of Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park, California
Me standing at the top of Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park, California
Rafting in the Merced river, in Yosemite National Park, California
Rafting in the Merced river, in Yosemite National Park, California
Clouds over Baffin Island, Canada, on the flight to Los Angeles.
Clouds over Baffin Island, Canada, on the flight to Los Angeles.
Clouds over the northern United States, on the way to Los Angeles
Clouds over the northern United States, on the way to Los Angeles
See the Gulch's Gay apparently. Musee Mecanique, San Francisco.
See the Gulch's Gay apparently. Musee Mecanique, San Francisco.
The Ole Barn Dance coin-op at the Musee Mecanique, San Francisco.
The Ole Barn Dance coin-op at the Musee Mecanique, San Francisco.
The USS Pampanito submarine, in San Francisco
The USS Pampanito submarine, in San Francisco
Interior of the USS Pampanito, in San Francisco.
Interior of the USS Pampanito, in San Francisco.
Levers and dials, inside the USS Pampanito, San Francisco
Levers and dials, inside the USS Pampanito, San Francisco
The sleeping quarters, inside the USS Pampanito, San Francisco
The sleeping quarters, inside the USS Pampanito, San Francisco
Dials and Controls bathed in red light, inside the USS Pampanito, San Francisco
Dials and Controls bathed in red light, inside the USS Pampanito, San Francisco
Indicator lights inside the USS Pampanito, San Francisco
Indicator lights inside the USS Pampanito, San Francisco
San Francisco street scene. The view down Powell Street from near Sutter.
San Francisco street scene. The view down Powell Street from near Sutter.
Barbara Hepworth sculpture outside the de Young Museum, San Francisco
Barbara Hepworth sculpture outside the de Young Museum, San Francisco
Artificial Rock by Zhan Wang, outside the deYoung museum. Very shiny metal.
Artificial Rock by Zhan Wang, outside the deYoung museum. Very shiny metal.
A gallery and sculpture inside the deYoung museum.
A gallery and sculpture inside the deYoung museum.
Still Life with Grape Juice and Sandwiches, deYoung Museum, San Francisco
Still Life with Grape Juice and Sandwiches, deYoung Museum, San Francisco
"Rover’s Garden Grows" by Dale Chihuly and Italo Scanga. deYoung Museum.
"Rover’s Garden Grows" by Dale Chihuly and Italo Scanga. deYoung Museum.
A room filled with glass sculpture, at the deYoung Museum, San Francisco
A room filled with glass sculpture, at the deYoung Museum, San Francisco
"Pre-Columbian" by Mark Di Suvero, in the deYoung Museum, San Francisco
"Pre-Columbian" by Mark Di Suvero, in the deYoung Museum, San Francisco
Model for Total Reflective Abstraction, and Anti-Mass, in the deYoung Museum
Model for Total Reflective Abstraction, and Anti-Mass, in the deYoung Museum
A red and gold flower vase in the de Young Museum, San Francisco
A red and gold flower vase in the de Young Museum, San Francisco
Untitled, crocheted wire sculptures by Ruth Asawa, de Young Museum, California
Untitled, crocheted wire sculptures by Ruth Asawa, de Young Museum, California
San Francisco street scene from Powell Street, looking towards Angel Island
San Francisco street scene from Powell Street, looking towards Angel Island
Horizon Lines Container ship under grey skies in San Francisco Bay
Horizon Lines Container ship under grey skies in San Francisco Bay
Centipede, Ms. Pac Man and Centuri Phoenix arcades at the Musee Mecanique
Centipede, Ms. Pac Man and Centuri Phoenix arcades at the Musee Mecanique
The "Rainbow Falls" waterfall in the Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
The "Rainbow Falls" waterfall in the Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
The Portico "Portals of the Past" on Lloyd Lake in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
The Portico "Portals of the Past" on Lloyd Lake in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
American Bison in the Golden Gate Park "Buffalo Paddock", San Francisco
American Bison in the Golden Gate Park "Buffalo Paddock", San Francisco
The Sutro District sign in the mist on Lands End Trail, San Francisco
The Sutro District sign in the mist on Lands End Trail, San Francisco
Pink carpet trailing iceplants on the Californian Coast, Lands End, San Francisco
Pink carpet trailing iceplants on the Californian Coast, Lands End, San Francisco
The ruined Sutro Baths at Lands End, San Francisco
The ruined Sutro Baths at Lands End, San Francisco
Surfers walking on the misty beach in front of Cliff House, Lands End, San Francisco
Surfers walking on the misty beach in front of Cliff House, Lands End, San Francisco
Seal Rocks as seen from the beach, at Lands End, San Francisco.
Seal Rocks as seen from the beach, at Lands End, San Francisco.
The Dutch Windmill and Queen Wilhelmina Tulip Garden, Golden Gate Park
The Dutch Windmill and Queen Wilhelmina Tulip Garden, Golden Gate Park
The Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
The Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
Close up of some purple and white flowers in the Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
Close up of some purple and white flowers in the Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
Kites flying above the Music Concourse, in the Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
Kites flying above the Music Concourse, in the Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
The central fountain in the Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
The central fountain in the Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
A pagoda in the Japanese Tea Garden, in the Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
A pagoda in the Japanese Tea Garden, in the Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
A landscaped pond in the Japanese Tea Garden, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
A landscaped pond in the Japanese Tea Garden, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
A pagoda through the green trees, at the Japanese Tea Garden, San Francisco
A pagoda through the green trees, at the Japanese Tea Garden, San Francisco
Bright green leaves against dark green backdrop. San Francisco.
Bright green leaves against dark green backdrop. San Francisco.
Fractal-like tree branches in the Japanese Tea Garden, San Francisco.
Fractal-like tree branches in the Japanese Tea Garden, San Francisco.
The front approach to the Conservatory of Flowers, San Francisco
The front approach to the Conservatory of Flowers, San Francisco
Detail view of the Conservatory of Flowers, San Francisco
Detail view of the Conservatory of Flowers, San Francisco
Looking out over San Jose from Sanborn County Park. Silicon Valley.
Looking out over San Jose from Sanborn County Park. Silicon Valley.
Bark peeling off a tree in Sanborn County Park, San Jose.
Bark peeling off a tree in Sanborn County Park, San Jose.
Me in front of a giant sequoia in Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Santa Cruz.
Me in front of a giant sequoia in Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Santa Cruz.
Me deep in the forest, at Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Santa Cruz.
Me deep in the forest, at Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Santa Cruz.
Me at Sempervirens Falls, in Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Santa Cruz
Me at Sempervirens Falls, in Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Santa Cruz
The beach at Carmel on a misty day in California
The beach at Carmel on a misty day in California
Wild dolphins in the sea off the coast of Carmel, Calfironia.
Wild dolphins in the sea off the coast of Carmel, Calfironia.
Looking down the beach at Carmel, California.
Looking down the beach at Carmel, California.
Driving through golden Califronia to Sonora.
Driving through golden Califronia to Sonora.
The Sugar Pine Railway engine greeting visitors to Sonora, California.
The Sugar Pine Railway engine greeting visitors to Sonora, California.
The St. James Episcopal Church in Sonora, California.
The St. James Episcopal Church in Sonora, California.
The view of fire damage from Big Oak Flat Road, on the way to Yosemite, California
The view of fire damage from Big Oak Flat Road, on the way to Yosemite, California
A lizard climbing over a rock, on Big Oak Flat Road, on the way to Yosemite, California
A lizard climbing over a rock, on Big Oak Flat Road, on the way to Yosemite, California
Me standing on rocks on Big Oak Flat Road, on the way to Yosemite, California
Me standing on rocks on Big Oak Flat Road, on the way to Yosemite, California
The view of El Capitan, from Southside Drive, Yosemite, California
The view of El Capitan, from Southside Drive, Yosemite, California
Me with Yosemite Falls in the background, on Southside Drive, Yosemite
Me with Yosemite Falls in the background, on Southside Drive, Yosemite
Another view of the beautiful Yosemite Falls, in Yosemite National Park
Another view of the beautiful Yosemite Falls, in Yosemite National Park
A dry riverbed in Yosemite Valley, California
A dry riverbed in Yosemite Valley, California
The Lower Yosemite Falls, at Yosemite National Park, California
The Lower Yosemite Falls, at Yosemite National Park, California
The whole of Yosemite Falls (Upper, Middle Cascades, Lower) in Yosemite
The whole of Yosemite Falls (Upper, Middle Cascades, Lower) in Yosemite
Cowboys crossing the Merced River, in Yosemite National Park, California
Cowboys crossing the Merced River, in Yosemite National Park, California
A wild deer crossing a trail, in Yosemite National Park
A wild deer crossing a trail, in Yosemite National Park
A sign on the car of someone heading to Yosemite for their honeymoon
A sign on the car of someone heading to Yosemite for their honeymoon
The view down Yosemite Valley from Big Oak Flat Road, Yosemite.
The view down Yosemite Valley from Big Oak Flat Road, Yosemite.
Hazy silhouette of Half Dome, in the Yosemite Valley, California
Hazy silhouette of Half Dome, in the Yosemite Valley, California
Yosemite Valley in the evening haze, from Big Oak Flat Road.
Yosemite Valley in the evening haze, from Big Oak Flat Road.
Steep cliffs in Yosemite National Park, against a dark blue sky.
Steep cliffs in Yosemite National Park, against a dark blue sky.
Rocks in the Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California
Rocks in the Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California
The Mist Trail, in Yosemite National Park, California
The Mist Trail, in Yosemite National Park, California
A rainbow in the mist, on the Mist Trail, Yosemite National Park, California
A rainbow in the mist, on the Mist Trail, Yosemite National Park, California
The Merced River, splashing against rocks in Yosemite National Park
The Merced River, splashing against rocks in Yosemite National Park
The North Dome, at Yosemite National Park, California
The North Dome, at Yosemite National Park, California
Tunnel View, at Yosemite National Park, California
Tunnel View, at Yosemite National Park, California
The Mist Trail as seen from Glacier Point, Yosemite, California.
The Mist Trail as seen from Glacier Point, Yosemite, California.
Half-Dome as seen from Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park.
Half-Dome as seen from Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park.
The North Dome and Basket Dome, from Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park
The North Dome and Basket Dome, from Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park
A view of the Yosemite National Park from Glacier Point.
A view of the Yosemite National Park from Glacier Point.
The view from Olmstead Point, Tioga Pass, under a dark blue sky. California.
The view from Olmstead Point, Tioga Pass, under a dark blue sky. California.
Looking across Tenaya Lake from the Tioga Pass, California.
Looking across Tenaya Lake from the Tioga Pass, California.
Tuolumne Meadows, under a dark blue sky. In eastern Yosemite National Park.
Tuolumne Meadows, under a dark blue sky. In eastern Yosemite National Park.
Boats in the evening sun on the Moccasin Reservoir, Tuolumne County, CA.
Boats in the evening sun on the Moccasin Reservoir, Tuolumne County, CA.
A busy day on S. Washington Street, Sonora, California.
A busy day on S. Washington Street, Sonora, California.
Tuolumne County Court House, from S. Washington Street, Sonora.
Tuolumne County Court House, from S. Washington Street, Sonora.
The day after Asiana Airlines flight 214 crashed at San Francisco airport.
The day after Asiana Airlines flight 214 crashed at San Francisco airport.
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