happy friday y'all! i'm so glad the week is over, and there's a new blog post up about our recent trip to tennessee to see both the solar eclipse as well as great smoky mountains national park. these are the chimney tops! www.jenn.LA #linkinprofile#jennLAtravels#findyourpark
That lighthouse is phar out, man!🤙🏼 (Pharologist humor)
💡A mangled, twisty, two-lane blacktop led us twenty miles from the Point Reyes National Seashore visitor center, crisscrossing the San Andreas fault, to the lighthouse, which clings nervously to the cliff 225 feet above the sea. Well, it led us most of the way to it. From the parking lot we still needed to descend three-hundred-and-some steps (they're numbered! 📸4) on foot.
Who had the bright idea to build a lighthouse down the side of a cliff, you may wonder? They chose Point Reyes due to numerous shipwrecks in the area, and they chose a lower elevation on the point because the light needed to project below the typical marine layer in order to be seen here, the foggiest spot in North America.
In its day, before being replaced in the 1970s by a $2.00 Radio Shack L.E.D. on a timer, the 1,000-watt incandescent bulb and first-order Fresnel lens could project a flashing beam 24 nautical miles out to sea. Speaking of out to sea, we spotted several gray whales spouting just offshore from the lighthouse.
📸2: What kid doesn't love a lighthouse? Possibly mine. 📸3: @13roads_don inspects the inner workings of Fresnel's ingenious gravity-driven rotator in hopes of fashioning a similar setup for a 4G Yagi antenna in his Airstream.
While most of the US is baking under a heat wave, Yellowstone decided to skip fall and head straight to winter. Heavy snowfall, cold temps, and road closures weren't what I expected for a visit to the park in the middle of September, but it really was beautiful. More photos to come!
It’s a bit hard to make out from the shadows, but the fence in the foreground and the one further behind were once connected. This fence which was built over 100 years ago shifted apart by over 16’ during the great earthquake of San Francisco on April 18, 1906. This interpretative trail was a short hike along the San Andreas Fault Line.
Location scouting for a haunted Halloween house! 👻 But seriously what a hidden gem. One of the trees in this forest is 5,067 years old. Which means the tree was germinated 3,000 years before baby Jesus was born 😱😱😱😱 #ancientbristleconepineforest