Jul 29, 2014

Where Pacifica meets the Pacific


Just south of San Francisco is a beach town that is quieter and calmer in comparision. I hear it is a playground for surfers and hikers. We found ourselves visiting Pacifica, CA on a cloudy day so there weren't a whole lot of surfers out at sea that day.

What the dark skies didn't do, was stop fishing enthusiasts from coming out with rods, bait and all. The pier did seem quite crowded for a moody day.

However, what struck me most and stuck with me were the sands of Pacifica's beaches. It was darker than the sand you find in the beaches along the coast of California; like a sign of volcanic activity ages ago. (It reminded me of the black sand beach in Hawaii that we had visited a few years ago, only it was not just as dark.)

The Municipal Pier at Pacifica, California.



It's coast is hilly and scenic. I'm sure there are lots of opportunity for hikers. For those who aren't into that, and surfing and fishing, the best part about Pacifica must be walking along its promenade and watching the waves of the Pacific Ocean lash against the rocks and the dark sands of its shores.

Rockaway Beach, Pacifica

Some rocks as seen from Rockaway Beach

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May 27, 2014

Our World: Chasing a double rainbow


We were in Washington last summer and it was nice and warm and not unlike California, around then. Then we were back in Vancouver, Washington in the Fall and on our very first day here, the area gave us a taste of the rains that the Pacific Northwest is famous for. Rain and shine took turns that day. And then we decided to step out in the evening. Outside, the skies were a dark grey, the sun was peeping out from somewhere up there, and also there to greet us was a rainbow -- a full one. I'm not sure I'd seen a full rainbow prior to that. I looked at it again and I saw that it was a double-rainbow. Now I'd seen a double rainbow before but then again it was not a full bow; only parts of two colourful rainbows.

This was my Welcome-to-Washington-Rainbow; a double one at that. :)

I just couldn't help taking my phone out and taking some photos. These are pictures through the windshield and in-between showers so they are not the best. From the confines of the car, I couldn't even manage a picture of the full rainbow.

We had to drive around quite a bit and make a few stops to get some things done that evening and everywhere we went, the big, beautiful rainbow was visible.



























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May 3, 2014

A Tulip Fest or a visual feast?


"Ten thousands saw I at a glance
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance." *

Only they weren't Daffodils, but Tulips. The Daffodils were almost out of season and the Tulips had taken center stage. The place was Wooden Shoe Tulip Farms and the occasion was the annual Tulip Fest that Woodburn, Oregon is proud of.

It was only recently that I learnt that the Pacific Northwest was home to several Tulip Farms and that April was the month for these pretty flowers. That also meant that it was the season for Tulip festivals around here. My wish to to visit one of these festivals only grew stronger and stronger till I decided I just had to it. And honestly -- it took a while to decide which one to go to.

Having zeroed in on the Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest, we drove down to Woodburn, which is around 30 miles south of Portland. After a drive through the busy Interstate 5 and some of Oregon's quiet countryside, we finally turned into what looked like an outdoor party in the middle of nowhere.

There were tulips everywhere: in pots that adorned the farm's buildings, the gift shops and in the hands of the visitors. There was even a game area where players shot paintballs at cutouts of Tulips. The best part of the day was definitely the Tulip fields.





This part of the farm, which stretches over 40 acres just might make a poet out of one or remind them of one. You know what the fields did to me. :) Now I can imagine how overwhelmed Wordsworth must have been when he saw that crowd of daffodils. Here at the Wooden Shoe Tulip fields there were tens of thousands of Tulips dancing in the Spring breeze. It was a very pretty picture. The Tulips were not just in red and yellow but purple, orange, white and every other colour that these flowers come in. And I believe it was the fact that they were planted in a colour pattern that made the scene such a feast to my eyes.

FYI --
Toilets: Yes. (Several set of Portable ones)
Food: (and drinks and snacks)available.
Transportion: There are buggy rides to the fields (from the parking lot)The pathways are stroller and wheelchair friendly if you don't mind a bumpy ride.
Other: There are craft stalls and amusement for the little ones (in the form of slides and Jump-houses)

Please note: The Wooden Shoe's Annual Tulip Fest 2014 winds up this weekend. For further info -- Tulip Fest


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Apr 29, 2014

Our World: Tulip Time

If it is April and you find yourself in Oregon or Washington, you might want to treat yourself to this gorgeous sight:

Tulip Festival in Woodburn, Oregon


Some Tulip events you could check out:
Skagit Tulip Festival, Washington
Woodland Tulip Festival, Washington
Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest, Oregon

Coming next on Tipsy From The Trip: A full post and more pictures from the Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest in Woodburn, Oregon. 
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Apr 23, 2014

OurWorld: Alum Rock Park


Alum Rock Park in San Jose is said to be one of the oldest municipal parks in California. Dating back to the early 1870s, this park still wears some signs of its historical past.

The landscaped part of Alum Rock park is an area for a family day out with lawns where you can picnic and the kids can play. A good part of the park has been left natural with some trails for some hikes through the Alum Rock Canyon and this part of the Diablo Range.

Some pictures from a walk in the park:






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