Road Trip

Lake Helen, Lassen National Park

by Sherri on September 15, 2008

Sherri & Cocoa walking along the shoreline at Lake Helen, Lassen National Park, California

One of the things we did while visiting friends in Taylorsville was to do a “day trip” to Lassen National Park.

Unfortunately, dogs are not all that welcome in National Parks.  For us, that makes them a lot less appealing. Our dog travels with us just about everywhere we go. So traveling to National Parks is not something we do often. We are far better off sticking to the State Parks and our favorite travel destinations, which are off-the-beaten-path and lesser known. They have far less restrictions and a lot less people.

While we were at Lassen and our friends were checking out the hydrothermal activity on the “Bumpass Hell Trail,” we opted to hang out at beautiful Lake Helen directly across the road, which also includes a great picnic area.

We really wanted to explore the hydrothermal areas which the park is so well known for, but dogs are not welcome on any of the trails within the National Park. To my knowledge, all national parks (at least in California) are this way. If anyone knows otherwise, please let me know by leaving a message.

Lassen National Park has a lot of things to see. But, it’s really hard to do it any justice, when you travel there with your dog. I would recommend leaving your pooch at home, unless all you want to do is jump out, take a few snapshots and say “I went to Lassen National Park!”

For more information on Lassen National Park, please visit the following links.

No Power? No Problem!

by Sherri on September 5, 2008

Jeff using a Power Inverter to charge a camera battery.

When we left home for our Northeastern California Road Trip a couple weeks ago, we planned on staying in places with power about half of the time. As it turns out, we were without power the entire trip! [click to continue…]

Taylorsville Tavern

by Sherri on September 3, 2008

Taylorsville Tavern, Taylorsville, California

Unfortunately, we didn’t get to check out the Taylorsville Tavern while we were in town. It looks like it could be a fun place to have a cold one, next time we are in the area!

Old Rusty Cheverlot Pickup Truck

by Sherri on September 2, 2008

Old Rusty Cheverlot Pickup Truck, Taylorsville, California

Lately, I seem to have a passion for photographing old trucks. That may be one reason why I love little old towns off-the-beaten-path so much. They nearly always seem to have at least one old truck laying around in a pasture somewhere.

It’s funny. They have to be really old though. A broken down 20 or 30 year old truck laying around in someone’s yard would appear as trash. But, really old ones such as the one in this photo make great yard art, as long as it’s not in my yard!

I hope no one ever hauls this truck out of town. It’s part of what makes Taylorsville the neat little town that it is!

Cover Photo of Indian Creek

by Sherri on August 26, 2008

Indian Creek, Taylorsville, California shot on Nikon D-300 with Tokina 12-24mm lens.

It’s a lot easier to Blog about our Northeastern California Road Trip, now that we are home and with power. [click to continue…]

Back Home in Auburn

by Sherri on August 20, 2008

Blue Lake Shoreline, Modoc National Forest, California

Some of you have been reading our Photo Blog during the last couple of weeks, during our Northeastern California Road Trip.

We are now back home in Auburn. Last night, we completed a 1150-mile loop, covering some of the most beautiful and less traveled to areas of Northern California.

We had a great trip, but as always, it’s good to be home! We returned with lots of photos and now the fun (I mean the not-so-glamorous work) begins. Our images will get organized into folders, edited, keyworded, captioned and the list goes on.

Over the next few weeks, we will also be posting many more photos from our road trip. So, please be sure to check back often to see what’s new.

“Gearing Up” for Upcoming Road Trip

by Sherri on August 1, 2008

Our living room shot with my new Tokina 12-24mm super wide-angle lens.

Wow! Our living room never looked so big! This was the first photo taken with my new super wide- angle lens. So far so good!

Jeff and I will be leaving soon on a “Road Trip,” exploring and photographing new territory in Northeastern California and the Lake Tahoe Region.

I would have eventually purchased this lens along with my new Nikon D-300, but just before a trip like this seemed like the time to take the plunge. I have been experimenting with this lens and I’m loving it, but I haven’t really tried out the camera yet. That is on the agenda for this weekend.

After comparison shopping on the Internet, I found the best deals through B&H Photo in New York.  Not only were their prices lower than anywhere else, their service was impeccable.

I will be writing more about our upcoming trip in a future post, as well as posting a photo or two taken on the D-300.