Posted in Environmental, Experiences, Insights, Life's Little Gifts, Sincere Moments, tagged California, CaliforniaLove, Coastline, Delight, Driving, Freedom, Gratitude, Life, Ocean, Open Road, Pacific Coast Highway, Sunroof, Surfing, Vacation on November 30, 2014|
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For some time I’ve been planning a trip in my head. That trip was to drive or train up the Pacific Coastline and enjoy the scenery and feeling of freedom that this country affords us. When my company decided to apply a new vacation policy and forced me to “Use or Lose” my banked vacation this year I knew this was my best opportunity to make this happen.
The original plan was more grandiose but given the time available I decided to drive up the coast on the Pacific Coast Highway from LA to the SFO/Bay Area and back in a matter of 3 or 4 days, stopping whenever the I felt like it where my and where my curiosity took me. I have a very over scheduled life so a part of the plan was to not be scheduled knowing that there were a few major beat points I wanted to hit.
This trip if taken on the 101 or I-5 would only really take about 4-6 hours. But that wasn’t the point. The point was to take my time and enjoy the atmosphere and environment of the California landscape and especially the oceanfront. There is an amazing amount of freedom being able to consistently see the expansive view of the Ocean and cruising along the coast at moderate speeds.
I’ve discovered a lot of the experiences I think I’d like to have are pretty unique. It’s difficult finding people with the time and desire to jump on board with a similar vision so I’ve decided that this would be a solo trip. In a short conversation about our plans for Thanksgiving my good friend Tara offered to come along. I wasn’t sure if she’d actually do it, cause a lot of people tend to say things they don’t deliver on when they hear about something exciting. There was also a bit of trepidation on both of our parts; I wasn’t sure if she’d really want to be a part of the vision of wanderlust with little structure being “a planner” type person and she was afraid of imposing. In the end I think we hit the perfect balance of “structured freedom” that can enhance any experience. We only listed experiences we thought we’d like to have along the way had an end destination in mind for each day, but were not emotionally invested in where we had to be. We each named our “really like to do’s” on this trip and the “miss-ables”. Ironically we hit every experience we had listed and added a few along the way. It was a pleasure finding a good travel partner to as traveling tends to be quite revealing about people’s personalities.
Traveling on the road can be a great way to realize how small we are the grandness of our world. I loved watching the scenery of the landscape change from Southern California desert beaches to the Mountainous Pine forests of Big Sur. It’s an ever changing environment of Flora, Fauna and Geology set against the constant waves of the ocean coastline. The Pacific Coast Highway provides a unique seamless experience that is unparalleled anywhere in the world that I know of. In the end it was the perfect detachment from the grind of the day to day. A great way to see the amazing scenery and freedom this nation provides for us.
Tara is an avid photographer and videographer. She really was able to capture the essence of the vacation in this short video.
- Sunday evening: Got a head start on the traffic.
- Los Olivos: Thanks to the Nichols family for accomodations.
- Solvang: The Danish City: Breakfast at Solvang Restaurant
- Monarch Butterfly Grove: Millions of Monarch Butterflies stop here on their migration to Mexico.
- Pismo Beach: Arguably the Best Beach in California
- Madonna Inn, San Luis Obispo: Novelty stop.
- Morro Bay: The Rock: A stop at Joe’s Surf Shop.
- San Simeon Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery
- Cayucos, CA: A bit of backtracking for a nights stay
- Surfing at the Cayucos Pier
- Hearst Castle
- Big Sur
- Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park / McWay Waterfall
- Nepthune Restaurant
- Belmont Turnaround point.
- Wednesday: Head home.
- Half Moon Bay
- Santa Cruz
- Return via the 101 to Pismo Beach
- Pismo Boardwalk: Meet up with a new friend
- Follow the Coast home
- North Hollywood, CA
Other Pacific Coastline trips (I’d like to take)
Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner.
Amtrak’s Coast Starlight
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Posted in 80's, Design, Experiences, Good Ideas, Insights, Life's Little Gifts, Technology, tagged Communication, Delight, Design, expression, Freedom, Friends, Gratitude, Joy, Memories, Over-connected life, Seeing things with new eyes on May 13, 2013|
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One of the more favorable things I am grateful for in my life has been the amount of inventive and creatively talented people I’ve been blessed to be surrounded by.
Thomas Crenshaw is one such individual who a few days ago put together this little tribute video for one of his (and mine) favorite TV Shows. The video is fun, compelling and burning up the replays on youtube right now.
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Posted in Experiences, Good Ideas, Insights, Life, Life's Little Gifts, Light, Sincere Moments, The truth, tagged 2011, Authenticity, Comedy, Commencement, Conan O'Brien, Dartmouth, Delight, Emotional, expression, Gratitude, Joy, Life, Peace on August 26, 2011|
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- Steve Jobs steps down
- Twitter feeds from Apple Employees about Steve’s departure.
- kenchangKen Chang ‘ Just watched Tim Cook’s 2010 Auburn University Commencement Speech… and then I saw this… bit.ly/p2us3J (Will Ferrell, Harvard, 2003)
- Conan O’Brien’s 2011 Dartmouth Commencement Address
[21:31]”…No specific job or career goal defines me. And it should not define you.”
[20:52]”..It is our failure to become our perceived ideal, that ultimately defines us and makes us unique. It’s not easy, but if you accept your misfortune and handle it right. Your perceived failure can become a catalyst for profound reinvention.”
[21:52] “In 2000 I told graduates to not be afraid to fail. And I still believe that. But today I tell you that weather you fear it or not disappointment will come. The beauty is that through disappointment you can gain clarity and with clarity comes conviction and true originality.”
[23:20] “Work Hard. Be Kind and amazing things will happen.”
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Posted in Experiences, Good Ideas, Insights, Life, Life's Little Gifts, Light, Sincere Moments, tagged Attitude, Authenticity, Children, Conflict Resolution, Delight, expression, Gratitude, Joy, Life, Memories, Mr. Rogers, Peace, Seeing things with new eyes on August 10, 2011|
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Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood won four Emmy awards, and Rogers received one for lifetime achievement.
During the 1997 Daytime Emmys, the Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Rogers. The following is an excerpt from Esquire‘s coverage of the gala, written by Tom Junod:
Mister Rogers went onstage to accept the award — and there, in front of all the soap opera stars and talk show sinceratrons, in front of all the jutting man-tanned jaws and jutting saltwater bosoms, he made his small bow and said into the microphone, “All of us have special ones who have loved us into being. Would you just take, along with me, ten seconds to think of the people who have helped you become who you are. Ten seconds of silence.”And then he lifted his wrist, looked at the audience, looked at his watch, and said, “I’ll watch the time.” There was, at first, a small whoop from the crowd, a giddy, strangled hiccup of la
ughter, as people realized that he wasn’t kidding, that Mister Rogers was not some convenient eunuch, but rather a man, an authority figure who actually expected them to do what he asked. And so they did. One second, two seconds, seven seconds — and now the jaws clenched, and the bosoms heaved, and the mascara ran, and the tears fell upon the beglittered gathering like rain leaking down a crystal chandelier. And Mister Rogers finally looked up from his watch and said softly “May God be with you,” to all his vanquished children.https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Fred_Rogers#Personal_life
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Posted in Experiences, Good Ideas, Insights, Life, Life's Little Gifts, Light, Robert Frost, Sincere Moments, Work, tagged Attitude, Gratitude, Life, Path, Peace, Poetry, Road, Robert Frost, Thanks, Travel on May 15, 2011|
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Have you ever done something and then looked backwards and thought… what the what? I never thought I would do something like that. For the last 25 years I’ve made a conscious effort to keep an open mind to all possibilities. That one effort has taken me to places I never could have dreamed of, meet extraordinary people, and has also put me in places I never wanted to be. Yet there is grace and beauty in understanding the details of a situation that you think you understood from the outside. It’s that one effort that continually puts me on the road less traveled.
I hope that I am not crazy, but I have gone a sold the farm, changed my life completely and committed to doing to two things I never thought I’d ever do in my life.
1. Live in Utah. I could tell a long drawn out story about it, but I think the statement “Live in Utah” is sufficient.
2. Work for a real monster company again. Knowing my personality and my experience I really feel the best place for me to succeed is a company that is mid-major sized. Big enough to matter, small enough to make progress. After a couple of experiences with Monster enterprise level companies, I was sure that road wasn’t for me. In a sincere effort to discover what I truly wanted I felt I really wanted to help people better their lives in real ways. So I’ve joined the technological effort to save lives by Joining GE Healthcare.
The Road Not Taken
Robert Frost (1874–1963). Mountain Interval. 1920.
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth.
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same.
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I–
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
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