Monday, September 1, 2008

On the Road from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada to Pacific Grove, California, U.S.A. (August 14-16, 2008)

I spent two days driving from Vancouver, British Columbia to Pacific Grove, California, with a stop along the way in Bandon, Oregon. Highway 5 from northern Washington to southern Oregon was a scenic and easy drive, once I got past the long wait at the Canadian border. Highway 101 from Bandon south to Pacific Grove started as a classic coastal drive, with foggy windswept beaches and towering redwood forests. Passing through California's wine country north of San Francisco, the scenery changed from forested mountains to golden hills dotted with ancient oak trees and row after row of grapevines. Here are just a few photos from the road:
There's no place like home!
The International Peace Arch on the border between Surrey, British Columbia (Canada) and Blaine, Washington (U.S.A.) was dedicated in 1921 and represents the longest undefended boundary in the world
A picturesque farm house in northern Washington
Highway 101 from Grants Pass, Oregon to San Francisco, California is aptly named the "Redwood Highway." The tallest tree in the world is a coast redwood located in northern California's Redwood National Park; it measures 379.1 feet in height and is estimated to be 700-800 years old!
California's world-renowned wine country; the Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties north of San Francisco have been cultivated for wine-making since the mid-19th century and today boast more than 400 wineries

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