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California Vacation 2011 - Day 14: Pacific Coast

Still catching up on vacation reports. This entry is about Friday, January 21st.

California Vacation 2011 - Day 14: Cartoon Museum

Still catching up on vacation reports. This entry is about Thursday, January 20th.

Califorina Vacation 2011 - Day 13: Exploratorium

It's been a couple of years since I visited the Exploratorium, and Kayjay and Lynard didn't know it at all, so this is where we spent the day. Furvan went shopping on his own, though. Lucky for him he doesn't know what he was missing. There are some similar museums around the world based on the same didactic concept, but the Exploratorium is still the best in my opinion. Countless physical experiments to try yourself, well constructed and explained. We entered at half past ten in the morning and got thrown out after only twenty minutes — when they were closing at five in the afternoon. I believe that's one of the few experiments without a proper description: the difference between your sense of time and the actual time spent at the museum.

Califorina Vacation 2011 - Day 12: Coyote Point

Tuesday, we're among the last few furries checking out of the Fairmont. Packing the car, heading for San Francisco. Breakfast at Starbucks somewhere near San Mateo, Furvan shopping for fursuit building materials at a sports store, then a small detour to Coyote Point County Park, visiting the small animal park.

California Vacation 2011 - Day 8 - 11: Further Confusion

The year's Further Confusion was a pleasant surprise after last year. Granted, I didn't expect anything at all this time — too many regulars were not able to attend, mostly those who were important contributors to FC's unique atmosphere. They were dearly missed, indeed. I heard several voices blaming the Fairmont for lack of atmosphere, but it's the guests that make a convention, not the hotel. In fact I only had few issues with the hotel, mostly with the slow bar service, which on Sunday ignored us completely. The majority of the hotel staff was very lovely, at least to us. But even with many of our friends missing, something was back: the FC spirit. A bit weak, but definitely there.

Califorina Vacation 2011 - Report status

So much was going on during the last days of our vacation! Whenever I had the time to update this journal (which was seldom enough) there wasn't a stable Internet connection or I just was too tired to write coherently.

California Vacation 2011 - Day 7: Carrizo Plain National Monument

Carrizo Plain National Monument had been on our list for a couple of years, but we always had to skip it due to weather or time constraints. Not this time. Against the recommendation of the GPS navigation we took the south entrance. The unpaved stretches of the road were in fact in a better state than most city streets in San Diego. The vegetation is unique, the park is heaven for bird watchers. Located exactly on the San Andreas fault, there is also a bit of an uneasy feeling involved. Located in the north of the park, Soda Lake is a good point for watching shorebirds. If you visit at the correct time of year, unlike us.

California Vacation 2011 - Day 6: Anza Borrego Desert State Park

Last breakfast at the Best Western Yacht Harbor hotel with fresh waffles, check out, and then off to Anza Borrego, California's largest state park east of San Diego. The route to it is very scenic with steep winding roads through the coastal mountains, the park itself (or at least the small fraction of it that we were able to visit) is a surprisingly impressive desert landscape. We didn't see the mountain sheep, but the Palm Canyon trail was refreshing and entertaining even without it. We probably visited the park a bit too early, but at least some shrubs were blooming.