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17-Mile Drive & Big Sur

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Today some impressions from another nice and sunny weekend. Malte and me drove the scenic "17-Miles Drive" between Monterey and Carmel and afterwards we continued on Highway 1 to visit Big Sur (to stay a little bit longer than on our first Highway 1 trip to LA).

Bird Rock: What surprise - many birds on a rock. And..... you cannot only see them, you can also smell them - it was not a good smell....
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You can find squirrels everywhere
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One of the main attractions on the 17-Mile Drive: The Lone Cypress (it has prevailed on its rocky perch for over 250 years). It's the small tree to the right of my shoulder.
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After the weather wasn't that good on our first drive on Highway 1, we could enjoy the best weather this time.
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We made the fist stop in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, to the see the McWay Falls. Its one of the few falls that empty directly into the ocean.
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After a small hike in the Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park (Pfeiffer Falls / Valley View Trail) we enjoyed the late afternoon at a beach in the Andrew Molera State Park
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The refreshing bath in the ocean, was short the water is still very cold.
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The birds above Malte's head are pelicans!

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Yosemite

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Last Saturday, I was together with two other BMW interns in Yosemite National Park. We hiked up the trail to the Upper Yosemite Falls and further to Yosemite Point. Round trip 10 miles (16 km), elevation gain almost 3000 feet (900hm).

Next to the falls: El Capitan. Hiking there would have meant additional 9.4 miles. To much for us.
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Lower and Upper Yosemite Fall
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Yosemite Creek. Some seconds later this water comes down Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls.
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Yosesmite Point
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We had a really great day in Yosemite. I hope to get back there soon!

Some feet above Yosemite Point
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Roadtrip: Los Angeles

all seasons in one day


Two weeks ago Malte and I had actually planned to go somewhere in the north. To Lassen Volcanic National Park for example. As we realized that the weather forecast wasn't to good for that weekend and that some of the main roads in Lassen Volcanic Park are still closed because of snow (that remained from winter) we decided more or less spontaneous to travel towards the south.

Fist we had really poor weather (but often still great views)
Bixby Creek Bridge
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Foggy Highway #1
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Big Sur
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Elephant seals (close to Hearst Castle)
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Morro Bay with Morro Rock
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Pismo Beach
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Solvang (a taste of Denmark in California), weather turning point
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Santa Barbara - Stearns Wharf
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Santa Barbara
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Roadtrip sunset
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Los Angeles:
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Hollywood
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Farmers Market, Universal Studios
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Venice Beach
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Back at Pismo Beach - this time with good weather
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2nd week

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It has taken a long time, but now I can say for certain that I have overcome the jetlag. It really took me a whole week to do so.
At work I enjoyed a Tech Office barbecue and got to know the test vehicle. Speaking of cars, this a photo of mine in front of my new home:
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The weather was nice all the week - unfortunately except the weekend.
On Saturday I was in Santa Cruz about 40 miles to the south of Palo Alto.


Santo Cruz is famous for its surf beaches. Of course we (I was there with to other interns) rented surfboards and tried it. It was a little cold and little crowded but I got some waves, the only thing that counts :-)
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On Sunday Malte and I visited the Mount Tamalpais State Park for our first Californian outdoor climbing session. The park is located to the north of the Bay. High above the Bay Mount Tam offered us some easy to climb routes and a very nice few over the bay.
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Posted by sunsetsurfer 22:51 Archived in USA Tagged santa_cruz tam mount_tamalpais Comments (1)

1st Week

Hi,
yes I am still alive and I am doing fine. I haven't had time to write something since my arrival but I will now summarize the first week.

After I almost missed my connection flight in London due to heavy weather conditions, I finally arrived safely at San Francisco International Airport.
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During the first few days I experienced some temporary difficulties concerning my accommodation.
But after 3 days I could move into my furnished room as planned.

I now live in East Palo Alto which is known as yes.... not that save neighbourhood. "Don't go out by foot at night"
Maybe later more about that.

At work many administrative stuff had to be done. But I slowly get into the real work.
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On my first day I at work I also received my car: A light blue Mini. It's stylish and I like it.

Apart from work there was some time in the evening to enjoy the weather (I really have to much long trousers and not enough shorts) playing volleyball with the other interns or take a bath in a outdoor hot tub.

Last weekend I visited Alcatraz Island on Saturday and Castle Rock State Park (nice place to boulder and climb). Here are some impressions:
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Private Photos

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