An Unexpected Blast From the Past

The Golden State, back in our Golden Age

I was recently rooting through some of my old photographs from the pre-digital and early digital age…the days when you still had to get pictures ‘developed’ before you could see them. I must admit I have no nostalgia for this age whatsoever.

My purpose was to dig up so old pictures from my 2006 volunteer service in Big Bend National park for a story I wanted to do. I haven’t been able to locate them, yet. But I did find a ton of other historical photographs back from when Sylvia and I were still just dating. Some of these old pictures still hold up surprisingly well.

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Pilot Mountain looked much the same ten years ago as today.
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Mabry Mill, the Blue Ridge Parkway’s most photographed place, on an icy day in January 2009 
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A bronzed and almost frighteningly skinny Sylvia on the beach at South Padre Island, circa 2007.

Here’s a bunch from out 2007/2008 trip to Coastal California and the Big Sur. Back then, neither Sylvia nor I really knew if our relationship was even going to work out. We’ve been through a lot together since then, and looking at these old photos certainly rekindled memories of that time.

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Vineyards near Napa
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Hiking at the Pinnacles Monument…now a National Park.
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One of Brian’s many fabled lost hats.
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The Big Sur Coast

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In the background is the famed Bixby Creek Bridge

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A strange sea bird

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Elephant Seal Colony

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Pismo Beach
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The call California the Golden State
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No place else does the sun set with the splendor we witnessed on the California Coast
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The Channel Islands
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In Santa Barbara
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For years, I had this photo on my desk at work. 
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One of my favorite photos ever of my wife. 
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We visited San Francisco during a very epic winter storm.

It is ironic that as I looked through these, many places pictured here are now threatened by wildfires. Out hearts go out to the people of California.

But the way, we also HIGHLY recommend a drive up the California Coast North of Santa Barbara at least as far as Monterrey.  Our advise is to spend at least a day or two fully exploring Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park and the surrounding area. There is just a ton to see here. We’ll be back someday to make more golden memories!

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