I’ve been missing in action since last month; I had to detour from my posts because of a planned trip to Hawaii (home) for 10 days. During that visit, I managed a doorscursion and found some doors to post when we returned home (mainland) but had to a detour from posting last week.
In Hawaii, the wife and her sister discussed following their dream to visit some northern destination in search of seeing and photographing the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights and I was given a choice to go with them or stay home and watch the teenage nephew. Well, I also wanted to photograph the northern lights (I like the nephew but if given a choice I’d rather watch the northern lights) but it was last-minute planning that got me concerned. So I did some quick research while still in Hawaii and suggested Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada might be the location to go to. So the wife and her sister planned the flight and accommodations which was not easy when made at the last minute. The schedule planned meant we leave for Alberta a day after flying home from Hawaii. After making the arrangements, the SIL checked for northern lights viewing and concluded that our chances of seeing it this late in the season might be 20% so we decided to detour from that plan and canceled that Alberta trip.
Returning home, I started to prepare for last week’s Thursday Doors post but got detoured again. The wife and SIL decided that all the discussion about Yosemite National Park’s once a year, Horsetail Falls fire fall event, was a must see since the snow and rain made all of the waterfalls flow to capacity and people like Deborah Zajac were posting awesome shots of what they were able to capture. I was again given the choice of follow along or watch the nephew. My wife and SIL are known (they admit it) for their poor sense of direction and often are challenged to find the car after parking in a shopping center lot while shopping so my visions of these two getting lost in the mountains snapped some sense into me that I must go with them (photographing this elusive event was
n’t a part of this decision). The nephew’s plans of spending the snow week vacation with friends tanked so he reluctantly agreed to go with us.
We checked the road conditions and the SIL said, her iPhone maps showed roads were clear going on Hwy 122 to the northern gate of Yosemite so off we went. About a an hour or so from reaching our destination I noticed signs saying no access to Yosemite from Hwy 122; I wasn’t sure if that’s what I really saw until I saw the second warning sign and saw a Highway Patrol car and the officer confirmed the closure and advised us to detour which would take us several hours to reach the Mariposa gate in the southern end of the park. So we detoured back but within 10 minutes we came across a sign to route 49 to Mariposa. After checking the GPS it looked like this detour would get us there faster but there weren’t many cars on this route and some sparse ranches far and few between so it was a bit uncomfortable until we came upon civilization again. We found a small town called Coulterville and saw the U.S. Post Office so this meant this town was real. The postal worker confirmed our route and told us the roads were clear on this route.
Coulterville was a great detour find; that’s where I shot some of the old buildings and their doors. I’m just posting a couple of photos now and will save the others for another time.
This is the Post Office, validation that this town is real.
This was an old building that used to be a Bed & Breakfast Inn
The door and porch of the Bed & Breakfast Inn in close up cropped image
And this is the result of the detour(s) which I give Deborah credit for inspiring me.
Until the next detour. Thanks for visiting my blog and thanks to Norm 2.0 for his Thursday Doors blog. For more blogs and photos of doors by others please go to: Thursday Doors.