David Johnson's Travel Blog
Bicycle Trip 1999
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Anza-Borrego 2003
Texas 2003
Road Trip West 2003
Sequoia National Park 2004
Hiking Florida 2005
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Little Bicycle Trip 2011
02/07  How I spent my weekend
02/08  Three States and a River
02/11  Welcome to the Desert
02/12  A Cold, Hot, Dry Day
02/13  29 Palms
02/17  Joshua Tree National Park kicked my butt
02/18  Canyons, Farms, and more Desert
02/19  See, this is why I gave up on the van
02/20  It snowed
02/25  Temecula to Oxnard
02/26  Not nearly tough enough
02/27  Solvang and Buellton
03/06  (pictures)
03/12  (pictures)
03/13  (pictures)
03/14  (pictures)
03/19  From Solvang to Lompok
03/20  Nothing to Report
03/22  (pictures)
03/23  (pictures)
03/25  Technical difficulties
03/26  Pleasantly Not Soaked
03/27  Another Shortcut
03/28  (pictures)
03/30  (pictures)
04/01  (pictures)
04/04  (pictures)
04/05  (pictures)
04/08  Toxic Orchards
04/09  Los Gatos Road
04/10  Summits
04/12  CalTrain
04/15  San Francisco
04/16  Almost Car Sick
04/17  Pinnipeds
04/19  (pictures)
04/22  (pictures)
04/22  Terrorists Stole My Jelly
04/23  A Little More Peddling
Wisconsin Bicycle Trip 2011
Bicycle Trip 2011
Nomadic 2011
Kayak Trip 2012
Nomadic 2012
Liverworks Productions
Nomadic 2013
Liverworks Productions
Texas Pig Hunting
Bicycle Trip 2014
Bicycle Trip 2015
Biking West 2015
Chickens and Pheasants 2016
Biking About 2016
New Zealand 2016
Kayak Trip 2017


The Alisal
I am staying and working at The Alisal Guest Ranch. During the summer this place is its own city. Right now I'm almost one of the only "guests" staying here.

This is my room. It's hard to take a picture that expresses the scale of it. It's referred to as an Efficiency. It does have a refrigerator. But there is no microwave, although I briefly considered trying to cook in the fireplace. All meals here are expected to be taken at one of the restaurants or Guest Dining. Unfortunately, not much is actually open during the week (because there is nobody here), and it is insanely formal. I have been too frightened by the dress code to even attempt dinner.

Petting Pig
There is a petting area that allows the city folk to get up close to animals. In the afternoon many of the critters are let out into a pasture. There are two of these pigs.

horses, ponies, cattle and other critters
As far as I can tell, this is a working ranch, though it is definitely geared toward its guests. There are a pile of horses for riding, and branded cattle inhabit every pasture. The ranch is surrounded by low mountains. At any time of the day clouds might be rolling in, over, or around them. I'm told that if I were to climb to the top I could see the ocean.

Petting Cows
These cattle don't actually like being petted. But after a few days of offering them green grass they have become quite friendly. BTW, it is really hard to take a picture of yourself feeding cows.

Petting Ponies
There are a number of signs warning not to feed the animals. I choose to interpret this as: don't feed the animals anything but grass. It seems you can get just about any critter on the ranch to come to you if you wave a handful of juicy grass at them.

Petting Goat
The only thing this goat likes more than a good scratching is eating grass. It has enough grass available that I couldn't bribe it with my own.

contact me at le@liverworks.com
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