I have spent gobs of time in California—even lived there for awhile. And my friends in Santa Barbara captain an excellent whale watch boat called the Condor Express, from which I’ve seen whales, dolphins, sharks, sea lions and marine birds of many sorts. I have also driven from San Diego to the Olympic Peninsula in Washington and the scenery along the entire western seaboard is nothing short of spectacular! The road twists as rugged cliffs rise from the wild blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. These photos are from a few of my trips and show the beauty of both landscape and wildlife.