This post is dedicated to our door-loving photographer friend, Kristin (of The Goat).
I find it remarkable that, oftentimes, we don't even notice doors
until they are suddenly standing open before us.
Of course, I found plenty of doors (and windows) on my trip to California.
At the beach...
On the hiking trails ...
[from a knothole on a covered bridge near the Chilnualna Falls trail head in Yosemite]
....and at the San Luis Rey Mission, in Oceanside.
This is part of the original mission, founded in the late 1700's.
That's the original well house in the background, too. They still use it today!
When taking photos on the trip, I didn't really think about blog posts until I got to the Marin Headlands, which in itself served as a doorway to the San Francisco and was once a site of military defense.
This was just a relatively-brief stop on our trip with my niece and her husband,
but it was one of my favorite places, as it is rich in history, as well as photo ops.
I was surprised to find nothing on-site to explain the setting, and that was disappointing,
because it's a fascinating place!
It has old gun turrets, for crying out loud!
I ended up finding some stuff on Wikipedia (read under the heading, Military sites),
but I'd still like to know more.
I found it remarkable that the grounds were not protected in any way from vandals
(or curious site-seers like us), but I was happy to take advantage.
(Kristin, I thought of you as I took these photos! :)
The place we were at was once a military station of some kind, where they maybe held prisoners?
Kyle was the only one thin enough to sneak in there, though plenty of skinny vandals have gone before him...
(arrow points to the place Kyle crawled in)
Even though there was graffiti all over insides,
I found the contrast with the historical outsides to be strangely beautiful.
The colors of the decaying concrete, combined with the lighting of an approaching sunset,
made for such a beautiful photo backdrop.
Here's my niece, Nicki, humoring me She and her mom (my sister Geri) later thanked me :).
And the two love birds, standing in the threshold of a very special doorway of their own...
Here's hoping that all the doors you approach today are open,
and if not, that you find a window
(and are skinny enough to fit through it).