Arriving in California, the igus® car began it’s three-week-journey with a visit to one of the most iconic parks in the United States—Yosemite National Park! Located in Northern California, in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, Yosemite is visited by 3.8 million people annually, covering 747,956 acres.
View of the valley with Half Dome in the distance
Yosemite is characterized by ancient sequoia trees, waterfalls, streams, diverse wildlife, open meadows, and unique granite geological formations. Most famous of all are the rock formations El Capitan and Half Dome, with vertical granite crests that rise thousands of feet off the valley floor.
Half Dome is a granite dome at the eastern end of Yosemite Valley
El Capitan is a vertical rock formation, located on the north side of Yosemite Valley, near its western end
Tourists began to visit Yosemite Valley as early as the 1850s. The inclusion of iconic vistas and overlooks was aided by President Teddy Roosevelt, an avid outdoorsman and naturalist, who helped to protect Yosemite Valley after he realized it’s value during a camping trip there in 1903.
Damage from a forest fire at the entrance of the park
After visiting the park, the igus® car moved on to the next adventure; Napa Valley!
Napa Valley is a region famous for it’s wineries, Mediterranean climate, and gentle rolling hills which makes it particularly picturesque.
Napa Valley’s wine legacy began in 1859, when John Patchett opened the very first winery in the county. After many wines from the region were recognized by French judges in 1976, the county began to earn a reputation, transforming the region into a true destination visited by millions of tourists from all over the world.
Today Napa Valley is home to more than 400 wineries.
The first customer visit in California was to a design and manufacturing firm which specializes in equipment and mechanical design, industrial robots, and custom tooling. This customer currently uses DryLin® W on one of their applications.
Engineers showed strong interest in ReadyChain for an automotive project, especially after installation problems they had in the past using energy chains and cable from other companies.
The next stop was a large OEM of computer hard drives, which has consistently managed to maintain it’s status as an industry leader by managing to stay ahead of the latest technology. The igus® technical sales team recognized opportunities using Tribo-Filament for 3D printing, as well as possibilities for E-Chain®.
The last customer visit in Northern California was to a manufacturer of action sports cameras, famous for the durability and quality of their image. These cameras are used all over the world, and were developed specifically to capture high-quality action footage.
Regional Sales Manager, Matt Floyd, introduces igus® to the engineering team
This was a prime opportunity for igus® to demo new and appropriate products suited for these specific applications. The engineers and designers expressed interest in E-Chain® for special projects which present unique challenges.
Many drytech® products also stimulated interest, such as curved DryLin® rails, and igubal products.
After finishing customer visits it was time for the igus® car to take advantage of more beaches further down the coast. The car stopped at Pebble Beach, a world-famous golf course which sits on the edge of the Pacific Ocean.
Pebble Beach is also home to “The Lone Cypress”, used as the official symbol of the community. This lone tree clings to a granite cliff which drops into the rough sea below.
For many the tree is considered a symbol of individualism and strength, and is estimated to be more than 250 years old. The car drove along 17-mile drive, a winding and twisted road which runs through a forest of cypress trees in order to get to “The Lone Cypress”.
The last stop in Northern California for the car tour was Big Sur State Park. Big Sur is an estimated 90-mile span of coastline off Route 1 between Carmel and San Simeon, California.
The coast-line is characterized by rugged bluffs which drop hundreds of feet into the rocky surf below, creating fog-drenched canyons and meadows filled with wildflowers, evoking a wild and untamed atmosphere.
It was not until 1937 that a road, which ran along the coast, was completed, and was not until the 1950’s that it began to attract tourists.
While today Big Sur is home to many luxurious hotels, restaurants and galleries, and is visited by millions every year, residents have fought to preserve the land and protect it from development in order to maintain it’s captivating wilderness.
McWay Falls, Big Sur State Park
After touring the dramatic coast, the igus® car tour continued south toward Southern California for more visits and to join a regional drytech® sales meeting!
Thanks for reading,
Kayla & Bridgette