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California, I Love You

My love for this great state shouldn't come as much of a surprise. Though I often think about what it would be like to call someplace else home, I would sure have trouble leaving California's beauty behind.Today I'm offering up a simple photo essay of some of my favorite places. If you're planning a trip here anytime soon, may I suggest beginning your adventure in Northern California?

She's a stunner:

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{Alcatraz from the Presidio in San Francisco.}

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{Upper Sacramento River}

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{Taft Point in Yosemite National Park}

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{Blue Ridge Loop, overlooking Lake Berryessa}

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{View of Rodeo Beach & Lagoon, Marin Headlands}

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{Castle Crags State Park near Dunsmuir, California}

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{Sunrise over the American River in Sacramento}

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{Views of the Napa Valley}

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{Pigeon Point Lighthouse near Pescadero}

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{Tenaya Lake in Yosemite National Park}

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{Pebble Beach in Crescent City}

See what I mean? B-E-A-utiful.

If you’re planning to spend time in Northern California this summer, be sure to check out a mobile collection of my favorite outdoor spots here.

Now tell me: which places and spaces make you love California? Any spots on the "must see" list for Southern California? I'm always looking for recommendations!

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Tall Trees + Thoreau + Happy Links

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Well, we've made it to Friday and I'm back with a snap, a quote and a handful of happy links for you. I'm also adding links to all of my posts for the week... you know... just in case you missed anything. ;)

{"I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees." // Henry David Thoreau}

Happy Links:

  • Can we just talk about the visually stunning recipes over on The Forest Feast for a moment? So lovely.
  • This post by Megan of The Fresh Exchange about her experience at Alt Summit is so incredibly honest. After seeing all of the "hustle, hustle, primp, wear polka dots, sell, sell, sell" recaps about Alt, I had questioned whether or not I'd ever go. This is a great reminder that not every blog is the same and we don't all have the same goals.
  • I've been following Patti Murphy's Project 365 and am loving her "things to think, believe and do."
  • This video. So hilarious. So ridiculous. So true. {Warning: this is the explicit version. Bust out those headphones if you're living the cubical/coffee shop/co-working life today.}
  • It's been tough for me to stop admiring the work of Nicole Franzen after finding her work in the latest edition of Wayfare Magazine. Just look at her photos of the English Countryside.... {sigh}....

Wrap it Up:

If you missed any posts from this week, just follow the links!

  • Catch my latest GoPro video edit + dirt bike shenanigans + black lab cuteness right here.
  • Read a review of the new Wayfare Magazine here. {spoiler alert: it's incredible}.
  • Remember summer with me in a fun guest post I put together for my friends over at the California State Parks Foundation over here.

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Happy Friday and enjoy the weekend, all!

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Featured: Remembering Summer in Castle Crags State Park

I'm happy to report that I'm back in action over on the California State Parks Foundation blog today with a guest post about one of my favorite hikes from last summer. After weeks of frosty mornings here in the Sacramento Valley, pictures of bright blue skies and memories of the hot morning sun on our faces are really making my day.

Here's a little snippet:

Northern California winters tend to come on quickly and bring winds, rain and yes – snow – to the region. When the days are damp and dreary, I like to look back and remind myself of fun, warm weather hikes.

For example, this past summer my husband and I decided to hike the Crags Trail at Castle Crags State Park. We visit the area every summer and it had been a few years since we had tackled the challenging trail.

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Check out the full post here: Remembering Summer in Castle Crags State Park

Many thanks to the folks at the California State Parks Foundation for allowing me to share some of my favorite park memories!

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