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For the Love of the Elements: Water

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I'm fairly certain I could sit and stare at just about any body of water for hours on end and be completely happy. Anyone out there feel the same way?

Last weekend we had the opportunity to camp along the north coast and I was thrilled to have ample time to take in the grand Pacific Ocean, with its calm horizons and wave-formed coastlines. I've mentioned before that I have a certain level of respect for the ocean, yet I still find myself mesmerized every time I end up at the edge of a continent.

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Even as my husband and his friends donned wetsuits and snorkels for abalone diving and I watched the tides change from low to high and back again, the water never failed to hold my attention.

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Oceans, rivers, lakes, streams... I often feel completely at peace (and in awe) when I'm in the presence of water and that has me wondering:

Do any of you feel particularly drawn to water? Is it just me?


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North Coast Road Trip: Taking the Time

I'm back this week after another trip to visit family in Crescent City, California. You may remember a few photo-heavy posts (here, here and here) about the lovely little town in which I used to live.This time around I decided to mix work and play by taking the time to really appreciate the already long drive. I stopped often to capture fun places to explore along Highway 101 (which I hope to share eventually), had to take a detour along a road I've never traveled and spent some much-needed time with family.

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If you're heading from the Sacramento area to the north coast, I recommend taking I-5 to Highway 20 to Highway 101. That was my plan, but was turned back due to an accident that closed Highway 20. The nice Caltrans worker suggested I take CA 175 to get to Highway 101 instead. The road is pretty dicey in places and goes up (then down) a very steep grade, but the views made the detour totally worth the extra effort:

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Taking the time to stop at some of the beautiful areas along the way was also well worth it. I'm sad to say that I usually just cruise on by, too preoccupied with getting to where I'm going. I hope to stop more often in the future. Here's why:

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I spent some time tooling around Crescent City visiting tourist sites I haven't paid much attention to in years past. Here's a view of Battery Point Lighthouse from Crescent City's harbor (mermaid included):

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On the driest day (it seems we only get one or two whenever we visit), we decided to head to the nearest trail head in the Redwood National and State Park system to spend a few hours appreciating both old growth...

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...and new growth:

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Beautiful, right?

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I look forward to sharing more about the places I know and love in the coming months. So many Californians haven't experienced much of the north coast and I'm hoping to inspire at least a few people to keep on trucking once they get through wine country. I promise it's worth the drive.

What about you? Any north coast adventures you'd care to share? Let's chat about them in the comment section, shall we?

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California Coast + Goethe + Happy Links

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{"As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live." // Johann Wolfgang von Goethe}

Happy Links:

  • I can't get enough of these wildflower photos from Annabelle Mintz. We have our own wildflowers blooming here in the Sacramento Valley and they're absolutely beautiful.
  • Meredith and Michael from Map & Menu blogged about their recent experience as puppy foster parents. I've always thought about fostering a dog, but I'm not sure I'd be able to give him/her up after the foster period ended! This post has me thinking, though...
  • I'm always looking for new music and Kinfolk Magazine's latest playlist post is just what I needed.

Wrap it Up:

  • It should be clear to you by now that I love my home state of California. Just in case, I thought I'd hammer that point home this week with a photo essay of some of my favorite spots.
  • The Tower Bridge in Sacramento finally made it into my "Build a Bridge" series this week. I see that bridge almost everyday and I thought it was high time I showed it a little blog love.

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I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

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