I have always wanted to see northern California. This past July, that wish was fulfilled. We were able to rent a Prius via Turo, and drove all around the Bay area, from Mill Valley and Sausalito, to Berkeley, Oakland, and San Francisco, and then back and forth along Highway 1, and down to Santa Cruz. It was an adventure I would happily repeat. Even the driving across a 7 mile bridge (San Mateo-Hayward bridge) was okay, because on either side is such beauty to be in and explore.
Last week’s Part One highlighted some closeups I captured at the state beaches. Today, I will highlight some of the vistas and grandeur:
The next installment in this series will feature our trip to Muir Woods National Monument, where we got to spend an afternoon with the ancient giants. See you next week!
We had a great time in the Bay area this July. From state beaches to seeing the ancient redwoods in Muir Woods, nature was where it was at — and is at. In general, we consider a good vacation one in which we can connect with nature, relax on a beach, encounter other cultures and diversity, and walk for many, many miles each day to explore nature and local experiences.
Being near the ocean and in the woods, and out in the sunshine with the cool ocean breezes brought me a great deal of peace, strength, and even some real, lasting rejuvenation. I am thankful for the experiences and movement.
To start, here are some close-ups from some of the hand full of state beaches we visited along Highway 1:
That’s all for part one of my California vacation photos. Stay tuned next week for another installment.
In the meantime, you can see more photos from this trip (that won’t be featured here) along with an article I wrote for the Rollerbag Goddess website — The Complete Guide To More Sustainable Travel. And if you haven’t visited the Rollerbag Goddess lately, they are up to some very exciting things over there. Go check it out, and I’ll see you next week. 🙂