Photography: California Vacation, Part Two

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 morning was misty and cool at Gray Whale Cove State Beach, CA and the surfers were out. Photo by CS Sherin

The mist was still hanging on around lunch time, at San Gregorio State Beach, CA.
Photo by CS Sherin

Standing at the top of a trail above part of San Gregorio beach in the afternoon.
Photo by CS Sherin

On another cool and blustery morning, Shark Fin Cove (along Hwy 1, CA, near Santa Cruz) was wondrous as seen from the trail above. Photo by CS Sherin

The shape that gives it the name — Shark Fin Cove; July 2019. Photo by CS Sherin

A beautiful view of the flowered hills above Pescadero State Beach, and my daughter, Samara, on the trail heading down. Photo by CS Sherin

Pescadero beach is another gem along Highway 1, not so far from Santa Cruz either.
Photo by CS Sherin

There are many fun tide pools to explore, sea birds around, and interesting paths up above, on, and around Pescadero Beach. Photo by CS Sherin

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!

Photography: California Vacation, Part One

CS Sherin, August 1, 2019

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:


Mole Crab (upper left), mole crab skeleton (lower left and right) on San Gregorio State Beach, CA; July 2019. Photo by CS Sherin

Sea kelp washed ashore on San Gregorio beach. Photo by CS Sherin

Rock ledge at Natural Bridges State Beach, Santa Cruz, CA that quickly got submerged by higher tides; July 2019. Photo by CS Sherin

Seagull prints in the sand at Natural Bridges beach. Photo by CS Sherin

A misty morning at Gray Whale Cove State Beach, CA; July 2019. Photo by CS Sherin

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. 🙂