Despite this summer’s unseasonably-cold weather, I’ve been trying to visit a variety of places recently, or revisit those I haven’t been to in a very long time before school starts, and the mania begins. Here are 3 recent  reasons why I love California!

1. Kayaking at Valley Ford

0811101522-00  A lovely, quiet place to kayak through miles of marshways and waterways that eventually lead to the ocean at Estero. Easy current and a sense of privacy, since not many non-local people know about it. 20100811174038

2. Hiking at Sugar Loaf State Park

cLots of trails –some challenging, some definitely not – that wind up into Sonoma County. FYI: The “Hillside” trail can feel like a bit more than walking up a hill (it burns), but there are thousands of ripe blackberries to snack on, which helps. There’s also a really powerful telescope in the park that opens during certain nights for deep space viewing (think faraway planets etc.) It cost $8 to get in, where there’s lots of bathrooms and picnic areas, and camping as well. 13

3. Beaches along Pacific Coast Highway 1, above Half Moon Bay

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Seriously spectacular fields of flowers. Definitely worth a stop along the highway. I can’t remember the name of this beach, but it has gorgeous yellow sand. 0725101734-01

Happy Saturday!

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Officially done with school for the summer. Officially.

Now what to dooo…

Oh, I know, nothing!!

– Ok, maybe not nothing, but it’s free nothing. Except that I finally managed to find a summer job, which is no small feat in Sonoma county right now, and have about a week before I have to start working. But not major working, I hope. Shall report more back later. But all papers have been turned in, and now I’m just waiting for my grades.

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On a bright note, not that grades aren’t bright, I took my new kayak out on spring lake today for the first time! Though it was windy and allergies were abundant, it was frankly awesome. And not tippy. (If you listened to my mom you’d think it was a deadly weapon or something, which is….not right).

And now I’m a bit pink and my arms ache like……I’ve been kayaking all day.  🙂DSCN4509 On an unrelated note, watching the Kardashians try to camp makes me feel better about myself, as camper…and a person. Silliness.