I have to admit, I am starting this post based on a lie. One does not simply experience all of the Mission District in one day. Bad LOTR jokes aside, I’m being serious. The Mission District is huge and there are so many fantastic places to explore! We decided to do a highlight list of our favorite places in the Mission!
Floral Grubb Gardens, San Francisco, CA
An area that Lynn has been wanting to go to for a very long time has been Building Resources. I was always hesitant to go here, only because it was so far removed from everything else. Off, lonely in Hunter’s point. When I learned that there was a Ritual Coffee nestled in the back of a garden, I was in. So here we are to bring you a day in Hunter’s Point.
Alamere Falls, Bolinas, CA
North of San Francisco, near the Point Reyes Bird Observatory is a small town called Bolinas. After snaking through this small mountain village the road loses its pavement for a brief period of time. You will soon find yourself in a gravel parking lot with one trailhead. We were lucky enough to have a visitor waiting for us when we arrived!
Day 1: San Jose, CA to Redding, CA
Day 2: Redding, CA to Bend, OR
Wahkeena Falls to [Fairy Falls] to Multnomah Falls Trail, Oregon
Legends speak of the various tribes and creatures that used to inhabit the Pacific Northwest. From monstrous sea creatures to mountainous trolls, all forms of mythic creatures have been written about in the sacred woods of Multnomah. Yet the rarest and most fascinating of these beings are the fairies. Congregating mostly around waterfalls in the high upper mountain regions these pesky winged creatures only come around if you are deemed worthy. No map can find them, no camera can capture them, but if you are lucky enough, you can catch a glimpse of their magic at work when you enter the falls. For this reason, the falls atop Multnomah have been named Fairy Falls.
Panther Beach, Davenport, CA
There are not a lot of things about San Jose that I really like to brag about but one thing that has proven its worth time and time again is the location. Being in the South Bay Area allows us to quickly access Oakland, San Francisco, Half Moon Bay, and of course Santa Cruz.
When you think of Santa Cruz the first thing that probably comes to mind is the Beach and Boardwalk. Well that is where our day began as well - using tickets to attractions that my mother had given us. With two free attractions each, we hit the boardwalk early Friday afternoon. We chose to play laser tag and take a run through the laser maze. After we played a few games of skeeball to finish off our credits, we decided it was time for lunch. We heard once again from my mom that Macy’s was having a huge sale so off to the mall it was. After scouring the sale section we emerged victorious with two pairs of shorts for me for $10 and a pair shoes + a jacket for her for $10 as well. Sufficiently happy with shopping for the day we moved on to downtown where we planted ourselves in Verve Coffee. Lynn had work to do and I wanted to write a few more of these posts so we sat for a few hours before it was time for our photo shoot at the beach.
We had a little more time to kill before our picnic at the beach during Golden Hour so decided to head over to Swanton Berry Farms for some of their famous strawberry apple cider. A cup of hot cider is only $1 but beware, it is extremely tart, even for my taste. We filled it with some sugar and sat down to explore the small shop. The farm shop looks like it is from the 50’s with all of it’s old school games and magazines. The two that really caught our eye were "Shoot the Moon" and "Skittles."
Left to Right: Grandview Park (SF), Devil's Churn (Yachats, OR), Thor's Well (Yachats, OR)
Having recently returned from a road trip to Portland I have had a long time to reflect on the recent happenings in my life (Mostly while Lynn was asleep in the car and I was driving down I-5 for hundreds of miles). This road trip served as a catalyst to reinvigorate me from a tough season of drought in my life.
Bean Hollow State Beach, Pescadero, CA
While Lynn and I love hiking in the mountains and by rivers, I have always been called to the sea. My favorite part about living in California is how close we are to the beach at all times. For today’s post I have decided to go with Pescadero and Bean Hollow State Beach!
Bean Hollow State Beach is a two faced beast. To the south you will find tide pools, seals resting, and an amazing reef for the waves to crash upon. The views are spectacular and you can easily spend an afternoon enjoying just this end of the beach. We took turns taking pictures and Lynn got some amazing shots. I was mystified by the waves breaking before me, dusting me with mist.
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