After shooting a cozy engagement session in SF, we figured we might as well enjoy the beauty of the city while we were there! So we drove on down to the coast to Ocean Beach to catch the sunset, running through the sea foam scattered on the coastline. And what a beautiful sunset it was, with the hues reflecting on the sand and the foam clouds drifting toward the shore.
Bluffs Trail, Montana De Oro State Park, Los Osos, CA
Friday rolls around, and we have yet to have a plan for the weekend. As a firm believer in not wasting precious weekends, I spontaneously suggested going to SLO. I had never been there, and knew there were quite a few photography spots, so off we left at 4 AM in the morning on Saturday to catch the sunrise!
Since it was such a last minute trip, we had to backtrack a few times and changed our plans here and there (including driving around to 3 different campgrounds!) We eventually found last minute camping sites at El Chorro Regional Park, which luckily was also only $25. No great views, but convenient last minute place to just sleep for the night.
Shark Fin Cove, Davenport, CA
We saw these beautiful Milky Way photos of Davenport and were amazed that you could see the stars so well not too far from San Jose, so had to make a trip out there! So we drove down through the Santa Cruz mountains, wandered around downtown, and then staked out our spot until the sun set. You really can see the stars out there!
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!
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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