California lovin’

Another glorious day
in which one seems to be dissolved and absorbed
and sent pulsing onward we know not where.
Life seems neither long nor short
and we take no more heed to save time or make haste
than do the trees and stars.
This is true freedom,
a good practical sort of immortality.
-J. Muir

our happy reunion in San Francisco
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We drove through the crooked Lombard street a coupla times
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we liked San Fran, but the great outdoors was beckoning!
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Visited the redwoods… some of the living ones are about 2,000 years old
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Our bunk for the night. cozy!
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the redwoods are the largest organisms in the world.. and among the oldest
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first time sleeping in a tent!
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first time building a fire all by himself!
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Found the lost coast hidden up in NorCal
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dinner wasn’t fancy but it was warm
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our morning view from Abalone Cove
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crossing the ridge of the King Range Mountains
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Mattole Beach
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hiked a hour (each way) to visit an abandoned lighthouse
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Fern Canyon at the Gold Bluffs (Jurassic park, anyone?)
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we saw not one but three wild elk bulls
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hiking along Patrick’s Point
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dune beach north of Arcata
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Celebrated my birthday at Shelter Cove
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Route 1 (Starting just south of Leggett)
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We stopped in Bodega Bay, gonna do the whole route 1 hwy someday
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Walk away quietly in any direction and taste the freedom of the mountaineer. Camp out among the grasses and gentians of glacial meadows, in craggy garden nooks full of nature’s darlings. Climb the mountains and get their good tidings, Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. As age comes on, one source of enjoyment after another is closed, but nature’s sources never fail. -J. Muir

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