Folsom Lake Quarantine Lupine Walk

Do we stay in or do we go out?  Quarantine has been lifted but COVID is on the rise.  I realize I never posted Lupine photos from a little walk we took on Folsom Lake from a few months ago.  The Lupines were a sure sign of spring growing out of the cold snow run off.  Butterflies were frolicking like all of us were desperate to do.  We all just wanted to get out of the house and back to work, back to “normal.”  Now, looking back, we are free again but the numbers are on the rise and people are angry and the economy is suffering and people are confused.  We are fearful we will get put on lock down again.  Numbers are worse than they were when we were locked down but yet I am back to work surrounded by an unseen virus worried I will share it with my family.  Just going to the grocery store is aggravating. None of it makes sense.

But, the beautiful Lupines bring some peace and it is easy to realize how important nature and the arts can be.

I hope this post finds all of you healthy and happy and safe.  Peace.

Coloma drive-by

With quarantine and social distancing still in full affect here in Northern California it was high time for a drive.  Rest assured I stayed in my car and didn’t come within miles of other people.

Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park in Coloma, California is a family tradition.  Gold was discovered at this site which ultimatly launched the California Gold Rush.  I panned for gold here dozens of times as a kid.  My mother and Aunts took all of us kids here a lot as children as it isn’t far from where they all grew up in Gold Country.  The site is a lovely place for a picnic on the river.

The historic park is typically full of cars, field trippers, hikers, picnickers, etc.  It was pretty sad to see it totally quiet and absent of people with doors shuttered.  As a travelor I always lament scores of people and hate crowds.  But, I wish they were back as it would be a sign of everyone’s health, the economy, normalcy, and everyone’s general mental well being.

Where is the first place you are going to travel when we can safely do so?  What have you learned while isolating?  What have you come to appreciate that perhaps you once took for granted?  I hope all of you are well and I can’t wait to read about your travels as soon as it is safe to do so again.

Quarantine Walk

I am healthy and so far my family is healthy.  I am lucky enough to have a job.  I am lucky enough to be working from home.  For these things I am grateful.  Having said that I am restless as are many of you.  After not having left the house for a month except for grocery runs and trips to work it was time to take a drive.  Along the way to my destination I saw a few parked cars at the side of the road and a well travelled equestrian path I had never noticed before in the Auburn State Recreational Area.  Equipped with my mask and miles of social distancing space I took a short morning walk which refreshed me completely.

I share this wondering how all of you traveler’s are holding up?  How are you recharging while safely quarantining?  I hope all of you are well and your families are well and you are travelling in your minds.  I appreciate the freedoms we had up until just recently and I look forward to being able to plan safe travels soon.  I also look forward more than ever to hear all about your upcoming safe travels.  Until then stay well and travel in your dreams.

MacKerricher State Park, Northern California

Welcome to my favorite California State Park, MacKerricher State Park , located north of Mendocino, California.  I can’t say enough about this gorgeous beachside park.  Seals, tide pools, rock arches, beaches, whales if you are lucky, seasonal mushrooms, trails, fresh water lake, camping, what more can one ask for?

Do you have a park or location you just keep coming back to?  This is one for us.  Something about this place draws us in and I never tire of visiting.

***On another note: I hope everyone is hanging in there during this time of isolation and uncertainty.  These photos were taken from a recent trip prior to the California-wide shelter-in-place restrictions.  I hope in sharing them I can help make you smile for even a moment.  Take good care everyone.

 

Fort Bragg Bridge

I’ve driven by this bridge what feels like hundreds of times and always wanted to stop. This time we had the time and thought it looked like a fun place for our son to play in the sand. Homeless people aside it is a gorgeous spot with the river spilling into the ocean and walkers crossing the high bridge. I definitely plan on coming back and spending more time in this great spot. I’ll just try and ignore the tsunami zone signs around and keep my fingers crossed the big one won’t hit!

***On another note: I hope everyone is hanging in there during this time of isolation and uncertainty.  These photos were taken from a recent trip prior to the California-wide shelter-in-place restrictions.  I hope in sharing them I can help make you smile for even a moment.  Take good care everyone.

Fort Bragg Glass Beach

Located in downtown Fort Bragg, this beach used to be the historic garbage dump. Years of crashing waves has taken away the trash and left behind tiny soft round glass pieces colorfully glistening on the beach.

I’m conflicted about Glass Beach. It’s a cool place to visit but now officials have understandably cordoned off the beach and no longer allow people to take any glass so it’s really no fun any more.

It’s a great irony. Trash turned to treasure. So as cool and interesting a spot as it is one can no longer experience it in a meaningful way so I would recommend just passing on it when in town.  Instead take a walk on the wonderful trail which goes for miles and miles paralleling the ocean and just enjoy the view!

***On another note: I hope everyone is hanging in there during this time of isolation and uncertainty.  These photos were taken from a recent trip prior to the California-wide shelter-in-place restrictions.  I hope in sharing them I can help make you smile for even a moment.  Take good care everyone.

Upper Lake, California

Upper Lake, California is a lovely respite from the rest of the Clear Lake area. If you are ever passing through skip everything in Clear Lake and visit this cute little hidden gem. Great food, nice shop keepers, and an interesting historic feel.  It seems this little area is only getting more and more rejuvenated every time we pass through.  It seems a perfect place to spend some time with a camera!

***On another note: I hope everyone is hanging in there during this time of isolation and uncertainty.  These photos were taken from a recent trip prior to the shelter-in-place restrictions.  I hope in sharing them I can help make you smile for even a moment.  Take good care everyone.

Otis R. Johnson Wilderness Park, Fort Bragg California

Otis R. Johnson Wilderness Park was a lovely surprise.  I took the family to the Fort Bragg/Mendocino area for the beaches.  The first few days we were there the wind was so bad we were being legitimately sand blasted on the beach so we decided to take refuge inland a bit on some short hikes.  None of us had ever visited or heard of this little park but we were all pleasantly surprised.  We found gorgeous lighting amid the banana slugs, salamanders, fish, bugs, dog walkers, and mushrooms.  Enjoy a few photos from this unknown gem.