I am so fortunate to live within a few hours of our magnificent California coast. I have posted on the Bodega Bay Kortum Trail before. But, all these years of visiting and camping, I have never hiked the entire trail. I always wanted to but either wasn’t prepared or didn’t have the time. I finally decided it was time. I had hiked bits and pieces here and there but never the entire 8+ miles. Well, friends, the trail did not disappoint. In fact I could easily argue it is the finest trail in all of California. What? Yes, folks, big talk I know, since the epic Pacific Coast Trail runs nearby. The American River Bike Trail is pretty awesome too. But, 4ish miles each way of reasonably flat trail with sections of the most gorgeous coastline in the world cannot be understated. It is impossible not to be happy on this trail. Bring a snack and some water, clear your mind, and do this. The waves and bird sounds will accompany you. Do this. Right. Now. Start the trail at Wright’s Beach (free parking) and head north to Goat Rock Beach and back. There is one good stretch just before Goat Rock which is a bit strenuous and a good rise in elevation so leave this in the middle of the hike and not at the end. 😉 Your legs will thank you. Cheers!
Every now and then I have the opportunity to visit Lake Tahoe for work. Today was a clear and glorious traffic-free day. I had never seen this large carved bear before so dear readers I stopped and snapped a photo for you. I can only imagine how big the original tree must have been.
Rough day in the office for sure… 😉
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My friends, here is an example of when you just cannot get the photo you want. Short of the Incredible Hulk coming over and removing this car it’s the best I could do. Hopefully you can appreciate that the car at least gives you an idea to scale. 😉
I LOVE this mural. It is stunning. I would love to park here every day for work. What an amazing way to freshen up what was likely a boring and blank wall previously. The artist did a wonderful job capturing emotion from this Tiger. Wide Open Walls 916 you continue to amaze me!
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I love this state…the State of California. Politics, crime, drugs, homelessness, high cost of living, traffic, fires, and a lot of other things make it hard some days. But, there is no denying this state is full of amazing people surrounded by some of the most beautiful countryside anywhere. This sweet mural from the Wide Open Walls 916 is a good reminder of that…
This mural is large and in charge. The alley may not smell good but the mural is impressive and commands the space. I saw a great photo of the actual saxophonist playing his instrument in front of the mural which is pretty awesome. And its interesting the artist chose to use red and orange poppies since the California Poppy is king in these parts. I can’t help but wonder just how much paint was used to paint this wall black before they even got started on the rest…
Thursday Doors with Norm 2.0 gave me inspiration to include some photos from the Folsom Power house in downtown Folsom, California. The powerhouse is a state park and nestles up against one of the most beautiful stretches of the American River and the American River Bike Trail. It never grows old walking over the rainbow bridge even when the air is smoky from fires and unclear. Take a walk/ride down the bike trail and stop for some coffee when you are done at any number of lovely places to eat…
The Wide Open Walls 916 festival has come and gone for 2020 and I have a lot of great murals to share. Mr. Hunka-hunka burnin’ love here is probably one of my favorites for the year. Tattoos adorn his stellar face making this large mural interesting and eye catching from any angle.
The Wide Open Walls 916 mural festival in Sacramento was back in mid-September, 2020. This wall off Blumenthal drive hosted a Graffiti-off. (Like a dance off with paint and scaffolding!) Three separate artists hit the wall at the same time. Which one is your favorite? It’s certainly not my favorite art or favorite walls of the festival but it is certainly much better than anything I could do!
Three or four trips to Sacramento State later I finally found this mural with the help of some sweet stranger on Instagram who drew me a map. I was drawn to the bright colors and the pattern. It was a bit surreal though walking through a completely empty campus where most students are studying remote. I used to attend Sac State and it was always covered in people and bikes and noise and chickens/squirrels. This morning it was quiet and cool and isolating. Strange times these are! I love though that Sac State is supporting the Wide Open Walls 916 festival. The energy brought by these walls fits right in with the University environment. I look forward to new walls popping up here in the future.
Old Soul Coffee in downtown Sacramento is participating in the Wide Open Walls 916 festival along with many downtown businesses. Lots of cars and signs were obscuring the wall so I took a few closeups of dragonflies which were my three year old son’s favorites. (He loves bugs right now much to his mother’s chagrin.) Put down your fly swatters these dragonflies are here to stay.