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South Yuba River

South Yuba River, California, USA
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California's Emerald Treasure Nevada City California United States

California's Emerald Treasure

We commonly seek trill, unexplored sentiment, and inspiration in lands far away. We tend to venture to favored destinations – habitually large cities and resorts. And commonly, we fail to explore what is easily accessible to us.

Instead of roaming the big cities during my most recent stay in California, I went for the little guys. Located in the southern divide of the Sierra Nevada, less than three hours from San Francisco, South Yuba River State Park stretches no more than 22 miles. Throughout the scenic hike over the boulders alongside the river, dusky cliffs partition the Emerald Pools. The swimming holes are enchanting; everywhere else disappears off the map for a while. It's where adventure begins.

The soothing smell of the pine trees, the revitalizing fresh air, and the warm Californian sunshine are most certainly decompressing. It’s an ideal escape where you are able to unwind and live every moment without disruptions. Such an intimate experience proves excitement to be much more real.

In addition to serenity, the Emerald Pools offer just as much adrenaline. After contemplating to jump off a 20-foot cliff for 20 minutes, I eagerly wanted to climb higher. You’re overtaken with excitement as you find yourself airborne and slightly terrified. The water tends to be quite cool, yet it makes you feel entirely alive. The cliffs vary between as little as two feet, to as many as 80 feet. There is a perfect amount of rush for everyone.