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Big Sur, CA 93920, USA
The coast of California is a lovely place to get lost. There is something magic about exploring the edge of earth where the land meets the water...and for whatever reason massive boulders usually end up calling out to me to be climbed. Perhaps...
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Greenfield, CA 93927, USA
Needing a little time away from the hustle and bustle of working downtown in the Financial district, one of our favorite wilderness escapes is the Ventana Wilderness. If you've got a four wheel drive and a weekend free (and don't mind having zero...
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Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol, CA 95472, USA
Just outside of Healdsburg, California, there are numerous great drop in points for the Russian River- perfect for a day of floating, no matter what your adventure preference :) Plus afterward you can pop into Healdsburg for some awesome dinner...
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15000 Skyline Blvd, Los Gatos, CA 95033, USA
Castle Rock state park has some absolutely gorgeous hikes (and climbs), rain or shine. I recently snapped this shot on a rainy hike, the greens vibrantly shone through the fog, each tree seeming to house some new species of moss.
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California, USA
“We wanted to go to Yosemite, but didn’t have time.” I’ve heard this refrain from several San Francisco visitors and they all have said it with regret. Yes, the reverent national park is outside of a short-drive comfort...
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Olympic Valley, CA 96146, USA
The undisputed king of Tahoe’s big mountain resorts has always been Squaw Valley, even more so since it merged with neighboring Alpine Meadows in 2012. The combined resorts have a whopping 6,000 acres of terrain, with the longest run topping...
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Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, California, USA
There is nothing quite like snow shoeing through the snowy wilderness bordering the Hetch Hetchy reservoir. As the snow gathers quietly on every available surface, I swear you can hear the snowflakes landing when you take pause to catch your...
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San Pablo Bay, California, USA
San Pablo Bay is a great spot to drop your kayak in and paddle around at your leisure. We took a bit of an urban adventure to get there- equipped with our backpacks full of camping gear, our 35lb inflatable kayak folded up and our trusty dog with...
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Tomales Bay, California, USA
Tomales is a town nestled into a narrow, less accessible stip of highway 1 north of Nick's Cove. I came upon this church bordering the edge of town and a wind swept peninsula.
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1689 Pleasant Hill Rd, Sebastopol, CA 95472, USA
Nothing says fall like apple picking in the sunshine :) Twin Hill is an adorable gem we just found north of the city. After you've filled your bags break out a picnic of breads and cheeses to feast upon (washed down with wine, of course) on the...
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Napa, CA, USA
California absolutely spoils us when it comes to the weather, especially when the cold winter months have battered the other regions of the country. A lovely local escape is to head north to Napa and soak in the gorgeous fields of blooming flowers...
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Point Reyes Lighthouse, Inverness, CA 94937, USA
I practically got "blown away" at the Point Reyes Lighthouse because it was so incredibly windy the day I visited. In fact, this is the windiest place on the Pacific Coast and the second foggiest place in North America, making it very dangerous...
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1345 Henry Rd, Napa, CA 94559, USA
Taking "Earth home" to a whole new level, Artesa Winery takes tasting underground but brings all the class and sass of a modern winery. To be honest, the wines were so-so, but the views were incredible (we saw the San Francisco skyline) and the...
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6500 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599, USA
Grab your helmets and head up to Napa for a fun day with friends. For my birthday this year, several friends brought their bikes up to Napa where we all met at Yountville for a 16-mile loop. We hit five wineries throughout the day, and it was an...
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Tennessee Valley, California 94941, USA
As a hiker at heart living in a city, I am always looking for close escapes that will give me a good city release and wilderness dose. If you are looking for a nice selection of trails and gorgeous coastal hiking just outside of San Francisco, I...
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Morro Bay, CA, USA
Morro Bay is a sweet little town tucked along the Pacific coast, just north or Santa Barbara and south of Big Sur. This town is a great spot to pull over for some killer local oysters (that have probably be served to you in restaurants in San...
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The Arroyo Seco runs along the eastern border of the Los Padres National Forest- despite its name this river never runs dry and the gorge is filled with gorgeous and secluded beaches and quartz boulders allowing for some epic cliff jumps and sweet...
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South Yuba River, California, USA
Emerald Pools along the South Yuba River form a series of swim holes lined with cliffs, perfect for big air jumps or river-wide slack lines like the one set up here. This place is a lovely little gem and although it attracts locals on a hot summer...
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Sierra Buttes, California 96125, USA
One of the most spectacular views in the central high Sierra (about one hour's drive north of Truckee, CA) is surprisingly accessible. This wasn't always the case. The first time I saw these lakes--near to far, Young America, Upper Sardine, Lower...
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3901 Packer Lake Rd, Sierra City, CA 96125, USA

My wife, Robin, and I have been camping, fishing, and hiking in the Lakes Basin area, near Sierra City, since we met. These days, our usual home base is a tiny log cabin at the edge of Packer Lake, pictured here. From trailheads around Packer you...

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Island Lake, California, USA
Tucked up in the Tahoe National Forest there are strings of lakes settled into the mountains offering a quiet oasis for all who wish to wander. This is Island Lake, one of the larger ones. The trails offer sweeping views of the Sierras and there...
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4086 Byway E, Napa, CA 94558, USA
The morning mist rolls away as we float above in a hot air baloon, revealing the patterns of Napa serenely below.