The Lost Coast

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I celebrated my birthday last week, by going on a road trip to Humboldt County. The trip was a birthday gift, and I can’t think of a more precious gift for an adventurer/avid hiker/photographer (me..lol) than time together on a road trip, to one of the worlds most amazing places, with nothing more on the agenda than to enjoy and have fun. It was a magical weekend; with lots of laughter, an abundance of good food/local wines, and of course hiking at the Lost Coast.

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I would go as far as saying that it was my happiest birthday so far. Which makes me very excited about the year to come!

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We experienced all kinds of spectacular weather; foggy mornings, rain, sun, cloudy skies, clear skies, winds, waves, low tide, and high tide. My friend and I literally used every minute of daylight that there was, by getting up and going outside long before the sun was up, both Saturday and Sunday.

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Some cheeky waves, brought the tide in faster than we imagined they would. We actually made a rookie mistake and got trapped by some growing tide pools the first morning. Nothing scary, but we had to wade through them. It was more of an adventure. We were close to land. (I don’t take it lightly, I have a lot of respect for the ocean.)

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The tide pools grew fast on the first part, of our first hike. I took this photo (above) after safely wading through them, getting up on a sand dune. My hiking boots stayed dry 🙂

The world is full of poetry. The air is living with its spirit; and the waves dance to the music of its melodies, and sparkle in its brightness.

– James Gates Percival

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On Sunday, our last day, the tide was low. The beach transformed into a different world, full of beautiful drift wood and seashells. I picked the three most beautiful seashells to bring home to my daughter. She was thrilled. My heart is bursting with gratitude that I once more got to experience this beautiful part of our State.

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You must give everything to make your life as beautiful as the dreams that dance in your imagination.

Roman Payne

I took hundreds of photos, and I’ll share more later. I still have plenty of photos to edit from the road trip in the beginning of last week (gorgeous wild horses in Nevada, and a beautiful day in Lake Tahoe.) Life is good here in northern California. I hope your week is everything you wish for so far.

Love,

Ms Zen

 

A Zen-Minded Thanksgiving Week

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Burney Falls

Thanksgiving week recharged my batteries. It was filled with so much outdoor fun, and time to appreciate, and be grateful for all our blessings. We took day trips to amazing places, like Castle Lake in my last post. It was a celebration of the beauty that surrounds us. A week of silent contemplation and meditation. It left me feeling more grateful than ever.

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One day we went up to admire the beauty of Burney Falls (above.) By now I’ve seen the fall many times, the unearthly beauty of the 129 ft waterfall keeps mesmerizing my senses. The McArthur–Burney Falls Memorial State Park is the second oldest state park in California. It’s 910 acres of forest, and five miles of streamside and lake shoreline, including a portion of Lake Britton. The Pacific Crest Trail passes through the park. I love walking through the surrounding forest, looking at the moss on the trees, listening to the waterfall nearby. The fall colors added to the experience this time. The waterfall itself is amazing.

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Dogs needs to be on leash at all times in this park. They are allowed to be at the upper vista point over the waterfall, but not the lower ones. Luckily there’s plenty of off leash opportunities close by!

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If you’re visiting California, or traveling through, Burney Falls is a given destination.

In every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks. 
John Muir

We also enjoyed hiking to Chamise Peak, and McClouds Falls last week. They both deserve their own posts. I love this season, when the weather is perfect for hikes. When I grew up my mom always said; There is no bad weather, it’s a matter of dressing right. You can always play outside. It was true where I grew up. We had cold winters, but one could always dress for that. Here in the Sacramento Valley the summers gets so hot, it’s common that the temperature reaches far above 100 degrees, even up to 115. When it’s that hot, hiking is dangerous. We had more than three months of that weather this summer, that makes me appreciate fall so much more! I feel alive again 🙂

I hope your Thanksgiving week was magical, and that you’re enjoying the calm of the in between holiday time we have now.

With gratitude,

Love

Ms Zen

Glow 2 – Road Trip

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Experimenting with a double exposure, capturing the always glowing lights in Reno.

I just came back from a road trip to Nevada. I had to find a work truck, and it’s usually easier to get a good deal there. Especially if you’re willing to do some research, and go to the middle of nowhere to pick up a vehicle. That’s exactly what I did. My daughter and I naturally took the time to watch some wild horses play, and explore the desert as well.

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On the way back we spent a night in Reno, at our favorite dog friendly hotel. The number of hotels you can stay at, are slightly limited, if you have a dog with you. Naturally I had a dog with me. If I go, my germans shepherd goes. My daughter like to sleep in, I’m an early riser. While she was sleeping I read some local newspapers (and experimented with my camera, see the first photo.) I learned something new about Nevada that I did not know;

According to the 2010 census, Nevada is the third most urban state, behind only California and New York. Few people live in its rural expanses.   

– Reno News & Review

Of course I knew that a lot of people live in Las Vegas and Reno, but when I think of Nevada it’s always the endless deserts, sage brush, mountains, ranches, wild horses, and maybe some ghost towns. That Nevada is the third most urban state came as a surprise.

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Above, wild mustang at the Virginia Range. Below, mustang I worked with a couple years ago, also from the Virginia Range. Could be related?!

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We had a magical visit, thoroughly enjoying the fall colors. The mornings were cold, and crisp, the days were in the 60’s and just perfect. Nevada is only 3,5 hours away, but it feels like a different universe. I like going there. I have spent a lot of time in the state, working at a couple different ranches, doing some photography, and just exploring. Nevada is, just like California, a dream for photographers.

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I hope you’re having an awesome weekend. I’m going to spend the rest of it mending some fences, and planting some fruit trees.

Love,

Ms Zen