northern calfornia

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24 hours in Alpine County was well spent among the aspen trees. The air up there is co clean and crisp making for such a lovely break from the smoke and haze. One of the iconic places in Alpine County is Sorenson’s Resort right off of Highway 89. A few cabins nestled in between hundreds of aspen trees. Words don’t really do this place justice. I can really just imagine myself waking up in the early morning when it’s about 30 degrees out and drinking tea among the aspen trees with the twinkle lights still on. It really is a hidden gem in the sierra nevadas. My time spent in Alpine County was both relaxing and inspirational, and of course filled with hundreds of photos. 

There are highways and there are back roads. There is beauty on both and even a practicality to both of them. But after over a year of exploring california, my advice is to take the back road. There will be a moment like the one captured above. A moment of complete stillness with the only sound be the snow falling from the air to blanket the ground. Your life is put on pause on these back roads. A car may pass by every five minutes. Back roads are where beauty is hidden. You have to work to get there but there will always be a story waiting to be captured and a memory waiting to be made. Camino is filled with stories. So much of gold country is still made up of back roads which hold the history of this part of California. Winter is one of nature’s most beautiful moments and winter in Camino is constantly changing with snow a special occurrence every year. A beautiful special occurrence that truly can best be seen on the back roads.

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Since moving to wine country, Bodega Bay has become one of my favourite escapes. There is always a new place to be explored and always a different view of the wildlife. I visited Bodega Head last year for a geology field trip and decided to come back this year for another adventure. This time near sunset, the time of day where the sunlight gives surprises and changes rapidly. The clouds were painting pictures in the sky as the seagulls were finding a landing place for dusk. A short glimpse of pink in the sky came before the divine blue dusk arrived. Waves crashed along the shore. A smell of salt water flew through the air. A sense of relaxation occurred even though the cliffs were full of people enjoying the sunset. After I took plenty of photos I set my camera down and just enjoyed the view. Every time I adventure some place I make sure to spend time “in the moment” and enjoy it for myself. Spend some time soaking in the aroma of the air, listening to the waves crash against the cliffs, feeling the texture of the rocks beneath. Just spend some time living in the moment.