Sunny Visit

I recently returned from my visit with my daughter and her family over my grandchildren’s spring break from school.  They live in the blindly-bright and parched city of Sacramento, California.  While I brought an easy knitting project with me (a beautiful Koigu lace merino), I never picked up the needles:  The bright sunny days beckoned me.

moleHaving arrived from the cool, grey-sky, wet, emerald green environment of the beautiful Pacific Northwest (a mere 1.5 hour flight to the north), stepping outside of the airport I felt a bit like a mole squinting in the blazing California light.  Though it was still spring, for the duration of my visit I didn’t go outside without dark sunglasses, long sleeves and a big shade hat.  (My dermatologist once told me I dress like a dermatologist.)

We took one day to visit the Marin Headlands, part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA), just north of the Golden Gate Bridge.  I spent a lot of time as a youth in California hiking on the beaches and in the hills near the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean.  Later I was delighted to introduce my daughter to hours of happy tromping around these same hills and beaches.  

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The olfactory memories on this almost warm, nearly windless day were incredible.  If anything, due to the land restoration projects the GGNRA is even more beautiful than when I was young.  Today I share these pictures with you.

 

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10 Responses to Sunny Visit

  1. I am glad you enjoyed the pics. It was a fun trip!

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  2. It was an uncommonly great day for our day of hiking there! 😊

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  3. Oh yes … my father grew up in SF while cows grazed on the hills in his (SF) neighborhood! Cows weren’t there when I was a child.

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  4. knitsbywhit says:

    You have me missing my old home! So happy you enjoyed the Bay Area and time with your family.

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  5. heatherinsf says:

    Such a pretty spot, I am right over the bridge from there, you had a great day for visiting!

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  6. Beautiful photos. Glad you enjoyed the trip, and thank you for sharing all your photos.

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  7. A great visit … and lovely weather too … Sac never got over 75 while I was there. And 75 is plenty warm for me! 🙂

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  8. Marit says:

    Makes me home sick. Glad you had a good visit.

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  9. I’ve always loved brisk, salty breezes … almost always found at Pt. Reyes!

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  10. Susan Mckee-Nugent says:

    Oh good for you. I too remember tromping all over that area and esp going out to Point Reyes.
    Sigh.

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