the coastal highway. the long road home.

"I would wear a full-length cape if I could get away with it - I do love a good swirl in a fog. " Martin Freeman

These are few left over pictures from my wonderful photo trip to Mendocino County with my girlfriends.  One thing I forget I always love about the Bay Area is the fog.  It's beautiful.  It's poetic.  It's haunting.  It's just simply one of my favorite things about the Bay Area.

I will always remember the smell of fog in the morning in the fall when I was young.  Fond memories, indeed.

Gualala Point County Park | where the river meets the sea.

On our hike I saw so much.  It's incredible how much you can see when you take the time to look.  It's probably the reason why I love walking so much; I really get to know my surroundings when I walk.  And probably because I am easily fascinated.  :)  One of the best parts of this hike were the benches lining the trail.  People wrote such beautiful things for their loved ones on these benches.  I wonder what my bench would say if I had one...

Gualala Point County Park | a hike through the woods

“Look deep into nature,and then you will understand everything better.” Albert Einstein

Gualala Point County Park

We ventured out of our cozy little town to explore the coastal highway. Through windy roads and corridors of towering trees the road led us to Gualala Point County Park.  While it poured south in the Bay Area, we enjoyed the glowing sun and clear skies on this day.  A trail brought us in and out of the forest and along the coast where we listened to the roaring tide, walking along the cliff's edge.  Along our hike we found the most gorgeous spots and hideaways and lookouts.  Pictures can't do this trail justice.  We of course had impromptu shoots along the way.  The light was gorgeous on this day.

I love the charm of the California coast.  While it's sandy and warm down south, the further north you go the more charming it gets, I think.  We exchange that warmth and those beaches for echoing surf and high, imposing cliffs lined with slender, umbrella-like trees.  I much prefer to wear a coat and enjoy fog.

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As I looked through the pictures I realize most of my pictures of our hike are of Kim.  I suppose she was just always in front of me.

Spent

Spent the early morning talking on the phone with my long-time friend.  I feel like I never left New York. Spent lunch catching up with one of my dearest friends. Lovely experiencing how time and distance/proximity have developed our relationship.

Spent the afternoon and evening with family.  Seeing each family member trickle into the house from all over the Bay Area reminds me of the opening of "The Family Stone".  It felt like Christmas tonight.  All the babies and men around have changed our dynamic.  After being gone for two weeks, I really felt "home" with everyone around.

Spent these last moments before bed feeling blessed.

Sometimes all you need to do to find happiness is wake up; God will do the rest.