#iloveyoucalifornia: Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

 
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I’m taking you to a very special spot for my first #iloveyoucalifornia post in 1,000 years 🙃 Point Lobos Reserve is one of my all-time favorite corners of this gorgeous state. It’s just off highway 1, south of Carmel, and North of Big Sur: the perfect 2 1/2 hour drive from San Francisco. It’s a gorgeous exhibition of everything that makes coastal California so incredible: coves, forests, cliffs, marine life, rich history, breaking waves, hiking, birdwatching….I could go on. There’s even a tiny cabin that was built by Chinese immigrants in the 1850s that has been converted to a museum housing information about the history of the area. It’s dope.

Point Lobos has some very accessible & low-stress hiking trails, which makes it a perfect place to bring family when they visit and want to experience some coastal goodness. It’s gorgeous in all seasons: foggy & moody in the summer, and chilly & bright in the winter months. The picture below was taken in December, and is totally unedited - the water becomes insanely blue when the sky is clear. One tip: if the parking lot is full, which it usually is, you can park on either side of Highway 1 outside the entrance to the park and just walk in.

 
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xoxo,

-Marie

Come on, Sunshine! A SWIILPT playlist.

 
A rare rain-free moment from early February in San Jose.

A rare rain-free moment from early February in San Jose.

 

As I write this, the 834,719-th atmospheric river of 2019 is blowing through San Francisco, drenching us in rain again. It’s been one of the coldest, wettest winters I’ve experienced out here - and while I am well aware how easy we have things in California, it’s been such a bummer being stuck inside under grey skies for the past few weeks. So, I made a playlist to help will the sunshine & spring to arrive!! I’m so so ready.

This one is full of synths, sugary melodies, and abandon. A little bright sweetness to help us get through all this grey.

xoxo,

-Marie