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Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day

I know you guys are all expecting my Valentine’s post to be all about the grandbaby. Guess what, you are…….

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Wrong!!!!!!

We are going to take a look at some of my favorite places to visit. The key features tend to be trees and water.

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This is a photo I took of Half Dome at Sunset from Glacier Point, I had no idea this photo was going to look like this. It was sheer luck. The setting sun turned everything purple. I was asked during the National Parks 100’th anniversary,  for them to use the photo. I think it is absolutely majestic.

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This panoramic photo is one I took showing both Yosemite Falls and Half Dome from Glacier Point. If you look closely on the far left is Yosemite Fall and to the right of center is Half Dome. Living in the Central Valley, I find that Yosemite National Park is one of my happy places. If I need to go somewhere to be alone or somewhere to think, Yosemite is the first place I think of.

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My photo of Horsetail Falls during the fire falls does not show the glow as well as it did in person. Horsetail Falls is located in Yosemite National Park. In the 2nd week of February, yes around Valentine’s Day, it turns fire red. It isn’t guaranteed to happen. You have to have all the right events. There has to be enough snow pack in the winter. The day time temperatures have to be warm enough to melt that snow pack and create a good fall. Finally, it only happens for about 10 minutes a day at sunset. The sky has to be clear and the setting sun has to hit it just right.

I was planning on going again this year, however there has been flooding, rock slides, and mud slides in the park this year. I am more concerned with personal safety then seeing Horsetail Falls glow red.

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Kings Canyon National Park was the most incredible sight I have ever seen. I loved all the colors and how it felt like you could see forever.

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Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Park: I have had an love of trees since childhood. I don’t know why. There are family stories that go back to the early 70’s about it. Something about a mailman knocking on the door asking my mother if she knew where I was. My mom told him, “in bed taking a nap.” The mailman said, “oh no she isn’t.” I was up at the top of a redwood tree. I love the smell of trees and the outdoors.

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Sequoia National Park from Moro Rock. I am going to go out on a limb here and say I had no idea what I was getting into this day. I saw a photo at the bottom of a staircase. My response was, “I’ve got to see this.” you could have equated this to today’s meme’s of “hey, hold my beer.”

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Sequoia National Park from Moro Rock:  By the time we were at the top I wanted to die. There were times I didn’t think I would make it. I had a lot of encouragement along the way from others both going up and down the trail. In the end it was breath taking and well worth the effort. With all I went through that day to get to the top and see the view, I would call it a spiritual experience.

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Sequoia National Park from Moro Rock looks like you are sitting on top of the world.

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Tahoe National Forest. This photo was actually taken in the backyard of a HGTV DreamHome. After the contest ends and before the new owners receive the home, HGTV offers tours of the homes.  As you can tell… Trees. The house itself was amazing and maybe one day I will share those photos with you as well.

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The Mystery Spot in Santa Cruz is a real mind bender. Trees grow at strange angles. What looks like it is going up is really going down. When you think something looks like an easy climb it is a crazy workout. I am not sure if it is optical illusions at work or if there is really something mysterious about it. All I can say is TREES.

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The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is spectacular during the summer months. It comes alive with both people and rides.

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Having grown up in a Navy family and primarily on the west coast and Hawaii, Santa Cruz Beach makes me feel right at home. I love the sound of the waves crashing. The feel of the water as it runs across my feet and the sand as the water pulls back out to sea. I simply love the beach.

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For decades, I wanted to visit Valley of Fire. Then on a vacation one year, my husband took me. It was more majestic then I could have ever imagined. We have gone back once and discovered new areas. Now that technology is so advanced, we found out there is a lot more to see there then we imagined.

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Valley of Fire

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Red Rock Canyon out side of Las Vegas has been the home to many sci-fi films and tv episodes. It is a unique looking area. I was hoping for something like Valley of Fire. It was not quite the same but it was very surreal.

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San Francisco Bay Bridge from the Blue and Gold Bridge to Bridge boat cruise.

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Golden Gate Bridge from the Blue and Gold Bridge to Bridge boat cruise.

Palouse Falls is located in Washington. I had heard of it and wanted to see it. One year for my birthday, Bart took me to see it. We saw many areas with unique formations. There were some things we wanted to get a closer look at but we felt the trails were too steep.

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Palouse Falls has a lot of spots that you can take photos from. The horseshoe shaped area gives it a very nice look.

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The Spokane River in Washington is also very relaxing.

As you can see, nature is my love. I love to be near flowing water. I love waterfalls. My biggest dream is to see Victoria Falls in person. I love mountains and trees.

When I am stressed or I need to think, these are the places you will find me… unless there is a park nearby, then check the swings because I love to swing.


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