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Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco, California, USA

July 22, 2015 - I love Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco – fresh seafood cooked to order! We had a delicious, hearty seafood stew. Fish...
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Federal Reserve Building, San Francisco, California, USA

July 14, 2015 - I loved the way portico on the front of the Federal Reserve Building in San Francisco sliced the light. It is a neat pie...
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The Crookedest Street in the World, Lombard Street, San Francisco, California, USA

July 13, 2015 - On Russian Hill, Lombard Street makes eight hairpin turns on a stretch that is only 600 ft long (180 m). It was designed...
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Point Reyes Lighthouse, Point Reyes National Seashore, California, USA

July 08, 2015 - Point Reyes is one of the windiest and foggiest places on the Pacific Coast. Huge blankets of fog roll over the area, es...
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Donner Party Monument, Truckee, California, USA

July 01, 2015 - The infamous Donner Party left from my home town of Springfield, Illinois in April, 1846. So when we were in Truckee, we...
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Cable Cars, San Francisco, California, USA

June 30, 2015 - The iconic cable cars of San Francisco began as a result of a horrible accident. The streets of San Francisco have a ver...
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Japanese Gardens, San Francisco, California, USA

June 29, 2015 - The beautiful Japanese Gardens in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco are the oldest public Japanese gardens in the USA. T...
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China Town Dragons, San Francisco, California, USA

June 22, 2015 - I like dragons! So when we visited San Francisco, I wanted to be sure to visit the Dragon Gate of China Town. Dragons ar...
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Mendocino Botanical Garden, California, USA

June 15, 2015 - My favorite small town in California was Mendocino. It was so charming and built on the most magnificent rocky, jagged h...
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Ghiradelli Square, San Francisco, California, USA

June 14, 2015 - I LOVE chocolate! (And I eat it every day – Divine 85% dark, fair trade – fabulous!) So when I was in San Francisco, I h...
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Lassen Lakes, Lassen Volcanic National Park, California

June 08, 2015 - For the most part Lassen Volcanic National Park is a very dry, desolate sort of place, as seen in the Chaos Craigs and J...
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Northern California Coast

May 27, 2015 - Northern California has a beautiful, rugged coastline. Rocky cliffs dive into the ocean. The surf crashes into huge, cra...
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Lake Tahoe, California and Nevada, USA

May 20, 2015 - Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America (the Great Lakes are larger by volume but at a much lower elevati...
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Fern Canyon, Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, California, USA

May 13, 2015 - Fern Canyon is extremely lush and narrow. It has sheer vertical walls covered from top to bottom with native California...
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Roosevelt Elk, Redwood National and State Park, California, USA

May 12, 2015 - Roosevelt elk are the largest subspecies of North American elk and live in the rain forests of the Pacific Northwest. Th...
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Burney Falls, McArthur-Burney Memorial State Park, California, USA

May 11, 2015 - Burney Falls is a beautiful 129-foot waterfall tucked away in the Cascade Range in northern California, near Redding. It...
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Volcanic Erratic, Lassen Volcanic National Park, California, USA

May 06, 2015 - The centennial of Lassen's last eruption in 1915 will occur in mid-May this year. This was the last eruption in the Casc...
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Nevada Fall, Yosemite National Park, California, USA

May 05, 2015 - Yosemite National Park will be celebrating its 125 th birthday this fall! It is a beautiful park, famous for its valley...
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Sundial Bridge, Redding, California

April 30, 2015 - The Sundial Bridge is a neat piece of architecture! Not only is it a bridge in Turtle Bay Exploration Park over the Sacr...
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Wine Grapes, Napa Valley, California, USA

April 28, 2015 - For someone who is part Italian like me, no trip to California would be complete without a stop in Napa Valley to see wi...
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Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite National Park, California, USA

April 27, 2015 - Tuolumne Meadows is a large, open, sub-alpine meadow surrounded by mountain peaks. The Tuolumne River slowly course it w...
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Sausalito, California, USA

April 23, 2015 - Sausalito is named for the "little willow" trees (Saucelito) which 18th century Spanish explorers found growing along it...
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Bay Bridge, San Francisco to Oakland, California, USA

April 21, 2015 - Another bridge in the San Francisco area is the one linking the city to Oakland. Commonly known as the Bay Bridge, the o...
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Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California, USA

April 20, 2015 - The Golden Gate Bridge connects San Francisco to California's northern counties with Art Deco flair covered in bright In...
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Giant Redwoods, Redwood National Park, California, USA

April 16, 2015 - Giant Redwoods are the coastal cousins of the giant sequoias that I wrote about yesterday. Instead of the dry heat of th...
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Giant Sequoias, Mariposa Grove, Yosemite National Park, California, USA

April 15, 2015 - I love trees! So imagine my delight to see the giant sequoias in Mariposa Grove in Yosemite! The most magnificent trees...
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Tenaya Lake, Yosemite National Park, California, USA

April 02, 2015 - Tenaya Lake in Yosemite is one of the easiest lakes to see in the park. It is just off the Tioga Pass Road. Tenaya is a...
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Bumpass Hell, Lassen Volcanic National Park, California, USA

March 31, 2015 - Lassen Volcanic National Park centers on Lassen Peak, an active volcano in the southern part of the Cascade Mountains. T...
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Vernal Fall, Yosemite National Park, California, USA

March 25, 2015 - I have seen Vernal Fall twice, once in the spring and once in the fall. In the spring, it is a rushing torrent of water...
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