Helen Putnam Regional Park. We are so lucky to have this gem of a county park, named after an historic member of the community. Hills roll out in all directions, making for some steep butt-busting climbs and transporting vistas. I love the sound of red-wing blackbirds by the little lake, the million different shades of green, the lizards darting everywhere… but most of all I love this stretch through the trees.
I was lucky enough to head out to sea from Bellingham, Washington and go whale watching around the San Juan Islands. We spied the orcas from afar, the captain of the boat lent me his incredible zoom lens to try to capture them. I may not have needed the powerful zoom for the eagles, but I was sure glad to have it.
In the summer of 2013, family descended on NorCal. Before my sisters joined us in San Rafael, my brother came from England with his wife and three daughters, and my parents rented us a place in Half Moon Bay. We drove up to higher ground and found this super cool place to hike (leave it to me to not keep track of trail names, or even what neighborhood we were in). Along the path we counted more than 50 giant banana slugs. And the sun streamed down between the trees in holiness.