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Thirsty Thursday: Big Sur Bikepacking

Rambler: Beth

Drink at Hand: Trader Joe's Pomegranate Limeade

Thirsty Thursday here again...time to pour something yummy and make those weekend plans. I just got back from a little overnight solo bikepacking trip to Big Sur. I haven't had much time to go through the images yet from this trip, or from my #desertpixelpedaltrip that just wrapped up, but I pulled these two images from the Big Sur trip as a teaser. I'll write more about and share more photos from this trip very soon!

Here was a camping spot for the night off Plaskett Ridge Road in the Los Padres National Forest. That's Chalk Peak in the background. 

Then I decided to wake up at 3:00 am and capture the stars. 

I'm looking forward to more nights under the stars in Big Sur. Get out there and find your own starry night this weekend!

Thirsty Thursday: Garland

Rambler: Terry
Drink in Hand: 2009 Paraiso "Faite" Pinot Noir Clone 115 Santa Lucia Highlands
Background Tunes: Counting Crows - Mrs. Potter's Lullaby

Typically, when we go to Garland Park, we run to the top. It's grueling for about 30 minutes on the way up (it's pretty steep) and terrifying for about 15 minutes on the way back down (again, it's pretty steep). But this day we didn't make it to the top...we just hiked around somewhere in the middle. Garland is obviously one of Massey's favorite places (and yes she willingly models for us). I think looking at all this pics in order is kind of cool (even the accidental one of the blue sky before we got in the car). Perhaps this weekend or next we'll opt for the run.

Thirsty Thursday: Rain Day!

Rambler: Beth

Drink at Hand: Irony 2011 Small Lot Reserve Merlot

Thirsty Thursday here again...time to pour something yummy and make those weekend plans. Exciting times around here, as it might actually rain this weekend! The rain dancing has paid off! After suffering through the driest January ever in the Monterey and SF Bay areas, and that after posting driest year ever for most of California in 2014, we are definitely excited to have an entire weekend washed out by a big ol' Pineapple Express.  

We actually had an atmospheric river set up nicely in December to provide us with some much needed rain. The rain felt like such a novelty that I captured these photos from the back step during the first few hours of the event. A little sun and some raindrops make for some fun play time with the camera. 

I look forward to enjoying more raindrops this weekend!

Thirsty Thursday: Elements of Garland Ranch

Rambler: Beth

Drink at Hand: Junipero Gin and Tonic

Another Thirsty Thursday means its time to pour something yummy and make those weekend plans. One of our favorite local spots to hit up for a trail run or a leisurely hike on the weekends is Garland Ranch Regional Park. Its a lovely off-leash location, so Massey can run around (and get covered in poison oak) while we either run up the crazy Skyline climb, or wander around with our cameras. 

We went to Garland a few weeks ago on a beautiful, coastal California winter day. Our winter days are pretty fabulous. Here are a few of the little bits of nature I found during our stroll. 

Get out there and find your own bits of nature this weekend!