Hope you all had a wonderful holiday and new year! For two weeks, I decided to do nothing but spend time with family and friends and try my best to “stay in the moment.” No sitting behind my computer editing photos, no writing blog posts, no watching photography classes. Yes, my phone came out, and I did check my Facebook and instagram every now and then (sometimes I wish I could just throw my phone out the window, which my husband would love), but for the most part, I stayed away from the computer and social media.
Our days were spent enjoying the season, eating, hiking, going on bike rides and just playing. It was nice to step away and get refreshed. One of my favorite things we did was go on a hike through the Marin Headlands at Tennessee Valley in Mill Valley, California. We had never been on this trail, but some friends had invited us, and I can never say no to a hike!
The Tennessee Valley Trail is most well-known for it’s straight-shot 2-mile level hike to the beach, which you can see in the picture above — easy for families and kids. But our hiker friend had other plans and took us on a trail which felt like a mile incline, then along the coast and down steep cliffs (which ironically had this “sign” on it when we finally reached the other side – oops!).
I love how you can see right past the beautiful rolling hills to San Francisco across the water with the Transamerica Pyramid peeking out between the hills.
For those of you who live near or have visited the coast, you know that the weather is very iffy and can be really warm one minute, and freezing cold the next, depending on how close you are to the ocean. Let’s just say I was sorely overdressed, and as a result have been searching for convertible hiking pants ever since (anyone have any recommendations?), as well as a new camera bag for hiking (this has nothing to do with how hot I was feeling, but as I’m constantly explaining to my husband, different situations require different bags, right??). I’m currently looking into this photo sport bag as well as this camera strap because of all the hiking I’ve been doing. Anyone have any experience with these?
Anyways, it was a beautiful hike and so much fun with good company! Our ten-year old even enjoyed it, and although you could tell there were a couple of points where he probably left permanent nail imprints into my husband’s arms while holding on for dear life, he had lots of fun, and we were very proud of this normally non-adventurous little soul.
The steep trail we went on eventually loops around to the beach with glorious views of the ocean and sand below.
People often ask if we would ever move back to Chicago. Considering that the midwest and east coast have just undergone their coldest temperatures in decades due to the so-called Polar Vortex, it’s hard to want to move back, plus the fact that I’ve grown to simply love the coast… the mountains… the water… the weather. Let’s just say it’s all good :).