California Love / Lake Tahoe

santa cruz 06820140808_124148santa cruz 073 Tahoe '08 2It’s summertime and the urge to go to the mountains is so strong it’s hard to resist.  Growing up I would spend summer break at my grandparents cabin in South Lake Tahoe.  I carried the tradition into adulthood, and still try to go whenever I get the chance.  When I’m not there what I miss most is the smell of the trees and pine needles crunching underneath my feet, and the excitement of seeing the lake for the first time as we drive into South Lake.

(My photos are of some of my favorite places: Fallen Leaf Lake at dusk, Emerald Bay by canoe, summer lupines in South Lake and views from Lily Lake )

 

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California Love / Nevada City

20150412_141107  20150412_124825 20150414_08202220150412_123822This spring I took my first trip to Nevada City.  It was long overdue as I’ve driven past the town on trips to the Yuba River or the northern part of the Sierra Nevada.  I didn’t know what to expect from this old gold rush town but I was pleasantly surprised by its charm and idyllic neighborhoods.  While I imagine Nevada City can get overrun by tourists in the summer, in the spring it was still a sleepy country town.  As someone who always wants to live in the country but has become accustom to my urban San Francisco lifestyle, Nevada City seemed to be the perfect union of both.  Still access to boutiques, bars and cafes but homes with yards and lots of open space to explore.  I loved how the town embraced its gold rush past by restoring the old brick buildings, and the occasional art deco architecture offered a unique twist.