Santa Monica from Above

03 Sep
September 3, 2016
view from ferris wheel, Pacific Park, Santa Monica Pier

Nope, it’s not from a drone. It’s from the top of the ferris wheel in Pacific Park at the Santa Monica Pier!

Surf Art, Santa Monica

03 Sep
September 3, 2016
surf art, Pacific Park, Santa Monica Pier, CA

Some fun surf art in Pacific Park at the Santa Monica Pier, near Venice, CA

Good Times

03 Sep
September 3, 2016

Dan

My good friend and former UF roommate, Dan Rudd. Dan hosted us for a few days in Santa Barbara on our recent trip out west. When I was 19, Dan and I, along with my younger brother, a friend of his and my dad went across country in two cars hitting a ton of national parks. All the way from Florida to Huntington Beach! We did the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Yosemite, White Sands, Joshua Tree, Death Valley, Grand Tetons, Rocky Mountains, Mt. Rushmore… More than I can remember over 2-3 weeks! There was no Instagram back then, but we took a coffee table book about national parks with us and in each park, we’d look at the photos and try to find the exact spots where the photographers shot from, to recreate them for comparison later. It was fun detective work. Dan said that trip changed his life and later helped prompt him to move out West (like several other of my close college friends). I’m a very happy third-gen native of (Jax) Florida, but do love it out there. So beautiful! Tomorrow is the 100th birthday of the National Parks Service, so a good time to reflect on some of those special places and good times.

A River Runs Through It

03 Sep
September 3, 2016
Pfeifer Big Sur State Park

Big Sur is big country. Everything is just… big. This shot of the river bed in Pfeifer State Park provides some scale.

Grant Park, Ventura, CA

03 Sep
September 3, 2016
Grant Park, Ventura CA

One of my favorite places in California. Ventura is a killer little town with great surf, a cool downtown and laid-back vibe. Beautiful place!

Santa Barbara Wildflowers

03 Sep
September 3, 2016
Wildflowers in Santa Barbara, CA

The don;t call it the “Golden State” for nothing. Wildflowers in Santa Barbara, CA.

Santa Barbara Bonfire

03 Sep
September 3, 2016
Beach Bonfire, Santa Barbara

Bonfire on the Beach in Santa Barbara with my good friend, Dan, who hosted us for a couple of nights. This sums up the California vibe.

Big Sur, CA Wildflowers

03 Sep
September 3, 2016
Big Sur wildflowers

It didn’t really matter where you pulled off on the PCH in Big Sur. It was beautiful in every direction.

PCH Big Sur Overlook, Rocky Point

03 Sep
September 3, 2016
Tree Point, Big Sur, CA

I wonder why they call this “Rocky Point”?

Jellies

03 Sep
September 3, 2016
Jellyfish, Monterey Bay Aquarium Exhibit

Jellyfish exhibit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. I could watch these things all day and night.

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