September Travel Round Up

September is over and October is here. Autumn is in full swing: the colors of leaves are changing, the air is crisper, and every white woman in yoga pants is buying all things pumpkin spice flavored. After it was a million degrees in northern California at the beginning of September, the temperatures have finally fallen and I can start wearing sweaters again. Life is good. 

DESTINATIONS VISITED

McCloud Falls, California

Read more about my trip to this set of three waterfalls in the shadow of Mt. Shasta. 

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Pt. Lobos State Natural Reserve

Pt. Lobos is considered the jewel of the California state park system. You can read more about it here

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Hedge Creek Falls, Dunsmuir, California

Hedge Creek Falls is a small but pretty waterfall right off the interstate in northern California. Look forward to an upcoming post about it. 

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Mt. Shasta, California

Mt. Shasta looms over northern California, visible for miles in every direction. I fell in love with this mountain years ago on many road trips to Oregon and Washington. Look forward to an upcoming post about my birthday hike there. 

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HIGHLIGHTS

Swimming in the McCloud River above the lower falls and camping with my friends was a blast. I finally got to hike on Mt. Shasta, though it may be some time before I work up the stamina (and courage!) to summit it. 

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Followers on Instagram thought this shot of Middle Falls at McCloud Falls, and I believe it is one of the best photos I've ever taken. 

WHAT I READ

I finished reading Zelda by Nancy Milford, a tragic story that dragged on for far too long. In the vein of biographies of wives of Jazz Age writers, I read Paris Without End: The True Story of Hemingway's First Wife. The story begins with the St. Louis childhood of Hadley Hemingway, and then focuses on her years married Ernest Hemingway. Hadley is an empathetic figure, strong and kind, and Ernest Hemingway wrote his best works while married to her. It also elucidated the rampant sexism of the writers and artists of that era. If you're interested in the Jazz Age, I would highly recommend it. 

I'm currently reading Sacre Bleu by Christopher Moore. Sacre Bleu is a satirical, surreal take on late 19th century Paris and its Impressionist artists. Nothing is sacred to Christopher Moore, including the blue color of the Virgin Mary's cloak. Christopher Moore's humorous work borders on science fiction and regularly makes me laugh out loud with its absurdity. 

WHAT I WATCHED

Currently, I'm rewatching all of Game of Thrones. A new season of Parts Unknown with Anthony Bourdain starts tonight. I have no idea where he's gone for this season, so it will be a surprise. 

COMING UP IN OCTOBER 2017

We're taking a week long trip to New England and upstate New York.