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September 20, 2013

As our time in California was coming to a close, we thought it would be fun to go to San Francisco one last time. We woke up mega early and headed into the city. We even got to watch the sunrise (and a full moon against a pink sky). So pretty! As soon as we reached the fog, I mean the Golden Gate Bridge, we knew our luck was against us once again. Someday I’d love to see SF on a SUNNY and warm day! Haha.

We met up with our friend Shannon (who we met in Hawaii) for breakfast at Zazie’s but forgot to get a picture. Boo. Afterward Jonathan and I decided we were over the cold fog and drove back across the bridge to Saulsalito. Oh my! It was like a different world over there! It was so pretty that we spent the rest of the afternoon there before heading to Rio Lindo to see Aaron + Rika for the night.

Then on our way home we stopped by our old landlord’s home to visit our favorite little furry friend, Leo. Aww I think he totally remembered us!

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September 16, 2013

To continue our couple days off, we decided to go explore Grass Valley, California. It’s a cute little town with some fun shops to wander around in. And ooo! If you’re a vegetarian and you’re in the vacinity, you MUST go to South Pine Cafe. This place rocked my world. I think I would have eaten here a million times had we lived a little closer.

On our way home we stopped to checkout out the Bridgeport Bridge. It’s the longest single span covered bridge in existence! Of course it’s not used for covered wagons or modern day vehicles anymore. Now it’s only as a pedestrian bridge. It was under construction when we were there so we couldn’t walk inside, but still cool nonetheless.

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September 15, 2013

In an effort to make sure we were always doing something fun on Jonathan’s days off, we spent a lot of time hiking this summer. Plus, we were gearing up to move to Florida, where the hiking options include mostly sandy beaches – am I right? 😉

So here we are, hiking around what was once considered the 4th tallest waterfall in the United States. Well, whomever measured it was surely mistaken as it’s only 410 feet tall – not even making the top ten. However, it’s still HUGE! When you reach the top, there is this fenced in area where you can stand and safely look out. Scary! Jonathan was brave a took a dip in the river at the top. I only went in to my knees. We sat on a rock and ate lunch before heading back down. It was so peaceful and relaxing.

If you visit in the winter, there are apparently millions of ladybugs hanging out. 

August 30 – September 2, 2013

What a fun Labor Day weekend! We drove south to meet Leslie in Kings Canyon for the long weekend. We went on all sorts of hikes, ate all sorts of camp food, and visited both Kings Canyon + Sequoia National Parks. Despite the smokey skies to the northwest of us, we had really beautiful weather. These parks are just beyond beautiful. The trees are HUGE and there are places to explore for miles and miles. We even got to see a bear in the wild! Sadly I can’t remember all the hikes we went on, but I’d totally go again. Anytime you’re with two of your best friends exploring it’s sure to be a great time. We were definitely missing Nolan though … oh the commitments of medical school!

And just for fun, John Mayer’s new album, Paradise Valley had just dropped, so it became the soundtrack to our adventure whenever we were in the car.

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