Saturday, February 18, 2017

The Golden State

There are so many things I love about California, but one of my favorites is its natural diversity. You can visit the ocean and mountains all in one day or weekend. 

On the Road


Last Saturday, I found this lovely new cafe right on the harbor. 



On Sunday, my husband and I decided to take a road trip to Yosemite National Park since we have been wanting to see the park covered in snow. Our state has been getting hit with some big storms, and we wanted to take advantage of our three-day weekend with a sunny forecast.




We found a great last-minute deal at the Tenaya Lodge near the south entrance, which was a beautiful and convenient hotel. 
  
Our View


Although there wasn't a ton of snow, Yosemite did not disappoint. The natural beauty was breathtaking!


The Famous Half-Dome



 


Half Dome and Bridalveil Fall


My Home Sweet California.   




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~Jess 

24 comments:

Mildred said...

Breathtaking photos, Jess! Hope you have a nice weekend.

Regine Karpel said...

Great.

Jeanie said...

Gorgeous photos! I haven't been to California in many moons but the last visit included a trip to Yosemite (not in winter!) and this brings back some beautiful memories. You do indeed live in a beautiful state! Keep safe in those storms.

TARYTERRE said...

Gorgeous scenery. Breathtaking views.

DUTA said...

Well, I like it that you love your State and its famous landmark, Yosemite Park. The pictures are very good captures!

Lowcarb team member said...

Oh Jess, these photographs are just lovely.
What fabulous scenery.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend

All the best Jan

The Reader's Tales said...

I love your home sweet home,  Sheri :)
Yosemite is breathtaking! I love your travel diary, and your photos are spectacular. Thank you very much for this post, today I learned something new. Simply beautiful.

NanaDiana said...

Nice post. I think you guys are getting some heavy rains there today---Diana

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

Jess, I love Yosemite National Park! Thank you for sharing your wonderful trip. Have a nice time. ♥

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

How beautiful! Something I will probably never see except on the internet. Thanks for sharing!

Susan said...

So glad you and your honey got to have a lovely weekend in sunny California, Jess. Thanks for sharing the beauty. Susan

Susie said...

Jess, You have all been in my prayers. I love that you got to see the snow.. When I first started reading, I thought you must be Sheri....your mom loves seeing snow. Thanks for sharing your great photos. Be safe honey. Blessings to all, xoxo, Susie

Kerri said...

Omgosh yes!! I want to visit California. Palm trees & mountains in one setting... is fabulous!!

xoxo
Kerri

Red Rose Alley said...

I've always wanted to visit Yosemite, Jess. I'm glad you and Brian took a road trip there. Your pics are so pretty. : )

LoveT. said...

Amazing Photos Jess! The Places are wonderful :)

Have a lovely Day <3

roughterrain crane said...

I want to be a bird to enjoy the landscape.

Haddock said...

Wonderful pictures.
Even though I had been to California, I have not seen all these places.

Carla from The River said...

Beautiful! I have visited California twice, both times I visited the San Diego area. Loved it, I would enjoy exploring the entire state.
Carla

hula-la said...

Terrific shots...enjoyed your little adventure! Aloha!

Imogen said...

Super impressive pictures. It's incredible to see such wide open space. I can only imagine being there.

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Our daughter and family lived in Sacramento for a few years and boy they made the most of their time! They hiked every weekend and when I visited them I hiked too. You are so right your beautiful state has so much to offer and I will miss visiting them and your state!
Jemma

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You do live in a beautiful state...so much natural beauty! Love your photos! Hugs!

Lyosha Varezhkina said...

beautiful trip!

Lyosha
Inside and Outside Blog

Kay G. said...

I truly want to see Yosemite. Thanks for this post. :-)