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Winter in California – Weekend Getaways

Winter in California is varied and beautiful. I stood amidst the snowfall after driving a couple of hours on one weekend and cherished a pleasant and sunny winter afternoon at the beach on another weekend. If you are in a mood to explore the beautiful corners of California in winter, during or after the holiday season, there are a plethora of options. Each has its unique lure. Since I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, I am fortunate to have experienced them all. So let me help you plan some wonderful winter weekend gateways in California.

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Fall colors in Napa Valley – A Photo Essay

Fall colors in Napa Valley are spectacular especially in the first two weeks of November, after the harvest season. Autumn paints the vineyards in gold and fills the eyes of spectators with delight. This time of the year, when nature undergoes a metamorphosis, I have always loved witnessing the process. The brevity of the fall season adds momentum and I choose to chase the colors of nature. In this pandemic stricken year when I can’t go far, I drove to Napa Valley and witnessed the sun-dappled gold vineyards and beautiful wineries along the Silverado Trail. I walked through the vineyards surrounded by fall colors and loved the wonderful experience. I felt restored and rejuvenated. I captured the resplendent vineyards, both small and big with my camera and couldn’t be happier. So, come along with me to Napa Valley through this photo essay. Sip a glass of wine, snuggle inside a blanket, or curl up in a deep armchair and explore.

Fall colors in Napa Valley is spectacular. Autumn paints the vineyards in gold and fills the eyes of spectators with delight, Travel Realizations
There’s nothing like a vineyard in autumn.

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Easy Day Trips from San Francisco

The San Francisco Bay Area is an incredible place to explore. Here is a list of easy day trips from San Francisco which you can do solo or with family and friends. A change of scene, smell, and sound along with unhurried conversations will be your reward if you embark on any of these journeys. Let your everyday anxiety and stress ebb away. Replace your Twitter and Instagram feed with refreshing lush greenery, blue-robbed ocean, postcard-perfect small towns, the old charm of historic places, or gardens with hundreds of blooming flowers. Which one would you choose? The list is mine and the choice is yours. Embark. Explore. Enjoy. Experience.

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San Francisco to Death Valley – A Super Scenic California Road Trip!

The road trip from San Francisco to Death Valley is full of picturesque scenes at every corner. I did this road trip during the early summer months and the journey was as beautiful as the destinations. I stopped at several places before spending a night at Mammoth Lakes on my first day and reached Death Valley the next day at night. I switched into vacation mode the moment I reached Long Barn on CA state route 108. The road was blanketed in mist, a mystery that unfolded slowly. So if you are a California road trip aficionado or are just curious, join me virtually on this super scenic California road trip to Death Valley.

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Sunflower studded summer sunset in California!

I visited Winters in California in July, one late afternoon to witness a sunflower studded summer sunset. Needless to say, every picture that I captured through my camera is like poetry in a frame. If you live in and around the San Francisco Bay Area, then these fields of blooming sunflowers in Winters are a must-see. Woodland or Dixon in Yolo County too are good options to see these beautiful and blooming sunflower fields in northern California, early July being the best time to visit. Understandably, the sunflowers have become a tourist attraction in Yolo County

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Mesa Falls in Idaho on the way to Yellowstone National Park

The Upper and Lower Mesa Falls on the way to the Yellowstone National Park from Idaho is a must-see place for nature lovers. Wrapped in wilderness and calm, the Mesa falls will instantly uplift your mood anytime. On our long drive to West Yellowstone from Idaho, I loved the short trip to Mesa Falls deep in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest and enjoyed a short hike from the Upper Mesa Falls to the Lower Mesa Falls.

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I can’t breathe!

I can’t breathe

I couldn’t breathe when you uprooted me
To the shores of an alien land 
Shackled on boats 400 years back
From the cradle of humanity

I couldn’t breathe when you worked me to death 
In the sugar and cotton plantations
So that you could colonise the “new world”
The land of the Algonquian and Iroquois

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Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens – A Photo Essay!

A beautiful public garden with numerous meandering paths by the Pacific Ocean, the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens presents the visitor with blooming flowers and sumptuous ocean views. A must visit place in any trip to Mendocino in northern California, especially in the summer. I visited the gardens during one such memorable trip and here I am writing down a memoir complemented by a photo essay. Allow me to fill your screen with flowers – the living poems!

The Memory of Flowers!

When our vision meets a flower, magic ensues. The color of the flower or the fragrance can transport us to so many worlds. Our mind can quickly take a leap to many years back and we could sit beside the favorite flower pot in our childhood home. The smell of the rose can make our love-smitten moments alive that were lived decades ago. Perhaps we can conjure a future moment laden with beauty and poetry just like the flowers. A scope of infinite possibility to dwell in beauty spontaneously. A dynamic event, hard to reproduce or predict. Today, while walking down a known and habitual lane for my morning walk, I saw spring unfurled in almost every corner, and to my surprise, a completely unpredicted event happened. A few blooming flowers whisked my mind away to the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens in Fort Bragg.

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