Monday, April 15, 2013

california adventure-marin

“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. As longs as this exists, and it certainly always will, I know that then there will always be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be. And I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.”
― Anne FrankThe Diary of a Young Girl

It amazes me that a girl so young wrote such beautiful and true words.  There is a calmness about being in nature.  A letting go of all that you are feeling and a closeness to the presence of God.  This was one of the things that first drew me to R.  His passion for nature and hiking.  Previously, I really had no desire.  Though I suppose that is not even 100% true.  I have loved for a long time being outside.  I had often found peace in running through the streets or in parks.  A connectedness with the world.  But I do believe that a combination of meeting R and moving to California deepened my own love of being outside.  

This week's California Adventure is close to home and a very familiar place for R, Moz and I.  The Mt. Tam Watershed has been a trail the we frequent often.  A place to get out of the city and enjoy the trees, fresh air and views of the city and Pacific (on a clear day).  I guess as proof of how much the place means to us, this is where R proposed and the hike we took together (with Moz of course) to enjoy the anticipation of our life together before sharing it with the world.  

I know I have shared this place on the blog before (see here and here), but I have also added a secret gem to the area (I suppose its not actually that secret).  Pelican Inn.  It is a 16th Century style English inn and tavern.  Complete with pub food (I had bangers and mash / R had liver and onions), English stouts, dark wood interior and a gorgeous lawn to enjoy picnics.  It is a perfect place for an anglophile like myself!  This was our first time to visit it for lunch, and it was a lot of fun.  The beer was excellent, food was good and the atmosphere was spot on with what I dream the English countryside to be!

Some pics from our hike. 

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