Point Reyes, California

And now, my favorite part of the road trip to Point Reyes Lighthouse: The cows!

Take Sir Francis Drake Boulevard for what feels like an eternity.  Once you arrive at the Lighthouse parking lot, walk 0.4 miles up the hill.  There’s another sign at the top warning visitors that the climb to the Lighthouse is the equivalent of a 30-story building.  I thought that was an exaggeration until I had to climb back up it.  Bring a bottle of water and a jacket, it was windy!

© Sarah Milstein 2014

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Highway 1, California

I left San Francisco this morning intending to head to Tomales Bay to take photographs, eat oysters, and maybe hike, but I got sidetracked after seeing a sign for the Point Reyes Lighthouse, which took me on a 22 mile detour.  What can I say?  I’m a sucker for lighthouses.

I clearly took the least efficient route to get to Tomales (err, Point Reyes).  I drove on Highway 1, which has breathtaking views.  (Pay attention to the road though, or you’ll end up driving off a cliff.)  The winding highway takes you through fragrant eucalyptus trees, past Stinson Beach, and through Bolinas Lagoon Nature Preserve where if you’re lucky, you’ll see seals, hawks, crows, and other birds I can’t name.  I also saw a dead skunk on the road.  And then I smelled him for some time thereafter.

The 22 mile drive to the Lighthouse was quite beautiful and I’ve never seen so many happy cows.  Point Reyes Lighthouse and cow photos are forthcoming.

© Sarah Milstein 2014

The Mission, San Francisco

Valencia is one of my favorite streets in San Francisco (or at least one that is cool and close enough that I frequent it).  There are tons of great restaurants, lots of interesting stores, and good people watching.  Find hilarious cards for any occasion and any relationship (even bizarre and x-rated ones) at Serendipity.  If you’re hungry, there are plenty of great places to choose from, I can vouch for Loló, Tacolicious, and Range.  Or grab a tasty alcoholic drink at Locanda, or a latte at Fourbarrel.  (Better to go to Fourbarrel for good coffee and people watching than to do work because there is (gasp), no wifi.)

I’m a fan of the short rib tacos at Tacolicious.  Order some and settle in for one of the U.S.A. or Mexico World Cup games. For more information, click here!

* Serendipity is located at 803 Valencia Street (at 19th Street).

*Tacolicious is located at 741 Valencia Street (at 18th Street) and open daily from 11:30 a.m. to midnight.  Tacolicious has multiple locations.

*Fourbarrel is located at 375 Valencia Street (at 15th Street), also open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

© Sarah Milstein 2014

Paris

Realizing that it has been exactly one year since I put nearly all of my belongings into a storage unit in Los Angeles, and packed the rest to take on a plane to Paris, I’m feeling a bit nostalgic.  Here are some photos that never got any face time before.

© Sarah Milstein 2014