Carmel Valley, CA

Who could resist a last minute invitation from friends to escape the mere two hours south to Carmel Valley over the holidays? Well, certainly not my husband or me, and we were certainly in for a treat! Our gracious hosts live in the truly stunning Santa Lucia Preserve and not only were we lucky enough to see deer, but we also spotted wild turkeys and boars… and that was just in the first hour. Our hike on day two was equally as uplifting, providing us with the marvel of spectacularly tall redwoods followed with the reward of gorgeous views. And to show that I’m not completely squeamish about being in front of the lens, I agreed to let my friend take a photo of me at the entrance to the ranch. I think she did a great job and it’s nice to have some documentation that I was actually there, enjoying myself just as much as everyone else. I know a lot of my photographer friends are equally as guilty of hiding behind their cameras but I hope you’ll all make a point of remedying this in the new year by spending a few minutes in front of it as well. If you’re a parent, I know your children will thank you for it one day!

Wishing all of you a very happy year ahead!

Carmel Valley, CA

Carmel Valley, CA

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