Deep breath, windows open, traveling along Pacific Coast Highway [Route 1] California with the sun on our faces….it was a sweet way to spend our summer vacation. We so enjoyed the coastal drive. I constantly scanned for dolphins, and rejoiced when they jumped for us. There’s something different about the light in California- somehow the all colors seemed brighter–the greens more alive, the blues fresh and crisp. The air smelled of the sea, and the sea breeze was a welcome companion. We loved the time to watch, listen, and breathe in the flashes of glory around us. We also totally enjoyed the California surfer scene. Our favorite part of the trip, by far, was hiking among the sheer cliffs and giant trees of Yosemite National Park. I think we’re going to make it a goal to see every U.S. National Park. We are smitten by them! I am absolutely in love with the Giant Sequoia trees. Being in Yosemite made me feel so comfortingly small. So strong was the sense of greatness, the sense of grandeur, that it took my breath away. What a great few days we had, drinking in the majesty of creation as we spent time among those old giants. Here are [several] shots of the beautiful state of California.