About Katie’s Picture:
At first I took the typical California Sunshine picture you’d expect to see here, a nice pelican sitting on the end of the pier with the beach and roller coaster in the background and nice clear blue skies. My family goes for clam chowder on the same pier in Santa Cruz every year on Christmas Eve and it’s great, but there’s another kind of California Sunshine that I love even more than that. That is even more unique to the California where I’m from. That’s the sunshine that sneaks in skinny long rays reaching through the Redwood forest canopy in rare streaming patches. Not much gets to the ground past these massive giants making it perpetual dawn followed by a brief daytime at high noon when the sun strait above finds the most openings and then quickly followed by hours and hours of long twilight. It’s quiet and magical and breathtaking and I can never get enough. No matter the amazing rocks or mountains or sweeping vistas I see other places, these big trees are always my favorite with their secretive groves, mysterious sunlight, and soggy cornflake trails.
About Sadie’s Picture:
There really is no place quite like California. Going to the beach in shorts, in December? I’ll take it. As I am now contemplating a possible move to this area, the warm weather, beaches, and sunshine are definitely starting to sway my decision toward a definite yes. Compared to Seattle, it’s paradise. Compared to my stint living in Hawaii, a close second.