Oh, yes, California. This July I went to California for my 7th visit and as always I got to see something new and beautiful! My trip was in Northern California, staying with different friends in San Francisco and Oakland. A group of us drove out to Samuel P. Taylor State Park to camp amongst the Redwoods for a night, and the first day we spent a few hours exploring the epic Point Reyes National Seashore. The area is filled with dramatic cliffs and gorgeous views of Planet Earth and nature doing their thing while the wind blows your hair in every direction. A must visit place if you have the time to venture out to Marin County.
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Some of our Dutch gang took a half day trip out of Amsterdam to check out the windmills of Zaanse Schans, a neighborhood in the city of Zaandam. About a 30 minute train ride north of Amsterdam, Zaanse Schans is best known for the historic old windmills and houses on the Zaan River. In the 18th-19th centuries, this region had hundreds of windmills producing everything from paint to mustard to paper. Most of the windmills here now are museums and gift shops. While the area is quite touristy, it is still nice to walk around and take in the views of the river, green painted houses and windmills and imagining what it was like two centuries ago.