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“The fog is a magician who performs the art of erasing things without actually erasing them!” - Mehmet Murat ildan
#Repost from @pigeonpointlightstationshp

We had a perfect weather pun planned for this photo, but it seems like our memory's gone a little foggy 🤔 guess it's just a mist opportunity 🤷‍♂️⁣

Historically, foggy days like these meant that our fog signal would have to go into operation to warn ships that they were coming too close to shore. Unfortunately for the Lighthouse Keepers, they would have to keep the signal operating as long as the weather demanded it. At one time, the fog signal operated 24/7 for 6 weeks straight!⁣

#pigeonpoint #lighthouse #castateparks #thatsmypark #lightupthefuture
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Here's your Monday Morning Otter Shot. A Sea Otter pup dreaming of clams?..
https://elkhornslough.com
#mondaymorningottershot #otter #otters #otterlove #marinemammals #wildlife_photography #wildlife #wildlifetour #wildlife_shots #wildlifephotographers #experienceoverthings #traveladventures #earthlovers #amazinganimals #earthlovers #amazinganimals #NatGeo #elkhornslough #elkhornsloughsafari #mosslanding #montereycalifornia #californiawildlife #santacruznow #thatsmypark #santacruzcounty #VisitCalifornia #sustainabletourism #seemonterey #earthlovers #amazinganimals
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Come explore the tide pools tomorrow and bring your little ones! There will be an extra low tide (-0.3ft) this Sunday at 4:41pm just before sunset. Don’t miss this opportunity to wish on a star 💫
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#naturalbridgesstatebeach #castateparks #thatsmypark #tidepools #starfish #marineanimals #lowtide #santacruz #montereybay #familyfunday #sundayfunday #lovemympa #marineprotectedarea
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Preserving and interpreting historical elements in our @castateparks is so important. We love seeing the new roof go on the 1880s granary at #wilderranch. #thatsmypark #historicpreservation #oldbarn 📸: @wilder_ranch_state_park (visit the park’s page to see the finished project 🔨) ...

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“A certain blue penetrates your soul” - Henri Matisse #fridayfeels #naturequotes #thatsmypark #thatsmybeach

#Repost from @halfmoonbaystatebeach

Bean Hollow State Beach- Pebble Beach. It’s always a beautiful view! #beanhollowstatebeach #pebblebeach #coastalcalifornia
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“Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.”



-Bruce Lee
#shehikeshealthy #coastalhike #waterfallwednesday #waterfall #bigbasinstatepark #thatsmypark #hikecalifornia #hikingadventures #santacruzmountains #exploremore #optoutside #52hikechallenge #redwoods #52hikechallenge2020 #switchbackchics #sheexplores #stayadventerous #skylinetothesea
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