http://instatbt.com/Place/catskill-new-york/213174853Catskill, New YorkI didn’t want to give the sponsored GS 350 F Sport back to lexususa but alas it was time. It’s been such a nice week of driving to, and exploring, places like this in New York and Connecticut. I’m so grateful for partners that allow me to be an explorer with relatively little strings since that’s the way I come alive the most. Thank you, Lexus. DriveLexus
One of the ways I used the car, was in the sending of some very big boxes that I could never have carried from our apartment to a mailing center. They are headed to help people affected by natural disasters, filled with clothes and toiletries and other things that were directly requested by those at shelters, displaced because their homes and everything they owned is just gone. I can’t relate to that directly because I have never had it happen to me but I certainly can help give of the bounty I have. That’s why I’m so grateful for my gnbinfluence family that prioritizes helping others enough to have found a way for us to all to directly give, as well as to create the InfluenceLove campaign where we are trying to raise money to send to organizations that are helping people in need in ways we can’t do directly. 👉🏼 I’d love to know how you are responding! What organizations are you supporting? What organizations should I give to? 👈🏼 So many people are in need right now, around the world, and it’s easy to forget when our own lives aren’t always as perfect as they look in one Instagram photo! 🙏🏼💛🌎
http://instatbt.com/Place/beardsleys-cider-mill---orchard/5284647Beardsley's Cider Mill & OrchardThe search I started more than a week ago continued today as I drove into Connecticut with the Lexus GS 350 F Sport, that lexususa has loaned me, in search of Fall foliage plus cider & donuts. I found the cider and donuts at beardsleys.cider.mill which I preceded to enjoy via a spontaneous little picnic. And I saw a little bit of the beginnings of some Autumn color in the trees but there’s even less here than there was in the Hudson area this past weekend. I’m not exactly sure what’s driving me (haha, pun intended 🚙) to continue this search but I think it is pure nostalgia. I grew up in Vermont and later my family moved to Michigan, so these things are just a normal part of life for me at this time of year. Yet living in New York City or traveling almost every Autumn for more than half a decade — I’ve sort of been deprived of both. This year, I didn’t want to go through withdrawal again. 🍁🍂 Tell me, what are some of your traditions and childhood favorites that you’d drive out of the way for, or make special plans for in order to experience? I know some of you are not from the USA but I still want to know, what’s your October usually like where you live? ♥️ DriveLexuslexusgs350sponsoredconnecticutgramcidermillfallroadtripautumn🍁roadtripusadiscovertheusa
http://instatbt.com/Place/olana-state-historic-site/240685503Olana State Historic SiteDriving into a new week and not sure where the road will take me. What are your plans? I have four more days with this Lexus GS 350 F Sport that lexususa has let me borrow, before I have to give it back and I’m open to suggestions on where I should take it next...
This weekend’s adventure in the Hudson, NY area provided the backdrop for this photo. The Olana State Historic Site & home has beautiful winding roads all throughout the property. Some offer stunning views of the surrounding Hudson Valley, other areas provide that “tree tunnel” look that I adore so much, especially during Autumn. It’s not *quite* peak season yet in this part of New York State but I’m sure it will be before the end of the week! DriveLexuslexusgs350sponsoredilovenynyexploredfallinnynylovesfallfall🍁autumn🍁roadtrip
http://instatbt.com/Place/the-antique-warehouse-hudson-ny/1074721629309745The Antique Warehouse Hudson, NYRaise your hand if you like shopping for antiques and vintage treasures! 🙋🏼 I have to raise all my limbs 😝 I’ve been partaking in this pastime since I was a very young girl with my mom and during the years I was nomadic, it was torturous to see all kinds of amazing treasures all over Europe that I had no reason to buy because I had nowhere to put them. So beyond having the ability to explore at will this weekend, while test driving the lexususa GS 350 F Sport, I was REALLY excited that I’d finally have a way to shop for antiques in Hudson, New York. I think it is one of the best places on the East Coast for antiques. dante.vincent and I visit frequently but because we always take the train, there’s just no way to transport anything larger than a plate or a vase. This time, however, the Lexus allowed me to score a marble-topped table! (It did not afford me enough room to buy that Bar Cart made from old car parts 😭 but that’s probably for the best. We do have a small NYC apartment after all.) I was so giddy about the table I did get that it’s just silly. It’s because I believe in reclaiming old things as much as possible, instead of buying new. I believe it’s better for our society and our planet if we can reduce and reuse whenever possible, not simply buy new just because it’s convenient. P.S. If you like antiques and vintage treasures as well, you should be following jesselauzon. Not only does he have amazing taste, he also has some of the best captions you will ever read on Instagram. ♥️ ilovenyDriveLexushudsonnyhudsonnewyorkantiquesvintagetreasuresantiqueshopexploreny
http://instatbt.com/Place/kaaterskill-falls/220321360Kaaterskill FallsHappy weekend! What are your plans? • I’m still doing a Takeover on theouterbanksnc with borderfreetravels. Would mean so much to me if you check it out 🙏🏼 • Physically though, I’m driving around the Hudson Valley this weekend in a lexususa GS 350 F SPORT with dante.vincent searching for good Fall foliage spots. Since Autumn just really hasn’t arrived in the city yet, I’m trying to get my fill up here. It’s definitely something I recommend to any tourist visiting the USA who is able to rent a car and take a road trip. From New York City to Boston to Portland, Maine - the East Coast and New England in particular, further inland, is the best place in this country to enjoy Fall/Autumn. There is no shortage of scenes that look like this and better. I captured this photo not far from the towns of Catskill and Hudson at Kaaterskill Falls. It’s a little over two hours north of the City straight up the Hudson River. 🌊🍁🍂 shotoniphonefallfoliageilovenyDriveLexusvisittheusadiscovertheusaispynynyexploredfallinnynylovesfall
http://instatbt.com/Place/manteo-north-carolina/241719232Manteo, North CarolinaVirtually packing my bags to return to The Outer Banks this weekend. borderfreetravels and I are taking over theouterbanksnc account to show you previously unpublished photos from our girlfriend getaway to the islands. If you’re making travel plans for 2018, this is the perfect chance to learn more about this underrated area of the USA in North Carolina. Soaring lighthouses, quaint small towns and some of the longest beaches in this country are waiting for you...
Thank you raden for the gift of this smart suitcase. Do you use a smart suitcase with charging or other features? Kristen and I each had a Raden for our trip and I really enjoyed being able to charge on the go as we moved from one area of the islands to another. rollwiththeouterbanksncobxobxnowobxtravelsouterbanksnorthcarolinavisittheusa
http://instatbt.com/Place/union-square-park/1458018Union Square ParkAfter my last post lamenting the lack of availability of cider & donuts in NYC, where many of you expressed you are, like me, craving this less obsessed-over combo; I decided to brave the rain yesterday to see if we didn’t have more options than I knew about. I started with a TimeOut article that I’ve linked to in my Stories. I went to Chelsea Market to see if doughnuttery’s Fall flavors would fit the bill (sadly, no!) and I purchased from a few different vendors at unsqgreenmarket. The latter were too cold, stale and old. Not fresh from the oven like the ones in every Autumn memory from my childhood. The 🍎 cider was terrific though. So good I bought three to take home. 😍 I now think the best option is going to be the carpedonutnyc truck that paaaaaaaaaaaige was kind enough to tell me about....but they don’t open for the week till tomorrow! So, the search continues. Stay tuned! And tell me, are you:
• Team Cider & Donuts
• Team Pumpkin Everything
http://instatbt.com/Place/central-park/12318445Central ParkNow that I’m home and know I’ll be in New York City for most of the month, I cannot. wait. for. the. leaves. to. turn. 🍁🍂 so the whole city is colorful and crisp. I love Autumn. I think it’s my favorite season in the City. My only complaint is that no one has a food truck selling cider and apple orchard donuts. (Business opportunity alert‼️) Because I crave them both at this time of year after growing up with them and it’s not that easy to just pop upstate to a cider mill when you don’t own a car. Which is funny, in that when I first moved to this city, I had grand plans of road trips every weekend and lots of sightseeing along the Eastern seaboard as well as New England. I dreamed of always being back up in Vermont, my home state, at this time of year. But those schemes and dreams died a quick death when I realized it’s actually easier and cheaper to just fly to Paris if you can’t own a car. I remember one summer when dante.vincent and I rented a car with some friends to go on a weekend adventure and even splitting it four ways still ended up being more expensive than a plane ticket..... Well that was a tangent but if there’s a lesson to be learned I think it’s that life doesn’t always go the way you think it will; what’s important is to love the life you do have! 💛 newyorkcityautumninnewyorkcentralparknycnewyorkornowhereautumncolorslatergramsfordaysiloveny
http://instatbt.com/Place/sezane-lappartement-new-york/169825760253375Sézane L'Appartement New YorkAfter a month of work adventures on the West Coast, it was nice to say, “Bonjour, New York!” Even better to be able to catch up with so many favorites, so soon after returning home, at the new outpost of one of my favorite brands: sezane. It was an evening of discussion about TheNewParis and the new New York with lostncheeseland et obviousstate hosted by cutie pie brightbazaar. The store did not disappoint, the company was out of this world lovely (humbled by how crazy talented my friends are!) and it was such a treat to simply be social for an evening without having to capture every detail. But I still did take this photo because immediately it occurred to me how nice of a moment this would be to announce on the feed that I was back home. 😝 Now, I hope this hot spell ends and the Fall leaves appear soon so I can share lots of colorful Autumn photos with you before it’s off to Scotland with dante.vincent at the end of the month. 🍁 fromwhereistandnewyorkbynewyorkersbonjournewyorksezanenycthefrancophiles
http://instatbt.com/Place/olmsted-point/270316658Olmsted PointFirst blog post is now live linkinthebio from 19 days and more than 3,600 miles of road tripping through the state of VisitCalifornia 😳🤣 The 5 individuals in this carousel of photos became like family. Right down to the fact that you don’t always like family but you do always love them. We endured some pretty crazy things together and leaving each other on the last day was a lot harder than I ever imagined it could be. 💕 There’s borderfreetravels who I was already close to and have worked with before. Kristen’s films are some of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen in travel media and I can’t wait for you to see the ones she is creating for CaliforniaWild. 💙 There is adamballard1978 & kellyenglish78 of explorecaliforniatravel who were our sainted docents/drivers/field managers/saviors. I want to move to California now so I can see them all the time. Or I’m just going to book one of their trips so I can travel with them again! 💚 Then there is Sherry of ottsworld who I’ve known the longest but don’t get to see that often. I recently read a blog post by a travel blogger about how ridiculous travel bloggers are and immediately I thought of Sherry *because* she breaks all those molds that this other blogger was railing against. And she always has. I admire her so much and if I ever grow up, I want to be more like her. ❤️ And Kim of stuffedsuitcase who I met for the first time the day we began in Sacramento. Kim’s blog is full of dynamic information about family travel and if you have kids I can’t recommend you check it out highly enough. Knowing how seriously she takes her job, I know her readers are in good hands. She and I often had to work the most closely together and I can’t wait to see all the photos she took! 💛 Who are your road trip besties? Who are the people you love to travel with? Tag them in a comment!
http://instatbt.com/Place/old-sugar-mill/284256Old Sugar Mill🙏🏼 Thank you to bose for gifting me this Soundlink Micro that made our recent picnic at The Old Sugar Mill so much better. A long day of shooting meant it was nice to be able to take our time eating and the portability of the Soundlink Micro made it easier to relax with some music we streamed to the speaker via its quick and simple Bluetooth connection. ad
http://instatbt.com/Place/whiskeytown-national-recreation-area/104719Whiskeytown National Recreation AreaWith CaliforniaWild officially behind me, or at least the physical travel part of it done and dusted, there’s a bittersweet feeling that’s settled; a reason I’ve dragged out the sharing of my last pieces of content. A suspicion that when I’m really done some kind of bubble will burst. Does this ever happen to you after a trip or job you’re really passionate about?
There were times I didn’t think I’d make it through the 19 grueling days of filming, of sharing one vehicle with 4 other people carrying a month’s worth of clothes and equipment, of no days off and no free time and the stress of re-packing to change hotels every night. The pace began to feel like a bitter pill to swallow and the lack of alone time chafed at my introverted spirit.
But oh there were such sweet moments too, in this past month of exploring the state of California and its 8 rural regions! There were moments I never wanted to see end. There were new friendships made and old friendships cemented. There were days I could have sworn I’d change my plans without thinking twice, to stay in California, forever. Moments to be so grateful for. And I truly am.
As the cliché goes, it was the best of times and it was the worst of times, rolled into one. My biggest takeaway is that the people I shared the journey with, were what ultimately made it worth while. More about them in my next post.
First, I wanted to give thanks to some companies that provided goods or equipment I could not have completed the project without: fujifilmx_us for the X-T2, gopro for the HERO5 Black, hydroflask for the water bottle & tumblers, bose for the noise-canceling headphones, telecomsquare for the WiFi hotspot, lifeproof for the waterproof case for my iPhone, vanguardworld for my bag & the travel tripod I used at Trona Pinnacles, nantucketlooms for the threads and clifbar for the road trip sustenance. Those bars are addicting!! Thank you all 🙏🏼 VisitCaliforniaThisIsAdventureShastaCascadewhiskeytownlakeshotoniphonedametravelerwearetravelgirls 📷 by stuffedsuitcase
http://instatbt.com/Place/old-sugar-mill/284256Old Sugar Mill16/16 CaliforniaWildsponsored post • By ending our exploration of California in the CentralValley, we were actually returning to a region we’d briefly touched on earlier this month. It was so fun to experience a farm-to-table picnic on our last day of this trip, following our Facebook Live at theoldsugarmill. (Did you manage to watch that?) Inside the restored brick structure, that as the name suggests was once a sugar mill, 13 wineries local to the Central Valley are open to the public for tastings and events. It’s only 20 minutes from downtown Sacramento but it feels a world away. And it felt so different from the other regions we visited, so it was a delightful contrast. I noticed a familiar name too as I was wandering the halls. One that we came upon when we first scratched the surface of the Central Valley, up in the Northern portion at sekahills (second two photos). There we learned of how The Yocha Dehe tribe of the Wintun Nation are cultivating olives, wine grapes, garbanzo beans, asparagus, walnuts, almonds and other crops along with bees for honey on lands that have always belonged to their tribe. We tasted a full spread of all their products that included jerky from their own cattle. I found myself thinking on both those days that I couldn’t remember the last time any one region of a US state felt like it had everything one might need to survive. But that might be because wine, honey, olives, hummus and jerky are some of my favorite foods 😝😂 Either way, it was a pleasant way to wrap up the trip and it’s a region I highly recommend visiting. • I can’t believe this is the last of my official posts from this project with visitcalifornia & adventure.travel_. Do you want to still see more from California? I sure have a lot more stories I could share!! • VisitCaliforniaThisIsAdventureOldSugarMillSekaHillsshotoniphone
http://instatbt.com/Place/dow-wetlands-preserve/32487120Dow Wetlands Preserve15/16 CaliforniaWildsponsored post • To conclude our exploration of California’s 8 rural regions, we visited the CentralValley. In the Delta, we headed out just before sunset at DowWetlandsPreserve in Antioch on the San Joaquin River, with Kathy of deltakayakadventures Some in our group chose a SUP, I gravitated toward the double sea kayak and was so grateful when adamballard1978 jumped in with me. The following hours on the water blew me away. From how calm the water was to how gorgeous the light was to how quiet it was when everyone stopped talking, there was a peace to those moments that I completely hadn’t expected. From Kathy and some of her friends who accompanied us, we learned that the Preserve is some 470 acres of refuge and a habitat to more than 120 species of animals. It’s also facing a crisis as two types of invasive water plants have found their way into the Preserve, choking its waterways and harming native plants. I was shocked that a gorgeous purple flower I spotted floating in green leaves was part of one of them, a non-native Water Hyacinth that can grow up to 16 feet a day! 😳😭 It reminded me that where there is beauty, there is so often pain too, not just for humans but in the natural world as well. I was glad to hear that multiple organizations are working on how to solve the problem without damaging the native ecosystem. I also learned that the Delta is the largest estuary in the Western Hemisphere! VisitCaliforniadeltakayakadventuresThisIsAdventure • Thanks to gopro for the HERO5 Black that I captured this photo with. hero5blackexploretocreateinfluencelove
http://instatbt.com/Place/the-mission-inn-hotel---spa/9652The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa14/16 CaliforniaWildsponsored post • I was so thrilled when I learned our visit to the InlandEmpire would take us through the town of Riverside where one of my favorite hotels can be found. So much more than just a hotel, the Mission Inn is a piece of living history containing artifacts and mementos from centuries of history tied to the land that is now known as California and the USA; some artifacts that pre-date our country, such as the believed to be oldest church bell in Christendom. It’s a National Historic Landmark and a state of California Historic Landmark but also a AAA Four Diamond property. And after the combination of hard + soft adventures that we have had this month, I sure was wishing I could have spent a few hours at the Spa here treating my aching bones 😂 This trip has taught me I’m the kind of adventurer who still needs to sleep in a good hotel at night. It was wonderful just to soak up the surroundings once more in a little sunset adventure through the property with borderfreetravels. Though we didn’t have the longest time in ieshineon overall, between the hot air ballooning, the stop here and the experience at eatmarketplace - this region was a real treat for me & one I’d like to return to again one day. (Though I do think I could say that about every region we have been to in visitcalifornia!) Shown here is one of the guest suites and it happens to be the suite dante.vincent booked for me as a surprise years ago! 😍 VisitCaliforniaThisIsAdventuremissioninnhotelIEgoodtimesshotoniphoneriversideca
http://instatbt.com/Place/grape-escape-balloon-adventure/248278340Grape Escape Balloon Adventure13/16 CaliforniaWildsponsored post • I can’t think of a better way to be introduced to the InlandEmpire than via hot air balloon, soaring over the vineyards of the Temecula Valley, staring at the diverse landscape from an altitude of 3,000 feet. From that height it’s clear how important agriculture is to the region and it is easy to see how much there is to do in this region that’s not far from Los Angeles or San Diego, yet that often gets overlooked by visitors to both. Riding in a hot air balloon happens to be one of my very favorite things to do, perhaps my actual favorite. It’s one of the few ways that I can come close to the feeling of what it must be like to be a bird, drifting on the winds, soaring above the earth below and all its heartache. As I looked down, I felt such sadness for all the people who are hurting right now, so much bittersweetness as I felt grateful for my experience yet despaired of how few might get to have the same, who are desperate for just their basic needs to be met right now. This month has “flown by” in a whirlwind of objectives, schedules and planned adventures - meanwhile there are real problems in the world. From the ground it’s easy to see only my own situation but from above, I couldn’t help but feel deeply the need to be part of a solution. So it was ironic that after hot air ballooning, we met Chef Leah di Bernardi at eatmarketplace who is doing amazing things in Temecula. She teaches, she mentors, she helps, she changes how people think of food and she cooks real food that’s REALLY good for you but also tastes GREAT. She embodies the idea of InfluenceLove. She’s my new hero. And she’s just one terrific person you will meet when you VisitCalifornia. ThisIsAdventureIEgoodtimesVisitTemeculaagrapeescapeGoProHERO5
http://instatbt.com/Place/ventura-harbor/7325880Ventura Harbor12/16 CaliforniaWildsponsored post • We ended our time in what I’m calling the packed-with-things-to-offer CA_CentralCoast by kayaking around Ventura Harbor. After spending some time in the visitors center for nearby channelislandsnps learning about the history and the ecology of the islands, I think we all wanted to see the wildlife we’d been hearing about, so it was great that we got a glimpse via a kayaking adventure. There was a group of sea lions hanging out near the fishing and leisure boats, that were mostly napping but ended up making a lot of noise for us once we got closer, as if they were showing off on purpose! Did you know that they have different names as a group depending on the circumstance? On land they are a colony, in the water a raft, during breeding season a rookery and a group of females in a male’s territory is called a harem! • Thanks to gopro for the HERO5 Black that I captured the second photo with. I could not do half this trip without that camera since we are constantly on the water or in the water or doing an adventure activity that’s just made for GoProThisIsAdventureVisitCaliforniaVisitVenturaVenturaHarborShotOniPhone
http://instatbt.com/Place/san-luis-obispo-california/214538524San Luis Obispo, California11/16 CaliforniaWildsponsored post • Yesterday in the ca_centralcoast was such a blast from sunrise to long past sundown. It started in our base of shareslo before we drove down to Pismo Beach for an adrenaline-fueled buggy ride on the sand dunes. The views were incredible and the thrill could easily replace my morning cup of ☕️ which I desperately needed later in the afternoon as we followed the dunes up with a tour of libertinebrew and a looonnngggg boozy lunch trying as many of their sour beers as possible. We adored the time we spent with Founder and Director of Brewing: Tyler Clark, all of us finding something to love about him from his rockin' mustache to his taste in music (which infuses the brewery design with fun and just the right amount of irreverence) to the philosophy with which he brews his beers. I don't remember the last time I enjoyed a brewery so much. Yet it was time to keep drinking and switch to wine on the insanely historic Santa Margarita Ranch where the cover photo was taken of the vintage truck. This property holds evidence of early man, has an original Mission, old trains and trucks, a zip line and an old stone structure that pre-dates our country. On overload already we finished back in San Luis Obipso for their Thursday Night Farmers Market adding our DNA to their Bubblegum Alley and getting our tongues burnt on Mexican Street Corn before finding sunflowers we wished we could fit in the space shuttle we're driving around for these 19 days. Alas, there's no room with all the sweet gifts we've been given by the kind folks of California. 😍 CA_CentralCoastShareSLOVisitCaliforniaThisIsAdventure
http://instatbt.com/Place/trona-pinnacles/231018430732545Trona Pinnacles10/16 CaliforniaWildsponsored post • Last night one of the moments I was most looking forward to in our trip, occurred in the CADeserts between the towns of Trona and Ridgecrest. We visited the Trona Pinnacles starting at sunset and stayed until after the milky way appeared so that we could experiment with long exposure night photography. Local residents came out with telescopes and star apps so they could help us find the very best spot to situate our cameras. There were stories about the night sky and about the history of the area, a talk from the Bureau of Land Management which takes care of Trona Pinnacles and I don't think I have ever had more fun as a photographer. The skill of night photography is something I very much am still learning but it was fun to further hone those skills during this adventure. The Trona Pinnacles are an unusual geological feature and the site consists of more than 500 tufa spires rising from the bed of the Searles Dry Lake Basin. The pinnacles vary in size and shape and are composed primarily of calcium carbonate. Formed underwater between 10,000 and 100,000 years ago, some of the spires are more than 140 feet high. The Trona Pinnacles were made a National Natural Landmark in 1968 by the Department of the Interior and might be recognizable to you as a filming location for more than a dozen hit movies, including Planet of the Apes and Star Trek. ThisIsAdventureVisitCaliforniatronapinnaclesnightskyphotographymilkywaypicssonyrx1riiblmcalifornia
http://instatbt.com/Place/randsburg-california/235118622Randsburg, California9/16 CaliforniaWildsponsored post • Have you ever wanted to visit a legitimate Wild West Ghost Town? 👻 I have and last night I finally got to, with a catch. I learned a new phrase when we visited Randsburg: population 50. It's called a "living ghost town." When we first pulled into town, we didn't see a single soul, not human or animal. The sun was starting to set and the colorful, crumbling facades of the wooden buildings set aglow in the light seemed perfectly poised in a long gone time. We'd expected it to be quiet since we were told in advance the town businesses that are left are only open on some days of the week and Monday isn't included. So we walked around and began to take a few photos of each other, many photos of the details -- and after a while a wonderful thing began to happen, people started to appear. We met an artist/woodworker who was quietly busy in a darkened studio with the door open to let fresh air (or intrepid explorers?) in. We were visited by a German Shepherd who was curious yet aloof. And we met the three town firefighters who work in 48 hour shifts and drive from as much as 100 miles away to call the town home during their times on call. We learned, from former gallery owner cherylmcdonaldc, that the 2010 census recorded Randsburg as having 69 residents. We saw a ridiculously charming fixer upper for sale for such an affordable price I could have bought it. In between the initial stillness and the welcome we ended up receiving, I found a town whose worth can't be measured in the size of its population but in the length which its residents go to create a community that works for them yet which can be inclusive for the truly curious, willing to take their time... CADesertsrandsburgrandsburgcaVisitCaliforniaThisIsAdventurefujifilmx_usfujifilmxt2
http://instatbt.com/Place/mammoth-lakes-california/217293533Mammoth Lakes, California8/16 CaliforniaWildsponsored post • During our several days in the visitmammoth area, we have scrambled over rocks, up rocks, down rocky slopes, under bridges, over bridges, ridden up chairlifts and gondolas, raced each other on bikes and developed new interests in things like rock climbing and mountain biking. We've easily made friends with the locals who are *no shortage of awesome* and I think I speak for the whole team when I say we have really enjoyed this area of California's vast HighSierras. When we were looking down on lakes like these from the top of mammothmountain at over 11,000 feet, I did think I could live here. If you like the outdoors, this place just seems to have it all. Instead, I think I'll return for a true vacation. Soon as I can. And I won't be alone. While this area might not get as much press as nearby Lake Tahoe & Yosemite -- it's the 3rd most visited ski resort in the USA in winter and in summer the over 200 miles of paved bike and walking paths + countless miles of mountain bike trails are just one of the draws for tourists from around the world who want that clean mountain air and backdrops that must rival heaven itself. Breathe deep in a spot like this and you can feel the zen change you from the inside, out. Or maybe I've just been breathing so deep I'm delirious now?! 😝 Either way, it's going to be tough to move on today. But our next region is calling our names... ThisIsAdventureVisitCaliforniaMammothMomentsNoSmallAdventureVisitMammothMammothStories
http://instatbt.com/Place/tuolumne-meadows/252428561Tuolumne Meadows7/16 CaliforniaWildsponsored post • To get from Gold Country to the HighSierras we drove into yosemitenps via the Big Oak Flat entrance. If you have been to Yosemite before, what's your favorite part of the park? • It was a dream come true for me to be in the park. As a young photographer, I spent many years pouring over the work of Ansel Adams & his contemporaries, in which Yosemite features heavily. It was ridiculously inspiring to see the spots I felt I knew so well from still photos, in person. There wasn't a moment of the drive I didn't love!! Not having all the time in the world though we did have to be strategic about where we stopped so we chose Tuolumne Meadows & Olmsted Point as places to really take our time and get great content. That gave our driver adamballard1978 time to take off his shoes and wade into the river at the Meadows, as we were filming. When I saw him, not only did I want to do it too but it also sparked the idea of using my apple iPhone clad in its lifeproof case to try something a little different. I hope you enjoy this virtual trip to Yosemite via my 20 second video. • VisitCaliforniayosemitenationalparktuolumnemeadowsliveshotoniphonefindyourparktraveltuolumnecountyvisitcaliforniaadventure.travel_
http://instatbt.com/Place/oars-american-river-outpost/289523904OARS American River Outpost6/16 CaliforniaWildsponsored post • I don't think there's an adventure activity I love more than white water rafting, except maybe hot air ballooning. Though I don't really put those in the exact same category. So you can imagine how excited I was to spend a CaliforniaWild morning rafting the South Fork of the American River with oars_rafting in visitgoldcountry. Class 2 and 3 rapids provide the adrenaline rush and in between the rapids, there are gorgeous stretches of calm water that flow through a canyon dotted with historic sites from the Gold Rush days, bridges, beaches, clusters of wild flowers and serene forests hiding wildlife. I don't have a photo of me to prove how much I loved this experience because it was my job to be behind the camera but just look at how much fun kellyenglish78 & ottsworld are having and that's me. Times ten. 😝 🤘🏼With gopro Hero 5 Black in one hand and a paddle in the other, I was so darn happy I could have kept going for hours and hours and hours. Is rafting something you enjoy? Where have you been before? • VisitGoldCountryVisitCaliforniaOARSlifehero5girlsThisIsAdventure
http://instatbt.com/Place/volcano-union-inn/253457628Volcano Union Inn5/16 CaliforniaWildsponsored post • I haven't really shown you the truth of our journey yet & the truth is that it's about THE PEOPLE. It's a theme that I'm not as good at presenting in a format which might be "likebait" for Instagram. I'm embarrassed to admit I all too often choose photos that I think will do well in this space over the ones which might tell a story more accurately. Not today though because I'd be doing an injustice to our visitgoldcountry experience if I didn't tell you about the people featured here. 📍First is Tracey Berkner at volcanounion in the town of Volcano which has only around 100 residents now but was at one time a boom town during the Gold Rush. She's taken a boarding house that was built for $400 in 1880 and turned it into a culinary destination in and of itself. Tracey serves up wine and beer pairings with beef, duck, salmon and trays of herbs to tempt or challenge your palette in a way that makes you want to stay overnight in one of her four hotel rooms so you can turn around and repeat the process again the next day! 📍Then there is Steve, Bea, Tyler and Trevor at gracepatriotwines. A family of talents that range from medicine to cinematography to wine-making and who are as kind and welcoming as they are exceptional. We visited their winery around Golden Hour and long past sunset with a host of folks that work in tourism from the area. It was a night that I never wanted to end. From the light that shined on the rows of gleaming Tempranillo grapes as Steve showed us around, to the taste of their Golden Bear award-winning wines, to the laughter that flowed freely and quickly over a delectable dinner as I sat alongside Mo from Amador County who had been showing us around all morning -- I'll cherish those moments during the times this month where I'm worried about deadlines and lost sleep and the pace of covering an entire state in 19 days. • It's my job as a Storyteller for visitcalifornia and adventure.travel_ to showcase all the reasons you should come visit the regions which lie outside the big cities here and the bottom line is, you should come for the people. 😊 VisitGoldCountryVisitCaliforniaThisIsAdventure
http://instatbt.com/Place/point-arena-light/366698341Point Arena Light4/16 CaliforniaWildsponsored post • I think our group saw and did more things during our short time in the NorthCoastCA than I could explain or talk about in a month. So sharing this photo of the view from Point Arena Lighthouse is sharing only a fraction of what there is to do in this amazing region characterized by stunning coastline, soaring Redwoods, locally-sourced food, rugged landscapes, glass beaches, fog-blanketed towns, lighthouses of all shapes and sizes as well as characters you instantly want to be friends with for life! • I hope you've checked out posts from my colleagues ottsworld, borderfreetravels & stuffedsuitcase to see more? • You can also follow our awesome local guide/driver/new BFF kellyenglish78. Kelly is a true Californian with roots here that pre-date the gold rush! • But about this Lighthouse I was standing in when I took this photo: it's the tallest you can climb to the top of on the West Coast and my goodness is the view ever awesome. From this high up, I could see grey whales breaching off shore and in the distance the Stornetta Public Lands where we experienced a thrilling tour with Margaret of ourunbeatenpath (highly recommend this!) and I felt like I could see all the way to the marvelous Mar Vista Cottages where we spent our last night and morning in the North Coast, where I highly recommend you stay if you visit this region. I couldn't see all the way to the town of Mendocino but I was still thinking of it after we'd had a wonderful lunch there and in this moment I was marveling at just how STUNNING California is, period.... ThisIsAdventurefujifilmx_usfujifilmxt2VisitCaliforniapointarenaexploremoreVisitMendocino
http://instatbt.com/Place/prairie-creek-redwoods-state-park/235048993Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park3/16 CaliforniaWildsponsored post • Of all the things we have been scheduled to see in the NorthCoastCA for this adventure, the Redwoods were 1 on my list of what I was most excited about. Because I LOVE trees, these ancient giants have always been calling me. Unlike so many things and places that can let you down when they’re overhyped, the Redwoods don’t do that. Instead, I’m told they have made grown men cry and they made me feel more at peace than I have in longer than I can remember. This trip is about bringing you the lesser-visited parts of the state of California, so we focused on Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park and Founders Grove in Humboldt Redwoods State Park. Both are part of the larger redwoodnps system which links the National Park and State Parks into one system of stunning tree-filled goodness. Even though we skipped Avenue of the Giants and other parts of this park system that more visitors tend to frequent, we still saw the tallest and the biggest trees in California. We learned that they are so immense, they live in three climatic zones at once. The base of each tree is in one set, the stem of the tree is in another and the crown is in yet another. We also learned that there are Redwoods which have lived for over 1,000 years. The scale and the sheer majesty simply cannot be contained in a photo and photos make it hard to appreciate the scale so I wanted to show you one image that I took with my fujifilmx_us X-T2 and another with my goprohero5 so you can at least get an idea of just how massive the Redwoods are!! 🌲 RedwoodCountryThisIsAdventureHumboldtRedwoodsVisitCaliforniaRedwoodTreesFindYourPark
http://instatbt.com/Place/lassen-volcanic-national-park/239592455Lassen Volcanic National Park2/16 CaliforniaWildsponsored post • thinking of everyone in the path or Irma and those suffering because of so many other natural disasters right now, doing my part to help with gnbinfluence'sinfluencelove campaign and I hope you will check it out • If you're following my colleagues you have already seen this spot in visitcalifornia. It was the destination for a spectacular hike we completed in Lassen Volcanic National Park in the Northern California ShastaCascade region. The Park has many geothermal areas which include several groups of hot springs and fumaroles, remnants of former volcanic activity. Most of them are in, or are adjacent to, Mount Tehama's caldera. We saw several by driving around but you have to hike to BumpassHell, there's no way to drive there, and as is true of most things that are this spectacular to see in person - it's worth the work to get there. This spot is the "destination" but the journey there and back is every bit as stunning and then some. The unusual name is in honor of Kendall Vanhook Bumpass, a miner who worked in the Lassen area in the 1860s. He discovered it and was named on a mining claim for the area but that's not all. In 1865 the editor of a newspaper took a trip with Bumpass to see the area and while they were there, Bumpass broke through a thin crust above a boiling mud pot, his leg was badly scalded and eventually had to be amputated. I think it's a lesson in staying on the path these days. Geothermal areas can be spectacular but they are also dangerous and Park staff maintain the boardwalks very well, for our safety. ⛰🌲 lassennationalparkVisitCaliforniaThisIsAdventureFindYourParkshotoniphone
http://instatbt.com/Place/sundial-bridge-at-turtle-bay/93772Sundial Bridge at Turtle Bay1/16 CaliforniaWildsponsored post • Our first stop on this journey is the shastacascade region of Northern California and I was so excited when I realized that would take us to the town of Redding. It is home to the SundialBridge designed by one of my favorite architects: SantiagoCalatrava As the name suggests, the bridge acts as a sundial along with a marker on the ground not far from where I took this photo. In my home city of New York, Calatrava is most famous for having designed the Oculus, which I've shown before on my feed. From the great City of Arts and Sciences in his home city of Valencia, Spain to Milwaukee to Malmö - he has made the world a more stunning place with everything he has built and I wanted to capture a photo of his bridge that somehow paid homage to how happy his architecture makes me. How it fills me with wonder and makes me feel so inspired. It wasn't that hard when I combined sunrise with my friend & co-worker on this trip: Kristen of borderfreetravels. We always have fun working together and learning from her vision as a cinematographer always seems to push my abilities to new heights. As I said this morning after we captured this moment, "teamwork makes the dream work." I can't wait to see what else we are able to create for you as we VisitCalifornia this month with adventure.travel_. ThisIsAdventure • I shot this with my fujifilmx_us X-T2 and 18mm f/2.0 lens. • BorderFreeCALI
http://instatbt.com/Place/pacific-coast-highway-1/272196496563703Pacific Coast Highway 1As someone who absolutely loves the state of California, I am so thrilled to be part of CaliforniaWild with the ATTA adventure.travel_ and VisitCalifornia. The goal of this campaign -- which physically starts today as we drive away from our meeting spot in Sacramento -- is to help promote the fact that right outside California’s popular, large cities (the places I already know well!) are easily-accessible areas which are rugged, natural and unadulterated; places that are already ready for visitors but that not enough travelers ever experience. For me it’s a distinct honor to be spending the balance of this month challenging myself to discover and learn about these new parts of California through the people, natural wonders, activities and history that make this state such a cool part of the USA. The four of us who are part of this epic adventure won’t just be following the beaten paths. We’re going off the path to find empty beaches, towering trees, deserts lit only by the full moon and who knows what else! We are looking for photogenic landscapes that aren’t spoiled by man, flora and fauna that we have not seen elsewhere, climates we didn’t even know existed in this state PLUS culture and culinary delights that will help us refuel and re-engergize ourselves for more adventures! Many of the places we will visit are only a short, scenic drive away from metropolitan hubs. Plus, several regions can be combined to form longer trips. I hope you will follow along to get your own ideas for your next California adventure via the hashtag CaliforniaWild. ⛰🌊☀️ You can also see lots to inspire you at the ATTA’s official hashtag: ThisIsAdventure.
http://instatbt.com/Place/victoria-beach-laguna-beach/944215874Victoria Beach Laguna BeachFrom Austria, I passed through NYC only long enough to pick up dante.vincent & then we flew to California. We've been exploring the Los Angeles area in a 2017 lexususa IS 200t and, as per usual, actually exploring as much as possible. We love road tripping! From Malibu to Laguna Beach to Beverly Hills to Griffith Park and much more, with Eco mode engaged pretty much the whole time. I have loved the Lexus!! • I also made time for a date with my gnbinfluence agent kylehjelmeseth & family member mybelonging at ladureegrove. Thank you for hosting us ladureeus! • Danté photographed me wearing my new favorite lillypulitzer dress that I wanted to tell you about because it's part of their ongoing 'Print with Purpose' collection. This one in particular supports the Sea Turtle Hospital at Loggerhead Marine Life Center. • And now it's time for me to begin one of my biggest projects ever -- exploring the rest of California from top to bottom until the end of September with Sherry of ottsworld, Kristen of borderfreetravels & Kim at stuffedsuitcase. I know LA and San Francisco well but I'm looking forward to seeing all the areas of the state I've never visited before. Can't wait to share our adventures with you! • DriveLexus 🚘 fujifilmx_usfujixt2 📸 discoverLALAstory 🐢 lillypulitzerResort365LifeInLillycalilove 🌅 shotoniphone
http://instatbt.com/Place/mirabellgarten-salzburg/205746642Mirabellgarten SalzburgSalzburg was the most lovely end to my AustrianTime in visitaustria. As I explained in my first post about my trip to Austria, having grown up in Vermont knowing the von Trapp family, I'd always wanted to go to Salzburg to see some of the 'Sound of Music' sights. It was so fun to finally be able to do that and to hum a few of the tunes from the movie. Yet that was not even the best part of exploring the city. I found that all on its own, completely separate from that story -- the city is such a delightful urban destination. It's just small enough to be able to experience a lot of it in just two nights. Yet it's also big enough to have so much to offer, that I will need to return one day to finish my list! I particularly enjoyed attending a performance of Mozart in the Marble Hall at Mirabell Palace, cooling off at Hellbrunn during the Trick Fountains tour, biking along the river on the dedicated bike lanes and out to Hellbrunn as well as the taste of traditional Austrian food. The people in the city were very kind and welcoming. Now I have another favorite city to add to my European list!! visitsalzburgfeelaustriafujifilmx_usshotoniphonesalzburgaustria
http://instatbt.com/Place/los-angeles-california/212999109Los Angeles, CaliforniaBack to Austria photos next, or you can check out my Takeover at VisitAustria 🇦🇹 but I wanted to tell you that today, along with my gnbinfluence family, I'm committing officially to InfluenceLove. From my agent, G&B founder, kylehjelmeseth: "God & Beauty has been about 'influencing the world, together' from the start, and now we want to invite you to be a part of influencing the tone of the world around us." • In a world that seems to be breaking apart, I'm making a list of all the ways I want to bring you as much positivity and positive change as I possibly can. I commit to being part of a movement that counteracts the actions of those who seem determined to spread hate, to use fear as a weapon and who are encouraging violence to become normalized. I will do what I can to help and advocate for those who are marginalized. I commit to sharing stories that show there's still so much to be thankful for and to hope for. I commit to being a part of as much good as I can. I commit to being driven by optimism and the belief that it's not too late to make the world a better place; that one of the ways that can be done is by more love. ♥️ More people supporting people and not waiting for others to do the supporting. 🌈 More being the change and not waiting for change. 💪🏼 You can join me and my G&B family! First, comment with your suggestions of organizations we should support and ways we should be activating for GOOD ‼️Then, share your message tagging gnbinfluenceInfluenceLove here in IG or elsewhere on social • You can also buy your own Influence Love t-shirt to help us spread the word! All proceeds will go to the Anti-Defamation League on a permanent basis, but right now in light of Hurricane Harvey, you can choose between the League and American Red Cross. Your donation will be made in your name. Shirts come from a high quality manufacturer in a small town in the USA and labor has been generously donated by a small business: Str8 Jacket T's. 👉🏼 Allll the relevant info + how to order via the linkinprofile 👈🏼