Your best memories in parks this year

California state parks are great places to make memories. As we approach the end of the year, you might also be thinking back on the best days you spent in parks. Here’s what some of our supporters shared:

Pg 7 - Marshall Gold Discovery

“Gold panning with friends at Marshall Gold Discovery State Park in July. My daughter and her friend were busy putting rocks in each other’s pockets while the dads panned for gold, feldspar and garnets.”

– Johanna Speizer

Pg 7 - Hendy Woods

“Walking through the groves at Hendy Woods State Park this September.”

– Terry Blair

Pg 7 - Jedediah Smith

“Because my dog is getting older and my very real worry of leaving him in the care of any one when the fire danger was so terribly high, I gave up my planned backpacking trip in Yosemite and headed to the Crescent City area where, with my sweet dog along for every early morning drive of Howland Hill Rd., I fell in love with Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park.

– Jennifer Schooley

Pg 7 - Montana de Oro

Montaña de Oro State Park was a wonderful discovery for me on our summer road trip. Just beautiful!”

– Betsy Sommerville

Pg 7 - China Camp

“I volunteered to lead a camping trip to China Camp State Park as a sort of an introduction for our 1st grade class. We went down at night to hear frogs, sang campfire songs, wandered eating smores and did a bit of plant identification and discussion. China Camp is a fantastic spot for a lot of children who are not used to camping. Very easy, and if all else fails it is not far from most Bay Area cities if sleeping outside poses too much.

– Instagram user @Fauvescraper

Pg 7 - Crystal Cove

“Taking my kids to Crystal Cove State Park during their summer break and having lunch at the Beachcomber Café.”

– Vangie Obrero

Thank you so much to everyone who shared their memories with us! Want to share your favorite 2018 state park memories? Just tweet to us at @calparks!

5 ideas to spend spring and summer in state parks

Winter has transitioned into spring and that means warmer weather is on the way – or already here! We asked some of our supporters to share their favorite photos and activities during the spring and summer in California. Here are 5 suggestions for spending these sunny seasons in state parks!

Paulina Dao 2“I love Salt Point State Park because the views are unbeatable and you can’t go wrong with sandstone climbing on the coast. I like Castle Rock State Park because it’s accessible to the Bay Area and there are hundreds of problems (climbing routes) to try for bouldering and ropes. I also like Castle Crag State Park because it’s such a beautiful granite outcropping.”

– Paulina Dao, San Francisco

 

Bob Allen 2“Winter and early spring at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park are great times to hike and photograph. This January, a day after rainfall, three male Peninsular bighorn sheep were grazing along the Borrego Palm Canyon trail and didn’t mind as we watched and photographed them. Farther up canyon, California fan palms grow in areas of high groundwater and towered above us.”

– Bob Allen, Mission Viejo

 

 

Samantha Joseph

“During the spring, I love ‘glamping’ in the yurts at Bothe-Napa Valley State Park! It’s so much fun to explore the park’s beautiful hiking trails as well as the rich history of the nearby Bale Grist Mill.”

– Samantha Joseph, Oakland

 

 

Brenda Chi 2“I love Los Angeles State Historic Park in the spring! It’s a peaceful park for something so close to the city. Allows me to have the best of both worlds, I get to walk around Chinatown and look at the shops and I get to go to a park and sit and relax.”

– Brenda Chi, Los Angeles

 

Stein 2

“Getting up early, loading the kayaks, packing a thermos of coffee & bagels, then heading to the Rat Farm. Destination: Ahjumawi Lava Springs State Park.”

– Steve and Sharon Stein, Hawthorne

Let us know your favorite parks for spring and summer by tweeting to us at @calparks!