What I'm missing...

Hey what's good folks?

It's been a while since I've posted anything, or taken many shots! After moving back to Chicago, I've shifted my focus more towards school, the graduate program and potential dissertation topic, so the photos have and will be taking a back seat for a little bit. However, it doesn't mean that I won't be able to post pics that I've take in the last few months.

Right now, with fall kicking in out here (meaning temps in the 40s and 50s), I'm really missing California and the wonderful weather out there. Besides the people (friends and fam), I really miss driving and being able to enjoy the autumn scenery as I drive throughout Northern California.

This image was taken off one of my favorite roads to drive - Hwy 29 between Calistoga and Middletown. This shot was taken adjacent to the water spot (for those familiar with the area) where you can fill up for free. Calistoga actually fills up across the way from that same spot. Although it wasn't fall at the time, I tried to edit it to emulate how I remember fall to look in that area around this time of the year.

The drive itself is an amazing mixture of uphill and downhill scenery that gives you a good view of the northern Napa Valley while also giving you a taste of the wilderness that would lead many to believe that they're even further from civilization than they really are. As I drove up the road with a friend, I couldn't help but take my time and look around, taking in the rustling of the leaves from the high tree canopy above with the daylight peeking through. At night, it's common to see strands of the Milky Way from this high and away from light pollution. I try to make it a point to come out onto this road each time I'm back in Cali. Whether rain or shine, it's been a long time fav. Especially since I'm currently surrounded by endless cityscape and populated areas, I try to take advantage of roads like these anytime I can.

For those that can, definitely make a drive up there and if you can go topless (top down, t-tops or sun/moonroof off), make it happen!

Until next time, hang easy!

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