When you grow up outside California (as I did, and almost half of us Californians did) you grow up with set-in-LA movies, and the Golden Gate Bridge, and rich people doing boring things at beaches. And then you get here, and if you're paying any kind of attention, you realize the state is so much better than that. The tragedy is that so many Cali natives buy into the movie version of California and somehow don't notice the mountains and forests in their backyards. Here's a time-lapse photo essay of the real California that is guaranteed to make trail runners and hikers smile.
Note the thick brow-ridge, the idiotic grin, and the death-grip on the beverage. You can email this handsome devil at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Rattlesnake Encounter Map
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