Recently, Jason and I snuck away to a cute town located in the Sierra Nevada foothills between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite, called Arnold. We chose this area because of its proximity to Sacramento (approximately 100 miles), and its picturesque scenery. Lucky for us, one of my relatives has a home there, where they let us stay. (Thanks again, guys!) Our to-do list for the getaway included: rest, explore the town, and spend time outdoors.
We made the drive from Sacramento to Arnold late in the afternoon and the next morning slept in, ate a little breakfast then drove over to a park. Although there are hikes that require varying levels of experience really close to where we stayed, we opted for a more easy-going trail this time around. We decided to keep it simple and chose to walk the North Grove Trail in Calaveras Big Trees State Park. All said, it took us about an hour from start to finish to walk the trail, which was perfect for our pre-wine tasting morning activity. It was colder than I expected for April, but we bundled up and eventually it got warm once we got walking.
It's hard to capture the enormity of the trees in photos. They were really breathtaking to see in person. We were there on a Friday morning in April and the trail was fairly empty, which made the experience even more special.
The trees were obviously beautiful but the best part was spending time with Jason, walking and talking, just us two. There was no cell phone service! Which is a key to getting Jason to relax and unplug from work.
More from our time in Arnold and Murphys coming soon!