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Five Things Friday

Kayaking in Tomales Bay

The five little things that made my week…

1. Getting my sunset kayak on in Tomales Bay. I was hoping to paddle through the bioluminescence this time of year, but the glow was very faint, even on a moonless night. C’est la vie.

A beautiful moonless night in Tomales Bay

2. Despite the lack of bioluminescence, that evening paddle was one of the most amazing excursions I’ve been on — windless, moonless, the entire Milky Way sprawled across our own planetarium, and a falling star that lit up the sky for nearly 10 seconds. I could’ve made a few wishes by the time it faded!

Garden Betty's NorCal office

3. Pit stop at the mother-in-law’s pad, aka Garden Betty’s NorCal office. Inspiration abounds here.

Finding little gems like this on road trips

4. One of my favorite things about road trips is finding little gems like this post office in the tiny coastal community of Stewarts Point, California, which was established in 1888.

Which path would you take?

5. Beach hopping along the Sonoma coast. Which path would you take?

(See more from my end-of-summer road trip on Instagram… 9 days in, 12 more days to go!)

Linda Ly About Author

I'm a plant lover, passionate road-tripper, and cookbook author whose expert advice and bestselling books have been featured in TIME, Outside, HGTV, and Food & Wine. The No-Waste Vegetable Cookbook is my latest book. Garden Betty is where I write about modern homesteading, farm-to-table cooking, and outdoor adventuring — all that encompass a life well-lived outdoors. After all, the secret to a good life is... Read more »


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    September 20, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    Beautiful! Probably silly question but here goes: Do you ever get ‘nervous’ knowing your kayak (I believe) isn’t of the hard variety but rather inflatable? As in – what if it sprung a leak? Wondering if I’m being silly waiting out for the hard variety…

    • Linda Ly
      Linda Ly
      September 23, 2014 at 12:38 pm

      My inflatable kayak is made for Class IV whitewater and designed to withstand abuse. There are definitely different classes of inflatables, so an entry-level one made for flatwater cruising isn’t going to be as sturdy as a pro-grade river runner. But if you just want to take your kayak out on lakes, a sit-on-top hardshell will actually be more affordable than the IK I have.

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    September 19, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    Love your Northern California office! Happy Trails!

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    September 19, 2014 at 7:33 am

    My neck of the woods, love it! Nothing beats the NorCal coast!

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    Cary Bradley
    September 19, 2014 at 6:07 am

    Sweet! and catch all those gorgeous fragrant Naked Ladies in front of the post office. Very cool!


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