Great Harvest Bread Co.

This past week I had the great opportunity to sit in and watch the process of baking bread and pastries at the Great Harvest Bread Company in Thousand Oaks, California. Sergio and Aaron of Great Harvest work from 12 midnight until 7am baking bread for the next day. Great Harvest does not believe in freezing or using preservatives in their dough and make their bread from scratch every single day. Jim Costello, the owner of Great Harvest Bread Company was kind enough to explain the process and show me around their shop. I was there to mostly observe what they were doing so I only have a few pictures I snapped before I left.

Point Reyes Station

After my trip to San Francisco we drove around 50 miles north past the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County to Point Reyes Station. It was my first time visiting the Tomales Bay are and I was amazed by how breathtaking and beautiful it was. I fell in love with everything from the tall trees the the endless ocean, even the cute little town of Point Reyes. It was great to visit well-known places like Cow Girl Creamery and purchase fresh honey from Marshall Honey at the weekly Farmers Market in downtown Point Reyes.

While we were there we also did a 11 mile hike in the Point Reyes National Forest called the 'Bear Valley Loop' starting on the Bear Valley Trail. It began in the beautiful forest and takes you up and elevation of 1400 ft to the Sky Trail. The Sky Trail was along the top of the forest where the air is thin and crisp and eventually leading you to the Coast Trail. We hear many birds and saw a few banana slugs and also came across bushes of wild blackberries! The Coast Trail takes you on the side of the forest overlooking the beautiful ocean for a few miles until you make it back to the Bear Vally Trail and takes you back towards the entrance.

The Bear Valley Loop may have been one of the toughest hikes I have ever been on. My legs felt like noodles and I was hungry and dehydrated but I had one of the most satisfying feelings I have ever had. Probably because I would have never thought to have done it!

The Tomales Bay area was well known for all of their oyster farms and we spent a few hours a day driving up the bay and checking them out. I had an amazing time visiting Marin County and it is definitely one of my favorite places in California and I would recommend it to anyone who likes a little bit of an adventure!

Portugal The Man

Portugal The Man has been one of my favorite bands for the last few years and when I heard that they were coming to Ventura I knew I had to be there and photograph them. I was able to catch them at the very end of their tour and it was one of the craziest experiences of my life, and probably the most rewarding. I am so glad I was able to be there and would love the chance to do it again.

Ray Lucke

I have the great opportunity to photograph a very talented surfboard shaper names Ray Lucke who lives and operates his shop in Camarillo, California. Check out his website and blog:

http://venturasurfboardrepair.com/

http://rluckesurfboards.wordpress.com/tag/ray-lucke/

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