A great way to start a new month: a camping trip at the newly announced Pinnacles National Park. Obama recently signed the form turning this little "monument" to one of the big guys, keeping this land protected for what I am assuming is forever. (Apparently being a monument doesn't guarantee security of the land from development or what nots)
Truly, the Pinnacles are one of my favorite places. There is fun climbing, dark caves and it's beautiful everywhere. Being a 2.5 hour drive from San Francisco makes it one of my local paradises to get away from it all.
(Note to self: come here more often!)