I spent a lot of time with the family that included a few new nature spots. We finally played tourist in our Southern California backyard and visited the Anza-Borrego desert and the tidepools at both Dana Point and the Cabrillo National Monument. Both the desert and the tidepools were beautiful and in typical So-Cal fashion, the weather was great. We escaped the heat at home in all locations finding temps in the low 70's.
Exploring with only a macro lens (other lens is being repaired) was a bit challenging and limited scenic photography but I was able to focus more on my family which is really what vacation should be about!
Here's hoping you find new adventures with friends and family this new year.