Bay Area

Castle Rock State Park & Sanborn County Park

Driving past Saratoga downtown, you reach a twisty road lined with trees. Highway 9 is one of my favorite places to drive and clear my head, providing an escape from the Bay Area without having to go far. Along the way, there are a few beautiful viewpoints that overlook the rolling hills. Some spots also have neat hiking trails that are rarely busy.

The first time I visited, I came with a small convey of cars, and we took pictures along the road. We stopped near a viewpoint where we hiked a bit to watch the sunset. By the time we came back down, it was freezing. None of us brought any warm clothing, but we were still insistent on taking pictures out in the dark.

I came about a year later for a small photoshoot with a friend, where we went to Sanborn County Park. It’s a small quiet road, where very few cars pass by. Close by there are a couple of lakes, and a lot of various trails that you can go down. The road is also windy but makes for a great background.