Living in Santa Cruz County has been one of the best adventures of my life, and has acted a great resuscitation of my creative process. The Husband and I have made a habit of driving up and down the coast seeking out great spots to set up and paint, draw, and photograph. He's the film-maker so he's the one who's always behind a camera, I stick to my paints and pencils.
As much as plein air Painting is an amazing (and essential) practice for working artists, it is also a very meditative experience, and a truly humanizing one. Lately the higher cliff I can get to, the better. :)