This weekend we got away to Pinecrest Lake in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. A 3 1/2 hour drive from Santa Cruz, Pinecrest is the perfect spot for an easy getaway. The lake is small enough that you can hike around the whole thing in an afternoon or you can rent a boat from the marina to get to the far side. There are campsites right at the lake or cabins for rent along the lake's edge.
We brought along our handmade Strawfoot tote to carry all our beach essentials and of course, a Sawyer hat for sun protection. Get up there!