Magazine article Sunset

Let Me Tell You about "My" Park ... with Many State Parks Threatened by Budget Cuts, Some Famous Californians-Alice Waters, Isabel Allende, and Others-Are Speaking Up

Magazine article Sunset

Let Me Tell You about "My" Park ... with Many State Parks Threatened by Budget Cuts, Some Famous Californians-Alice Waters, Isabel Allende, and Others-Are Speaking Up

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Tomales Bay State Park, Inverness

ALICE WATERS, FOUNDER OF CHEZ PANISSE RESTAURANT, ADVOCATE, AND AUTHOR

'"I've been going to this park for more than 20 years--it's close to Bolinas and I can take long walks along the coast. I like to visit the oyster farms in Tomales Bay, which to me represent the ancient balance between wilderness and cultivation."

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Annadel State Park, Santa Rosa

GINA GALLO, THIRD-GENERATION GALLO FAMILY VINEYARDS WINEMAKER

"I love Annadel State Park. It's right in my backyard--5,000 acres of beautiful hillsides (and a lake) where you can bike, hike, run, horseback ride, and swim. You can see wild turkeys, rabbits, eagles, and deer. I go at least a couple of days a week to get away."

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Mount Tamalpais State Park, Mill Valley

GAVIN NEWSOM, MAYOR OF SAN FRANCISCO

"I played high school baseball, and our home field was right in the shadow of Mt. Tamalpais. I've loved Mount Tamalpais State Park since I was a kid because of its panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and the whole Bay Area, its hiking trails, and its great mountain biking. Muir Woods is there. It's home to some of the oldest sequoias in the world, really incredible."

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San Onofre State Beach, San Clemente

SOFIE HOWARD, CREATIVE DIRECTOR FOR THE FASHION INDUSTRY AND LOS ANGELES BOARD MEMBER OF THE NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL

"I was planning a beach shoot with a group of supermodels, and they started moaning and groaning when I told them we were going down to San Onofre State Beach in San Diego County instead of Malibu. I just said, 'Get in the car.' We finished the shoot around 5, and some guys in a pickup truck were hanging out and grilling, and they began feeding these starving girls chicken and taquitos. So here are these models making $8,000 a day laughing and high-fiving and talking story with workmen and painters with all of their equipment stacked on their truck. That's how it is at San Onofre. It's completely unspoiled and noncommercial. Just priceless."

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Malibu Creek State Park, Calabasas

DEENA KASTOR, OLYMPIC BRONZE-MEDAL MARATHONER AND ONE TO WATCH IN THIS SUMMER'S OLYMPICS

"I have traveled the world, and Malibu Creek State Park remains one of my favorite places to run in the Santa Monica Mountains. Exploring the trails of this great park, you'll come across waterfalls, Ronald Reagan's old ranch, rusted jeeps left over from filming MASH, and a lot of wildlife. …

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