Summertime -- when our parks call to us
Nicole Holthuis, educational researcher: I wish I was familiar with a lot more parks than I am. I think, just for beauty, Grand Teton National Park is phenomenal. We went there when we went to Yellowstone, and we were more impressed with Grand Teton. For a weekend hike we like Calaveras Big Trees State Park off of Highway 4. We also take advantage of our lucky location next to Mount Diablo and hike there as much as we can.