Ask anyone who loves living in the Bay Area just why they do, and natural beauty will almost certainly figure somewhere in their answer.
From the beaches of Santa Cruz, to the vistas of Napa Valley, to the majesty of the Sierra, there are countless examples of nature at its best all a simple car ride away.
But what about a bus ride away? Or a ferry? Or BART?
Well, Kurt Schwabe has spent the last month proving it is easier than you think.
To see the unusual quest Kurt has been on for the past month, watch Garvin Thomas' story above.
To read Kurt's blog, and see his pictures, go here.