Hi there, my name is Songee Barker and I am proud to be Miss Golden Valley 2018! I am excited to compete at Miss California this June. In preparation, I’ve been reflecting on the road that got me to this point! Growing up, my family and I used to go on road trips each summer, so I thought it would be fun to take a virtual road trip through the beautiful state of California. Here are some of my favorite places, I hope you enjoy! Follow along with the stars on the map to see where we’re off to!
Stop 1: Redwood National and State Parks – Spanning nearly 40 miles along the state and national parks here are home to some of the tallest trees in the world! It’s truly a humbling and surreal experience to visit and look up at the giant redwoods (here’s a photo with me in it for scale)!
Stop 2: Pleasanton, CA – This is where I was born! One of my favorite spots in town is the Meadowlark drive-through dairy, my family and I would stop by after a soccer or t-ball game to get soft serve ice cream! (here’s a photo with a giant ice cream for scale…kidding ☺)
Stop 3: Mammoth Lakes – One of the best ski spots in the world! (I might be biased on that but after visiting Colorado this winter that claim checks out in my books!). For me to enjoy skiing takes a lot because I hate being cold so, if you’re looking for some great powder and a beautiful ski town be sure to check Mammoth out!
Stop 4: The Golden Valley – (aka the beautiful area I have the honor of representing this year!) – Located in California’s Central Valley, our state’s agricultural hub, where over 360 products are produced. The Golden Valley is sprouting with stunning groves and orchards that seem to go on as far as the eye can see! In addition to growing delicious produce and dairy, this area also grows some of the warmest and welcoming people I have ever met (this may be a personal bias, but it holds true!)
Stop 5: Death Valley National Park – California is home to nine National Parks (I have been to five of them!). One of the most diverse and interesting is Death Valley, its Bad Water Basin is 282 ft below sea level, the lowest point in North America! Here you can find salt flats, mosaic rocks, sand dunes, and more! Just be sure to pack lots of water because the heat in Death Valley is intense!
Stop 6: Sandstone Peak – Sandstone Peak is the highest point in the Santa Monica Mountains. You can take the Mishe Mokwa Trail, a beautiful six-mile hike, to get to the top. Once you’re there be sure to take in the view of the ocean and snap some pictures! When you’re done hiking you can take a quick drive out to the coast and relax at some famous Malibu Beaches! There is also a race every year long the Malibu coastline, that my family and I ran last year!
Stop 7: Newport Beach – Newport Beach, CA is a wonderful place to catch some waves! It’s also where I had my first job at the historic Lido Regency movie theater! If you’re in Newport consider taking a surf lesson or catching a movie!
Stop 8: Belmont Park – Located in San Diego (also where my Miss California roommate is from, Hi Miss San Diego!) Belmont Park is home to one of the oldest wooden roller coasters! When I was young my family used to vacation here with our cousins and I vividly remember just barely being tall enough to ride the roller coaster (warning Baby Songee pic!)!
I hope you enjoyed my quick tour of California, from the North to the South this is a magnificent State! I love exploring this beautiful state and hopefully, you’re inspired to explore too! Thank you for reading along, I’ll see you in Fresno this June!
All the Best,
Miss Golden Valley 2018