California, Dreaming…

We’re going to just go ahead and put California on a permanent wish list of places to live, and that’s where it will probably stay.  Perhaps if we’d bought that old Victorian in the Haight back in 1981 for $135,000, we might be able to afford to live in San Francisco today!  But, we were young(er) then, and that was not only steep for us, but at a time when we weren’t ready to “settle down.”  In fact, we were not long from packing our bags and heading for Japan for eight years…

California is a GREAT place to visit!  From Arcata in the north, along the coast to Mendocino, through Santa Rosa, Napa, Sonoma, tiny Bolinas and down to San Francisco, we explored many areas that we’d been to before as well as discovered a few new ones.  South Lake Tahoe in an airbnb cabin was lovely, despite a huge thunderstorm and subsequent power outage.  Stand Up Paddle boarding (SUP) one morning and a meadow hike to a secluded beach confirmed just how enjoyable a lake and mountain location can be.

Lake, beach, mountains, gorgeous scenery – all recall the “ourspot” critieria we’d come up with before our journey began.  We’re discovering though, how difficult finding one place that meets all criteria will be, and know we will need to somehow balance amongst them.  Hmmm, in-town vs. lakeside? Fun urban environment vs. cultural diversity?  Airport access vs. mountain view?  How, how, how is it all going to turn out?

After 71 days on the road, we’re now moving in an eastward (sort of) direction, though still more than a month away from returning to Philadelphia – stay tuned for more adventures!

Here are a few memorable photos of our California sojourn…

Tahoe Sunset

Tahoe Sunset

Eastward, Ho!

Eastward, Ho!

Organic, Oh, Yes!

Organic, Oh, Yes!

Bouquet

Bouquet

Old Oakland Farm Market

Old Oakland Farm Market

View from Tiburon

View from Tiburon

Bolinas in Bloom

Bolinas in Bloom

Bolinas Merchant

Bolinas Merchant

Bolinas Bay House

Bolinas Bay House

Cali Magazines...

Cali Magazines…

Fun Too!  Santa Rosa

Fun Too! Santa Rosa

Margarita Stems...

Margarita Stems…

Bunny Foo Foo, Lawrence Argent - Hall Winery

Bunny Foo Foo, Lawrence Argent – Hall Winery

Garden Plot Tapestry, Nick Cave  Hall Winery

Garden Plot Tapestry, Nick Cave Hall Winery

Thinker

Thinker

Green...Pine Cones

Green…Pine Cones

Climate Change...

Climate Change…

San Francisco Blossoms

San Francisco Blossoms

Misty Bridge

Misty Bridge

Fine Arts Ceiling...

Fine Arts Ceiling…

Green...Grapes

Green…Grapes

Felt, Too

Felt, Too

Felt Wrapped...

Felt Wrapped…

Mendocino

Mendocino

Monterey Cliff Blooms

Monterey Cliff Blooms

Tall

Tall

Trinidad Bay

Trinidad Bay

Roadside Claim

Roadside Claim

Pacific Star Winery

Pacific Star Winery

Coastal View

Coastal View

Not Us!

Not Us!

Coastal Beauty

Coastal Beauty

Waves, Bark

Waves, Bark

Redwood, Ferns

Redwood, Ferns

Redwood, Close

Redwood, Close

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