There aren’t too many places in this world that pull us the way they used to, however, California might just be one. Despite the fact that we know we will more than likely never live there again, the state is extremely nostalgic for us both.
Having both grown up in California (the South and the North) whenever we return, the smells, the vegetation, the salt air, and the memories all flood us with deep emotion. We hold those years of our lives close to our hearts and recall our time in residence with joy.
On our recent trip to California, we moved up and down the coast making stops along the way. For our children, it was there first real California experience and thus, we felt excited to show them the best of our former home state.
Days were spent close to family and friends engulfed in love and laughter. For those times we were not gathering with those we hold dear, we explored beaches, forests and new landscapes. All gorgeous, and all rich with newness.
The trip was a genuine delight and a nice reprieve from the cold, harsh winter back home. The sunlight, the sand, the warm winds were all welcome, but what we relished in the most were the arms of family and friends.
California is indeed a gorgeous State, with miles of coastline, stunning nature and a history that runs deep for us both. But despite its natural beauty, what remains the most memorable of all were the moments of deep, hearty laughter, the silent gazing over children playing at their grandparent’s home, of observing shy smiles as children meet for the first time, of being able to talk in person, sharing a warm meal on a cold night, falling into arms that are warm and familiar and feeling ever so grateful to call these people family and these moments blessings. That is and will always be California!
Interested in some of our trip highlights? Listed below are a few of the paces we visited:
Los Alamos/Los Olivos and Santa Ynez
Santa Barbara including: State Street, The Mission, Beaches
Guadeloupe Sand Dunes and Beach
Napa and Sonoma