As the weather changes. so does my mood. I was meant to be a Fall/Winter gal. I think to live in North Dakota would be amazing. But I live here, in California, and it's most people's dream come to live here. So today I wanted to share some things that make my home amazing....
Caution: Many photos below.
Half Moon Bay:
A beauty beyond words. Half Moon Bay is where the Pacific Oceans meet farmlands. Nestled along the coastal Highway 1. I have had the chance to visit here several times and each was more enjoyable than the last. There's a great little pub, that i can't recall the name of... but great times have been had there. You can just tell.
Oh the city that owns my heart and destroys it all at once. I had the opportunity to move to San Fran once, and I wonder all the time if I made the wrong choice. The city is amazing. Full of beautiful shops and amazing restaurants. As a chef, it's a small dream of mine to eat at each one. I get chills just thinking of it.
The beach. California is full of them, but there is something so beautiful and so Southern California about the beaches in San Diego. It's an ocean paradise. I love the sort of places that have tiny restaurants set up against the sand. My favorite chips and salsa can be found here. And oh the taco stands, yum yum.
A personal favorite of wine. Wine country. Meow. I love wine. More than I love water. I belong to too many wine clubs, it's almost embarrassing. My family and I travel here every Thanksgiving. We stay in our time share and cook turkey and everything else out of that kitchen. I have such beautiful memories there. I have taken some of the most important people with me on trips to Angel's Camp, and hope to add more to the list.
Napa Wine Valley:
Need I say more? In California, we are so so lucky to be blessed with many amazing vineyards. Napa Valley is one of the most respected and celebrated in the World. Open air farmers markets and beautiful restaurants help make this little town an unforgettable vacation spot.
Disneyland & Hollywood. What more can I even say? I love L.A. I could never live there, but I love L.A. So many amazing spots to eat and the nightlife is out of control. The girls and I took a trip there two years ago and had a blast. We tore the city to pieces. "I'm in L.A. trick"
Yosemite National Park is one of the most beautiful places in the U.S. Over 3 million people a year flock to check out the beautiful scenery. The park is over 760,000 acres and houses over 7,000 plant species. I don't know about you, but this gets me overly excited! Hiking is a must. But don't forget to visit the natural springs.
My own little slice of heaven. A very special place that is near and dear to my heart. Truckee is a sleepy little town set around the famous Donner Lake. You remember the Donner party, right? I love to visit Truckee by myself. The lake has these amazing little private docks and I could spend the whole day out there with my journal and my Bible. Downtown Truckee is so cute. Tiny little diners and a haunted hotel. Next to a little old jail that once housed "Baby face" Nelson and "Ma" Spinelli . So cool.
Such a small city, but who doesn't dream of the famous boardwalk? I have been lucky enough to ride the famous roller coaster 3 times, and each time I had butterflies. I have to admit that I am strongly afraid of heights, but with a little love someone talked me into it. I don't regret it. From the pier you can see dolphins jumping in the ocean. In the mornings the surfers gather to catch the ocean waves. I Heart Sushi is the best and the owner will give you free Sake if you're polite.
Home sweet home. I can't tell you how amazing I think my little city is. No really, it's getting better. We have the Rivercats, the Kings, and now the Mountain Lions. Downtown houses Second Saturday and the most amazing farmers markets. I am proud to call it home. The newly redone Crocker Art Museum is said to blow your socks off and loft living gives downtown a little edge.
Tell me about YOUR state! I am a lover of a lovely United States, and would love to more about yours <3 Oh and come join me on an adventure someday. I would be honored. We can paint the town.