In celebration of our move from California to Texas, I am listing 50 things I am going to miss about this state. So far, I covered:
48. The freeways
47. The crazy expensive cost of living
46. The Oakland A’s
45. The Sacramento River Cats
44. The Stockton Ports
43. Disney’s California Adventure Park
42. Hiking to the Summit of Mt. Diablo
41. San Diego, CA
40. Los Angeles, CA
39. Long Beach, CA
38. The Redwood Trees
37. The Beautiful Drive Along Highway 1
36. Big Sur/ Carmel
Which brings me to the next TWO:
When I was a child my parents used to take us to Walt Disney World property (Orlando, Florida) where they would rent a pontoon boat and we would go out on the lake for the day to get some fresh air and sunshine. My mom would pack a cooler with lunch and drinks and we would either eat on the boat or find a beach area for a picnic.
These times spent on the boat made for some great, lasting memories.
34. Wine Country
It is no secret to those who know me (even moderately well) that I love wine tasting at the local (and not so local) wineries. Generally, when hubs’ friends invite us to Hollister for a dirt bike riding four day weekend, I and a few others sneak away to the wineries.
Our area is full of them. They are scattered throughout Lodi, Fairfield, and Napa…to name a few. The only problem for me is, I cannot afford the pricier wines. So, though I can “taste” them all I want, I rarely get to buy. (Sidebar: I, personally, like to rinse my glass from time to time so I do not mix any of the delicate flavors, at all. At one tasting, in Virginia however, I was advised not to do that because it “waters down” the next wine sample. A month or two ago, in California though, I was asked by a tasting room staff member if I wanted to rinse out my glass. So I am guessing it just depends on the preference of the taster. Similar to “cleansing the palate”, maybe?
We had the pleasure of attending a wedding at a winery a couple years ago. The outside venue was picturesque. The ceremony area was closed in and shaded. The reception space was open, delicately decorated, and whimsical. Inside the building was a large banquet room complete with fire place. For this particular wedding, the room was fairly empty with the exception of some tall bar tables and delicious hors d'oeuvres.
There are still a boatload of wineries I have not visited, yet!
7 How beautiful upon the mountains
are the feet of him who brings good news,
who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness,
who publishes salvation,
who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”
8The voice of your watchmen—they lift up their voice;
together they sing for joy;
for eye to eye they see
the return of the LORD to Zion.
9 Break forth together into singing,
you waste places of Jerusalem,
for the LORD has comforted his people;
he has redeemed Jerusalem.
10 The LORD has bared his holy arm
before the eyes of all the nations,
and all the ends of the earth shall see
the salvation of our God.
(Isaiah 52: 7-10. ESV.)