To me California is all about food, wine and beauty . . . . all that delights the senses. Michael and I first experienced California with our friends Bill and Cindy Cannova in 2005. Our travels began in Pasadena to antique hunt at the Rose Bowl Flea market. We drove along the coast to Hearst Castle and on to San Francisco. We ended our journey in Napa Valley.
We fell in love with wine country and returned the following year to celebrate our 20 year wedding anniversary in August of 2006. A week just wasn’t enough so for our 25 year anniversary in 2011 we rented a home in St. Helena. We spent 2 weeks taking in all the things that we love about California. Food so delicious that I had to close my eyes to savor every flavor. Wineries at every turn, each one more beautiful then the next. A cool breeze blowing through the window. The fog burning off the mountain. Vineyards, rolling hills and windy roads. Flowers a bloom with hummingbirds hovering. Art of all kinds. Fantasy gardens with crystals dangling from trees. Beauty surrounded us. Relaxing and enjoying this special occasion, celebrating 25 years of marriage in beautiful sunny California.
Michael’s brother Dave joined us at the end of our vacation along with his wife, Barbara and daughter Paige. They stayed on at the house that we rented for the third week. It was such a joy spending time with family and creating memories that will last a lifetime. Life is good!
I am almost finished the book I am making with all the thousands of photos that I took on our trip. Here’s a preview of some of the spreads . . .