California holds a special place in my heart. I lived there from 1997 to 2002, holding residence in both the Northern end of the state, near the Oregon border, and also in Los Angeles while I worked as a Speech Pathologist at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. It is where I was living when I met Darcy, where we courted, and though we didn’t get married there (we were married in Scotland), we were living there still when we had the twins. Having spent the several years before that living in Florida, it is safe to say I have an affinity for beaches which makes my love of an Arizona landscape all the more baffling.
We try to get to California a couple times a year; sometimes with children and sometimes as a couple. Today I am sharing photos from a trip a few trips ago; this particular trip, we started in Los Angeles, then headed up to UC Santa Barbara ( it was alumni weekend~~Darcy is class of 1995) and ending North of Santa Barbara in the Danish community of Solvang and further North into wine country.
Windmill at Solvang
Catholic Church, Santa Barbara
I feel fortunate that my current life finds me living close enough that we are able to get back to visit California as often as we do (2014 has already found us in San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco). I love taking the kids to the beach and no matter how many times I go there, there is always something new to explore. For a girl like me who loves all things outdoors from camping to rock climbing to surfing, it is one of my favorite destinations to go as a couple and as a family.