Keeping on…

As we continue our California journey, we headed up the highway to Chico.  I had heard so much about Chico, since my husband went to college there, so we were really excited to visit!
It is beautiful with a charming downtown and very friendly, laid back people.
All through California, we have seen so much agriculture, with grapevines taking over, but in Chico, the main crop seems to be almond trees. Beautifully laid out rows and rows of trees.
One of the most popular ways to spend a hot day,  is tubing down the Sacramento River.  We rented our tubes and headed off for our adventure.  In days past, my husband would have had a keg of beer floating along with him and his friends but as you know times change…so we opted for a small cooler of beer instead! Had to relive those college days a little.
Floating down the cool river is so relaxing, we loved it!  We did have one crazy moment though, when my oldest daughter got separated from us and was taken into a swifter current where she had to push off tree branches sticking out of the water, it was scary.  Her sister was screaming for her while my husband was trying to swim upstream to help her, we all made it safe and sound.  I hope it helped her to know that in any situation like that, she just needs to use her head and not panic.  She made it through, a little shaken, but lifted herself up and continued the journey.  A good life lesson!

In Chico, we also visited Bidwell Park which is truly a gift.  We spent a day there picnicking and swimming in the river.  It was a wonderful day!











From Chico we headed down state route 49 to check out the gold country.  This area is filled with history and charming towns.  We ended up spending a couple of nights in a town called Murphys.  So cute!  We rented a sweet cottage within walking distance to the quaint Main Street.  This is such a great area with so much to explore.











We visited Columbia State Historic Park where we panned for gold, road on a stage coach and traveled back in time.











Next, a long drive to Palm Springs and here we will stay for a bit before heading to San Diego to spend time with family before our next big road trip…Europe!


California road trip continues…

A long, long, long time ago in a place called Sacramento…I was born. I have not been back to Sacramento for probably 20 years and needless to say it has changed a lot, but not the places I remember, like Old Sacramento which is as cute now as it was then.


We had really lucky with timing, as we visited the Capitol building when the last Senate session was meeting, just before their summer recess. One important issue they were voting on was the bullet train, which passed, by the way. It was such a great lesson in politics and history which is exactly why are taking this adventure in the first place.




A trip to the Railroad Museum and the Governor’s Mansion completed my walk down memory
lane, and our tour of Sacramento.



It was really fun visiting Sacramento, we drove by a house I lived in and my old elementary school, so many changes but so many things stay the same, as well. Next stop Chico…

And the California road trip begins…

First stop Solvang. Located in the beautiful San Ynez Valley, Solvang is a quaint (yet touristy) Danish-like village complete with aebleskivers!



Just outside of Solvang is a miniature horse ranch named Quicksilver where American miniatures roam freely in picturesque pastures.


Back on the road to feed the ostriches in Buellton, right off the 101.


Next day we head to Cambria with a walk along Moonstone Beach.


Incredible Elephant Seals.


And of course no trip to the central coast of California is complete with out a stop to the fascinating Hearst Castle.



Finally, we found a last minute fireworks show in Paso Robles!


Next stop, Sacramento!