Final Days in California

Another pair of unseasonably warm days in February pushed us out of the house and away from the daily work preparing for our move in just 3 more weeks. So many things need tending, but the weather beckoned and we heard the call. Sometimes you need to stop, even when you argue that you need to keep working, to just enjoy the splendor that is around you. And what splendor it was today!

Santa Cruz is such a beautiful place, and I will miss it greatly. Don’t get me wrong. I am not having second thoughts, just feeling nostalgic for the place that I have always called home, regardless of where I have lived in my 43 years. Oaks and redwoods that reach the Pacific, surfing, our amazing agriculture and abundance of food, the sometimes strange, often amazing people that our area attracts, and the days like this that force you to halt whatever, and enjoy it all. No wonder so many keep flocking here, much to the chagrin of ‘the locals’ like me who are starting to see it transform from a small-town feel into something more and more influenced by the nearby silicon vallley. So it will be interesting to leave for a long stretch like we are, making the changes that much more noticeable when we return someday.

Going to miss you Santa Cruz, Aptos, Soquel, Capitola and Watsonville!