Forever Proud of my NorCal Roots
While I have mentioned before that I moved 15 times before I entered high school, I should specify that all 15 times were somewhere in Northern California. I was born in Santa Rosa, but have lived in the Bay Area, Sacramento, San Diego, Agoura Hills (if I were listing these out loud, I’d have to take a breath here!), Rohnert Park, and finally, Chico.
I love my NorCal roots and I am incredibly sad with all the devastation the fires have created for many of my former residences. I still have many friends and family in exactly the areas where fire has taken over! While I write about positive and happy moments in life, I acknowledge there are many negative and unhappy moments in life as well. Although my thoughts and prayers may be quiet, they are no less than deeply heartfelt.
So, to say I’m familiar with the area is quite the understatement. I implore anybody and everybody to spend a nice chunk of time there and venture all around the area like I did growing up.
What areas should you venture to, you ask?
- Bike the Golden Gate Bridge (San Francisco)
If you check out this website, you’ll be all set to do so. It’s such an amazing bike path that is about eight miles long. It starts from Fisherman’s Wharf in San Fran and ends in Sausalito. It takes 1.5 to 2 hours, which yes, to some may be a little too long, but trust me— it is worth it. You get to see so many famous places like Chrissy Field and The Palace of Fine Arts!
- Catch a Show at the Crest Theatre (Sacramento)
The Crest Theatre has been open for over a hundred years and is rich with history. It not only offers live shows, but they show classic and speciality films. One popular event that lasts for six weeks every summer is scandalously called “The Trash Film Orgy”. If you love cult cinema, you’ll love this.
- Wine Tasting at Triunfo Creek Vineyards (Agoura Hills)
It is nearly impossible to visit California and not sip on vino made from those famous Cali grapes. These vineyards are not only fun for a wine tasting, but also are known for their beauty. Talk about the perfect photo op for you and the girls! At the heart of the property is an adorable farmhouse that sits upon the glorious rolling landscape, giving you just the right amount of peace and quiet.
- Attend Artoberfest (Chico)
Leave it to Chico to have their own version of Octoberfest by naming it after their eclectic art scene. Artoberfest, according to the downtown Chico website, is an annual celebration that joins the arts, culture, and local nonprofit organizations to showcase some of the amazing creativity in the community. Artoberfest is a festival complete with more than 100 free concerts, live performances, art exhibitions, food activities, and much more.