Monday, April 9, 2007

A Surprise Excursion

My sweet husband surprised me with a trip to San Francisco and the wine country for some much needed rest and relaxation. I've been to CA many times before, but I had forgotten how beautiful it is there. The cool sunny weather. The gorgeous flowers. Good grief! Now, I really get why people will pay big bucks to live there. We spent two days in the city taking in the sights. We walked the Filbert steps, ate dim sum in Chinatown, drank beer in Haight-Ashbury, and chilled out in Golden Gate park.

Instead of wearing flowers in my hair, I wore them between my toes! After spending an afternoon visiting Sausalito (the best fish and chips!) and Tiburon (what amazing views!), we headed north and spent six days in the wine country.

My favorite thing was walking among those amazing redwoods...such a spiritual experience. I wanted to hug all of the trees and soak up their wise, life-affirming goodness.

We picnicked on the beach and regressed to 12-year-olds when we threw pieces of roast chicken to the seagulls. Wow! I didn't really think about those birds being carnivores, but as Jim put it, "If they'll eat clams on a rock, they'll eat chicken on a Mustang." We had to find the nearest car wash soon after, but it was worth all of the laughs.

We toured vineyards, went hiking, ate fresh, flavorful food, and of course, drank loads of wine.

This trip was the perfect antidote to our stressed out lives. My battery is recharged! Thanks, Babe.

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