Northern California, especially Napa and Sonoma, is where my soul feels most at home. The first time I visited, within 10 minutes of my arrival, something in me came alive. It was unlike anything I've ever experienced. I felt more connected with God, the earth, and myself than I have ever before.
I just love the laid back lifestyle. It's almost like God smiles just a little bit more at Northern CA than he does anywhere else. I can't get enough of the fresh food and the farmland. "Don't you live in Tennessee, the land of rolling hills?" you might ask. California is different. It just is. I grew up in rural southern middle Tennessee. I could not wait to get out of that hell hole. I swear it sucks the life right out of people. Even though there are tons of "farmers" and farmland where I grew up, the farmer lifestyle in California is very different from what I am accustomed. It's more educated farmer than redneck farmer, and I can totally be down with that.
On our recent trip, we had an amazing time. It was extremely difficult to come back. I'm convinced that one of these days we'll just stay. Here are a few snapshots of our amazing visit. We're already making plans to go back next May. What can I say? We're hooked.
|Flowers in full bloom, but we missed the tulips|
|Beautiful details everywhere you look|
|Don't you just die for that view?|
|How gorgeous is that wine?|
|It's a baby grape!|
|Dinner with a view|
|Love how environmentally friendly everyone is|
|Again, the view kills me|
|If you have to leave, this isn't a bad way to go|