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Penn Valley, CA :: We are in California and I’m loving it. Although Oregon has become a very special place for me and I can see us settling there when this trip is finished, I am a California girl 100%.

Fall in Nevada County, California is wonderful. The deciduous trees flash bright red, orange and yellow between tall evergreen pines. The air smells wonderful. My sister describes it like, “mushy leaves and pine needles, old brick, rusty iron, cedar, mulled cider, incense, old books.” And I add that it is all warmed to a gentle simmering fragrance by the beautiful sun light that makes it way through the trees. Topped with a little bit of smoke from the wood stoves.

California has sun. Oregon sometimes has sun. California has my kind of sun, consistent. Today we all woke up with leaves stuck to our cars and wet roads thanks to the downpour that started at about 11:00 p.m. last night. But then, by 9:00 a.m. the sun was out and it will most likely remain out for the next few days. Right now my whole family is seated around the dining room table, speckled with sunlight shining warmly through every window. It just feels warm everywhere…even if it’s chilly.

I’m happy here even though I know we won’t stay here.

12 comments

1 Amber { 11.12.09 at 5:56 pm }

That picture is amazing. Glad you’re enjoying CA.

2 KEVIN { 10.10.11 at 3:10 pm }

what a beautiful fall colors.
pls let me know the place of this photo.
I’d like to visit there this weekend…

3 Kate { 10.10.11 at 4:09 pm }

Nevada City, CA

4 Waseem { 11.20.14 at 7:41 pm }

Hey MDG,Thanks for the info. Hope to find nice veg friendly reutnsraats at the West Coast. Nothing like that where I live. Can you imagine haven’t eaten out since 2 years !!!When I went on the road trip to the mid west, we packed our meals. But sad news, I may not be hitting Utah this month as the next month, I am supposed to go to Stanford, attend a conference and attract funding for my lab, so might just be busy preparing for that. It sucks. Actually I was so afraid of eating out that I did not use to go for such conferences. But this time, my boss almost forced me to do so. I even thought of changing my eating habits to become more social but cant do it unfortunately !!I am also an ex-non veg and turned a strict veg recently .Just curious if you quit vegetarianism due to similar social pressure etc ?

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