I left my heart in San Francisco
High on a hill, it calls to me
To be where little cable cars climb halfway to the stars
The morning fog may chill the air, I don’t care

My love waits there in San Francisco
Above the blue and windy sea
When I come home to you, San Francisco
Your golden sun will shine for me.
Lyrics by Douglass Cross
Performed by Tony Bennett

Oh vacation, sweet vacation! This year we chose sunny California as our vacation destination! Our family invited us to stay with them at their guest cottage for the week. The cottage is above their property (or as we call it paradise) which is filled with flowers, vegetables and trees that produce apples, pears, figs and lemons. Glorious! We weren’t the only visitors though. We were greeted most mornings by baby deer, bees, and of course a lovable shaggy golden retriever, Sami.

We spent about a week in California. Most days my aunt took us on tours nearby towns as we discussed history and the local economy. We were amazed by what they call hills (seems like mountains to us small town folk). We were pretty excited by the fact that a mountain lion den was right on the property. We enjoyed home cooked family meals and stories from the past, which are always so fun to hear and also very important. We managed to squeeze in reading & fishing!

We paid San Francisco a visit for a day or so. I was on a quest to scope out landmarks that are associated with the popular 90s show Full House (Painted Ladies & 1709 Broderick St). We viewed Crooked Lombard Street, dined at Tomassos, browsed Citylight Booksellers and stumbled upon a Beat museum. The California Academy of Sciences was great but the Golden Gate Bridge really took our breath away. Funny how it takes only a few moments to create memories for a lifetime.

It is so wonderful to spend the hours and days without a regimented schedule.  Regardless, our trip seemed too short but it was an incredibly gratifying and enjoyable one. I’ve been trying to find a word to describe my trip. The first word that comes to mind is SMALL. We were a small part of a large landscape which is a great reminder of this wonderful, large world we live in and how many opportunities it provides us with.