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California Dreamin’
Published on Sunday, April 12, 2015 by

California dreaming is all my daughter has been doing since her best friend moved there more than three years ago. For those three years I have promised her that someday, somehow I would get her across country to see her best friend again.

With my lack of blog posts over the last two weeks, you may have already figured it out. Last Saturday my daughter and I boarded her first plane and began an adventure of a life time. For the last week we have been making memories that we will both hold forever in our hearts.

flying first time

I have to begin with one of the best moments I have ever experienced. The reunion of two best friends after three long years. I can’t watch this without crying. The feeling of joy that spreads over me is completely overwhelming.

This is the view from my end. My daughter ran ahead, making it impossible to follow and film lugging her bags and mine. It shows just how excited she was.

This is the view from her friend’s side, taken by her mother.

Over the last seven days, we have been staying in the San Francisco area and exploring everywhere from Half Moon Bay to the Monterey waterfront to Carmel to Point Lobos State Reserve to China Town to Napa Valley to…. Oh my goodness, this is going to be more than one post.

Pictures? I got ‘em! We have had so many adventures, from me being fussed at by a China Town shop owner (how dare I unfold a shirt to see what the whole design is!) to being snapped at by the cable car driver (You.. sit. YOU….. YOU SIT! SIT!!!!!)

I have seen things with my daughter that we never even imagined possible on this trip. We were overjoyed simply staying with her friend for a week. But her family had much more in store for us.  Sometimes it is perfectly fine to strap on your camera and play the tourist. And that we did!

Did I mention I spent an afternoon with the fabulous blogger Linda Medrano during this California trip? She is one of the most beautiful and fascinating women I have ever met.

For now though I have to go to bed. I have slept for only three hours since Saturday morning at 7 a.m. Right now it is Sunday at 9:13 p.m. More to come later. Good night!

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