Thursday, September 18, 2008

My Vacation in California


Finally .... some time for vacation!! Starting in 2007, I now have six (6) weeks of vacation time from my employer! However, this past trip to Northern California (Sonoma County) marks the first time I managed to use any of my 2008 allotment of vacation time!! Still it was a fun time marred only by Hurricane Ike. I toyed with the thought of returning home to 'protect' my apartment but decided against that and just stayed in California throughout Houston's ordeal. Thankfully, I returned home yesterday (Sept. 17) to an apartment where not a single window had been broken and the power and water had already been restored (as of last Monday, Sept. 15).

Thanks to the generosity of a relative, I had the high privilege to spend the eight days in a nice private home in Sebastopol (Sonoma County) - a small town located about a one hour's drive (50 miles) north of San Francisco.
I had an opportunity to visit: a winery (Benziger's winery in Glen Ellen), Jack London's museum and burial site, Sonoma Lake, Bodega Bay, and Armstrong Redwood State park. I also had a great time searching for one of nature's finest apples - the Gravenstein apple!! The weather was fantastic (daily temps in the 70's) and the food was superb. The only problem was all the worrying I did during the Hurricane. Otherwise I had a thoroughly splendid time.

28 comments:

World Wide said...

I love California.. sounds like u have great vacation there ^^

Kristen said...

I'd love to be there!

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Belle Morte said...

Traveling Chemist? I'd totally love to do that; travel and chemistry rolled into one gleeful package? Amazing. <3
Chemistry is what I plan on majoring in, so maybe I can be my own traveling chemist someday...

~Colette

SearchingSoul said...

Believe it or not, your blog is the first one I've read here since I published mine. No, I'm not that outdated...just busy with my life. It's refreshing to read your journals and I also got some ideas on how I can improve mine.

Daisy said...

Sounds great and I love the sunflower - brightened up my morning

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Whynot everyone will love cali.

Rabbi Lars Shalom said...

another hurricane?? so glad you had a good time

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~ Laura ~ said...

What a great way to ride out a hurricane! Not that you could have done much to "protect" your apartment anyway.

I'm glad that fate smiled on you.

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Mandy said...

Hi, congrats on getting Blogs of Note! I've always wanted to go to California...The Jack London museum must have been awesome!!
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Valerie Moss said...

Hi there! Congratulations on being chosen as a "blog of note". I too am a chemist and I work in an ink factory in the otherwise beautiful town of Midsomer Norton, Somerset, England.
California sounds great! Maybe one day this travelling chemist will go there...

Novalis said...

I got a B.S. in chemistry back in the day but ended up becoming a psychiatrist. "Better living through chemistry" indeed (when it works).

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Dawn Colclasure said...

I'm glad you had a great vacation in Cali. That stinks you had to deal with worry over Hurricane Ike, though.

megrawab said...

It looks so exciting in California..
I think I want to be a chemist to.
A travelin one perhaps!!!... Lol...

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Ramble, Ramble, Ramble... said...

That sounds pretty great. I'd love to go to California.

dchem said...

WOW! I happen to see your blog on the blogs of note (I am a chemist), just being bored at night. WELL, I saw the first pic and thought... that is CA... then I read on and you went to my hometown area!!! I was married in Glen Ellen, grew up near Sepastopol, and miss it like crazy! Thanks for sharing your vacation, and bringing a huge smile to this homesick gal. I live in AL now, and miss everything about that area. You made my evening.

weecheeky said...

Loved the sunflower! :o)

Cecília Romão said...

Wish I was in California....

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