Several years ago, we were attempting deputation to raise support for starting a church in our area so we traveled down to a church in the Central Valley area of California for their mission conference. Families in the church took turns hosting the visiting families for different meals and on one particular day, one family hosted several of us at their little farm.
While at the table, the topic of conversation turned to the beauty of California. We were from Northern California, another family was from a Southern state and another gentleman was from Canada. One of the men at the table mentioned how surprised he was at the beauty of California when he got here. He had never visited our state before and assumed the state as a whole was pretty much Hollywood and San Francisco with blonde hair and blue eyed surfers. He was so surprised to discover the open fields and farms that grace the Central Valley area along with the rolling hills down there.
Having been born and raised in different parts of California (Bay Area and now further north), it never occurred to me what people from other states might think or assume of California. I traveled to other states as a teen and young adult but had never run into such a general assumption of our state (or I just totally missed it). I’ve come to discover that the man was not alone in his thinking. While L.A. and San Francisco have their own beautiful areas and attractions, my husband and I prefer the northern part of our state. I wish I could take you on a tour of our whole state but that would require a lengthy road trip. We have the lovely Pacific Coast, Redwood National Park, Sequoia National Forest, Yosemite, the Sierra Nevada mountains, Trinity Alps, Mount Shasta and Mount Lassen, not to mention our little historic towns scattered throughout the state.
Our area is known for a couple large lakes, hunting, fishing, and camping along with other outdoor activities like trails, boating on the rivers, skiing, etc. As a family, one of our favorite summer time activities is to rent a patio boat for the day and take the kids out on the lake. We only do it once a year but love the peaceful and relaxing cruise around the lake.
Another fun, family-friendly activity we enjoyed together is the air show that comes to town once a year. We live in a valley, surrounded by tall mountains so our weather can often get hot during the middle of summer, but last year, it was fairly cool and somewhat overcast the day of the air show. The day was beautiful and perfect for sitting out at the airport, not to mention the clouds were amazing that day.
We love living in a small town and being a part of this community. Our family is here as well as our church. I feel blessed that we’ve only had to move once in our marriage and while we do hope to eventually find a place with more land, we have no plans for leaving our beautiful area.
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