It’s been some time since my last post and I must apologize to those of you who grew concerned about my “absence”. Thank you for checking in, but all is well.
I’ve stepped away from the blog for no better reason than I’ve been very, very busy. Taking care of two little ones on the road while Alex works diligently on building his business has finally caught up with me. With Elias staying up later than I would like and the little guy napping nowhere near the hours that Eli does, MY time is extremely limited, if it exists at all. Yes, exhaustion has taken over. I denied it for some time, but it has gotten the better of me.
That being said, there have been a lot of changes since my last post. So many that I can barely keep them straight in my head. I’m going to try my best to share them here, so please accept the following stream of consciousness.
When I last wrote we were camped in Felton, CA, just outside Santa Cruz. Our plan had always been to drive into the Bay area and spend a month hanging out with friends and family while we wait to fly back to Illinois in August for my beautiful sister-in-law’s wedding.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, we were unable to stay where we had planned and were again looking for a place to park ourselves and our camper. The closest campground we could find was the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, CA, about one hour north of San Francisco. An open gravel lot with a few trees to provide shade, it has been our “home” for the past week. During that time, our minds have been swirling over our next move.
Here is where the transition comes…. The transition that I believe has greatly contributed to my mental exhaustion.
When Alex and I left on this trip we had a personal agenda. We thought that perhaps we were ready to relocate to someplace new. We have both been in Colorado for a long time and felt that California would be a good fit for us and a great place to raise our kids. The Bay Area was a natural choice because we have many friends and family in the area. Since our arrival in Santa Rosa we have been very focused on this, taking day trips to various towns and spending time with loved ones.
Sebastopol, Petaluma and even the Russian River Valley up here in Sonoma were contenders. But this past weekend we hung out in Berkeley, a town which I have often visited in the past. Our wonderful weekend not only reminded me how much I love the eclectic city in the East Bay, but also made me realize how many points it has on my “perfect home” checklist.
Close to a major city – check. Career opportunities for both of us – check. Green hills and parks with an extensive trail system for hiking and biking – check. Family friendly neighborhoods with strong walkability to local amenities – check. Moderate weather – check. Beautiful, unique homes with character – check. Close to mountains and beach – check. Year round local produce and other delectable foods – check. Bike friendly – check. Close to family and friends – check.
Not to discredit our dearly loved Colorado and all that it has to offer, but we have decided to make a move to the East Bay. To all of our much, much loved friends and family in Colorado, this is a decision that is exciting but tears at our hearts. I don’t know that I could miss you more than I already do. I wish only that I could pack you up and take you with us! And my mountains… oh how I shall cherish you. The smell of pine in the summer, the soft white snow of the winter, the desolation of mountain lakes, and the bright smiles you bring to your visitors. I can’t think about it because now I will cry.
PS – Just did.
After much decision making we have come up with a plan. For the next month we will continue to travel and explore California’s beauty. On August 8th we’ll drop the camper off in storage and hop a plane to Illinois for the wedding. Once we get back to California on the 16th we’ll move into an Oakland apartment we’ve sublet through the middle of November. What happens after that? Who knows? Such is life right now. Exhausting yes, but very exciting all the same.