We're having a really great visit so far.
It's already spring (early spring) in California. Narcissi in full flower. Trees blossoming. My camera has been put to great use (but I can't share those images til my return).
There hasn't been enough rain and so the hills aren't yet that brilliant emerald color I associate with Northern California in the winter/ spring, but they're still beautiful.
Our hills are gold in the summer. I thought that was normal until I was in my twenties. And it is normal, here. Just not many other places.
Because this place is special.