On the Road in Norcal

I had exactly 18 days between two full time jobs. After going to Seattle and Portland with my best friend and visiting my boyfriend in San Diego, it was only natural to spend some quality time with my family. We spent four days on the road, going from Napa to UC Davis to Lake Tahoe, not doing too much more than just *being* wherever we were. 

The city of Napa wasn’t big at all. We took an evening stroll by the river before indulging in an incredible meal at Morimoto, a Japanese fusion restaurant opened by none other than Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto himself. We also stopped by several wineries the next day, enjoying the sunshine and fellow tourists’ contagious joy. Then we headed on the road again, spending a night at Sacramento, a rather… sleepy city. 

As a pit stop before Lake Tahoe, we went to Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park in Coloma, CA, which marked the discovery of gold by Sutter’s Mill, sparking the California Gold Rush. If the story behind the park wasn’t enough to bring back memories of US history class, the hundreds of school children on field trips certainly did the trick.

At last we made our way to the beautiful Lake Tahoe:

On the entire trip, especially the way back when we took highway 395 instead of 5, I saw countless small towns and farms. Some of them had as few as a few hundred people. It made me think about how many different walks of lives there are. These people all live in the state as I do, yet I can’t even begin to imagine what it’s like to live their lives. This just reinforces my passion for learning through traveling. How scary is it to always be surrounded by the same scenes, the same people, and the same ideas?