Settling in…

We are starting to settle into this California kind of life.   The truth is that I have finally reached a point where I’m not constantly relying on my I phone for every destination.

We visited the famous Berkeley campus.   It is fantastic.  We took an evening family walk and I marveled at the architecture and history.  On all the light posts they have banners of past students with quotes about the school.  A graduate from 1967 said, “A wide breadth of experiences outside the box”.   I think that sums up the city of Berkeley as a whole.  Then we even saw a drum circle of students pounding on canvas encased tires in the promenade.   It is definitely a place brimming with creativity and possibility.

I don’t know what this flower is, but it smells amazing.  It is everywhere here.  It is so fragrant and reminds me of the plumeria in Hawaii.  It is delightful.

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We have gone park crazy with the constant sunshine.  This particular park has a lovely stone slide that you sit on cardboard and whiz down to the bottom.  It is a little dangerous, but Isabella loves it.  We told her that she had to be at least six to go down by herself.

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The Eiffel Tower web is a climbing favorite.  It also marks the place that we have begun to do our evening workouts.  Parker and I are working out together for the first time in our married life.  Well, kind of together.   Adjacent to the park is a running track so I go up and run while he plays with Isabella and then we switch.  I actually love it, but it definitely challenging to run at seven o’clock at night.

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This park speaks beauty.  Rows upon rows of roses in an amphitheater setting.

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Isabella likes to visit a ‘new” park every day.  Berkeley offers 56 and we have barely scratched the surface.

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Tilden Regional park has a carousel, farm and steam trains.  It kind of feels like we are on perpetual vacation.  It has only been cloudy three days over the past thirty days.  It has been heavenly!  I have discovered that I am way into sunshine.

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