Peter and I are on a our annual trip to Winter Wineland in Healdsburg, CA. We were both looking forward to heading back to California for a long weekend but weren’t sure how we’d really feel. Are we now Hawaiians who refer to the mainland as if it is a different country? Here are a few things we noticed.
- We got off the plane in LA only a few minutes when we were both complaining about blisters on our feet from wearing shoes and socks! Honestly this is not something that EVER happens in Hawaii. Sandals, flip flops, beach shoes or bare feet…. but not shoes and socks. I used to be a person who always had cold feet and therefore would never consider going sockless. I was wearing my Birkenstock clogs which used to be my most comfortable shoes. Band-aids to the rescue.
- It was great seeing friends. Our god daughter Rebecca has totally grown up and it was fun to see how much she has matured.
- We miss the large variety of good wines. We miss being able to buy a few cases; shipping to Hawaii is prohibitive. I would say that we miss wine tasting although that is typically not something we do more than once a year anyway.
- We enjoyed the wonderful clear, crisp weather. As we went through San Francisco I can honestly say that I’ve never seen it so beautiful and clear. My teeth chattered walking around because I was so cold. We had fun observing frozen fountains at the Honor Mansion where we stayed. However… we were not happy with frozen pipes one morning, chapped lips and extremely dry skin. Four days ago my nails were nice and strong; now they are splitting and peeling from the dry environment. We both say our skin feels 5 years older.
- We stopped at a few favorite places Le Boulanger (we miss good sourdough bread), Barnes and Noble Bookstore, Target (Peter needed to replace his destroyed luggage) and San Jose Camera. We do miss the convenience of so many places to buy things.
- Allergies. Yes we have occasional flareups in Maui when they are burning cane. We weren’t off the plane in SJ more than an hour when my eyes were burning and my teeth hurting. We’ve both been on allergy pills the whole trip.
- It is amazing how fast you can slip back to the high stress ways. One little story that really shocked me…we got out of the car to go into San Jose Camera and automatically I went to take my badge off. I haven’t worn a badge or even thought about badges in almost a year. What made my brain trigger that response?
All in all we have enjoyed our trip but are ready to go back. We both agree that this place “ages” us and we enjoy better health, warmth and slow pace of Maui.