First we would like to introduce ourselves. We are Tom and Margaret Husband and live in San Jose, which is 60 miles from San Francisco at the south end of the San Francisco Bay. Tom has lived in the Bay Area all his life but I have only been here since 2001 when I emigrated from England.
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What is so great About California?
We both think California, or to be more specific Northern California, is a fantastic place. At the weekends we enjoy our trips out with our cameras. Tom has a Nikon D300 and I am a happy snapper with my Canon Powershot S3IS.
Here we have everything – the Pacific Ocean with miles of sandy beaches, each one with its unique attraction, within an hours’ drive. The Santa Cruz Mountains are just down the road and the Sierras a couple of hours away. San Francisco Bay with its wildlife refuges is on our doorstep. We are surrounded by State and National parks. San Francisco city, the Marin Headlands, the wine country, Monterey, the Gold Country, Mount Hamilton and Mount Diablo are all reachable on a day trip.
Since I have been here I have seen up close and personal a lot of wild life which is completely new to me – a tarantula, a rattlesnake, numerous birds of prey, elk and even a bobcat.
Then there are the Farmers Markets, with their profusion of fruits, vegetables, nuts and fresh fish. Most weekends will find us at either the Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Campbell or San Francisco Farmers Market.
The icing on the cake is, of course, the weather.
One word sums it all up – choices.