We decided to move from Chicago to California in 1981. I wanted to move to a smaller town and own a small piece of property.
I also wanted my son to be able to go to the mountains and see their wonder, play in the ocean, be able to run with his friends in wide open spaces.
We settled in Madera, California. In the country. We are surrounded by vineyards, orange groves, nut trees and olive trees. We are 40 miles to the gate of Yosemite National Park. Two and a half hours and our toes are in the ocean. Three hours and we are in San Francisco. Lots of places to explore. A good place to grow up.
We are now alone, still in our same house. My husband tends to his numerous fruit trees. I keep telling him he needs to build a stand out on the road and sell some of his crop.
Our son and his family live in Northern California. Raising our three grandchildren in this beautiful state. They take day trips to the mountains or to San Francisco. Trips to the ocean are a treat!
We truely feel we made the right move.