The Green Green Grass of Home

Continue along with me to day 10 in BootsnAll 30 Days of Indie Travel Project

Prompt #10: EARTH

At what point in your travels have you felt most in tune with the Earth? Share a story of how you interacted with the local environment or nature.

I’ve traveled a bit over the years. To Mexico, France, England, Italy, and around the United States to Washington, DC, Virginia, Florida, Nevada, Texas, California, and Hawaii. But when have I felt most in tune with the earth? When I’m within about a 60 mile radius of home.

We live in the Central Valley of Northern California, surrounded by fields in the flatlands and by the Diablo Mountain Range to the west.  Our trips in to civilization, to the East Bay and San Francisco, require that we traverse the Altamont Pass that is home to one of the earliest wind farms in the United States. The altitude at the top of the Pass is 1,009 feet.  In summer and winter the rolling hills are a golden brown, and in spring they are a green that might put Ireland to shame.

First, the flatlands on our side of the mountain range

The Altamont in summer

And then there’s spring

The other side of the Altamont

Oh, yes. The second part of the prompt, how do I interact with the environment? I gaze upon its beauty every time we take that little half hour trip, and I snap photos like those above.

It’s good to touch the green, green grass of home ~Burt Bacharach/Hal David

About Angeline M

Love travel and photography. Living in Northern California. Photos of locations visited are personal file photos.
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2 Responses to The Green Green Grass of Home

  1. I’ve heard they have some great winerys in California. Would love to go check them out some day. Sipping some wine and enjoying life 🙂

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    • Angeline M says:

      There is Napa and Sonoma of course, but out here nearer to where I am there are an incredible number of wineries too. The Livermore Valley (on the other side of the Altamont) has some great places, and to our northeast there is a little town called Lodi that is all country roads with a winery down every lane….fantastic wines there too. Come visit 🙂

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