With the turning of the year, I have been thinking back on these last twelve months and how lucky we were to get to the west coast twice! A dear friend got married a few months ago just north of San Francisco, and we decided to take a few days to explore the surrounding area. The nature was just spectacular. We went from hill tops to redwood valleys and back up to the top of Mount "Tam," where we saw incredible views of the city and the sea. There was a certain special light over it all, creating colors in the landscape that were so different from those we are used to seeing here. Just wow. I am so grateful to have been able to visit such a special place.