Winters Wonderland

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.”
Confucius

Winters Sign

We arrived in Davis, California early Saturday morning around 1am.

This morning I decided to explore the town of Winters. It’s just a short thirty minute drive outside of Davis.

Theodore Winters, for whom the city of Winters was named, was described in an early issue of the Winters Advocate in 1876 as a “capitalist.” You can learn more about the history of Winters at their website.

As I drove along Russell Boulevard headed for Winters, I stopped and took some photos of the beautiful fall scenery.

The following are a few shots I took of the small quaint town of Winters, California.

Shine On

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Chadwick Bldg Main St Trees

A Perfect Day in Davis

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.”
Confucius

DSC01665What a perfect day. Since the Hallmark Inn has bicycles for their guests to use, we decided to bicycle around town.

The first stop this morning was the farmers market. This market has got to be one of the nicest outdoor markets I’ve ever visited. The produce, nuts, breads, jams and especially the fresh apple ciders were delicious.

The people of Davis are friendly and laid-back. Everyone looks healthy and happy as they walked and biked throughout town. Lots of people with their dogs and young couples with their new baby’s strolling around. I just had to snap a picture of this border collie waiting patiently for his owners, a young couple with their new-born baby.

Here’s some shots of the beautiful produce at the market:

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DSC01686After we bought up some goodies from the farmers market, we walked across the street to Crepeville on 3rd Street. We split a strawberry crepe and a side of potatoes, which was delicious.

DSC01684Our next stop was a short bike ride up 3rd Street to the United States Bicycling Hall of Fame. As a bicycle enthusiasts, I was in heaven walking through this famous bicycle museum. I could have spent all day just talking with David, the Program Director and looking at all the antique bicycles.

The majority of the bicycles on display are from the Pierce Miller collection which is owned by the University of California Davis. Pierce Miller was a successful rancher near Modesto with an avid interest in transportation history. He amassed over one hundred horse-drawn vehicles of every description, some antique automobiles, and a large collection of bicycles. The University acquired the bicycle collection in 2000 when it became available for sale by the Miller estate.

The Miller collection encompasses almost 100 years of bicycle evolution between the 1820s and the early years of the Twentieth Century. During this time, bicycles evolved from pedal-less “swift-walkers” to machines that would scarcely turn a head on today’s roads and paths.

If you are interested in antique bicycles, I highly recommend visiting this museum. Here are just a few photos of some of the bikes that caught my eye:

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After visiting the Bicycle Hall of Fame, we were motivated to jump on our bikes and continue our tour around town. We decided to end our ride at the Vampire Penguin for some shaved ice cream. We split a small strawberry cheesecake shaved ice and I was glad we did. It was huge and I can’t even imagine ordering the large.

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Perfect weather, perfect bike ride and perfect company made today a memorable and a perfect day in Davis.

Shine On

Live Your Dream

“By three methods we may learn wisdom:
First, by reflection, which is noblest;
Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and
Third by experience, which is the bitterest.”
Confucius

Lessons of LifeThis is your life.

Do what you love,
and do it often.
If you don’t like something,
change it.

Stop over analyzing,
life is simple.
All emotions are beautiful.

When you eat, appreciate every last bite.

If you don’t have enough time, stop watching TV.
If you are looking for the love of your life, stop;
they will be waiting for you when you start doing things you love.

Open your mind, arms, and heart to new things and people, we are united in our differences.

Ask the next person you see what their passion is, and share
your inspiring dream with them.

Travel often; Getting lost will help you find yourself.

Some opportunities only come once, seize them.
Life is about the people you meet, and the things you create with them,
so go out and start creating.

Life is short. Wear your passion and live your dream.

Shine On

Simply the Best

Life is really simple,
but we insist on
making it complicated.”
                                                                                             Confucius

Cortinas Deli

There’s a little Italian restaurant/deli that my husband discovered a few years back. It’s located in Anaheim, California, just a few miles from Disneyland. It was founded in 1963 by Italian  brothers Tony and Victor Cortina.

Cortina’s is famous to all Italians living in Southern California. They have created from special recipes handed down from generation to generation, a menu that runs the full gamut of Italian classics. Well known for using the finest and freshest ingredients combined to create Italian dishes worthy of a five-star restaurant.

This past holiday we bought their breads and pastas for our holiday dinners. For Thanksgiving we preordered the bread, and we were glad we did. However, for Christmas we didn’t have the forethought to preorder. Upon arriving at Cortina’s at 9:00 a.m two days before Christmas, we found the customer line out the door. After taking number 86 to be served, and seeing they had just served up number 34, I figured we’d be there all day.

Boy was I wrong. I was pleasantly surprised how quickly and efficiently the customer’s were moved through the long lines.  We also met some pretty cool people waiting in line with us. One gentleman had been coming to Cortina’s since 1974; another woman had been a customer since 1967. That says a lot now a days when there is little loyalty among friends let a lone where you eat.

Cortina’s serves up great food, great customer service and is consistent every time. In this day of fast food, a fast buck, and fast turn-around, it’s refreshing to find such a great place with such a rich history.

Cortina’s, it’s simply the best.

Shine On