Whew, early October was busy. Truthfully in the best way possible, and I enjoyed going back and seeing friends and family. I hadn’t been back to New Jersey since we moved (the first time).
In case you are new or just didn’t know, we lived in New Jersey from 2013-2020. That’s a lifetime in military years, and we were lucky to have such a long time there. Sadly, that made it even harder to leave. Combined with the pandemic, I can’t say it was the easiest way to say goodbye.
Today is my 31st birthday. Last year, I celebrated my birthday with a 30k hike in Northwest New Jersey. It was awesome. I went to two diners that day, and even during the pandemic, it was exactly how I wanted to spend my 30th birthday.
Before leaving Northern California, I wanted to get to the Pacific Coast Air Museum (PCAM). Just like running, I enjoy airplanes and their history. The pandemic and moving have taken a toll on our general aviation flights, but it’s always fun to visit museums. Hopefully, we will be able to get back into general aviation again.
In 2013, I wrote a blog titled Chapter 23.5: Texas. It involved my short time living in Del Rio, TX. It was the first time I ever lived with Tim, and shortly after I officially moved down there, he found out he was going to fly the KC-10 in New Jersey. So we moved, and I wrote a short blog post about my time in Del Rio.
While living in Napa, I drew parallels to that post. I was just 23 at the time, (23.5 I guess). Now I am 30, and we spent less than a year in Napa. My time in Napa was great. Excellent. I enjoyed most of it.
September was hard with wildfires, but for the most part, I really enjoyed the 9 months I got in Napa. I wish I had more time.