Tonight, we get on a plane and head off to Australia. We’ll hopefully be back in the US in a few weeks for the American section of our World Tour and we’ll even be back EVER SO BRIEFLY in SF, but to all intents and purposes, this is it. This is us leaving California and leaving our much-loved American life.
In January, we visited Fort Ross, an old Russian trading post up on the Sonoma Coast and I heard a quote that struck me so much I emailed the Visitor Centre asking them if they could send it to me. These are the words of Alexander Gavrilovitch Rotchev, the last manager of the Fort, before it was closed forever. He and his family loved their Californian life and as he prepared to return to Russia in 1841 he said this.
‘What an enchanting land is California!…I passed the best years of my life there, and I reverently carry the memory of those days in my soul’
I cannot think of a better way to say all that my heart feels right now.
Goodbye,beautiful darling California. Thank you for everything.