My work always ends in August and when it does I make a point of going on a trip for at least a couple weeks. In the past that has meant going East or North and crossing state lines. This year I decided to stay gold and keep it within the state of California, to see some people and places that I had been neglecting. I was gone for 12 days and during that time sampled a little bit of 22 of California’s 58 counties. Friends joined me on the weekends and my dog Otis and I struck out on our own during the week. Not much of a plan, no one else’s schedules to contend with and near perfect weather.