Road Trip Day One: Hayward to Chico, California

Being on vacation makes us think about life’s possibilities in ways we wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunities to ponder. Driving through rush-hour traffic, cow pastures and desolate landscapes all in the span of a few hours might suggest that one went through a sci-fi time warp.

Indeed, this was a bit of a time warp. We traveled to a place I visited only once before in my life, back in the days when my brother attended Chico State University. However, the place had a different meaning for my husband, who was the former City Manager of Chico only a few short years ago.

It was an interesting visit. First, it was hot. In spite of the heat in Chico, I noticed that everything was lush and green. And clean! We stopped by City Hall, walked through the downtown plaza, had dinner outside at Tres Hombres and visited the little candy shop around the corner where I was mesmerized by Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory on their television screen.

It was amazing what I learned about Chico through my husband’s experience there. Sierra Nevada Brewery, Feather River Door Manufacturer, Chevron and Enloe Medical Center were among the largest/most notable companies who’ve chosen Chico as their home.

Personally, I need to live in a place where water is nearby. The Sacramento River is nearby and creeks are all over the place — they even dam a creek into a swimming pool during the summer! Even so, there’s nothing like living in the bay area where the shoreline and the expansive ocean are nearby.

We topped off our Chico visit by having breakfast at Morning Thunder, a little diner where Greg said the owner has always been very supportive of the community. Those are the kinds of businesses we want to support! We also stopped by a real estate office to make contact, so if you need a good agent in Chico, let us know!

NEXT STOP: Bend, Oregon