How this blog came to be is a bit of a long story. In fact, I wrote a blog post about it and you can read the whole saga here. I’ve been blogging since 2012 and Gold Country Cowgirl, which I started in 2016, is actually my fourth blog. It just took me a while to find my blogging passion.
I realized when I moved here to Northern California that I had moved from a great tourist destination (Orange County) and had not really seen much of it, except from horseback, in many years. For the last 13 years that I lived in Southern California, I was walking distance to Disneyland and, during that time, I went one time. I could step outside my front door and see the fireworks but only did that about five times. I was 20 minutes from the beach, which I love, and went maybe once a year.
The point is, I didn’t really see what the area had to offer as a tourist destination. People travel from all over the world to Orange County and I didn’t appreciate it. The more I thought about it, the more I realized people travel to distant places but don’t always know much about where they live.
As a newcomer to Northern California’s Gold Country, I didn’t want to let that happen to me here. Now that I live in another, far more beautiful tourist destination, I’m going to learn all I can about what’s happening in this area (as well as the occasional places I visit out of the area) so I can give you the inside scoop, or at least my take on it.
I want to share Gold Country and my experiences with the world so travelers can visit like a local. My main goal, however, is to inspire those baby boomers who may be starting to slow down and become isolated to get up, get out, have fun and learn more about where they live.
Quite some time ago, I read a story about how people over 50 subconsciously decide to either keep living or start dieing. This story really hit home with me as I could see it happening in people around me. I don’t want to be that person sitting in a chair in front of the TV, not noticing the world closing in around me, getting smaller and smaller. I want to live every day to the fullest and take as many people on the journey as I can.
Welcome! I’m Ava, the Gold Country Cowgirl. Yes, I do have a horse and ride regularly. You’ll see some of that on the blog. Although I was born on a farm in Missouri, I spent most of my life in busy, crowded Southern California. I say most because as a military brat, I lived in Japan for a couple of years. As a military wife, I lived in Germany. I also lived in a ghost town in Nevada for five years in the 90s. I moved to Amador County, in the heart of Gold Country, the end of 2014. Gold Country is a wonderful, middle of the road between the two extremes of Southern California and a ghost town.
I am a baby boomer who has done her fair share of traveling, drinking wine and eating, and they are still my favorite things to do. I’m sure I’m not alone there! I traveled out of the country a lot in my younger days but I’m staying closer to home now. I love learning about new places, meeting new people, wine, good food, cooking, horseback riding, camping, crafting, and all animals, especially my horse and three rescued cats.
Thanks for visiting my blog. I hope you enjoy my stories as I discover Gold Country and beyond!