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

4 thoughts on “Road Trip Day One: Hayward to Chico, California”

  1. Hi Anna May & Greg, would love to receive any referrals you may want to send our way. We are the Klor Strong Team and work from San Ramon down to Gilroy but our main focus is Santa Clara County. Michael is from Napa & used to own RW Napa Valley so that area is a focus point for him. I speak Spanish(native language) and have been doing RE full time for 22+ years. Michael has been doing RE for 11+ years. I love reading your newsletter. If I ever have someone moving to the Hayward area, I would never hesitate to refer them to you!

  2. Anna May

    Wanda! We saw you at the Realty World Awards Luncheon! Love your hair and hair color! I remember when you called me a few years ago about a client you had in Hayward. We look forward to doing business with you!

  3. Chris Freschi

    Oh yes, I know Chico. Bought several BMW Motorcucles from Ozzie’s BMW in Chico. Also, love to take Hwy. 99 to Redding where I have a rental house. LIKE HEAT! Try Redding…….

    Cheers and happy 4th of July.

  4. I miss Chico in many ways, but the HEAT isn’t one of them. Stop by Morning Thunder next time you are up there….best breakfast in town!

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