Monday, June 10, 2013

Home Sweet Home - Roseville and El Dorado Hills

Just arrived home after 5 days of triplet entertainment, movies, sleepovers, food fairs and lots of driving.  It's always fun to spend time with them although I have to admit there's not much time without activities and friends - so how much time do I actually 'spend' with them.

El Dorado Hills, where they live, is an unincorporated "census designated place" [according to wikipedia] in El Dorado County, CA about 22 miles (35km) east of Sacramento on Highway 50.  It is a booming area of about 48,000 people as of 2010.  There are probably at least 15,000 more people now if building is an indication.  There are shopping centers, housing areas, apartments, etc. going up all over the place.  But, it's a very large land area too, about 49,000 square miles of rolling hills that are actually the beginning of the foothills of the great Sierra Nevada mountain range.  It's not new as it's located only 13 miles from where gold was first discovered in California (remember the California Gold Rush?) so there have been residents for ages.  But when the Gold Rush was in full swing it was Sacramento that became the center of activity so EDH is relatively new in ramping up.  Here's a website if you'd like further information.....

My daughter, Kari and her family had lived in the Mid-West for years, when David had a opportunity to work in California; Kari was thrilled to be returning to California but wanted to choose where they'd settle.  She did lots of research and they decided it was to be El Dorado Hills:  good schools, healthy atmosphere for their six children, lots of outdoor activities, access to mountains and cities and beaches.  I'd not really known much about it but fell in love as soon as I visited them.  I was at that time living in the San Francisco Bay Area, working for Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco.  Working for the Kaiser organization makes it possible to apply for jobs anywhere they operate; so I left Marin County and bought a small home in Roseville - about 20 miles from my daughter's house.  I worked for about 5 years and then retired .... and here I am!


  1. I don't know if I can keep up with teenagers anymore...sounds exhausting but fun. I agree traveling is very educational. I encourage all my young relatives, nieces, nephew, grandkids, etc. to travel first and then settle down but to keep up the travel with children. I traveled and camped all over western USA on a shoe string budget with my kids each summer. We'd also venture into big cities and visit museums, university campus, parks, libraries, capital bldgs., local events i.e. film, art, food festivals.

  2. I agree totally. I remember when my kids were young we talked and talked about taking them out of school for a year of Eurovan travel in Europe - but never 'found' the right time for everybody. Well, it never happened! I'm trying to encourage my kids - but so far they take vacations, some very interesting, but always stay with the "traditional schooling."
    I know we learn by experience but I wish I'd taken more chances to experience the wonders of the World - now I would!