Every year that it is possible my wife and I like to go out to California in the winter and specifically to the area I consider to be the most beautiful in the country, Big Sur. We were fortunate enough to go again this year, and despite the fact that we were both fighting with the flu in the first week, it was as beautiful (albeit a bit nippy this year) as ever. Driving down Route 1 along the coastline, once you leave Carmel is one of the most astoundingly beautiful (and somewhat scary) drives there is. This year there was an area of the road that had fallen off the cliff and into the ocean so there was a short gap where it became a one lane road (with traffic lights at either end) while they worked on the gap. Both my wife and I wondered who was the first person to come up the road when half of it had disappeared into the Pacific Ocean. This has also been a very wet winter in Big Sur and, in about 30 years of occasional trips out there, I have never seen it so green. The plants were certainly enjoying the rain that is usually so infrequent there. I always like to go to Big Sur because it reminds me to slow down and enjoy the scenery, and reminds me that my product is as visual as the surroundings are there. So I'm hoping that my creative juices will be revved up from the trip as I get started up again this year.