As a couple of you know, I am away from the Berkshires for a few days doing some professional development in Northern California. It is a great understatement to say that this region is one of the great culinary areas in America. It may well be the greatest area for the mix of agriculture and food in the world. And don't forget west coast seafood. It doesn't get any better.
I could write thousands of words on this subject, and maybe I will, but this post is simply to declare my affinity for the Pacific Ocean. I don't know why I prefer the Pacific to the Atlantic. Perhaps it is the fact that the wind is always blowing in from the sea creating the always comfortable temperate climate of the Northwest. All I know is that even on a crappy rainy day, sitting atop a cliff watching the waves break over the rocks is possibly the most peaceful thing I've ever done.