Gosh!!!!! Where to begin?
Of course, the obvious has already been stated: namely Superfly in the north and myself in the South. CA
, for all its negatives (shallow, airheaded women, overcrowding, overtaxation, etc.) does have a lot of fine points to it. Shoot, I wish I had some of my pictures here with me.
There's something for everyone here.
For starters, CA
probably has just about every form of geography, topography, and climate imaginable.
If you like the desert, the High Desert (Victorville, Apple Valley, Palmdale, etc) have some breathtaking scenery. Here you will find gorgeous sunrises and sunsets, cobalt blue skies, nice breezes in the spring and fall, scorching summer days, and snow in the winter.
The low desert (Palm Springs, Indio, etc) is great for both the young and the old. There are golf courses everywhere. Fine dining in Palm Springs, great nightlife. Both a great retirement area and place to spend a weekend. Warm to very hot sunny climate year round.
If you're "heartland at heart", and like flat agricultural lands, small town ambience, and friendly people, (or no people at all) the San Joaquin Valley is for you. Whether it's the dry and arid areas near Bakersfield and Kettleman City, or the rolling hills east of Fresno, or the flat plantations that make up everything from Visalia to sacramento, its all here. Vineyards and orchards stretch from horizon to horizon. Fresno which anchors it all, has all the niceties and wants of any Big City, yet offers easy access to the mountains and both LA
and the Bay Area.
The Sierra Nevada mountains speak for themselves. Hiking, skiing, fishing, fresh air, pine trees, nature watching, an escape from the Urban Concrete forest. This is THE place to go. Kings Canyon, Yosemite, and Sequoia Park have it all. A drive up rt 198 or 180 to Pine Flat Lake or Trimmer springs are a great way to spend an afternoon.
The Central Coast, from about Oxnard to Monterey have a nice cool, misty, almost Oriental feel to them. Many honeymoons and anniversary dates have involved drives up US 1 or US 101.
If you're a people and city person, there is an endless abundance of choices. From Chinatown to Olvera Street to the Liberal cultural atmosphere of Santa Monica and San Francisco to the snooty Masterplanned communities of South Orange County and Temecula.....and everything in between. We've got it all.
And then there's our beaches.....
I tend to hang out at San Clemente myself.
[Edited 2003-04-10 22:58:01]