Why would anyone move to California?
You hear so much about California - the sun, the waves, the temperate year-round weather - that you just know it can't be true, right? Anyone who lives in California also seems a bit . . . brain-washed . . . with their 'why would I ever live anywhere else?' and their 'you just won't believe how beautiful it is!' Well, we've seen our share of the USA by now, and we've seen our share of its beauty. So why would anyone move to California with its tumultuous politics, its outrageous prices, its huge Great White population?
We have now been in Southern California for over three weeks and I'm starting to see the reason behind the fanaticism. I'm still not on board with moving to California but there are some seriously amazing things here, even with what may be one of the coldest winters in history.....
The days that are beautiful & sunny are so stunningly beautiful & sunny that you tend to overlook the dismal ones. The ocean is breathtaking and humbling - to drive along historic 101 is everything you've ever heard about it and more. The mountainous terrain has spots that are lush and green - so green you have to squint and make sure its real. The vast desert areas are alien and amazing to explore. The sheer size of this state is mind-boggling; it takes up half of the entire West coast!
We first stayed at San Elijo State Beach (with an eyebrow raising price tag of $35 a night for DRY CAMPING and a $10 fee to dump). The views from the cliffs on which the campground is located, however, are breathtaking.....
There is also a grocery store and donut shop within walking distance to the campground. We took one for the team and decided to taste-test the donuts. We give them two thumbs up.
Famous Balboa Park (home to numerous museums) was an amazing day of discovery and learning; if you have a reciprocal museum pass the Natural History Museum and Fleet Science center are across from each other and provided hours of entertainment at each.
San Diego Museum of Natural History
Fleet Science Center
La Jolla is a fun section of San Diego - well known for its seals and sea lions on the beach and amazing sunsets; we weren't disappointed!
We also swung down into Mexico for a day for the most amazing, cheap food and coffee you may have ever tasted!
Our next stop was Santa Barbara; I definitely feel as if we didn't spend enough time in the Santa Barbara area exploring. The hiking was amazing (we even got to meet up with our full-time family friends @The5FreeSpirits!!!) and the views were phenomenal. Unfortunately the temperatures were quite low, the winds brutal, and rain moved in, but at least we got tow great hiking days in!
Our next stops are Los Angeles, Joshua Tree, and Big Sur.....
Stay tuned for more SoCal fun!!!
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