C is for California

If you look down at the map below…I live in the Southern bright red area, also known as Los Angeles:




People may have their things to say about the plastic people, the traffic, the smog and the heat, but to me California has so much more to offer than those things.  If I look at that map, I still marvel at the places in the state I haven’t seen, and I’ve lived here for nearly 38 years!  When I was a kid (and prone to getting car sick), we used to do family trips along the coast.  I can’t wait to take the little monkey to some of the places I’ve been, not to mention some of the places I haven’t.

While I’ve been to Disneyland, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Hearst Castle and Half-Moon Bay…

I’ve never been to Joshua Tree National Park.

While I’ve seen Lake Tahoe and Mono Lake…

I’ve never stopped at Manzanar or hiked into the Inyo National Forest.

While I’ve been to the Jack London State Historic Park

I’ve never seen the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas.

While I’ve been to Stearns Wharf in Santa Barbara, and graduated from UCSB…

I’ve never been to The Cold Spring Tavern.

While I’ve seen the Old Faithful Geyser in Calistoga…

I’ve never been north to Mendocino, Humboldt, Eureka or the Redwoods.


Such a bother really…

but I’m so glad there is so much more to see.


For more on the A to Z Challenge, please go HERE.

Stay tuned during the month of April to see what other subjects I want to explore…I’ll return to my senses on May 1.


By Joy

I'm 42, a remarried mom of an 8 year old girl and a toddler son, a teacher, and a writer. People tell me I tend to be brutally honest and ...tell it like it is, so I had hoped to use this outlet to keep me sane while I got used to my new life as a stay-at-home Mom back when I was home with my daughter....it worked. And it's been therapeutic through the end of a marriage and the emergence of me...


  1. I’ve been to California twice and only visited San Diego and Los Angeles, and some of their surroundings. but you’re right, we don’t take advantage and travel as much as we should.

    1. It’s something I love and definitely don’t do enough of…I need to find a pot of money somewhere…money and time 🙂 Thanks for visiting and commenting!

  2. California is a beautiful place. I was there once when I was a child and will never forget it. My grandmother lived there for many years along with one of my sisters.

    1. It is beautiful, and there are so many different parts, it’s almost like they are completely different states! Hope you get to visit again. Thanks for visiting and commenting here 🙂

    1. Hi Matthew! Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment 🙂 Yes, it’s a huge state, and people usually only think of it as two cities – SF and LA!

    1. Yes, that stretch is beautiful, haven’t done the whole bit since I was a kid though! You’ll have to come back and see the rest 🙂

  3. I’ve been to the LA area and San Francisco. I really enjoyed both areas- loved the weather – and would love to visit again and see more.

      1. That would be awesome! If I find myself heading that direction, I will definitely let you know! 🙂

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