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.