This is going to sound presumptuous. Am I really going to try to describe California?
Picture what you know about California.
Do you see the streets of Hollywood
or the beautiful Yosemite Valley? Do you picture the
alien landscape as you leave the Coachella
Valley towards the Chiriaco Summit where
the dirt colored hills do not support any life at all. Even in spring, there are
no plants, weeds, or trees.
If you start the day in the Redwood Grove at Yosemite,
you can end up at Mono Lake.
The redwood grove is spectacular and the last time we took a friend to see it, the
magnificent trees overwhelmed him. Then we headed for Mono
Lake by way of Bodie, my favorite
our day at Mono Lake
was just the icing on the cake. If you have not been there, the Tufa is otherworldly
and it’s fun to play with the ground flies.
It is hard to believe that all three places are within a day’s drive.
California is a land of
extremes. It is not only the landscape; it is just about everything else.
California has some of the
best surf beaches in the world. It also has some of the best places to ski. Mount
Whitney is the tallest mountain in the contiguous United
States and Death Valley
is on the list as one of the hottest deserts on the planet.
Everything is more expensive in California.
We love it when we travel out of state; gas is so much cheaper. However, if you
are looking for a selection of fruits and vegetables, we have everything.
The freeway system in the Los Angeles
area is extreme. As much as I would like to describe it, all I can say is that
culture shock is inevitable. It seems like hundreds of freeways cross each
other every few miles. You just need to know that if you get on the wrong
freeway, another will cross it in a few miles to take you to your destination.
Distance is measured in time and not miles. I can’t tell you how many miles
it is from my house to San Diego but it's an hour and a half away. If I want to eat dinner at Anthony’s Fish Grotto on the San Diego wharf,
I need to leave home around 3:00 pm. BTW,
it’s my favorite restaurant in San Diego
and be sure to ask for a window seat.
My husband, grandson and I on Mother's Day at Anthony's Fish Grotto
California is a little hard to explain. I guess the best way to describe it is to say that if you are looking for a certain something, it will be here.
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