And then there is…
“There is science, logic, reason; there is thought verified by experience. And then there is California.” — Edward Abbey
In case Abbey’s quote leaves anyone in doubt, I mean it as a compliment. Whatever else can be said of California, it is certainly unlike any other state in the USA. It’s a web of contradictions; a place of unparalleled beauty that is more frequently the butt of jokes than admiring tributes. Could there be just a bit of sour grapes flavoring some of the criticism? Perhaps, but even those who love California will readily admit that its fiscal woes and multitude of other challenges are driving away many residents who once dreamed of living an entire lifetime there.
Even if you can’t afford to live there, I do hope you will be able to visit and get a taste of what makes this state so dear to so many hearts. Whether you go to the breathtaking National Parks, to Disneyland and other amusement parks, or to the countless tourist destinations in every category you can name, I hope you will manage to get “off the beaten path” and explore the coast, valleys and lakes as well as the vibrant cities. Be sure to sample some fresh fruits or veggies; almost anything you can think of is grown nearby. You’re likely to see flowers everywhere, for the weather in most of California is so pleasant that even annuals come back perennially. As do many people, who will never quite forget what made their years in California some of the happiest of their lives.