I guess if California weren't so over-crowded and expensive to live in, I would feel different. When I lived in San Diego for a year, it was probably the best time of my life. I'm not sure if it was because I was in a beautiful city or because I had some pretty amazing memories. Probably, both. And no matter what kind of urges I get to try something new, the fact is that this is my home. This is where I am now with the people I love most.
Like many other Southern Californians, there are amenities that I take for granted. Disneyland is less than 15 minutes away from me. I even had an annual pass a few years back that got used once - the day I bought it. There are two beaches that are, at most, ten minutes away from where I live. There are two more that are five to ten minutes further (this of course being on a good day with no traffic...it does happen sometimes). South Coast Plaza (an upscale-luxury shopping center and California's largest mall) is just down the street. Then there are the other hundreds of attractions and destination spots. So all in all, I can't complain too much. The scenery is nice and there is always something to do. Spending most of my life here, these are the kinds of things I have not appreciated as much as I should have. The kinds of things that I miss when I am in another state. The kinds of things I am sure I will miss when the kids are older and Jon and I are ready to travel and settle somewhere else.
So with that being said, I am determined to appreciate and make the most of every moment here - from theme parks, recreational parks and beaches...to the hundreds of famous restaurants, historical sites and landmarks...and blog about it along the way, of course! Whether you are a California resident or not, I hope you can appreciate the beauty that comes from this state...just as I love and appreciate the beauty from other states and places all over the world...which I plan on blogging about as I visit those places as well.