Monday, October 6, 2008
I have spent most of my life living in the midwest... Rust Belt, Bible Belt... all the "belts". I have survived too many "Great Lakes snow events" while living in Chicago and Cleveland. I have survived tornadoes and hail storms. I have survived steamy, hot, humid summers in river valleys. It seems that every time there was a big blob of bad weather on the weather map, it was right over the midwest. I am ready for a change!
We spent sixteen years in Philadelphia. Believe it or not, the summers were not as hot, and the winters were not as cold (for the most part). There weren't many tornadoes. There was no remnant of "Appalachia" there. I had friends who read the New York Times. I felt at home there. I would like to move back, but our families are mostly here.
My husband has relatives in two places: Michigan and California. He has always wanted to move back to Michigan, but I don't want to be anywhere near the Great Lakes. Yes, they are nice in the summer, but the winters are brutal. I never liked the idea of Florida (too hot and too many bugs, I hear) and I wouldn't like to live in the desert because I love trees.
We go to California several times a year to visit his family there. Usually, we go to northern California: San Francisco, Napa Valley, Sonoma, Palo Alto, Sunnyvale. This summer we went to southern California. Husband's nephew was getting married on a beach in Malibu. We stayed in Santa Monica, then spent some time in Santa Barbara. I am posting some photos from this trip. I have fallen in love with California. I know, I know, real estate there is more expensive than anywhere else in the country. (Except Hawaii, and I love it even more!) Both California and Hawaii seem like other worlds to me. They are nothing like the midwest. They have flowers year round. Citrus grows on trees, not grocery shelves. People don't own snow boots or winter parkas. I love it!